Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Yesterday, I was making some background papers with Tim's flourish mask, and still fretting about not getting Picket Fence Crackle.... So I thought what the heck, I thought I'd try the Antique Linen with Snow Cap Dabber over it. It lightened up with the Snow Cap, and has a slight antique look I'm good with. I didn't want to 'waste' if you will, UTEE on making fake snow, so I mixed Glossy Accents with Martha's Crystal Course & Snow Glitter along with some crystal glitter I had. Nice and crusty, sparkly and very snow like! I 'could' have used Snow-Tex which was sitting right in front of me, but wanted to give this a try. It adds the bit of sparkle Snow-Tex does not. I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite tags!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sigh. Last tag. I'm going to go through a slight with-drawl, so I'll have to just make some more tags!
Maybe they'll be our Christmas cards since I didn't make any yet! Besides, I still have 6 other tags to make! Soon as that darn metallic crackle & picket fence come in!
But I digress, here is Tag 12. I do have spinners & sprockets here, but didn't have the ghost clock & chipboard clock so improvised. I stamped a clock onto plain c/s and also on a transparancy sheet. The gear is from a rubber stamp set. Since the clock already had hands, I didn't add the spinners.
But it did need a little texture, so I added some Martha mica to give Santa some sparkle. I also used an Inkssentials White Gel pen, a blue sparkly gel pen and black Prisma .001 marker to highlight Santa's eyes.
Today's tag was quite lovely! A nice background technique with a brayer & watered-down Distress inks. What gives it a even cooler look, is the splatter of Metallic Alcohol ink! Now Tim says when embossing the fragments, to be careful as they'll melt. Well, he was right! I didn't happen to actually melt one, but I certainly was getting close! Two of them are actually slightly bowed.
But it is a neat effect, even if it's difficult to see in a photo. I didn't want to take the time to drill a hole, so I used silver glass glitter to make an ornament 'cap'. This also allowed me an area to adhere the fragment to the background using Glossy Accents! I also didn't have a stamp that was quite right, so I used Rub-onz by Graphics to create a phrase on my PC, print out & rub onto the tag!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Now this one certainly caught my attention. Don't know why. Maybe it's that darn Reindeer!
Being resourceful, I traced the image in the negative space of the grungeboard onto cardstock, trimmed it out, and overstamped it with another decorative stamp! Wall-ah, kewl Reindeer! I used Pearl-ex in Mink with Vintage Photo DI and a drop of gum arabic in my mini-mister (LOVE them) for the background. The deer was over-painted using Lemongrass mica powder with Future in a Koi brush....
In real life, it does have some nice shimmer to it! I think I may go back & edge this with Krylon gold marker. It seems to be missing something......
Well I'm certainly not doing these in any kind of order and may not get to all of them. I'm bummed as my supplier has backordered the Reindeer in Flight stamp set as well as the metallic crackle and the very coveted (at least by me) Picket Fence crackle I've been lusting over!
By I digress. Attached is Tag 4. I didn't print the image on canvas paper, although I do have I/J Canvas paper here. I had it printed on glossy photo paper, and just used what I had out. I also didn't have some of the other items Tim used, so again, I improvised.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Today's tag is done using the new Seasonal Grungebord, Dabbers, and a cool resist technique. On a group I'm on, we were discussing using non-traditional Christmas colors, so I used Wild Plum and a Lettuce. And gold. LOTS of different textures here. The background resist was a bit tricky, so I did 4 tags at the same time, just in case. 1 totaly didn't work out, and # 3 is a bit sketchy but will work for something else I'm sure!
I didn't have any white word rub-ons, so I used a white Sharpie paint pen to write Peace. I did run my deers thru my Accucut with the cuttlebug folder, but seemed to loose the embossing along the way... Unless you see it in real life, where you CAN see it! Must have got a little crazy with the gold metallic overspray!
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sing along now "On the 2nd day of Christmas Tim Holtz gifted art to me...."
Tim's on tag #3 of his 12 Tags of Christmas techniques. I did tag 2 first as I love LOVE love alcohol inks! Now the ol' smoosh method for creating the background isn't new, but the splatter effect is MOST kewl!
I didn't use the same stamps, colors or bellies as he did, nor do I think you have to. I think it's all about sharing the love, adapting and using supplies you have. Now, I would LOVE you all to purchase the supplies he suggests. Even BETTER if you bought them from Red Rubber Paper and Ink (me!) since I'm offering 25% off all supplies he uses for the tags PLUS free shipping for orders over $25.00. BUT enough of the shameless plug. I challenge you to improvise on his techniques and use your stash! I did. I made my bird from Shrink plastic, and used another brand of white rub-on's. If I hadn't had those, I would have tried stamping Snowcap Dabber with a flourish stamp. See what you can come up with.
In the meantime, enjoy Tim's tags at www.timholtz.typepad.com