Wednesday, March 11, 2015

50 Shades of Green

Readers Progressive Blog Hop Giveaway!

Win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs!

March 11 - 30

Calling all fans of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda!

Starting today we are hosting our very first progressive blog hop on the Lost Coaster's Review blog and EVERYONE is invited to participate and be in the running to win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs!

Members of the Lost Coast Design Team kick off the hop today at 11am PST so pop on over, hop all the blogs, get inspired and join the fun!  Link up your own Shades of GREEN projects from today through to March 30 and keep the blog hop rolling!  Visit the Lost Coaster’s Review blog for all the participation details!  The winner will be announced on March 31 and some Honourable Mention blog badges are up for grabs too! 

For my blog hop creations I am using some of my favourite images. I just love the weird and wonderfully unique images Lost Coast Designs have. On this tag I have showcased this wonderfully dapper crocodile/alligator from the Misc Anthropomorths plate : 
My tag is sprayed with Dylusions inks and the image is stamped in Stazon ink. I then removed some of the green from his body and around him with water - a ghosting technique. The background is stamped randomly with the Leonardo Accessories script stamp, and edged and smudged in black ink. I stamped the letters and ground with versamark, masking the fellows feet. I used a pearlised embossing powder and heat set it.

The idea behind this is that firstly for a green project, it seemed appropriate to use a fellow who is normally green, a crocodile or alligator. (Lost Coast Designs actually have a wonderful alligator background stamp that would have been awesome for this project). But also I loved the play on words for his hop, the 50 shades reference. So keeping with this theme (LOL), my wording is slightly altered but references a certain British comedy program. The Fast Show. Not for the faint hearted ! LOL.

My second tag showcases one of the images from the Isle of Aud Creatures from Lost Coast Designs. I love how unique these guys are, they are totally and utterly fabulous.
I was most amused to couple him with this sentiment 'Yo' -  what a dude :)

The techniques are similar as for the above tag. And you see the little bit of orange that crept it ... naughty and not allowed in this hop, but the inside of my spray box is so saturated with ink, it absorbed into my tag when it was wet, and I thought it looked kinda cool :)

Tags are so fun to make, hope you found some inspiration here :)

Have fun hopping today :)


  1. Great tags Nikki, love the word play :)

  2. A freaky fab shades of green tag looking so smart and gentlemanly and your 2nd...I see orange and purplish-blue sneaking in there you naughty girl you ;0)

    1. LOL It was my bonus creation, and some color came from the inside of my stamp box, so it was just fate ;)

  3. Great tags Nikki! The second tag is my favorite..."Yo" made me laugh :-)

  4. Love your "green" tags Nikki - great backgrounds and love those quirky images!!!

  5. Wow, your backgrounds are fabulous on these tags! Fun stamps too! Great hop - I'm getting lots of inspiration!

  6. Nice first tag using the greens....also nice second tag but I do see purple, blue and orange there!

  7. Stunning Nikki ! I really love it !

  8. Great tag, Nikki ! I appreciate it even more now ! ;)
    Corrie x

  9. Nice tag! ....... On behalf of Pat C.

  10. weird is good!!!
    stamping sue

  11. Great tags! I like how you added that "glow" around the croc; that's a fabulous idea!

  12. Very Fun tags, Nikki!! I love LCD images, too and you're using a couple that kind of freak me out a little! LOL :) :) But that's a good thing!! So glad that I hopped over!! XOXO-Shari


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