Thursday, May 7, 2015

Finnabair Mother's Day Card

In this project I was able to combine two of the things I love - the Finnabair technique (okay, I just started playing with it, but I already love it) and my Mother (I know my mother is a person, not a thing, and I love her as a person, but saying, "I was able to combine a technique I really like that may very well develope into a long-term relationship and a person whom I love" didn't have a great ring to it).

So here is my card (above), and it's the heaviest card I've ever made. I could never have mailed this in an envelope, but since I was sending a gift along with the card, it worked out great. This is a card designed to be put into a box with bubble pack.

Above is a seemingly unrelated thing that's in my guest bathroom. My friends and I spent a Saturday sanding down old fence tops, covering them with vintage wallpaper, sanding the wallpaper until it was all nice and "distressed," and attaching vintage bottles to make adorable hanging vases. That was an incredibly satisfying project! We even got to use the 1960's-era wallpaper sample book my husband found for me at a garage sale.

The hanging vase has hung in my bathroom for months . . . empty. So I went to Michaels a couple nights ago to find some appropriate fake flower to put in it. I found this old-fashioned looking rose, which turned out to be just the thing (plus it was 50% off!). But, of course, it didn't come like you see it in the picture. It was a much bigger, much fuller rose spray with lots of roses on it--roses pretty enough to ensure that they were not going to be just tossed out with the trash.

Back to the Mother's Day project: I took a piece of chipboard, 6-1/2" X 5", a pretty Prima stencil, and some Whipped Spackle and laid on some gorgeous texture.

Oh, that's where the other roses from that spray are going to go! I got out my Beacon's 3-in-1 glue that my friend, Shelly Hickox, suggested I try and started adding roses and leaves along the bottom of the chipboard. The Beacon's 3-in-1 is a lot gooier than I thought it would be. It's plenty thick enough to handle adding chunky stuff to other stuff, and it dries really quickly. On my last project I used hot glue, and this was definitely easier.

I added some more roses until I felt like I had the appropriate amount of roses that my mother would appreciate.

Then I started second guessing myself because, do you see this? How pretty is this just the way it is? Gorgeous old-fashioned-type roses on a grungy old piece of chipboard with flourished spackle? This would make a very cool Mother's Day card just the way it is.

But I continued on with my project.

Because I'm trying to be faithful to the Finnabair feel, I added some lace and some pearls. I started adding bits and pieces of stuff under and around the roses. Texture, texture, texture. It was so pretty!

Then I took that pretty, pretty piece, and started painting gesso all over it. Covered the whole thing. There was no turning back now. Actually, this looks kind of pretty too.

So, long-story short I sprayed a bunch of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist all over it until I was happy with it. Then I added a bit of silver rub-on here and there to pump up the WOW factor.

Then I attached it to a 6-1/2" X 5" folded card and wrote a sweet note to my mother. Since the card front was way heavier than the card itself, I die cut an easel out of chipboard and attached that to the back. Now the closed card stands up pretty all by itself without falling over.

Here are some detail images:

And here is your story:

The Collector - Part II
(The Collector - Part I can be found in this post.)

Okay, so here's what happened. I'm a member of this really cool youth group--okay, it's not that great--well, parts of it are--I mean the people are okay, and, like,there's this really cute guy who comes on Sundays but not on Wednesdays. He was actually cuter before he cut his hair, but he's still a 7-1/2. But that's not the point.

So in order to go on this mission trip this summer, we have to raise money, which, to me, isn't fair, because why should we pay to help people? Right? We should get paid or at least rewarded with a fun trip. Can you say "beach"? Hellooooo!

So okay, we took a vote on how we were going to raise money, and this one girl, who is really annoying, suggests that we sell "services" to people in the neighborhood, like mowing the lawn, or washing windows, or babysitting, or feeding the elderly or something. Any everyone was, like, that's a really good idea, but I was not feeling it. Because why should we have to help people in order to raise money to help people? I don't get it.

