Saturday, December 24, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 12

So it's Christmas Eve and I stayed up late last night to complete my 12th and final tag.  Tim did a fab creation that I astounded me.  Check it out  So what to do?  I started with a tag and stamped my favorite background in black archival in.  I used plain white tissue paper stamped with snowflakes and dusted with perfect pearls, which I scaplifted from the ever brilliant Shelly Hickox.  The rest I just followed my heart, kept everything gold and green.  I love how the tissue paper worked, and will have to use this again.  Well I must be off to get ready for the Big Event Tonight. Lots to do.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

here is a picture of me last night, drafted as the Big Man for my daughter's chinese school.

Merry Christmas To All!

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 11

So on to Day 11.  Tim did a very bright and bold tag for Day 11 using glossy stock paper.  I kept mine muted using manila.  For the sentiment I stamped on glossy white card stock in Black Soot DI and embossed with clear sparkle and covered the whole thing in Barn Door,  for the tag I used the same glossy white card stock and used Archival Ink for the stamp and Peeled Paint with Rusty Hinge to color.  The pine branch is metal foil tape with AI in bottle and ginger and coated in UTEE. 

Simple and done.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 10

Well I'm down to the wire, but "Better late than never" as they say.  Here is my Day 10 tag.  I tried to follow Tim's inspiration as best I could, you can see his work here.

So the tag begins with lifting images from paper on to clear packing tape.  My daughter calls this technique "Tape Memories" and keeps them in a journal.  I really liked how this worked out, but I am always apprehensive about using Glossy Accents and Facets or Fragments.  I have a tendency to bugger this up, I may have opposable thumbs, but they are short and fat and normally make a mess when using Glossy Accents as glue.  Somehow through a Christmas miracle things went according to plan.  For the background I used a piece of sheet music glued to a tag stamped and clear embossed the pine branches, and glimmer misted the whole thing with heirloom gold perfect pearls mixed with tea dye in a mini mister.  The branch was cut from grunge board, painted with Espresso Dabber and coated with UTEE and I add some white sparkly stuff.  I made my own banner and made the letter using metal tape on card stock, run it the die cutter. Next drop Alcohol Ink directly on the metal tape side, let it dry and apply 2 coats of UTEE. The first coat of UTEE will pick up the AI and move it around abit, the second coat give depth to the object and the whole thing looks like it's made of glass.

So that was Day 10 and I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 7, 8 & 9

So Tim has finished all 12 of his tags, and I am still trying to catch up. Bound and determined here are my 3 offerings for days 7, 8 and 9.

Here is my offering for Day 7.  On this day Tim shows us how to ghost stamp and do so creative crafting with kraft glassine.  Here I used the kraft glassine in 2 colors for the flower and the holly leaves.  Here I inked the leave with bottle, lettuce and gold mixative AI and for the flower I use cranberry, watermelon and silver.

My ghost stamping doesn't show up so well but it's there.  I also used 2 stamped and embossed images because I didn't have a large enough season greeting to fill the space. 

So another day completed

 For day 8, Tim wanted to do a steampunk Christmas tag, and why not? 

Having used the gadget gears on Day 4's tag I decided to use the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets for this tag.  This is always the great debate, which to use.  It's like choosing between Coswell Cogs or Spacely Sprockets.  But I blather,  The sprockets were embossed with various metal colors and grunged up with black distress emboss and then coated with utee and then assembled.  The numbers are from Tim's idea-ology numerals, painted with snow cap dabber, embossed with clear sparkle and utee.  The coupon is from the stamp from odds and ends on some Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Collection.  I also used various stamps from Tim's mini classics cms 062 in the background following the technique for the star of the tag.

For me Steampunk usually implies interactive and so my sprocket wreath opens up to reveal a special Christmas surprise, inspired by many Advent Calendars.

On day 9 Tim used a stamping and embossing techniques that I have never used before.  That's one of the coolest things about Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, I always learn a new technique or an innovative use of some product.  And not only from Tim, but from many of the people the play along.  For this tag I wanted to keep the image soft and simple.  The picture does show the colors well, but the tag is chipped sapphire for the stamp and then inked over with antique linen and old paper.  the reindeer is snow cap dabber on black card stock with some clear sparkle and utee.

Three more tags to go!

Thanks for stopping by.

I will be entering these at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 6

For the 6th tag of Christmas, Tim gave to us a faux metal enamelled technique to try.  Check out Tim's fab tag --->  here

I used my same metal tape that I buy at the hardware store.  btw I got this tip from Jack & Cat Curio from one of their videos.
I embossed the tag with the snow flakes.  I did not cut the metal and glue it on the top as Tim did, I simply turned the tag around and placed it carefully in the embossing folder and it worked out fine.
We are not well stocked in the acrylic paints, so I took the pearl dabber on my craft sheet and tinted the paint with broken china and chipped sapphire re-inkers. Painted the whole thing, sanded lightly. I used broken china distress ink and a clear sparkle embossing powder, let it cool and coated the whole thing with UTEE.  The tree is painted with juniper dabber and brushed with pine needle and peeled paint DI, UTEE and swiped with picket fence stickles.  The star is similar treatment as the tag but darker blues.  Now I must get some sleep in order to craft some more. (5 hours was ok when I was a wee lad, but dads need more)

Also I am entering this tag in Gingersnap Creations GC129 - Starry Night Challenge check out all the cool artwork there.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 5

Hi,  Tim's 5th tag of Christmas looks really cool, almost easy.  But as I read through the instructions I caught that one little line, practice makes perfect for this technique and I knew I'd be all cackhanded on this one. 

