Wednesday 6 November 2013

Together again

Hello fellow Crafters,

Today is Wednesday and that means Stampotique Challenge day. Today's Challenge is "Using Gesso" and was set by Sarinda. This is what she wrote :

"Hello Creatives. Sarinda here and I am asking you to rethink Gesso in this challenge. I find that I use Gesso a lot in my work and feel is an amazing tool to utilize. Yes, tool. Not only does is serve as a basic prep to your sub-straight, It picks up texture of a stencil, use it with a pallet knife, layer it. And if you are using it with inks, sprays, stains it will create unique depth to your backgrounds. Even try it on top of lace, fabric, tulle. Play and be free."

I used to use a lot of Gesso when I used to paint but obviously only to prep my canvasses. It was only when I started doing papercraft that I started using gesso differently.
Anyway this is what I made for this week's Challenge :

This is a Manilla tag #8. First I put gesso on through a honey comb stencil from Tim Holtz. After it dried I rubbed it with Distress Inks in yellow, orange and pink; my favourite colour combination. That didn't quite give the effect I wanted so I used my reinkers in the same colours with water. After this had dried I stamped some script on the background with grey StaZon. I didn't want too much because I thought it was nice as it was and didn't need much more. I stamped Twinkie and one of the birds of Birdy Up on white paper and coloured them, as usual, with watercolour pencils and clear embossed them. I also stamped one heart of Hanging Hearts and glued it on Twinkie's shirt. The rings are made with more gesso and a lid from a tube. I put Twinkie on a bit of booktext which I cut into scallops. (Been trying to find a punch that does this for me but I can't find one that simple anywhere).
I stuck a bit of ribbon on top of this for a bit more interest. The text is from Tim Holtz's Chit Chat stickers. I mounted the tag on white cardstock and put some pink and white ribbon through which I secured with two staples.

Thanks for stopping by !
Hope you like it......


  1. Twinkie is my very favorite "boy" image from Stampotique, Corrie, so I immediately love this tag because of him! But, I do have to say I am impressed by your use of gesso through that honeycomb stencil...subtle, but very effective. So clever to use one of the birds from Birdy Up in this way! Genius, I say!!

  2. Cute tag Corrie, I love those colours together too. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique again xx

  3. You do such a beautiful job with you tags...wonderful work Corrie.

  4. Wow you have done a wonderful job. Twinkie looks so happy there. xx
    Thank you for playing along with Stampotique this week. Much Love.

  5. I love this Corrie, a great fun tag! Thanks for joining in with us again at Stampotique. Sue xx

  6. Love this tag and especially the colors. My favorites also.

  7. Aww! cute lil bird is back! love his blue color! great gesso texture , Corrie!

  8. hehehe, love this Corrie. Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)