And tell Carrie, the youth pastor, calls me out for being "unChristian" just because I was rolling my eyes. Uncool,Carrie!

So a couple months ago on a Saturday morning we divided into pairs and my friend (who for some reason I don't understand I'm supposed to call "Polly" in this story even though her name is really "Natalie") and I took the left-hand side of the street that the church is on.

There is nothing fun about knocking on the front door of somebody you don't know. You don't want to be there, and they probably think we're Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons or something, which we're totally not. We're just Presbyterians. We weren't out to save souls, just to earn some money so we could do mission work.

The first house we went to the people weren't home. There were no cars in the driveway. That was good because they had a lot of weeds in the flower beds, and I was dreading having to pull weeds.

But the seconed house we went to, the people really were home, but they pretended not to be. There were two cars in thedriveway, and you know how you can kind of hear people trying to be quiet, but they're not very good at it. And I don't know why those people would try to avoid us, because I know them. I go to school with the girl who lives there, and she is totally lame and hangs out with loser friends who probably all do drugs. Not that I'm judging, because I don't do that, but come on. And she knows I think she's a loser because every time I see her I fake-cough into my hand, "Loser." But that's no reason to pretend you're not home when I come to your house trying to be charitable . . . for money.

Anyway the third house we went to a lady answered the door, and I said, "Hello. We're from the church down the street and we're looking for something to do."

"What?" Maybe she was hard of hearing.

I spoke a little louder, "The Presbyterian church with the steeple and the--whatchacallit--bell tower."

"I know which church. I'm not sure I understand why you're here. What are you doing?"

"I guess whatever you need us to do--within reason--in your house or your yard. You know, whatever."

"Oh . . . like a service project?"

"Yeah, except we want money. And, personally, I don't want to do anything really hard . . . but we could, you know, vaccuum or something for . . . $20 or whatever."

It was like she was totally dismissing us when she said she didn't have anything for us to do and closed the door. Whatever!!!

Then when we got back out to the sidewalk Natalie--I mean "Polly"-- was all, "What the heck was that?"

"I know," I said. "She was really rude!"

"No," she said. And then "Polly" was all up in my face about the fact that I had not explained what we were doing at all. And so I was like, "If you think you can do better, be my guest."

* * *

Hello, for the purposes of this story my name is Polly, and my best friend, who narrated the first part of this story, is going by the name of Emma. I know she sounds a bit flaky, but once you get to know her she's really funny and sweet. Well, maybe not "sweet," but she has a good heart really down deep. She's been my best friend ever since preschool, but sometimes she drives me crazy. I should never have let her talk to the people whose houses we were soliciting at. Making good first impressions is not her main priority.

So, anyway, at the fourth house we visited, I did all the talking, "Excuse me, ma'am. We're from the youth group at First Presbyterian Church just down the street. We're trying to raise money for our summer mission trip. Do you have any chores you would like for us to do for you? We can do weeding or housework, and we also have some guys in our group who can move things for you."

The look on the woman's face told me that I was a success as a spokesperson. She smiled and started to open the door to let us in. "Well, I would be happy to pay each of you $20 an hour for window washing and deep housecleaning." Woohoo, our first actual job! I started doing math: If we worked for 2 hours, that would be $40 each, for a total of $80! Excellent!

She started to open the door a bit wider, and I looked inside her house. She had lots and lots of stuff in there, lots of knick-knacks and things. Some of the stuff looked really beautiful, and I really hoped Emma didn't break anything. Even though there was a lot of stuff, you could tell that the house wasn't really dirty or even messy. Just . . . cluttered. Honestly, just that quick peak made me want to see what all she had in there.

Then she opened her mouth. Not the woman--Emma. I could not believe my ears when Emma leaned toward me and whispered--but not that quiet of a whisper--"Hoarder."

The woman's face went white. I swear I thought she was going to cry. I thought I was going to cry. How could Emma say that??? The woman backed away and closed the door.

* * *

"What the hell just came out of my mouth?" was all I could think. I have literally never been so embarrassed in my life. I just stood there on the porch with Polly, trying not to cry. I was unsuccessful. What is wrong with me?

