Sunday 2 June 2013

Tag It at PanPastel UK and Reverse Masking

Its been an extremely busy weekend post wise with two yesterday and again two today, I would love you to take a look at the previous ones if you have time. My vintage cabinet card album and tutorial, shabby chic configuration style box and tag card.

So Welcome to my second post today which is for PanPastel UK and the theme for the challenge this week is ‘Tag It’. I have made two tags and a tutorial for you (I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s one) which demonstrates one way of using PanPastels to create a reverse image when using a mask.

My tags started off brilliantly for this theme, but half way through I was thwarted at every turn. Let me explain.


I made 2 tags to show how you can create the positive and negative images using a mask with PanPastels (See video tutorial below for the explanation to get to this point.) Because I had used pans through the dotty mask I needed to seal it so I could continue working on it. The only problem was I had also stamped with black archival ink and look what happened.


The ink bled. The tin doesn’t tell me what is in it (it is soooo old) but there must be some acetone or similar to do this. So the question was do I start again or do I try to retrieve the situation. Always a problem solver I set about making changes to the tags by first giving a light wash of gesso. But this wasn’t strong enough so I coated the text areas with white acrylic paint. The writing still showed through so I then decided to add picket fence crackle paint, Guess what?


Yep all the crackle flaked and fell off. Still not to be outdone, I gave those areas three coats of acrylic paint (learnt this in Andy’s class) and covered it again with the crackle paint.

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Ah that’s better, most of it stayed on this time. So I set about adding the elements to finish them off and actually I am quite pleased with the outcomes. Not what I had expected, but then I never finish with what was in my head originally lol.







Here is the tutorial if you would like to try the reverse masking technique I have devised. Have fun.

I believe you learn from your mistakes as well as your successes, so I hope you have learnt something from my experiments. I certainly did.

Supplies -
PanPastels, Gesso and masks from Your Creativity Store who are our regular sponsor
Sizzix vintage mini telephone and typewriter dies.
Ideaology and tissue tape.
Tim Holtz crackle paint

Well it's been a busy week getting four posts ready for this weekend but I hope you have enjoyed some of them. Thanks for taking the time to join me. I will be off in about an hour to the Craft Barn again and Lucy (True Colours) is coming with me. It was lovely to meet up with Julia (Julia's Stuff) and Alison (CraftyTrog) on Friday and I hopefully will see them again today. I also had a lady called Glennis introduce herself to me who is one of my followers who has come all the way over from New Zealand, that was an amazing experience, I might see her again today too. And then there was the lovely Gio all the way from Italy. She is demoing so I will definitely stop by her table.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Paula Whittaker said...

Super tags....
Don't tell anyone, but everything I make is covering up some 'mishap' that's happened a long the way lol Nothing is ever perfect!

Margreet said...

Gorgeous tags...thanks for the video (miss your voice...hihi)...great explaining! Enjoy your day!

Rita said...

Fabulous tags Brenda. It's human nature to make mistakes and with crafting, that's how we learn. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Martina said...

This tags are fantastic, dear Brenda!
Thank you so much for the it!

Joan said...

Thanks for the tutorial Brenda, lucky you being near enough to visit the Craft Barn, have a good day!

Gram's Treasures said...

Great tags, Brenda, and wonderful tutorial! Now you can put your feet up and relax.
Joyce xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

Fantastic tags ...and more marvellous as blogger has let me leave this comment now!!! Hugs trace x

Redanne said...

So glad that you did not give up on these tags Brenda because the end result was so worth it! Loving that reverse technique with the PPs and love the die cuts you have used on each tag too. Great video. Hugs, Anne x

Juls said...

Fabulous creation!! Hugs Juls

Claire said...

Beautiful tags Brenda and a great tut too! Hope you've had a good weekend
Claire xx

Annie said...

Hi Brenda x your tags are fabulous. I love the background and elements you have used. Your creativity is endless and very inspiring. Thanks for your best wishes too x they are so appreciated x hope to get back home next weekend as Ronnie is improving daily.

