Saturday, December 12, 2009

The 12 Tags of Christmas, Day 12

Should I call this one my favorite?  Shouldn't my favorite be the one that I learned the most from, or was challenged the most by?  Today's tag features a technique I'm very familiar with, the grungepaper rose.  Oh, how I love these flowers!  I taught myself how to do them by reading Wendy's tutorial on her blog.  Then I "perfected" them on the cruise.  Now I even teach classes in making grungepaper rose bracelets.
All that aside, I adore this tag, yet wanted to make it my own.  Before I get into that, here is Tim's thing of beauty:

Click on it to see all the glimmery wonderfulness up close.  Stunning, isn't it?  So where do I get off wanting to change anything?  LOL.  Tim would probably be the first to say, go and play with the technique and make it yours.  Glad to, Tim.
On the cruise, Wendy showed us how to cover the rose with patterned paper as an alternative to stamping and/or inking.  Tim did some inking and then sprayed one of his perfect pearls/reinker/water concoctions over top.  I used some of the beautiful Jenni Bowlin mini papers that I saw first in one of Wendy's classes on the ship.  Here is my finished tag, followed by what else I changed:



Since I mostly make roses for bracelets, I came up with an idea for attaching them, and I used this trick here. Before adding the additional layers, poke a brad through the first (the largest) layer, then glue all the other layers as per the directions on Tim's blog.  When it is time to assemble your tag, all you have to do is put a little hole where you want the rose, push the brad through, and it is attached....no glue, no waiting for glue to dry!
After my roses were fully assembled I did give them a quick spritz of spray....I used gold perfect pearls and water; no reinker because I only wanted to add sparkle to the paper, not change the colors.
Here is a closer view of my roses.

 

I did add an additional layer (using part of the large flower from Wendy's Flower Art set) to the red rose.  I also added a third rose.  I use Wendy's flower from the Rose Art set to make my roses, and it is smaller than the flower that Tim uses.  So I thought I'd need to either beef up my roses or add another.  I guess I wound up doing both, though I don't love that added layer on the red rose.  However, you can't really see the petals, and it does make the rose a bit larger, so it's OK.
I continued my Wendy theme by using the leaf from Rose Art and one of the flourishes from Flower Art; both are stamped on grungepaper, inked and cut out.
The tag is finished off with some bling as Tim did, and done!
Oh, I decided not to add the ticket.  I just loved the tag as it was.
I'm really a process person.  The doing is what turns me on.  So I don't usually get over excited by the product.  This time, though.....I really do love my tag. 

19 comments:

Helena said...

And rightly so, Eileen. It's wonderful! Those roses are so beautiful. I want to do ROSESSSSSS!!!!!!

Diann said...

Absolutely Awesome! You have done the best with your own 12 Tags of Christmas and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. This is a lovely one and I think maybe my favorite too!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

OH WOW WOW WOW!!! Eileen it's GORGEOUS!!! I'm sad to see it come to an end too.......FANTASTIC job...now you need to take a group picture of them all!!! Simply breathtaking ma'am!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Stunning as always Eileen! I am going to miss seeing yours as much as Tim's! LOL, don't tell him that though. Kathy

Wanda H said...

Another wonderful tag, Eileen!!! It is totally awesome that you've done all 12 tags!!!!

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

I really love how your roses came out. Just gorgeous!! You've done a really fantastic job. Thank you so much for posting all your tags and for showing us that we don't need everything that Tim used on the tags. We may want, but we don't need - LOL!!

Happy Holidays!

Elaine Allen

Sarah said...

Well, I have to give you an A++. I really like the smaller size of your roses.

Dorothy said...

This Eileen, took my breath away!! It is stunning!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful, Eileen! I was thinking of using the papers, too .. we'll see what I actually do. ;o)

Lori said...

Whoa Baby! Just an awesome version! You are the paperQUEEN! Just fantastic. I can't wait to get some studio time tomorrow! Oh, that tip about the brad is just the coolest! Even better than my button method, LOL. Seriously, I have a bunch of brads that are, like you would say, butt ugly, that can be used for this purpose!

Carol's Crafts said...

Beautiful Eileen.Those roses are to die for. I can see some roses in my future too.

Hugs

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

I love Tim's roses but these patterned ones are also beauties and a bit more special than tim's...

greetings from belgium
Inge

Heidi Davenport said...

Eileen, this one might be my favorite, too! I love those flowers. I can't wait to play with them again this coming weekend at our next jewelry class!

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Pat Tillery said...

Eileen, this is an awesome tag! All those cool layers and elements make it almost magical. I love that it's perfect for many gift giving opportunities. And thank you for the details on construction. Lucky me, I get to take your class this weekend so I can learn from a master!

Kanan said...

Oh Eileen ,I just love them all . They are the beautiful.I never miss to see yours, Angies and Tim Holtz all 12 tags .Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Kanan

Stephanie Rodgers said...

You did a beautiful job on this tag Eileen! And, thanks for the brad tip ... great idea!

Julie Ann said...

Love your tag!! I love how you used the different papers for the roses :)

Jennie said...

Gorgeous Tag, and good luck in the draw:)
xx

Kat Lees said...

I love the roses you made, do you happen to have a tutorial on how to create these? Are they paper or cloth? I love them.......would love to learn how to make them..your blog is fantastic, Kat Lees
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