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to people living or dead is complete coincidence.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Fun with the Finnabair Technique

I was checking out a video from Gina K (StampTV) the other day, and after the day's tutorial finished, the YouTube box offered me some more videos that the benevolent Internet gods thought I might like. So I clicked on this YouTube link by Einat Kessler, and I was hooked. Her artwork was so beautiful!

Then I found out that this technique is called the "Finnabair" technique, and there are oodles and oodles of videos on that.

Kinda pretty, huh?  Here is a brief description of how I made this artwork:

First of all, I made the outside frame exactly like Einat Kessler, so you're going to have to watch her video to find out how I did that (easy peasy). Now, Einat was using a pre-cut diecut for her central image, and I didn't own that diecut. And I couldn't possibly order it and then wait for it to arrive, because I had to do this technique as soon as I could. It was calling to me.

Instead of using the die cut, I cut seven strips of chipboard and attached them to the back of the frame, three going vertically and four going horizontally.

I took some spackle and a swirly flourish stencil and put some texture on the frame. Now I was ready to embelish further.

This is where the fun began!

You know all those little bits and pieces that we all have collected over time? I had keys, flowers, buttons, brads, numbers, jewelry findings, pen nibs, washers, metal corners, tiny door knockers, etc., etc.  I got out my hot glue and started gluing them down in the lower left-hand corner and the upper right-hand corner. No rhyme or reason, just gluing stuff down. Then I filled in the blank spaces with paper flowers.

The hot glue works incredibly well for this, BUT I had a lot of plastic "cobwebs." It's probably just me. I'm kind of messy when I create.

After everything was glued in place like I wanted it, I painted the entire thing with gesso. It was so white and pretty, I almost stopped there. But I didn't.

In addition to collecting bits and pieces and odds and ends, I seem to have accumulated various sprays, such as Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels. I selected some colors, sprayed until I liked the look, and then stopped. I could have gone further and gotten a darker piece, but I really liked the look of the pastel colors on this one. My next one will probably be darker.

Oh yes, there will definitely be a next one.

This might be the biggest thing like this I've ever made. It's 12" x 12" - way bigger than a card. I usually just stick with the cards.

And now, for a story . . .

The Collector - Part I

No, I'm not a hoarder. Not strictly speaking. I only keep those things which I absolutely, truly love. Unfortunately, I have many loves.

I didn't notice my collecting had gotten so bad until it was pointed out to me by a particular 15-year-old girl from the youth group of the church located near my home. In order to raise funds for their summer mission trip, the young people were canvasing the neighborhood looking for people to pay them for doing chores, either inside or outside the home. Mostly, they were looking for easy tasks that would yield a great deal of money from kindly people who admired their work ethic.

This particular 15-year-old (we'll call her "Emma") along with her friend "Polly" knocked on my door one Saturday morning. They were clearly apprehensive about approaching adult strangers, but they were quite polite and well rehearsed.

"Excuse me, ma'am" Polly began. "We're from the youth group at First Presbyterian Church just down the street. We're trying to raise money for our summer mission trip. Do you have any chores you would like for us to do for you? We can do weeding or housework, and we also have some guys in our group who can move things for you."

I hate housework so much. And I hadn't done any spring cleaning in more than a few springs. "Well," I began, "I would be happy to pay each of you $20 an hour for window washing and deep housecleaning." As I opened the door a bit wider to let the girls in, Emma's eyes got bigger. She leaned toward Polly and whispered, in a voice that was louder than she intended, "Hoarder."

"Hoarder?" I spoke aloud. I was shocked. I knew my home was a bit cluttered, but I couldn't imagine anyone mistaking it for a hoarder house. "Let me tell you something, young lady." But I couldn't really tell her anything. My throat was suddenly parched, and my next inhalation resulted in a dry, raspy cough instead of the barage of correction that I wanted to utter. I quickly backed into the house, closed the door, and went in search of water.