Best wishes and crafty hugs
Annie x x

Words and Pictures said...

Great to see the process, working your way round that seeping ink! And two fab tags as a result... What an astoundingly busy weekend, given you've spent much of it at the Craft Barn - all amazing projects, Brenda - congrats!
Alison xx

Rossella said...

Hi Brenda, what lovely 'happy accidents'. Am going to watch tutorial now.
Hope you had a great day,
Rosie x

Dortesjs said...

Just gorgeous thanks for great movie

Jenny Marples said...

Love how these turned out and it's a lesson to everyone to persevere even when all seems lost. Loving these videos Brenda; you probably need another holiday after this weekend! Hope you've enjoyed The Craft Barn session again. Hugs, Jenny x

Daniele said...

you make mistakes.....never, I'm sure it was part of the plan, greta backgrounds hun, hope you had a great weekend

Glennis F said...

Super tags, Brenda, and lovely to meet you in person

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda
Great video once again, I am really enjoying them. We Nzder,s turn up everywhere!
I would introduce myself to you as well if I was near Brenda, even through the odd mistakes you inspire, it is comforting to know that you do make them though. Love your effect from the Pan Pastels, the Tags look great, with wonderful thought provoking words and elements.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, but you have been busy!! These tags look fabulous and I love how you persevered with them and boy, it was well worth it, the end result looks fantastic! Sadly I could not watch the video, for some reason it keeps coming up with an error message, - I tried it twice....
Hope you had a great time at the Craftbarn!

Cocofolies said...

All your four projects are fabulous Brenda, I love ALL. And as you, I always try to go on when I make mistakes (i.e. almost all the time I must confess LOL !), but I noticed that the result is often greater -:)
Otherwise, how lucky you are to have met Gio, and many talented and certainly nice ladies !! Great week-end !! :) Coco x

2amscrapper said...

love this style and color combo

Karin said...

wow two gorgeous tags, love the colors!! Groetjes Karin

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a great post! Love the video with the eraser tip. I think I was peeling peppers when you were posting this, I am not very creative at 8 am. Didn't we have a fab day!

Lucy x

Terry said...

Love that you kept right on going as this reminds me of "my almost broken heart." Now that I have some Pan Pastels, I will have to try this technique and I already own an eraser! Love these tags in both the positive and negative and seeing the tutorial really helps! Lucy told me a little about your weekend adventure and boy do I wish I could have been there for the fun! Have a great week! Hugs!

hazel said...

Fabulous tags Brenda and a great tutorial.
xxx Hazel.

Gio said...

Hello Brenda, thank you for your lovely comment :-)

I found the time to see your video, just brilliant!! And the tag is gorgeous, very rich in details.

Kim Dellow said...

Brilliant! Turned out just right. Those impossible makes that decide to go awry can be a challenge! Well done for saving them! Kimx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking project.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both fabulous tags and an awesome tutorial video, I never thought to put the colour on first and use an eraser through the masks, thanks for sharing
Lindsay xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Wonderful video - thanks for the tute, Brenda! Love how you worked through the difficulties and ended up with such fab and unique tags. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with all your artsy friends, many names of which I recognize!

jan said...

Hi Brenda, I'm a brand new follower to your blog, but I am so glad to have found you, what a trial you had with these tags,but you came through in the end with that British resolve of ours to not give up lol, they turned out fabulous and I will most certainly be bookmarking your tutorial about reverse masking. I use masks a lot so that will prove very useful for me. Thank you for a lovely article,I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jan x

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda - I made a DIY Gelatin plate 2 weeks ago and I have been having so much fun with that, that I pretty much dont have time for anything else - I have been neglecting my blogs, my chores around the house, and sometimes even dinner..... Beautiful tags by the way!

Unknown said...

Fabulous tags, love them. Kewl tutorial too. Chris xxx