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Exciting news on the Tim Holtz website this week. Tim has decided to introduce new monthly challenges to replace the 12 Tags of Christmas. I loved the 12 Tags... it got my blog going and was such an exciting time. I am (on reflection) delighted to have the opportunity to make things at a more leisurely pace, but also, to be able to take part in something that enables us to learn more of Tims generously shared new techniques and lets like minded crafters discover each others work and find inspiration in each other. Thanks as ever Tim xx
To celebrate this new and exciting development, I also decided to try and document my latest project in a little more detail. This was partly inspired by Tim and partly by the detailed tutorials that are often produced by my lovely blogging friends Sue and Anita
Firstly, I took a textured Grungeboard Tag and gave it a covering of Adirondak 'Snow Cap' Acrylic Paint Dabber. I sanded the edges and added a partial coating of Fired Brick Distress Stain and then stamped text using a stunning Rogue Redhead Designs Stamp (Relish Reading) twice. First in Snowcap Paint Dabber and then in London Fog Memento Ink to create a layered effect. Although I am relatively new to using them, I can honestly say that RRD stamps are of amazing quality and quite simply a joy to use. I toned the effect of the white down a little using Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Then, I inked the sanded down edges of the tag with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.
I covered a Tim Holtz Die Cut Heart with Fired Brick Distress Ink, dried this with a heat gun and then gave it a very liberal coating of Fired Brick Distress Stickles. Once this was dry, I sanded the edges and applied Aged Mahogany Distress Stain to the edges and a little more was applied to the heart itself.
My Grunge Board Cherub was created using my own nail varnish crackle technique. Firstly, I coated it in Snowcap Paint Dabber. Once this was dry, I applied a coating of clear nail polish and again left to dry. Then, I gave it a liberal coating of Crackle Glaze Nail Polish and had lunch while I waited for it to dry! I covered the Cherub's Bow and Arrow in Platinum Stickles. This turned out quite bright, so I rubbed Aged Mahogany Distress Stain carefully across the Bow and Arrow to age them a little.
I absolutely love using this technique... It really does make watching paint dry fun! I cut out Tim Holtz letters from the Seasonal Stack, distressed and inked the edges with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Paint Dabbers and coated with Fired Brick Distress Stickles. I die cut a border from Coredinations Whitewash Card and sanded it down lightly using a Basic Grey file. This was stuck down around the outside and lower edges only (so I could tuck the letters in slightly). I added a band of tissue tape to the upper part of the tag and stuck down the different elements.
The yummy jewelled embellishment thingy has been cut from an old pair of jeans bought for a song from a carboot sale at the weekend. It was the fastening at the top of the zipper! I sanded it down and aged it a little and added a large Flatback Pearl to the middle. I am so proud of that little find! Ribbon finished off the tag - done!
At the same carboot sale, I also found something very very special! I am afraid I do not know its original significance (yet!) but immediately, it had a profound meaning for me and really made me happy. One of the very best things about blogging for me has been making friends with 2 people that I am in touch with really regularly - Anita and Sue (there is a link to both of their sites near the beginning of this post) They are both really special. So... finding an old Pin Badge with the flags of both of our countries linked together was brilliant and I knew straight away what I could use it for.
I am entering this tag into the February 12 Tags of 2012, here is the link for you:
12 Tags of 2012
I am also entering it into the folowing challenges:
Grungy Monday Challenge
Simon says Stamp and Show
Inspiration Emporium - anything goes
Texture - The Stampman
Simon Says Tag It!