Sunday, December 5, 2010

T!m Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas--Days 3 & 4

Well, I've been having fun creating all day! I was two days behind today, and since I'm also doing tags Wendy Vecchi style, I only completed 4 out of the 6 I needed to do to get caught up. Oh well, tomorrow's another day!

For the Day 3 tag, T!m used a tree image and stamped it sideways so it looked like a branch. I didn't have that tree, but I wanted to do the same technique, so I thought I'd be creative and I used the pine trees sideways. Silly, but at least I'll remember the technique in the future!
Then, he used his seasonal tissue tape to create a collage on some grunge paper before running it through his machine to cut out his bird ... the only bird die-cut I had was this raven. It works about as well as the pine trees.
I didn't have any moss for under the birds' feet, until I remembered that T!m gave us some on the ship for our boxes. I stole a little snippet, and nobody's the wiser. I also added some brown tinselly stuff behind it.
In lieu of the garland T!m used along the bottom, I used some green tinselly stuff, and instead of one of his buttons, I used a globe charm after I cut the link off.
I don't know why, but I seem to like all my Wendy tags better. Maybe it's because I'm not doing them with a Christmas theme--just trying to do the techniques.
Since I used a butterfly instead of a bird, I didn't want to put some moss on the 'branches', so I put some wire down with some Glossy Accents.
And, instead of the Seasonal Salvage Sticker, I created my own little sign on grunge paper using Wendy's stamps. I also used a rose I made instead of a tissue tape flower.

For Day 4 tag, T!m used a vintage picture of Santa to make the background on the tag. I didn't have any paper like that, so I used some snowflake scrapbook paper.
The rest is pretty much like what T!m did, but I gotta say, that fragment charm gave me so much trouble! First of all, I didn't have any faceted charms--no problem, I just used a fragment charm. I put my alcohol inks on the back and stamped the snowflakes with Black Archival ink like T!m did, and when I dabbed the ink off (it also removes the color so you're left with clear where the snowflakes are), either I couldn't get all the black off, or it took off too much alcohol ink! So, I'd clean it off with Blending Solution and start over. After about 10 freakin' tries, it was getting worse, not better. I decided that maybe the blending solution might be giving me additional trouble, so I washed the fragment and got a clean towel. Still wasn't working, but now, every time I cleaned it off with blending solution, I washed it. I finally got something I could live with and you can hardly see it! Ha! Go figure!

For Wendy's charm, I wanted to use her face stamp in lieu of the Santa face, so I covered the tag with some light pink patterned paper and began stamping. I used the Distress inks & Q-Tips to color her face.
By the time I got to her fragment, I used the small butterfly stamp and just settled for what I got after the first try.
I must say, my table got the messiest after the tags I did today. I had out all my Distress Inks, Alcohol Inks, Ideal-ology, beading supplies, Big Shot, Tim stamps and Wendy stamps, plus numerous other supplies. I didn't put anything away, just re-organized for tomorrow's session. I don't know how people do these when they have full-time jobs!


2amscrapper said...

Wonderful tags!

Nancy said...

Your tags are beautiful, Steph! Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

I think you're doing great, and I especially love the Wendy version you did with the face. Great colors on that one, and the perfect amount of bling.
To answer your question: I really don't think that people with full time jobs do all this. Or if they do, it's only two days a week.
Me, I don't know how I ever had the time to go to work, LOL.

Lynn Stevens said...

I like your Wendy ones better too, I think they have a more delicate look to them! Beautiful!

Lori said...

These are all really fantastic Steph! I'm finally getting around to visiting blogs! But I've seen your wonderful Wendy tags on the group, love that face one. And the idea of using the raven for the bird on the Tim tag is brilliant, love that.