Saturday, 7 November 2015

My first design team piece for Roc Nicholas - 'Hide and Seek' - yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

'Hide and Seek'.............!!

Hello, thanks for coming over today.  I'm really happy and excited to have a new project to post today.  

The reason I'm so excited is because its my very first project for Roc Nicholas Design Team!!

I had so much fun making this tag.  I wasn't entirely sure what i was going to do.  I had an idea in mind and I think it turned out how I wanted it to.. Something bright, cheerful and a bit playful.

I started by spraying the tag using Dylusions Ink Sprays. When the ink was dry i used the Stampotique stamp 'Journey collage' with embossing ink to stamp the background. Whilst the ink was wet, I brushed some 'perfect pearl mica powder over it to give it a lovely shimmer. You can just see it in the photo.
I used the Stampotique 'Giant shroom stamp and two of my favourite Roc Nicholas stamps;
'Blessed Skellie' and 'Dog'. They are so versatile and such great looking characters, I just love them.
I coloured all of the images with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Faber Castell Polychromo pencils.
I love using my pencils to enhance and highlight certain areas.  This works on almost any medium your using and creates depth and dimension to your piece. I am always amazed at how much difference it makes...

I added some strips of text in the background before I stuck my images in place. Its just to add some interest to the tag.  Once stuck down, I positioned my images where I wanted them to be before sticking them down, to make sure that they were definitely in the right place, then glued them down.

I stitched around the edges of the tag with my trusty sewing machine.. I do have a confession though - my sewing machine is only used to stitch around card, paper, or mixed media things - its hardly ever seen fabric hahaha
It somehow didn't look finished, so I decided to add some fabric and flowers to the edge to give it a slightly different look.
I had some white Prima flowers, and sprayed them with the same colour Dylusion inks that I'd used for the tag.
I've always got scraps of fabric left over in a box on my desk from other projects that I've done, so its easy for me to have a quick rifle through  and grab some lovely pieces of lace etc
For this I used some Prima Resist Canvas, Lace and some Calico.  I layered up the fabric and attached it with some of Finnabairs Soft Matt Gel and left to dry..

There were just a couple of finishing touches that I wanted to add. The first was to ink spray a piece of scrap ribbon and thread it onto a piece of wire so you could hang it up if you wanted too.
Finally, I used Liquid Pearls in black to add definition to the border and added a googly eye to the Blessed Skellie haha

I really enjoyed making this, and I hope you liked it too.  

Thank you for popping over to see my first Design Team piece for Roc, I hope to see you again soon and please feel free to leave me a message to say 'hello'....

If you want to look at Roc's fabulous range of stamps, please have a look here


ps.. for some reason, my copyright mark is saying 2012, but this obviously isnt right. Sorry, im off to fix it now....




  1. A fantastic first project Gemma! Love the bright colours...
    Corrie x

  2. I love all of the details you put into this tag, Gemma! I may have to...erm...borrow a couple of them! ;)

  3. Love it xx gorgeous colours
    haven't tried pencils over distress inks me thinks I will have to give this a try xx Thank you

  4. Amazing, beautiful ART! From the tippy top of the beautiful ribbon, to the painted toenails, I love every lovely piece of your tag! ohhhhhhhhhhhh what color, great composition, fun, fun, fun!

  5. Love the colours, composition and inventive style, your work is always interesting. Hope you didn't base her on me lol

  6. This really is so quirky, spooky and unique! Thanks for sharing!