13 Oct 2013

Jofy by Jove........................

Hi there,

 It is my turn (Barbara) to showcase a product from Ali-craft as part of their design team.

I was asked to use some stamps designed by Jo-Firth Young, the set I am using is Jofy12.

Here is my project, I know it's another tag, there is a reason for this. I wanted to use a variety of mediums and I needed something that would stand up to the challenge! In this case a Chipboard tag came to my rescue.................

Here is a list of Products I used to create this tag.

Jofy plate 12
Archival ink in Jet Black
Glue and Seal in Matte
Grunge Paste
Crackle Glaze
Vintage Lace, Beach Hut and Snowflake Fresco Paints
Cut and Dry Foam
Water Colour Crayons (my stash)
Treasure Gold in Silver

All products I used are available from Ali-craft, with the exception of the water colour crayons.

If you cannot see the product on their website give them a call..............

Now don't go thinking that it is just a simple tag, it is not. There are a few processes I used in order to achieve the look I wanted!

Step one.

Take your Tag and slap a good coat of Gesso onto it and let dry.

Gesso going on.

Step Two.

Paint a base layer of colour, I used Beach Hut mixed with Snowflake white Fresco finish Paints by PaperArtsy.

You can see the ratio approximately here.

Step Three.

Once your base layer has dried, I gave mine a blast with my heat gun to speed the process up.
Take the Crackle glaze (I used the one by Paperartsy.) following their instructions, I scraped a thin layer onto my tag using a palette knife and let it dry.

Step Four.

Once the crackle had dried, I took a piece of Cut n Dry foam and sponged on some Vintage Lace Fresco paint, by using a sponge you get a much smaller crackle, id you were to use a paint Brush you get a more open crackle effect.

see the crackle effect here.

Step Five.

Now grab hold of any stencils you'd like to use and your favourite inks, I like to use the Distress Inks when I am using stencils. Now decorate the tag, keeping it fairly subtle as you wan the stamped images to be the main focus.

As you can see I have used a variety of stencils here.

The blue criss cros was stamped with Blue Archival ink.

Step six.

Now take some Grunge Paste, I used Paperartsy's on my tag. Using a brick stencil I scraped some paste onto my tag in the lower left hand corner. I wanted to give an impression of a ruined wall.

Once this had dried, I noticed that the paste had cracked, this was due to the crackle paste underneath, that’s what I call a happy accident !!!!

I then added some colour on top of the  paste.

Look at that crackle effect.

Step Seven.

On to some old book paper I stamped using Archival ink, the main flower from the stamp set and put aside.

I then stamped my images onto my tag, onmce again using Archival ink as I wanted to use some water colour crayons to colour the images.

From the previously stamped flowers I coloured them in using my water colour crayons and cut them out. I the adhered them onto the tag with Glue and Seal in matt

Stamped onto Tag

Image stamped onto old Book paper and coloured.
Adhered to the tag using Glue and Seal Matt
I then stamped the wording onto some old book paper and adhered to my tag using the Glue and Seal again.

Step Eight.

Once everything had dried I added a touch of Treasure Gold in silver, around the edges and some on to the Grunge Paste ruined wall.

Many thanks for looking at my project.

Happy Crafting



  1. So glad you showed the step by step, so many techniques and what a beautiful end result, just love the crackles. A really beautiful tag! Anne x

  2. Love your step by step and a wonderful happy accident ! :)
    Von ☺

  3. Such a gorgeous tag and love the techniques you have used...thanks for sharing!!
    hugs and xxx

  4. wonderful tag and thanks so much for the step by step - fabulous xx

  5. Am loving the crackled coloured wall, really pops on your Tag which is beautiful.

    Thanks for the step by step instructions:-)

  6. Love what you have done Barbara I love the stamps.

    Becky x

  7. Love the tag Barbara, gorgeous texture.
    Angela x

  8. love your tag Barbara, great use of all the different mediums with beautiful results. Hope your well. X c