Thursday, June 7, 2012

Christmas in June????

Yesterday I mentioned that it's not good policy to argue with your muse (bad things can happen), so when mine decided to ignore the calendar and start pulling out wintery, Christmasy supplies, I just rolled my eyes and went along with it.  I was attempting to complete the final challenge piece I wanted to do this week.....The Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge, organized by the wonderful Linda Ledbetter. 

The featured technique (on page 62 of Tim's second CofC book) is called repurposed packaging, and Tim shows two variations.  I've included both in my tag.

I started with Tim's tall pines embossing folder, and used it on a background I had previously made and cut into a tag.  The embossed trees were darkened with several green and brown distress inks, but primarily forest moss.  The bird (close up below) was done with one of the techniques and colored with many shades of blue alcohol inks and blue prismacolor markers (alcohol based, like the inks).

For the second repurposed packaging technique I used Tim's pine tree die and colored it with just about everything I could think of, LOL.  I wanted it to pop off the background more than it did, and it took forever to get something I could live with.  So, in no particular order, the tree was colored with alcohol inks, alcohol based markers, archival inks, and stazon inks.  

The stars were made with a Sakura white glaze pen as well as their clear stardust pen.   To finish things off, I cut some black cardstock with Tim's townscape die, backed the open windows with yellow cardstock, and attached it to the bottom of the tag.

It isn't hot enough here (yet) for me to be yearning for winter again, but I know better than to fight with the mojo.  


Alicia said...

Beautiful Eileen!!! *Hugs*

Pam said...

Just fabulous, Eileen! Love the bird!

Scrappin' Stacy said...

Who doesn't love Christmas in June? Love the tree - I think after the many layers you got it right!

Anita Houston said...

Love to see Christmas in June!!! This tag is awesome!!! I love that tree!

Patzee said...

It's never too soon to celebrate winter! Great job layering colors and media. Your tree looks totally 3-D!

Lori said...

Those trees look fabulous! Love the "journal" look it has. Wonderful!

Elena said...

Great tag Eileen!!! You are really into those! It is great to have a bunch done and ready to send to the right person isn't it??

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Donna said...

The tree looks really great. I has so much texture and it does stand out nicely.

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

you got it completely wrong ! your muse didn't let you make a christmas tag !
This is a nighttime tag of a house close to a pinetreeforest in a night without clouds and lots of stars !

I love the layers in the bird and the trees ( especially the trees). You don't see them as flat pieces, but there's a lot of shading and color tones in them.
However you made them : they are perfect !

greetings from belgium