* * *

I didn't open that door again for days. I walked through my home again and again, back and forth, taking stock of all the stuff. There was no trash lying around like in some of the hoarder houses you see on TV, but there was too much stuff on every conceivable surface. And there were unopened boxes stacked almost everywhere, the tops of which created surfaces for even more clutter to be displayed.

I needed to do something - to get rid of some of this . . . stuff! But I couldn't bring myself to part with any of it.

* * *

About two weeks later I visited First Presbyterian Church and asked to speak to the Associate Pastor, who also served as the Youth Minister. She was a lovely young woman with an open face and friendly eyes. I knew instantly that she must be very popular with the kids.

"What can I help you with today?" she asked.

When I told her my name, where I lived, and the fact that I had been visited by two of her youth group members, she turned white.

"I am so sorry," she began. "The girls came back to the church and were very upset that they had said . . . what they said. They truly didn't mean to hurt your feelings."

"Well, they did hurt my feelings. But they also spoke the truth . . . somewhat," I couched. "I'm here today because I would like to hire your youth group."

"Oh," said the Associate Pastor. "To help you clean up?"

"No . . . I would like to hire your youth group to systematically rob me."

* * *

So there you have it, every Sunday afternoon for the past eight week, at precisely 4:00, I leave my home and am gone for at least a couple hours. While I am gone the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group breaks into my home (okay, they have a key to the back door), and steals from me.

At first it was quite painful to know that some of my stuff was gone (although I couldn't really pinpoint any specific missing stuff for a couple of weeks). Then I was numb for a while. I guess you could call it despair. I couldn't bring myself to call the church and bring a stop to this insanity. I mean, I was hiring churched teenagers to break a commandment - and I was paying them for it! This was too crazy.

And it was also too sad. By hiring the kids, I avoided taking responsibility. I avoided having to make hard choices. This was not something a truly mature adult would do. Plus I started really missing my stuff.

* * *

But now, several months later . . . now I have a ray of hope. The sunshine is beginning to come back and shine on my life. I see a light at the end of this very weird tunnel.

Oh, you think it's because I'm cured of hoarding don't you? Because I've learned to treasure people more than things, and I've learned to "Let go and let God" or some sort of vapid Facebook-esque life lesson? You are so smug.

No. I have seen a sign - a true sign! I am sensing hope and salvation because of the sign I saw in front of that beautiful church today. "Yard Sale - Saturday, 9:00 to Noon - All proceeds to benefit FPC Youth Group."

I'm going to buy my stuff back!

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to people living or dead is complete coincidental.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tutorial - Envelope Punch Board File Folder Album

My story of this gorgeous mini album begins with discovering this video on Youtube. The album this woman (who I only know as Angelwings14100) created was AMAZING!!! 

Anyway I wanted to find a written tutorial on it, but I couldn't find one. The video author did say she had been quite ill, and so she may not have gotten around to making one yet. I hope she's okay, as she is an amazing artist and seems to be a very nice person.

So instead of finding a written tutorial, I found this video by her and then this video by her. I have "Americanized" her instructions as we here in the States don't usually use A4 paper (8.27" X 11.69"). So if you check out her videos, there is that discrepancy. There are other minor changes I made just because this was easier for me.

6X6 paper packs are perfect for this project. A 24-sheet pack will make a book with 3 "pages," so if you want more pages, get two identical or coordinating paper pads. Of course, you can use regular sized scrapbook paper as well.

So let's get started on the tutorial:

We'll start with the outside of the book!

  • Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6-1/4" X 4-3/4".
  • Cut one piece of chipboard to 6-1/4" X 1-1/2".
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 6-3/4" X 12".
  • Score the cardstock just shy of 1/4" on all four sides.
  • Layer your chipboard on the cardstock as shown above. 
  • Clip the corners of the cardstock.
  • Place adhesive (I use ScoreTape) on all four edges of the card stock.

