This month, Tim Holtz posted his 11th and 12th tags of 2012. It has been fun following along, creating my own projects based on his ideas/techniques. This month he posted the December tag as well as the tag he “owed us” from last January (as if he owed us anything more than he already gives, really!).
Here are “my takes” on those two tags.
When I was a student, I was always one to follow directions exactly. Seriously. The upside to that was good grades. Great grades, actually. The downside to that is that I did not allow myself any “space” to be creative. Since nothing I do is for a grade anymore (YAY!!), I have discovered that I actually do have a little creativity hidden deep inside me (somewhere)—have to pull on it to “get it out” sometimes! So, now I find that I never make a project exactly like the one I am using for inspiration—because I don’t have to, and I don’t want to, and I do think that is a good thing, in the end!
For the Snowman Joy tag, I used Broken China and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains to create the background. I stamped the Tim Holtz blueprint snowman directly on the tag and also on watercolor paper. I stamped the hat an additional time. I cut out the stamped images from the white watercolor paper. After using Distress Inks and a water pen to color in and shade the snowman and the extra hat, I covered the shaded areas on the snowman as well as the holly leaves, with Distress Rock Candy Stickles. Then the cut-out snowman was popped up on top of the stamped image on the tag, and the extra hat on top of him, for a 3-D effect. As for the frosty look (Stickles), you know the story—glittery, glitzy things do not show up in my photos very well. Here is a close-up for a little better view (if you click to enlarge, you get a much better idea):
I placed a strip of music tissue tape along the bottom, with a strip of Tinsel Twine stapled under it. For the JOY letters, I put metal foil tape on card stock, embossed it with the snowflake embossing folder, painted the raised snowflake with Stream Ranger Alcohol Ink, cut the word from my Cricut December 25 cartridge, and raised it up on the tag with foam tape. I added a snowflake brad and some clear bling from my stash. The crinkled ribbon was stained with Broken China and Brushed Pewter.
For the Deck the Halls tag, I created a similar background as the snowman tag, using Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains (for the tag and for the crinkled ribbon).
Necessity is the mother of invention, and I did not have any poinsettias except an image on the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. (It is not intended to be dimensional, but I just played with several layers of it until I was fairly satisfied with the look..) I found the music to “Deck the Halls” in a Little Golden book of “Christmas Carols” that I have saved from my children’s growing-up years. I scanned it, printed it onto cardstock, and cut it on the Cricut. Then I sponged the petals heavily with Fired Brick Distress Ink. (and a little Pine Needles for the leaves). I love that the poinsettia is made from the music to the song that is the theme of the tag (she said, proudly patting herself on the back). I printed “Deck the Halls” on the computer, inked the edges, and adhered it to a ticket. My pewter music notes didn’t go with the gold on the tag, so I painted them black with Ranger Alcohol Ink.
The flourish is cut from grungeboard from Tim’s Movers and Shapers die and then stained with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. I usually use the Gold Paint Dabber to make a gold flourish, but I really love the new metallic stains for this!
I wanted a little more bling on the poinsettia, so I sprayed it with my “go-to” Perfect Pearls Mist (Sunflower Sparkle).
And here are these two tags on my “tag tree”:
I will be entering one or both of these tags in several challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog—Snowflakes
My Grafico Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge-Inspired by Tim’s 12 Tags
Addicted to Stamps Challenge-Bingo
(Snowman tag: Glitter, Embossed, Snowflake)
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge-Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge-Snowmen
Stampin’ for the Weekend-Let it Snow Challenge
2 Sisters Challenge Blog-Snowflakes
Anything But a Card-Seasonal Holiday Challenge
Inspiration Journal Challenge
(Snowman tag, using Joy’s favorite Distress Ink, Broken China, and the word “Joy”)
Now, off to spend the day tomorrow with my mother, who is having a major, scary surgery. Prayers appreciated!