Sunday, May 22, 2011


So, I was getting caught up on reading blogs early this afternoon.  I happened on my good friend, "Airport Girl" and Ranger U Sister;  the lurvely and multi-talented Hels Sheridan's blog.  She does something every Sunday called the SUNDAY STAMPER CHALLENGE. You have GOT to check this out!!!  This week the challenge is themed "Diamonds and Pearls".  So THAT caught my attention.  I played around this afternoon and made this tag.
Guess I was feeling all "girly" today with this theme.  I thought of Marilyn Monroe and her famous song "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". 

The background was done using Claudine Hellmuth's layered (text) paper technique.  Simply layer text onto a tag using Matte Multi Medium and let it dry.  Then burnish pieces of masking tape onto the paper and pull it off.  This creates a really interesting background texture.

Next I used Claudine's Studio pink, white and teal paints to create my background.  I also brushed a little Iridescent Medium over the top to create that wonderful pearlized effect. 

I typed "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend" on my computer, sized it to fit, transposed it and did a transfer technique to apply it to my tag.  To do the transfer technique, I printed out the words onto a piece of inexpensive copy paper (on my inkjet printer).  Next I brushed it generously with Matte Multi Medium and pressed it down onto the tag.  I lightly burnished it onto the tag and let it dry for several hours.  Then I sprayed the paper with water and rubbed off all of the white copy paper, leaving only the transferred phrase showing. 

I added a couple of stamped Wendy Vecchi flourishes and a decorative pink pearl strip.  Marilyn is printed out on semi gloss photo paper and glued onto the tag.  Isn't she amazing??  I added some "diamonds" around her neck from some vintage diamond trim I found at a flea market.  She needed some "bling" around her neck!  In the picture, she has a white feather boa around her shoulders.  I loved that idea but decided that pink was more her color for this tag!
Finally, I added pink and black ribbon and I made my own little jeweled embellishments to hang from the ribbon using pink pearls and fire polished Swarovski crystals.  So there you have rendition of "DIAMONDS AND PEARLS".


  1. Such a fabulous tag Candy and love the feather boa, so glamorous, am sure Hels will adore it. Annette x

  2. Hi Candy

    just caught this before i went to bed and Im so glad i did cause I lurve Marilyn really love her!!this tag is just so so girlie and fun, gorgeous and fabulous as always
    big hugs


  3. Cor blimey, Candy, this is AAAAAMAZINGGGG... so, I saw it, I thought, 'ello, I likey that technique, wonder how Candy got the letters the right way... doh! course you did, you turned them around... I am sooo thick!! LOL Thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper... am so loving your AWESOME art my lovely Ranger Sister... hope things is goodly with you babes x

  4. Wow, I am NOT a pink girl, but this is just amazing! Love how glamorous Marilyn looks here with her pink fluffiness! Such a fun piece.

  5. Thank you for leaving me a comment and allowing me to find you! I just love this tag, beautiful colours. I've been enjoying your other posts, great stuff! xx

  6. Totally stunning & fabulous! Love the pink feather trim Candy! x

  7. Hi Candy,
    LOVE this tag! Diamonds and pearls who wouldn't love it? I love the pink boa!
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Love it Candy! Perfect techs and colors for this challenge! I'm so bummed I haven't had time to enter the SS lately, but it's always a good one!

  9. Very pretty. I think Marilyn would be proud. :)


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