  • Remove the release paper from the ScoreTape one edge at a time, fold the edge over the cardstock, and burnish with a bone folder. This is going to give you a very nice finished edge.
(Alternatively, you can cut your cardstock to fit just to the edge of the chipboard and paint or ink the edges. If so, cut your cardstock cover to 6-1/4" X 11-1/2".)

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 6-1/4" X 11-1/2" - this will be the inside of your cover.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 8-1/4" X 3-1/2" - this will be the inside back pocket of the cover.
  • Score the pocket piece at 1" on each end.

  • Before you attach the inside cover to the book, wrap the pocket piece around the back of the inside cover, and glue it down on the back. See the photo above. The bone folder shows how you have made an open pocket. This will be critical for later.

  • Attach the inside of the cover to the outside.
  • With the edge (not the point!) of your bone folder, gently press the crease down.
  • Fold your book cover closed. WOW - it's already starting to take shape!

  • On the outside cover, run a piece of ScoreTape across the center of the book (see photo).
  • Cut a yard of ribbon, center it, and adhere it to the book cover.
  • Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to 6" X 4-1/2", and adhere them to the front and back covers.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to 6" X 1-1/4", and adhere it to the spine of your book.
  • Decorate! 
NOTE: If you want to sponge the edges of your paper, it's easier to remember to do it before you glue them to the cardstock - especially if your cardstock is light in color and you want it to stay that way.

  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to 4-1/2" X 5-3/4" - adhere to the inside front.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to 6" X 1-1/2" - adhere to inside spine.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to 6" X 2" - adhere to inside back, and this piece will partially slide into your back pocket.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to 6" X 3-1/4" - adhere to pocket.

Now we are going to make our very first file folder tab using the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.

  • Cut two pieces of cardstock at 6" X 3".
  • Score one long edge on each piece of cardstock at 1/4".
  • With your Envelope Punch Board, punch the opposite long edge of your pieces of cardstock at 3" (see above).
  • Line up either end (right or left corner) of that same edge so that the short edge bisects the very center of the punch (see second picture above).  Punch.
You now have two tabs on your cardstock, one of them is tapered on the end so it looks like a file folder tab, and one of them does not taper on the end and looks less like a file folder tab.
  • Using your paper trimmer, trim off the tab that looks less like a file folder tab. 
If you have any questions about this poorly worded instruction, there are loads of YouTube videos on how to do this. Here's one by Catherine Pooler.
  • Do the exact same thing to your second piece of 6" X 3" cardstock.

  • Put a thin piece of ScoreTape on the folded edge of each piece of cardstock.

  • Remove the release paper from the ScoreTape of one piece of cardstock and line it up right against the left-hand side of the inside of your book. Stick it down, but you might want to leave it a bit loose at this point in case you have to make any adjustments.

  • Remove the release paper from the second piece of cardstock and line it up so that when the "doors" are closed they meet in the middle.
  • When everything is lined up properly, press down firmly. I even go ahead and burnish the fold with my bone folder so it lays flatter.

  • Cut a two pieces of matching scrapbook paper at 6" X 2-1/2" to cover the outside of the gatefold doors. 
  • On each piece, make a file folder edge exactly like the ones you made from the cardstock. 
  • THEN trim 1/8" from both of the short edges so your paper is now only 5-3/4" long. 
  • Mat the scrapbook paper onto the cardstock gatefold doors.

  • If you want to add "door knobs" with decorative brads, now is the time to do that. You can even attach a piece of ribbon to each brad so the doors are tied together.

  • Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper exactly like you did for the outside of the doors.
  • When you cut the tabs, however, cut the them on the OPPOSITE  side, because we're now working on the inside (or opposite side) of the door. (You'll figure it out.)
Congratulations! You have finished the outside of the book. Now it's time to make the pages.

  • For each page that you make, cut one piece of cardstock to 6" X 11".  NOTE: The picture shows 8-1/2" X 6". What was I thinking? The correct measurement is 6" X 11".
  • Score the cardstock parallel to the short edge at 1/4", 4-1/4", and 8-1/4".
(If you are using a Score-It Board, score at 1/4", then 4" from there, then another 4" from there.)

