I used a Hero Arts background stamp that I fell in love with during Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase class a few months ago. The inks I chose were old paper and evergreen bough, which gives a more subtle look than the vivid one Tim achieved with the green and red.
Tim's focal image was a candle and candle holder, cut from grungeboard, inked and highlighted with glossy accents. I used one of the guys from reindeer flight instead. I got the spots by using that technique where you flick drops of water from your fingers to the inked surface. The deer is covered with vintage photo and gathered twigs, then glossy accents over everything.
The third element I took from Tim's tag was the use of lots of foliage, cut from varying shades of green.
The idea for my second tag came to me while I was still working on the first one, and I couldn't wait to get going. It may not look a bit like Tim's, but it does incorporate the three techniques: the double embossed background, the highlighting grungeboard shapes with glossy accents, and the use of lots of greenery.
The background is a Cornish Heritage Farms stamp of license plates. I had a somewhat different idea in my head when I stamped it (an idea that didn't work), which is why the license plates are sideways. I still liked the way the background looked, so I went with it. The sentiment is a Wendy Vecchi stamp. The old car carrying home a Christmas tree was done with movers and shapers; after inking the car with vintage photo and black soot, I highlighted the tires and headlight with markers, then gave the car the glossy accents treatment. When it was completely dry I attached the tree to the car with twine.
The house was put together with chipboard shapes I've had lying around forever. The square was embossed with Tim's bricked folder and then inked with fired brick, aged mahogany, and vintage photo. On this tag, the greenery took the form of trees behind the house.
There are lots of ways to do snow. This is what I did here.....I applied some glossy accents (since it was already right in front of me) to wherever I wanted a bit of snow, then covered it with white embossing powder. When heating it, the still wet glue underneath bubbled up a bit as the powder melted, creating some texture and dimension. I like the way it looks.
Is tag 9 now my favorite? Could be......
And now, pardon me, but I have to get on a soap box for a moment and explain one of the many reasons I adore and respect Tim Holtz. He featured a Hero Arts stamp on his tag and is participating in a blog hop celebrating their new catalog. Even though he has a signature stamp line with Stampers Anonymous. Some stamp designers act as though their stamps exist in a universe with no others. Some stamp companies do the same. I have always felt there's room for excellence from many sources, and I so appreciate Tim's collegial attitude and willingness to showcase the talents of his peers.....and think of them as peers, not competition. OK, soap box is put away.