Sunday, 14 October 2012

U for Umbel

Well it's tag time again for the swap at Chocolate Baroque; we are coming towards the end of the alphabet and these last few letters are proving to be the most difficult, particularly when it comes to working around which of their stamps (or other products) will be appropriate.  For 'U' I finally settled on UMBEL which I'm sure you know is the name for the flower head of such plants as cow parsley, Queen Ann's lace and so on.  Fortunately I have Elusive Images (now known as CB) UA4SP0176 which is a stamp set with lots of grasses and meadow plants.  The tag background was made using a technique from Tim Holtz called marbled distress - combining Picket Fence which is a white distress stain with other colours on a craft mat and 'mopping' them up - a technical term!!  Some pieces are more successful than others with this technique but most can be used so a fun thing to try.  I then stamped some of the grasses in matching distress ink and once thoroughly dry the flower was stamped with white ink and embossed using white fine detail powder.


  1. This is so pretty Val and I've learned a new word today!
    Val x

  2. Your colours are gorgeous & I love the way you stamped grasses around the main umbelliferous image. Amazing how different all the Umbels are so far. I particularly like your background & how summery an effect you achieved. We could put ours together as examples of Summer & Winter!
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Lovely tag Val and like the little scene you have created using your stamps...and I have also learnt something today as I didn't know what UMBEL meant but I do now...


  4. What a pretty Tag, I love the colours. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

  5. This is a lovely tag Val love the colours you've used

    Jackie x

  6. Reminds me of long (ago!) summer days Val. Beautiful and soft. Hugs, Buttons x

  7. gorgeous Val - wish I'd thought of that word! If I get really desperate, may have to copy......

  8. A Gorgeous tag Val, and I never knew what the word Umbel meant before today. Still they say you learn something new everyday!!!

    Sue x

    Thank you for your kind words earlier.

  9. A right little beauty here Val .... Soft, pretty and just downright gorgeous! Just as you are with all the support you give to my blog! XXXXXX
    E x

  10. This is really lovely Val. These stamps are just about my all time favourites I think and I love the background. You've taught me something too because I didn't know what an umbel was ;-)

    Lesley Xx