  • With the 1/4" fold on your right, fold the 1/4" piece over and put thin ScoreTape along the edge.
  • Put wider ScoreTape (or thin, it doesn't matter) on the bottom edge of the next panel on the right side (see picture above).

  • Remove the release paper from the ScoreTape and fold it up so that you have a pocket with an opening at the top and a 2-3/4" wide extra piece on the left.
  • Cut a tab on the extra piece as shown above.
The tab on this extra piece  can be either at the top or the bottom. I like to alternate them between pages, i.e., pages 1 and 3 will have bottom tabs, and pages 2 and 4 will have top tabs.

  • Orient the page with the pocket at the top and the file folder flap on the right (see first photo above).
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper at 5-3/4" X 3-3/4" and adhere it to the front of the pocket.
  • Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper at 6" X 2-1/2" and cut them to cover the inside and outside of your file folder flap.
  • Decorate the outside file folder flap with more scrapbook paper and a border punch or edge die. You can use ribbon her to. Whatever you want. Go crazy.

Now make a tag for your top-loaded pocket:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock at 6" X 3-1/2."
  • Cut a tab by lining up one side at 2-1/2" inches on your Envelope Punch Board and then punching the right edge as well. 

  • Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper at 5-3/8" X 3-1/4" and adhere them to either side of your tag.

  • Flip the entire page over.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper at 5-3/4" X 2" and adhere it to the left side of the back page.

  • Cut a piece of cardstock at 6" X 2-1/2" and cut a file folder tab in it.
Just like before, this file folder tab can be on either side, and I like to alternate them.

  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper at 6" X 2-1/4", cut a file folder tab in it, and adhere it to cardstock.

  • Make "hinges" by taking a long scrap piece of cardstock and cutting it 3/4" wide. 
  • Score it lengthwise down the middle.
  • Put a piece of ScoreTape on both sides of the score line. This is what you will cut your "hinges" from.

  • Flip your recently made file folder panel over so the cardstock is face up (scrapbook paper face down).
  • Put a piece of ScoreTape on the long straight edge of the cardstock panel (opposite the file folder tab).
  • Cut your "hinges" long enough to go from the ScoreTape to the edge of the panel where the file folder tab is. Do this on both ends of the cardstock.

  • Remove the release paper from the ScoreTape and adhere the "pocket" to the back page as shown above. (The pocket is the pink part. You haven't made the brown part with the swirls yet.)
  • Cut a piece of cardstock at 5-1/2" X 3-1/4".
  • Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper at 5-1/4" X 3" and adhere them to either side of the cardstock. (That's the brown part with the swirls.)

  • Make an achoring page by cutting a piece of chipboard and two pieces of scrapbook paper all at 6" X 3-3/4" and adhere them all together. This page is going to go behind your other pages and anchor the page into the cover.

After you have made 3 - 5 pages and your anchoring page, it's time to bind them. I used a Bind-It-All and just used six prongs in the very center of each page. This was very easy because the Bind-It-All punches six holes at a time.

Be sure to take your tags out of the pages before you punch them, and then put them back in when you have made your punches. This will ensure that you don't accidentally punch a tag and bind it in, thereby preventing the tag from ever coming out again.

  • After all your pages and your anchoring page (behind the rest of the pages) have all be bound together, you can insert the anchoring page into the pocket that you made in the cover.

Be very careful when you make your first one. Seriously, these books are addictive. I didn't want you to say I didn't warn you.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 9

We're already on Day 9. Actually since it's almost 1:30 a.m. on Day 10 . . . how did that happen? So here's a link to Tim Holtz' 9th tag in his 2011 12 Tags of Christmas. And here is my interpretation.
I will say that when I spent the day envisioning this tag before I made it, the background was a bright two-tone. But when it came time to put it together, I couldn't have anything compete with my bird, so I went monochromatic. This tag is all about that bird. I love him so much I might actually cry. (But since it's 1:30 in the morning, it could be exhaustion.) Here's a close-up of the little fellow:

I Xyroned a bunch of feathers onto a piece of chipboard, and then I die cut it and hoped for the best. I won't lie to you--I added the yellow feather to his head after it was die cut, and of course the beady eye, but other than that the feathers were randomly placed, although they were all facing the same direction on the chipboard.

