Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas - Day Six
It's day six!! We're half way through the 12 Tags of Christmas and I couldn't be having more fun! It has been such a blast to create my own interpretation of Tim's tag and to come up with solutions for how to make embellishments that aren't in my stash. Today's tag is one of my favorites! Tim again stunned his blog readers with an amazing vintage truck carrying a tree covered in white sparkly fluff. (He even "tied" the tree to the roof of the truck with twine...brilliant!) I again followed Tim's technique for covering my tag, which consisted of attaching newspaper to the background (Tim used a dictionary page), then aging the piece with ink and a distressing tool. I also added a big 'ol swirl (a favorite element) and sentiment, from Kitchen Sink Stamps, in cranberry red. And that's where the similarities end...because...while I own two jars of sparkly fluff, I only own a chocolate brown and orange...not a jar of white fluff in sight! So I created hills that were covered in brown fluff! To make the hills I tore pieces of kraft cardstock into a hill shape and then crinkled up the paper. After smoothing the paper, I ran a blending tool, loaded with distress ink, over the paper. The ink sticks more to the creased section and the edges, creating depth and shadows. I then used glossy accents to adhere the sparkly fluff. The hills were overlapped and glued to the tag. My trees, compliments of GinaK, were embossed with olive embossing powder on kraft cardstock, aged with olive ink, and attached with dimensional tape. And then...this may be my favorite part...I created a faux metal tag! Tim used one of those fancy real metal tags but...well...you know...I don't have any of those special trinkets. (Is anyone feeling sorry for me yet? LOL!) To create the metal tag, I dumped a big 'ol pile of silver embossing powder onto a piece of cardstock (no VersaMark, just a pile of embossing powder). Using a heat gun, apply heat to the embossing powder by holding the gun underneath the paper. It will take some time but eventually the entire pile of powder will melt. Then, working quickly, ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink and push it into the hot embossing powder. Once my "tag" cooled, I used Nestibilities die cuts to cut out the tag shape, which is attached with a safety pin to my ribbon. And that is the story of today's tag!! I can't wait to see what Tim has in store for us tomorrow...This has been such a fun adventure in experimentation and creating!! Thanks Tim!