Friday, December 2, 2011

The 12 Tags of Christmas -- Day 2

Yes, I realize it's barely 6am in NY, and here I am, already finished with the Day 2 tag.  No, I'm not really that obsessed; I'm just not much of a sleeper, and  I conked out at about 10 last night, which means I was up and wide awake at 3, when Tim's new post went live in my time zone.  I just thought I should establish that I am not a total lunatic.

Click HERE to check out Tim's tag.  It is not a very complicated one to make, and I think the background is beautiful.  I had to improvise on this background (more on that in a bit), and I chose a different focal image, just to be.....well, different.

 

Tim's background called for using his seasonal kraft resist paper.  I do not have that pack, but I do have the "regular" kraft resist paper.  Here's what I did:  first I found a sheet that had a large enough area without any resist images to create a tag.  Here are two possibilities (I used the first one):




Once I had the tag cut from the center portion of the paper, I just stamped over the script with a variety of Christmas stamps, using clear embossing ink and clear powder.   And that is how to create your own seasonal kraft resist paper.  Ta da!  Now, if you don't even have the regular kraft resist pack, all is not lost.  Cut a tag from a plain old grocery bag and stamp the background of your choice with brown or black archival ink.  Then procede with the embossing as explained above.

While I dearly love the reindeer Tim used, (and have that die, by the way) I did want my tag to be MY tag, so I went another route.  Back in the olden days, before Tim teamed up with Sizzix, when we wanted seasonal grungeboard images we bought them, and I still have a ton of them.  In the seasonal pack I found the tree, and covered it with the sticky back canvas, which was inked with evergreeen bough and gathered twigs around the edges.  It was embellished with some tinsel and a star charm.

Back to the background for a minute.  Have you attempted to create snow flurries by holding, squeezing, spraying the perfect pearls mist, as per Tim's directions?   Were you successful?  No?  Neither was I.  So here is a tip if you, like me, lack the patience to practice Tim's technique (which I'm sure is awesome and doable, just not by me).   Spray some of the mist onto your craft sheet.  Load up a brush with it, and aiming at your tag, smack the handle of the brush over an extended finger on your other hand.  Repeat as necessary, then follow the rest of Tim's directions.  Voila!  Perfect perfect pearls snow flurries for the impatient and/or uncoordinated.

About the bottom of the tag......Tim used gold paint on the trim, but I thought silver would work better for my tag.  I couldn't find any silver paint, so this is how I created the tarnished silver look I wanted.  First I covered the grungeboard trim with clear embossing ink and silver embossing powder.  After it was heat set and cooled down, I distressed it with sandpaper and then inked it with gathered twigs distress ink (because it was on the table.....black or any other brown would work as well).   Here's a closeup, that unfortunately does not do it justice; it is really a very nice aged look:


I don't have the Christmas muse tokens, but the "believe"philosophy one seemed appropriate.  I just covered it with white paint, then wiped the paint off.  It settled into the letters and makes them pop.

And now, I think I deserve some breakfast.








22 comments:

Helen said...

Can't believe you've got done so early - it is another fab tag too, love your tricks and tips for doing it your way, they will be useful when I go home from work tonight!! (It's nearly lunchtime in the UK and I'm hungry - hope you had a good breakfast!)

Kathy Eddy said...

Great job on your improvising Eileen. I hope to play catch up this afternoon and get mine made.

~lisa in Tampa said...

Beautiful and I am wishing there was a re-issue of that seasonal gtunge. hehehe AND thank you for explaining you aren't a lunatic...I was definitely feeling like a slacker!

Hetty said...

What a beautiful, tag!

Sara said...

While it was Tim's tag that got me out of bed at 2:12 am, I love seeing other people's work. You defintely earned a good breakfast with this one...and I loved the glitter comment from yesterday!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

I think you deserve some breakfast too....cause you did an AWESOME job on this tag!!! I LOVE the colors!!!!!!! You do Tim SO WELL!!!!

Bearcrazyman said...

Done before breakfast?? Not a lunatic??
Hmmm...LOL

Great job as always

mernbob@aol.com said...

Love your tag.

mernbob@aol.com said...

Love your tag.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Lunatic? Oh my....is that what people call me behind my back when I tell them I do laundry at 4:30 in the morning?! LOL

I love how you made your own paper and then put your own spin on the techniques. Your tags and atc's and, well, EVERYTHING is always so full of fun and creative details!

Shirley said...

I really like what you are doing with the 12 Days Tags. They look great!

Tammy D said...

Cute as a button! Enjoy the day and maybe catch a nap. Happy Birthday tomorrow!

Elaine Akers said...

I like your take on the day 2 tag.

Laura said...

I'm in NY, too (upstate) and was *not* in bed by 10:00, so was definitely not up at 3:00 to look at tag two -- lol. I don't have the seasonal resist paper either, but, like you, have the other resist pad. One of the sheets has music notes on it, so it will work just fine. (I started the tag before I left for work this morning.) I don't have any picket fence distress stain, but found that diluted acrylic paint works pretty well! Happy tagging.

Patzee said...

Breakfast? You deserve a nap after making your really cool tag. I love it when you substitute and truly make it your own. Great tip on creating those brads at the bottom.

Rita said...

Your tag is just beautiful. I love both of them.

Jingle said...

You did a wonderful job with your tag!

Sue Young said...

All this genius at 3 am, huh???
Why am I so not surprised?!?
It's beautiful!

artbyvic said...

I love your tag! The background tips are brilliant! Thanks!

lee said...

Not a total lunatic? really?LOL!
Great work, I like your best!
Merry Xmas!
Lee

Gill said...

Thanks for the tip on creating your own kraft resist, I don't own any kraft resist paper but I am sure I have a paper bag. Love the tag by the way.

Karen Aicken said...

Such a lovely take on Tim's tag. I love how you made it your own - TFS
Cheers, Karen
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