Sunday, 3 February 2013

"Leonardo's Queen of Hearts" (12 tags of 2013 - february)

Well, we all know whose Queen of Hearts "La Gioconda" - the Mona Lisa - was... I thought, I'd take a slightly different approach on the February tag of the 12 tags of 2013 over at Tim Holtz's awesome blog.



The Mona Lisa stamp is one of my favourites among the beautiful Tim Holtz stamps (and was on my very first stamp sheet I bought!!!). I followed Tim's instructions as closely as I could, but I had to improvise a little on the pendant that shows some words Leonardo could have written, if he had been the one to do a tag like this...

I made the pendant using one of the idea-ology "Fragments" and embossed the edge with silver embossing enamel. I also stamped some scratches onto the surface of the pendant, to give it a worn and old look.



The Letters for "XOXO" and "14" are cut from black card using the Sizzix Alphabetical and Tipeset dies.



The background was stamped with architectural and art images from the "Classics #7" plate and Mona Lisa's crown comes from the "Shabby French" stamp plate. I used the Bingo Embossing folder, as I do not own the kraft core seasonal impressions...






Doing a painting like "La Gioconda" changed art history a lot - artists discovered nature and man in the midst of it as something very beautiful and important - this meant the end to medieval times! "Bingo" is maybe a little too modern, but if Leonardo had known the game and the meaning of this word, he maybe would have shouted "Bingo!", when he finished his painting of Mona Lisa... ;)





I had a lot of fun playing with the Distress inks, "bathing" the die cut tag in them, spritzing and colouring and I really love the intense feel the red creates! The combination of the various textures is awesome (it always is when it comes to Tim's tags, isn't it?)

I hope you liked what you saw!
Thanks for your visit!

Hugs,
die amelie xx

35 comments:

  1. Fab take on Tim's tag Claudia - perfect for Valentines. Nicola x

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  2. Das ist wieder super schön geworden - ich finde es so klasse das es auf deinen Arbeiten immer so vieles zu entdecken gibt und man lange darauf verweilen kann!
    LG Dagmar

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  3. Fantastic, fantastic take on the TH tag - LOVE your Giaconda version of the Queen of Hearts!
    Alison x

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  4. What a fabulous tag. I love your interpretation!

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  5. Oh Claudia, das ist ein traumhaft schönes Tag, ich mag rot eh so gerne ;o)

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  6. ein MEISTERWERK!
    Leonardo und Mona Lisa würden beide wohl applaudieren!

    liebe Grüße
    Susi

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  7. Ein richtig tolles Tag!!!!

    LG!

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  8. Omigosh - your tag is fantastic. I LOVE the Leonardo charm! Awesome job.

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  9. Very interesting and creative Claudia! Great red!!
    Already on Pinterest

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  10. Gorgeous tag--I love the colors! Your Fragment charm is soooo fabulous!!

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  11. Klasse! Die Abwandlungen finde ich immer interessanter, als die direkten Kopien. Schön grungy (:o)

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  12. Love the mona lisa with the crown, great take on the challenge! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  13. Beautiful tag!!!! Love Gioconda !!! barbarayaya

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  14. a really fab take on tims tags! trace x

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  15. *schwärm*
    Ein wundervolles Tag ist das geworden. Leo und Mona wären sicher glücklich darüber

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  16. Eine superschönes Tag hast du gestaltet :)

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  17. Absolutely love your use of Mona for this tag x

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  18. wow so stunning tag, love all great details
    hugs Pia

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  19. This tag is amazing, Claudia! Love that you used Mona as your queen of hearts! She is so pretty! Very gorgeous tag! Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Very original take on the tag. The pendant is stunning.

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  21. Love your version of Tim's tag!! It's gorgeous!

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  22. Gorgeous tag, I love all the details and the textures are amazing, so well thought out and put together! Thank you for stopping by to leave me a sweet comment also. ~Diane

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  23. Fabulous tag!
    Sorry i have not been by for a while, i was taking a break from crafting & blogging. Work has been very exhausting so far this year i hope it improves soon it is draining my creativity.

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  24. A great take on Tim's tag and a lovely use of the Mona Lisa!

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  25. Claudia,
    I really like this tag. The Mona Lisa was a great choice. I'm a big fan of your "shabby French!"

    Claudia R.

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  26. Congratulations on winning. Beautiful tag :)

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  27. Congrats on your winning tag! She is so pretty the way you colored her and love her crown! I love all things Paris, so I love that you made her your Queen of Hearts!

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  28. woo hoo Claudia, you won the TH tag drawing!! wtg!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  29. Just popped over to say Congrats on your February tag win with this stunning design.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  30. Congrats to you!!! Gorgeous tag!

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  31. Yay - congrats on your TH win - fantastic!!
    Alison xx

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  32. Congratulations on the TH win, have only just seen it. Hugs cINDY

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