For this tag I cut an ornament shape out of a piece of plastic and a piece of Tim's seasonal stack at the same time.  I then inked the red section with cranberry alcohol ink, let it dry, and stamped the design with archival ink and dab just like Tim.  And what to my wondering eyes did appear? The technique worked just like Tim himself came in did it.  So I go about doing the green section next, AI it bottle, let it dry, stamp it, dab it and it was all smeared and stuff.  So I carefully cleaned it with the alcohol blending solution, which cleaned off the archival ink as well, and tried again and everything worked out fine.  I fixed the ornament in place with metal tape (buy it at the hardware store in heating and cooling section) so that the background is silver.  Dressed op the tag a little with trim and some glittery stars and call it a night.
I really liked the technique Tim taught us with this tag,  hope to use it again real soon.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 4

Alrighty, it's day 8 for the 12 Tags of Christmas, Tim is chugging along, and I am trying like mad to keep up.  Actually I'm working at my normal slow, methodical pace.  I'm just glad that I have the time to craft again.

So for Day 4 Tim did a really cool, snow inspired tag using crackle paint,  check it out. Pretty impressive. 

We haven't had any snow since that freaky bit just before Halloween, so I found inspiration in the green, brown and yellows from our great outdoors.  My snowman is painted with silver and gold, and yes I hear Burl Ives as the snowman singing.  Since me is metallic I thought I would steam punk things a bit and used the on the edge gears instead of snowflakes.  For the background I used peel paint, wild honey and picket fence stains.  I added gears, where Tim used buttons.  The ribbon was a magical offering from the craft table, as it appeared just as I needed it.  Thanks for looking.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

Monday, December 5, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 3

You've got to check out the Day 3 Tag from Tim, if not for the tag at least for the video.  It's a classic. 

This tag drove me nuts, but I pushed on.  I don't have the large stamp that Tim uses in his creation,  and I did really have a stamp that leads itself to this technique.  So what to do.  I gathered up as many Seasonal Greeting Stamps that I have and laid them out in to a pattern that I liked.  I did this on a pices of cardboard and traced around each stamp.  Then I cut out the area where the stamp goes, thus creating a template, so that I can use the stamps again with the ink pad that I created for this tag.  I thought, man this is a lot of work!  I used some Graphic 45 paper for the rosette, and some more embossed holly leaves.  I used some MS glitter on a green piece of ribbon and added some littel bells. 

So I'm 3 days behind and will craft some more tommorow.  Will post again soon.  Please leave a comment so I know you where here and I will start making the rounds to see what you've been upto.
Stay safe

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

12 tags of Christmas, Day 2

Tim's 2nd Day tag is here.  He's done another great tag, the man is truly brilliant.  So here is used a pieces of sheet music from an old German Song Book (Ave Maria) and glued it to a manila tag. I used the Christmas Post card Stamp a clear embossed it, to make my own resist and followed Tim's instructions for up to the perfect pearls misting.  Departing from the path I stamped the snowman with white dabber on black card stock, cut him loose and embossed him a clear glitter powder and 2 coats of UTEE.  It's hard to tell, but he glitters like crazy.  Finished off with some paper lace trim, a flower and some red & silver pipe cleaner for a scarf.  Does he look like he's hurrying to get somewhere?

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.

12 Tags of Christmas, Day 1

OK, So I've been away, (not really gone, lurking here and there), but haven't posted in awhile.  Had to get my head around a few things. And as a wiser person than me said, "If you aren't going to medicate it, get over it".  So it's craftherapy and I'm right as rain. 

So If you haven't noticed, Tim H has started his 12 Tags of Christmas, and I am playing along just like everyone else.  Click here to see Tim's First Tag of Christmas

Tim did a super fab job on his tag.  I did my best.  I tried the embossed coredinations paper and really didn't like the results I got.  It looked ok but not where I wanted to go , so I embossed the snowflakes and hit them with a little tea dye, but I think the blending tool had gathered twigs on it and it came out darker than I anticipated.  Then I spritzed the whole thing with home made glimmer mist of antique paper and heirloom gold perfect pearls.  I use MS antique gold glitter for the "25" and made the wreath from most of the parts from the Festive Greenery (x4).  Holly leaves were embossed with green tinsel and pearl luster jade powders.  I don't have the tattered banners so I made my own banner, stamped it and highlighted with picket fences stickles.  I used red stickels for the holly berries.

I will be entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show as well as Inspiration Emporium Tim Holtz 12 Tags.