On the First day of Taaags T!m Holtz gave to me....the in~spir~aaation for this!!
Ooooooo!! How much fun was THIS?!! I absolutely LOOOOVE T!m's creativity and the fact that he does the 12 Tags of Christmas! This year, my goal is to play along as much as possible and use the tags for the office girls/boss gift bags. That means I have at least 8 tags that I will be inspired to try!! Are you all just sitting on the edge of your seats?!! hehe
Ok...for this tag I pretty much followed T!m's tag with my own side trips (I'm lacking in the stamp area of T!m's collection....hopefully not for too much longer!! hehe). I used distress inks in Broken China, Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans for my background. I stamped a flourish from Rhonna Farrer using Broken China and the snowflakes come from SU's Christmas Punch set and they were stamped using Jet Black Archival ink. Now....I obvioulsy need to learn how to "frost a cake" better (as T!m describes how much of the Rock Candy Distress Crackle to put on) because I did NOT get the same crackled look that T!m's tag did (trust me...the next one is going to be better!). I thought I had let the crackle process dry enough before helping it along with my heat gun....Let's just say that the ONE spot that I had gotten a LOT of crackle on bubbled up!! What to do? Pulled out my new Spellbinders Create a Flake One Snowflake and cut, embossed and stenciled the snowflake to put over my little mess up. The first layer of the snowflake is attatched using some dimensional tape. The other layers were then added using my Pro Glider. I applied some Ranger Glossy Acents and then sprinkled a light coat of Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter inVintage Shards Glass over the layers. After that had dried, I applied a heavier coat of the Glossy accents on the top layer of the snowflake and then LOTS more of the glass glitter. OHHHH!! It's sooo puuurrrdy!!
Next came the Grunge board flouish from the grunge board plain elements pack. I painted the flourish using some Folk Art acrylic paint in Spring white and while the paint was still wet, I misted it with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Pearl. After letting it dry (for the most part...I obviously have very little patience, 'cause I managed to smudge a couple of edges) I lightly sponged some distress inks in Broken China and Dusty Concord along the edges. I adhered the grunge flourish with some more glossy accents (makes a great glue!). The final touches were using Glossy Accents along the top edge and first applying some of Martha Stewart's Snow Glitter then another layer using her Carrara Marble glitter. Saw the Merry Christmas sentiment from Just for Fun sitting on my desk and did a little masking to break up the sentiment and stamped it using Jet Black archival ink. Pulled out a bit of ribbon from Michael's dollar bin and I'm giddy with excitement on how this turned out!!
I've already cleaned up my mess so that I can start on the next tag!! I think that my house will never be cleaned up and ready for Christmas at this rate!! Too much fun playing with these new ideas!! LOL!!
Ok...I'm off to work on tag number 2!
Thanks for dropping by today!! I hope that you will be inspired to try something new and different in your creative time today!!