Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The 12 Tags of Christmas, Day 8

Another lovely tag today, with a new (for me) technique:  aging vellum so it resembles old parchment paper.
This is Tim's inspiration piece:

I have vellum, I have the inks, I have a music stamp.  One element down, several to go.  No lamp post stamp, again, not the same flourish stamp.  I have hitch fasteners for the key, but can't use them (need them for an upcoming class). Oh, and where oh where did my scratch tool go?  I just saw it recently, but it was MIA today.  So I scratched up the background with a coarse sanding block.  Not that you really see the scratches when all is said and done.   Lots of changes and adaptations today.  Here is what I came up with:

I had the fancy grungeboard lamp, and cut the post from some plain board, inked them up with embossing ink and applied the black embossing powder.  I inked up a little piece of vellum, as long as it was there staring at me, glued it to the back of the lamp and then plopped in some antique linen distress stickles:

Although I do have the word key that Tim used, it looked too clunky on my tag (my lamp post is much smaller than the stamped version), so I used one of the old keys I had in my stash.  I dabbed some copper/gold rub-n-buff on it and then some black alcohol ink.  I found a little metal tag that says "sing," and gave it the same treatment and attached it to the key. While I was at it, and already had a copper/gold finger, I toned down the gold of the bells with the same rub-n-buff treatment.   Instead of using the hitch fastener, I threaded the key through the ribbon with a jump ring.

I also curled the vellum differently, not because I had this great artistic vision of how it should be on my tag.  But because I JUST DON'T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS  very well.
All in all, I'm very pleased with how I adapted the tag and think it is a cheery, musical one.


Wanda H said...

Looks great, Eileen!!

Diann said...

Another lovely tag...I love how you improvise and it still looks wonderful! Diann

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW Eileen!!!! This is so beautiful!!!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Yep, you did a fab-u-lous job with Day 8's tag Eileen *smiles*.

PS Did you know that my coffee filter doll is in the same magazine as your shadowbox? *smiles*

Carol's Crafts said...

You did a beautiful job, Eileen. I enjoy seeing your version of Tim's tags as much as I do his.

Heidi Davenport said...

Beautiful Eileen! I love the use of the sheet music. I have been enjoying your tags each day!

Julie Ann said...

Love your fancy lamp!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Looks like you had fun with this one!