April 21, 2014


This tag is courtesy of an Inkadinkado 3½" x 5" stamp called World Map and I made it for the Monday Blog Challenge at Simon Says Stamp where the theme this week is Big Stamp.

Apollo was cut from an old history book on the discovery of North America and I also used some Melange tissue paper.

What's unique here is the background and the tag itself.

A while back, I recycled some 300 lb. watercolor paper by covering it with gesso then put it away and forgot about it.

So today, when I began to apply watercolor to it (after I cut it into a tag shape), the watercolor wasn't sinking in because of the gesso. Duh!

So I sanded it down while it was still a bit damp and the edges became nicely distressed. Then I used watercolor which now absorbed into the paper more randomly than if it were a pristine surface. The blue color compelled me to use Apollo and the World Stamp because of the cloud and sea effect and, as they say, this tag is history.


  1. I really love the texture you have created there! Looks wonderful!

  2. This tag is so beautiful! I love your wonderful background colors and stamping. The distressed edges are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  3. Fab tag, great layout and I love the technique used :)

  4. I absolutely adore this piece, too, and love how it is mythology-based. I'm a total lit nerd, so I've also enjoyed mythology. And that image of Apollo is so thought-provoking! I love how he's looking back even as he's traveling forward. I'll tell you, you've got serious skills at creating scenes and placing things in such awe-inspiring ways. I also enjoyed reading about your Gesso/watercolor adventure on this one! Way to make a unplanned surprise turn into a masterpiece!

  5. This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  6. Wow! This is awesome! Love the coloring and the beautiful details.
    What a wonderful project, all of the details are stunning!It's very inspiring.