Thursday, 16 March 2017

DecoArt/Stampendous Blog Hop - Specimen2675

Welcome to day four of the Stampendous/DecoArt blog hop - hope you've been enjoying all the inspiration so far! Today I've used Andy's Skulldoggery stamp set to create a kind of faux fossil effect on a tag.

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Here's the hop list for today:

Stampendous Blog

Louise Healy

Elly Pirally

Lea Fritts

DecoArt Blog

Sorry, I didn't manage to take any step pictures of this but briefly here's how I made it:
1 Cut a tag from mixed media or watercolour paper - something that can take wet media.
2 Squeeze drops of Yellow Oxide, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber paints onto a craft sheet or other non-stick surface. Spray generously with water.
3 Swipe the tag into and through the paints - lightly so as not to over-mix the colours. Dry and repeat until you like the result. I was aiming for a look similar to natural rock (did I manage it?).
4 Stamp and heat emboss the skull stamp with white Stampendous embossing powder. When cool, add a wash of Yellow Oxide paint to tone down the white a little bit and blend the skull into the tag.
5 Finally stamp the wording in black, distress the edges of the tag and mat onto black cardstock.

Katy x


  1. Your tag is very cool and neat!!!

  2. I am really digging this stamp!! I know that my 13 year old grandson is going to have a blast creating with it once I can afford to purchase it! Today is his 13th Birthday and I know he would love a card made using this image!!!
    Your tag is awesome! I love how it is distressed and that image ROCKS!!! TFS!

  3. You did achieve the look of a rock background. Very cool. I am really liking the versatility of this stamp. It just always looks cool.

  4. What a great tag. I am loving the image...

  5. Wondering what SPECIMEN 2676 looks like... NOT!!!! Heheheh!!! This really looks like on old vintage specimen tag Katy. I love how Andy's "relic" comes to life on your background. SUPER FINE! Xj.

  6. You did achieve the look of rock (or aged wood).
    Either is good. Love how the skull pops
    off the tag. 2656 is a fearsome-looking specimen.
    thanks for sharing.

  7. I love the look of the background. Such a cool look and to emboss the skull what a great idea. I love your tag. Amazing work.

  8. The coloring on the tag is gorgeous! Wow, what a fantastic tag!

  9. Love your tag and the background colors look awesome! Great idea to emboss the image in white! Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a fun project! I love seeing all these wonderful ideas!

    Carol B

  11. Gorgeous tag- I love the vintage worn look you have achieved!
    Jackie ")