As you most likely know, this past year Tim Holtz decided not to do the 12 Tags of Christmas; instead he did the 12 Tags of 2012. Although this was enjoyed, many people, myself included, missed the Christmas tags. The good folks who run ATT (All Things Tim yahoo group) put together a tag contest, challenging us to come up with an original Christmas tag, chock full of Tim's products and/or techiques.
21 members entered tags; all members could vote. Only one vote per person, and the participants could NOT vote for their own tag. Oh, and all entries were posted without identifying the creators, so it was really anonymous. And we weren't allowed to post our work on blogs, photo sharing sites, FB, etc. No, I did not win anything, and truth be told, I didn't expect to. After viewing all the tags I found several I honestly liked much better than my own, LOL. However, I did manage to scare up a few votes, which was nice. A couple of the tags did not get any votes at all, and that made me feel sad. Yes, some stood out from the rest, but none were poorly done. This is why I don't care for contests in general, avoid reality shows (can't stand when people are voted off), and try to compete only with myself.
The voting being over, the results made public, so now I can share my tag, which I named Metallic Christmas. Not as in heavy metal, but that everything on this tag sparkles and shimmers in some way.
The single snowflakes, snowflake border, snowman and joy are all Tim Holtz die cuts. The background was embossed with aTim embossing folder and sprayed with several colors of Perfect Pearls mists. The snowman was covered with a generous coat of Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste, and then sprinkled with distress stickles clear rock candy dry glitter (say that five times fast). His hat was painted black, and while still wet covered with some generic gold glitter. The trim on the bottom, origin unknown, has been lying around in my ribbon stash for ages. I'm not positive, but I think the tinsel on the top is a Tim product as well. It was out of its packaging, so I just don't recall. The word JOY was painted silver. Then I dabbed it in spots with clear embossing ink and sprinkled silver powder in those spots. I think that gave it a distressed, antique look.
Well, as the snowman is saying, may this holiday season, and the year to come bring you much JOY.