Timeless Tuesday ~ Radiant Orchid

Hello fellow Flourishes fans! It's Tuesday and we're here with another fantastic Timeless Tuesday Challenge for you! Have you checked out the latest and greatest Gambler's Sale this week? You don't want to miss this... it's 20% off everything in the store. Things go fast, so shop now to ensure you get all those stamps on your "must have" list! Click here for more details and your shopping code. 

This week I am your hostess and I am challenging you to create using the newest Pantone Color of the year... Radiant Orchid... but any shade of purple will do!

FTTC256 Purple 
According to the Pantone View, "Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers."

I have to say, purple is my favourite colour so when I saw that the newest Pantone colour for 2014 was "Radiant Orchid" I was elated!  Any excuse to pull out some purple in my books is a good thing... so instead of card this week, I chose to make a fun tag.

I started my project with an Inkssentials Manila Craft Tag.  First I applied an airbrushed layer of two purplicious Copic Markers, RV19 & V09.  Then I applied some gesso through my Tim Holtz "Dot Fade" Layering stencil and I also airbrushed some rich purple Copic Marker through it too...
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Then I took a piece of sandpaper and sanded the top layer of my gesso to reveal the white below...

Next, I took 4 layers of paper towel and dampened it with some Copic Blender Solution and "inked" up my "Vintage Wallpaper" back ground stamp and stamped it across my tag.  Since my back ground was made using Copics, it removed some of the Copic ink to reveal the wallpaper pattern of the stamp within the ink itself!  I LOVE this effect!

Next I inked up my "Chrysanthemum" images using Memento "Espresso Truffle" ink and stamped my flowers all over the tag.

Next I took my Copic Markers, RV19, V04, V09 & YR12, and added some shadows and shading to my Chrysanthemum flowers.


I took some Ranger "Scattered Straw" Distress Ink, inked the tag's edges and also added some white pen detail over top of my coloured flowers to make the flowers pop against my vivid back drop.

I stamped some subtle script onto the back ground of my tag and also a sentiment at the bottom.  All of these stamps came from the "Chrysanthemum" stamp set.

Last but not least, I took my Ranger "Scattered Straw" Distress Ink again and inked up the chevrons from the "So Distressed" stamp collection and added it to my tag.  I threaded some Peach, Mango Orange and some Lavender Seam Binding Ribbon through the tag's hole and tied on a bronze coloured brad to secure it together.

And volia... my tag was born!  There is nothing better than gettin' inky, especially with purple, my friends!  LOL!

Have fun using purple in your creations this week! This week, we have asked the Design Team to join us in celebrating the colour purple. Take a moment and leave some lavender love on each one of our designers this week!


To celebrate this week, as your hostess, I'm giving away TWO stamp sets!  I have a number of Flourishes stamp sets in my possession and TWO lucky COMMENTERS on TODAY's post will win a stamp set each!  All you have to do for a chance to win, is simply leave me a comment below.  I will announce a winner on my Timeless Tuesday post next week.  Good luck!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps: Flourishes (Chrysanthemum, So Distressed, Vintage Wallpaper)
manilla tag:  Inkssentials
stencils: Tim Holtz
inks:  Copic Markers, Memento, Ranger Distress
gesso:  Golden
ribbon: Flourishes
tools:  Copic Airbrush
white pen:  Sakura
brad:  Bo Bunny
other: thread, Copic Blender Solution.


  1. Thanks SO much for the tutorial for this gorgeous tag! I love all these techniques together, especially the blender solution stamping and gesso dots, and highlighting the images with a white pen just put this creation over the top! Thanks for the fun challenge! Purple is such a great color to work with.

  2. Love your beautiful distressed tag and of course the gorgeous chrysanthemums ! Thanks for such a great challenge! I love purple! Have a Blessed day!

  3. Beautiful tag...love all the techniques that you used. Thanks for sharing the steps that made this so lovely.

  4. Wonderful tutorial! I would never have guessed how you achieved this. I am so motivated to some of these techniques, and the color purple.

  5. Allison,
    Your tag is outstanding. Love the rich colors and your unique way to secure the ribbon with a brad is one I will remember it adds that extra dimension. Thanks for all the hard work done on bring us this tutorial.

  6. Fantastic tutorial. I love copics and Gesso, what a great way to use these 2 products.

  7. WOWZERS! I love your tag and all the details and layers, Thank you so much for a great tutorial!!!

  8. Wow wow wow!!! What a stunning tag! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Great instructions. I would love to win one of the stamp sets since I don't own any :-(

  9. Ally this is stunning! Such beautiful work with the layering of colour and the feeling of texture. The white highlights are the perfect finishing touch too.

  10. Love that tag Ally and love, love, love all the detail and rich color on it. Really pretty and I thank you for such a fun, detailed tutorial.

  11. One word -- INCREDIBLE!!!! I need to give this a try!

  12. Love thee texture and dimension that the stencil brings to your tag.

  13. OH MY GOODNESS ALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! The flowers look 3-D! I LOOOOOVE how you used the stencil with the Gesso! Hmmm, I "need" to get some stencils, huh? LOL WHAT A GORGEOUS CREATION ALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  14. That is so pretty! And a good reason to use my airbrush! Love it!
    And thanks for the awesome give away!

  15. Great tutorial--I like all the dimension/depth of this beautiful tag.
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  16. Love your tag and would love another Flourishes stamp! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Gorgeous creation - thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions!!

  18. What an awesome tag with soooo much creative detail! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for a great challenge this week, Allison....this definitely go me out of my "color comfort zone"! Your tutorial is great too! :)

  19. What a stunning tag Ally!! Oh my!! LOVE all the elements...especially the white highlights! They really make the image pop!

  20. What can I say...this tag is not only purple-licious...it's definitely stunning too! Love your tutorial and I'm so excited that I finally bought some *Gesso* to try this technique soon :) !!! Hugs ~S~

  21. I LOVE the flowers! I have a hard time with purples, but you have done them beautifully!

  22. I love your tag and esp. the colors. The white pen adds the perfect detail! Beautifully done! Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. I hope I'm not to late to register my comment for a chance to win...but either way - your art work is simply stunning! I love these shades of purple and would like to try your ideas on a card front. How beautiful that would be! Thanks so much for the ideas and the great instructions.

  24. I just spent several hours this evening going through your blog (I just recently found you) and am simply amazed at the beauty and creativity of your artwork. Thanks so very much for sharing with us. I rarely have my own ideas so finding people like you is terrific!

  25. There are so many textures and dreamy goodness colors on your tag - just sitting here staring at it ;) taking it all in.

  26. Great tutorial Ally!! Those are fantastic elements and now I must buy gesso and an airbrush! :) You did fantastic showcasing the purple and choosing this color. It was so much fun! This tag is fabulous!

  27. A great tutorial showing us how this was done! I love the tag.

  28. Beautiful tag, thank you Ally...there's just so much to learn in cardmaking & scrapbooking and I'm enjoying every second of it!


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