This close-up also shows the bird cage. I used Shelly Hickox' "faux crazed porcelain" technique. You should check it out if you haven't already.


Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 8

So here it is December 9, and I'm just putting up the tag from yesterday! Here's a link to Tim's Day 8 tag; and here is my tag:

This tag had a horrible time being born. I think I started it five different times before I got the background looking like I wanted it.

The first thing I did to the tag was to stamp the train and the plume coming out of the top of the train (I thought it looked like Christmas steam) in VersaMark and clear emboss them. Then I applied the distress ink (in Tim's 2011 holiday colors) to the tag with the inking tool as he shows on his blog. After the tag was inked, I put a piece of copy paper over the tag, took a hot craft iron, and ironed the tag. The embossing powder was transferred to the copy paper, but the uncolored image was still left on the tag.

Then I stamped in a random brown color some of the stamps from this Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works plate. The bottom trim of the tag was stamped on black cardstock with a stamp from this Oxford Impressions Steampunk Elements plate and embossed with "Rustique Tin Can" embossing powder. I also embossed the big gear in that embossing powder. The other gears were embossed in different metallic embossing powders. In fact, sometimes while the embossing powder was still hot, I would sprinkle on an entirely different embossing powder color. Crazy!

For the stopwatch, I stamped the watch from Artistic Outpost's The Outpost plate and embossed with gold ink and cut it out. Yes, I even cut out the insides with small sharp scissors. Then I stamped Santa Clause from Fancy Pants' Blissful Season stamp set onto cream colored paper and framed it with the stop watch. I just so happened to have a facet that fit the watch perfectly!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 7

Here's a link to Tim Holtz' Day 7 Tag during this 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. We're over half way though. Here's my tag, which is truest to the original that I've done so far.

Mucho thanks to my friend Shelly for giving me a couple sheets of kraft glassine a while ago. I didn't have the Holly Branch die that he used, so I used the smaller holly leaves from the Festive Greenery die. Needless to say I had to use more than four leaves.

Also, I initially tried to draw some branches onto chipboard because I don't have the Holly Branch die, but then it occurred to me that I have actual trees in my yard and, therefore, actual sticks. So at 6 a.m. this morning I put on my shoes to go outside and was delighted to see that there was snow everywhere! I had to clean the snow off my stick so that I could paint some fake snow on there.

The stamp that I used is by Anna Griffin, and the really fun new technique I learned this morning is fraying the ends of lace. Yeah, the kraft glassine was okay, too, but I will probably use the frayed lace more often.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 6

You know the drill (unless this is your first visit to my blog), here's Tim's tag for Day 6, and here's mine:
This might be my favorite tag so far. I didn't have the metal foil tape that Tim used, so I Xyroned (can that really be a verb) some aluminum foil from the kitchen to glossy cardstock. It worked perfectly.

I ran this through a snowflake Cuttlebug folder then painted the whole thing with blue and black paint, then, when it was dry, I sanded the paint from the raised portions. Then, as instructed by Mr. Holtz, I started adding clear embossing powder. Every time I added a layer, it got prettier. After three layers of clear embossing powder, I added a layer of my own personal mix, which I call "Clear Blue EZ." Okay, it's just clear EP with blue glitter, but it was perfect for this tag. Here's just the background:

It was hard not to just leave it at that, but I added the die cut holly from Cheery Lynn Designs and added lots of clear embossing powder to that as well. Then I added the bird from the Stampin' Up set Language of Friendship (there's a punch that goes along with that stamp set--cool!). Of course, I couldn't not add layers of embossing powder to that as well. I cut the metal label with a Spellbinders Nestability die.

I am in love with this tag! And now we're half way done. Wonder what Tim has for us tomorrow.