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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Tim Holtz Pen Nib Picket Fence Tag

Spring has Sprung
   When I started to get out the bits and pieces to create this tag, I was hunting to see if I had a suitable bird stamp. I did not! For someone who loves stamping as much as I do, I am woefully lacking in the stamp department, however... I have ingenuity by the bucketfull!
   Instead I cut out 2 images from a scrapbook pad (they were a plain royal blue and black) and Glossy Accented them. Part way through the drying process, I scored the wings with a needle to create a textured surface. Once everything was dry, I coloured with Promarker's.
   During my hunt,  I decided that my Tim Holtz Pen Nib stamps reminded me  a little of a fence and this igave me an idea for my tag.
   I knew I wanted to add lots of Spring things... I ended up with flowers, birds, butterflies and some cheeky little Indigoblu bunnies  (again, a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine) that snuck in there at the end.
    I also used lots of different stamping techniques which I really enjoyed - it is lovely to be able to create my own backing papers... most of this, I have learnt from blogging - thank you all!
   After lightly rubbing a plain tag with Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress ink, I used my favourite background stamp, the Almanac from Rogue Redhead Designs and Versamagic Sugarcane Ink to create a text background. I couldn't decide which embossing inks to use from the selection I had chosen, so I used all of them in different parts of the tag (Holographic, Clear, Dark Brown and a Faded Jeans Distress ink) I water splattered the tag and rubbed Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges to close the tag.
I stamped a large Basic Grey floral stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and embossed with holographic powder
Bird Detail showing 'scored' Glossy Accents 
My pen nib fence
Trying to show the glimmer! As ever, I had such fun making this!
Ihis to be my entry for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012 April Tag: 12-tags-of-2012-april.html
and Lisa Somerville's Blogger Challenge here: For the Birds and the Spring Challenge at: Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the 'free' theme at: Crazy Amigo's and the Spring Challenge at: Creavil Challenges
I'm not used to adding blog hop links - my comments space has moved half a mile down this page! sorry xx

25 comments:

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful tag! Love the glossy paper birds and added crochet trim! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Anna! Great composition! So well done. Love all the detail. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Best wishes, Yvonne

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a fabulous tag with great details.

Sue said...

You continue to amaze me with your ingenuity! Make your own birds, use pen nibs as a fence, you are an Englishwoman of multiple talents!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Very creative Anna, luv how you "found" your birds and made your fence, beautiful bg too! hugs

Anonymous said...

Pen nibs for a fence? wonderful! The whole tag is beautiful.

Kate said...

What a genius idea for the fence! Love your tag and background!
Kate

Sandra said...

Very cool idea to use the nibs fas a fence! Those birds look amazing too!

Redanne said...

Well, I am not sure I should be saying this....but...I think I like your tag a smidgen more than his Holtziness. Great idea using the pen nibs as a fence, I think you might have a winner here!

anna christensen crafts said...

testing to see if this copies to my email blogger not sending me copies today

Meggymay said...

Fantastic tag, love the layered look, the background and fence are amazing.
Thank you for sharing this tag with us at FSC.
Yvonne/Meggymay

Basement Stamper said...

Your tag is stunning and I love the glossy accents on the birds. Thanks for joining us at blogger's challenge.

Maria said...

What a beautiful tag, Anna! It is just lovely and I think that is so genius to use pen nibs as a fence -- way to go! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs.B said...

Hi Anna, this is a fabulous tag, love how you have used the nibs as a fence! just brilliant!!
Beautiful colours and images, perfect for our spring theme.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Great tag - I especially love the pen nib fence and the birds are beautiful.
Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
Dot x

Anita Houston said...

Holy Cow Wow!!! This is my new favorite of yours! Your ingenuity is never lacking but always soaring! I love the bunnies sticking up and your birds are gorgeous! That fence is genius! Anna, this tag rocks!!!!

Mynnette said...

This is FABULOUS--especially love the pen nib fence! Those birds are amazing, too! :) LOVE it!!!

Rita said...

Anna, This is absolutely Stunning. Hope you get recognition at least. Hugs Rita xx

Carol said...

Beautful tag and pen nib fence is a great idea.

Bonnie said...

The fence is the perfect addition to a sweet tag!

Fliss said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Anna. Love the background and the images and embellishments look stunning.
Thanks for sharing with us at the FSC Spring challenge and wishing you good luck.
Fliss x
PS: I live just up the coast from you - small world!

toni said...

Lovely tag Anna, so much work on so little space, well done x

jewell said...

very nice...thanks for explaining as well

Kati said...

Wow - so beautiful. Thanks for showing it for the creavil challenge. Hugs
mamapia

isisimaginings said...

Wow, such a stunning tag!! the birds are gorgeous, I thought you'd cut them from metal until I read the details - definitely a genius idea.