Tim Holtz’s September tag uses a technique that is one of my favorites—faux metal. It’s just so much fun to see a plain manila shipping tag turn into a piece of metal! The alcohol ink colors I used are Denim, Pitch Black and Ginger. Tim uses steel wool to burnish off the ink and make it look more worn. Here, I’ll admit to being a wimp. I cannot stand using steel wool on foil—it gives me the heebie jeebies, big time. Anyway, I like the look of the blended colors WITHOUT the burnishing.
I do not have the typewriter die that Tim used on his tag, but I do have some Artistic Outpost stamps I’ve been wanting to use. The typewriter stamp is from the Secretary Pool set, and the sentiment, “read,” is from the My Favorite Book set.
I decided to make the theme of this card fit with the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show, Read All About It. I love to read, and a lot of my stamps and other supplies are along the theme of school, learning, reading. This particular book, from which I took the text for the tag, is a very old one I have on hand from my days of teaching gifted students. I decided that taking it apart and using it in my projects would be a fitting way to “memorialize” the old favorite from my library.
Also entering this one in Really Reasonable Ribbon Back to School and Ribbon Challenge. AND, what fun to submit an entry to the very first challenge ever at Anything But a Card Challenge Blog (suits my style just fine!!)!
(Have I mentioned that I LOVE the tiny attacher tool!!!)
Fantastic take on the tag - the alcohol ink colours do look great in all their glory, and I love the book page layer!
Gorgeous background! I'm so glad you didn't change it! Beautiful tag!
What an amazingly gorgeous tag!!!! Awesome! Love!!!!
Greetings from Vienna,
die amelie x
I love your tag! Great photo too!
Oh I do love your version Barbara. Know what you mean, it even seems a shame to remove so much of the ink from the metal foil. Good luck with all of the challenges. Hugs, Buttons x
Barb...very cool how you incorporated Tim's Stamptember tag and the SSSS challenge into one beautiful tag! Love your idea and the finished result! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy
What they said, and then some! Barb, your un-burnished background is great - I like being able to really see the blue. Just a beautiful job all over!
Beautiful tag, Barb. Love your improv!
Gorgeous tag! I love the alcohol ink colors...really showed up well, and your color choices! Beautiful work and so quickly...great book behind it as well!
I love it! I can't wait to get stared on my tag too! Thanks for joining us at anything but a card!
This is GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :)
Love your version of Tim's tag! Full of texture and gorgeous elements. I love it!
Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at ABAC's first challenge.
Love your take on Tim's tag! Thanks for playing along with us at Artistic Outpost!
Great tag Barb. You hit it out of the park again!!!
great tag - the faux metal turned out great - love all the other elements too!
Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card Challenge - hope to see more from you soon!
Gorgeous version of Tim's tag! Love the background and great idea to use that typewriter stamp. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!
Awesome project! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.
I love tags. This one is my favorite that I have seen. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.
Love how you packed your tag with all the ephemera!
This is a fabulous project! It looks just awesome! Thank you for sharing it and playing along at Really Reasonable Ribbon!
Loving this tag! Fabulous texture. I love all your added metal embellies!
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