Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Months of 2012 - February

Get supplies... something to eat and drink! this is a biggie!

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.

Oh Yes... Quite obvious really!  Using heart shaped pebbles collected (painstakingly) over the years by my daughter and I... I made  a heart shaped 'card free card' for my pals. Ladies, this is for you xx

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!


Candy C said...

Hi there! Your Valentine tag is so cute! I love your cupid painted with nail paint! Classic! :) Your rich reds and beautiful heart, etc. make this tag! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Why'd you go and have to make me cry?!? I just love you!!!

Your tag is brilliant! I now dub you the "polish queen"!!! You my friend, improvise better than any I know! This little cherub is the crackled bomb!!! I <3 U 2!

El rincon de vanessa said...

Me encnata como te a quedado ese cupido pintado con laca de uñas, te queda genial ...
Me gusta todo!!!!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous tag :-) I love everything about this ,, stunning !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

please consideer turning off word verification, this is a particularly difficult one to do x

Anonymous said...

This is spectacular! I love the crakled effect on the cupid! Thanks for the tutorial, I shall have a go.

Sue said...

Awww...tears in my eyes over here too!

What a spectacular tag. Love every singe bit of it. Your poor daughter may never see her nail polish again!

Brenda Brown said...

Anna your tag is divine, I just love the colours and elements you have used and your crackle polish has made the cherub a magnificent addition. Thanks for linking this to the Stamp Man Texture challenge.
hugs {brenda] xox

Virginia Nebel said...

Love your tag and especially those heart-shaped pebbles!
Thanks for the tip about Tim's blog, off to check it out!

Carol said...

This is a fantastic tag Anna. I will give you nail polish cracklen a try.

HP said...

Tag is the fact you have crackle nail varnish ... i have that one it really works on card !

pooky said...

love this!!! The rocks are so cool! Have a rockin' weekend! Haaaa..just had to say it:))

Yvonne said...

Your TH tag is MAGNIFICENT, Anna!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking tag, love all the details on it.

Ellen Taylor said...

Fabulous tag! Love everything about it!Have a most wonderful weekend!

Maria said...

Beautiful tag, Anna!! Love your nail polish technique on the angel, and the awesome bling on top! And the pins ... that is the sweetest thing, ever! I agree with you - I love how blogging has been such a wonderful way to meet new friends around the world! :) Hope you're having a great weekend, Anna!

Angelica said...

Beautiful tag!
Love your "nail varnish crackle technique"

trisha too said...

What a fun post--lots of steps for that tag, but the results were so worth it, what a beauty!


Sandra said...

Gorgeous tag! Love that you used crackle nailpolish for the little cupid!!

Unknown said...

Hi Anna , I'm Elaine, I love what you have done with the nail paint.
The tag looks fab.

Kristen said...

i love this tag, this is so well done. one of the best i've seen i think!

Visiting from Tim's 2012 Tags

なな☆ Nanahoshi said...

Oh this is a wonderful tag! What an amazing idea Anna!Gorgeous angel been crackle!

Lynn Stevens said...

What a wonderful Tag.Love the crackle on the cherub. I just heard about Tim's new tags a few days ago. I think I must be living under a rock somewhere, sheesh....
hugs Lynn

Kirsten Alicia said...

Gorgeous tag, I love the button.

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your angel tag is spectacular! Thank you for sharing about Tim Holtz and his 12 months of 2012. All of the supplies you used are awesome!
I just became a new follower of your blog!
Cheers! and Smiles ;)
Teresa in California
Blogging is way better than having pen pals the old-fashioned way!~