Category: Crafting Challenges

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 – April Tag – A Tutorial for My Version

For this month’s Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 I thought I would take a break from the usual large tags I have made, and make a short, fat one instead.  I used the “Love From”  Tag Die Set from Tonic Studios.

In Tim’s example tag he uses his new Mosaic kit.  This is not yet available in the United Kingdom so I have attempted to create a similar effect using the supplies I have to hand.

I cut the main tag shape from 300gsm black card (it has a bit of a canvas texture on it) and used the oval die to cut white 300gsm stamping card.

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Next I inked up the white card oval using Distress Inks.  I used Fossilized Amber all over the oval then blended Spiced Marmalade around the edges.  I wanted an irregular look.

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I then ran the oval through my Big Shot machine inside the wood-grain embossing folder from Crafters Companion.  I love the effect this gives.

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Using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, I darkened the raised parts of the wood grain.  I kept the blending tool vertical and dragged it width-ways over the oval.  In this picture I have done the right hand side only.

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A added a bit more of the Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edge of the oval and glued it to the black tag.  I made two little beads of Dovecraft 3d Pearl Effects in each corner and put this aside to dry.

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I cut a butterfly from 300gsm Centura Pearl card using one of the shadow dies from the Paper Artist 3 Butterflies and Shadows die set by Hot off The Press.

ButterflyDieCut I coated the die cut butterfly with modelling paste then pressed a dryer sheet into it to give it some texture.  Here I have laid it on the black tag so you can see it clearly, it is not glued down.  I left this to dry for a couple of hours, to be sure.TexturePasteonButterfly

I cut a pile of tiny pieces from some scraps of coloured paper and began to stick them to the butterfly with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  This was quite fiddly and took a while.  I coated all the pieces with the Multi Medium to ensure they were all glued down properly.  I then left it whilst I had a cup of tea,  to ensure it was all dry.

MosaicPiecesGoingOnMosaicedButterflyI coated each of the piece of paper on the butterfly with a thin layer of Ranger Glossy Accents.  I used a cocktail stick to push the Glossy Accents into the corners of the pieces.  Again I left it to dry thoroughly.  The 3d tiled effect looks far nicer in real life than in pictures,  honest.

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I put some sticky foam behind the butterfly and fixed it to the tag.ButterflyAdded

Next I stamped the word “Love” in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  This stamp is part of a set called Flutterby from Debbi Moore.StampedLove

I applied the Fossilized Amber Distress Ink all over the word, cut it out and added a little Spiced Marmalade around the edges.  I mounted it on a piece of white paper to give a tiny mount.  I coloured the word in with a Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker and added some little faux stitches with a white Uniball Gel Pen.  The word is more distinct in real life than it appears in the pictures.  I fixed the “Love” to the tag with sticky foam squares.

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And finally a green ribbon to finish.

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January Tag – Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016

FinishedRobotTagYay, Tim Holtz is doing his famous Tags of the year blog posts in 2016.  So here is my version of the January tag.

First I used my trusty Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die to cut a large tag from an old birthday card (I used this die to cut all the tags for last year too).  As I am going to cover the card I thought I may as well recycle some scrap.

I laid two strips of sticky backed aluminium foil on the tag and rubbed them over with a brayer so they were very flat.  I tucked the excess over to the back of the tag and gave that a quick brayer too.

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Then I ran the tag through my Big Shot die cutter, inside the Chevron embossing folder by Darice.  I used the number 2 option on the Big Shot platform. I always use this for embossing folders even though the platform recommends using option 1.

I took a Jet Black StazOn ink pad and rubbed it over the tag.  As long as you keep it reasonably flat against the tag, only the raised parts will pick up the ink.

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I cut a rectangle of a patterned paper from the Home Grown stack by Hot Off The Press.  I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to ink up the edges of this panel.

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Then I added a black star shaped paper clip to one edge and four “antique brass” coloured split pins to the corners of the panel.  I then glued the panel to the tag.  I used my Crop-a-dile Big Bite to add a dark blue rivet to the tag hole (to match the colour of the robot)

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Next I used one of the Tin Teddy Sexy Robot Lady clip art images and resized it so it would fit nicely on my tag.  I selected around the robot, inverted my selection, and enlarged it by 30 pixels. I  then created another layer, below the robot, and filled the selection with black.  I made a simple “ROBOT” label whilst I was at it, and printed them out onto photographic paper.

I cut out the robot lady, leaving a small black border (which is why I backed her with black before printing).  I ran the side of a black Sharpie pen around the edge of the cut out, to remove the white edge and give a neat finish.  I did the same for the ROBOT label.

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I added the robot lady and the ROBOT label to the tag.

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I found a shiny star shaped brad that fitted inside the paperclip beautifully, so added that to the tag.

Finally, I tied some glittery silver ribbon and a couple of strands of black rattail cord to the tag to finish.

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Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – May tag

This entry is part 4 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

I finally got around to doing the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 for May.  Yes, I did miss April out, due to family bereavements, I will do that one before the end of the year so as to have a set.

As before before, I wanted to do something similar to the design showcased by Tim on his blog, but using what I had in my stash.

I cut the tag from mount board with my trust Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate die.  I have used this die for all the tags so far (and for many more tags, it is one of the best dies I have ever bought!)

I covered the tag with a piece of hessian and trimmed it to fit. I frayed it a little around the edges as I didn’t want it to look too neat.

I applied some Pigment Modelling Paste through a stencil on one side, and when it was dry I brushed Peacock Feathers distress ink over it.  I used the same ink to colour some paper lace from Salco Innovations, and added that on the other side of the card.

I glued some scraps of silver netting to the card.TTPrettyFaceTag2

I created my own photobooth type image, sanded the edges and then coloured the girl’s clothes with a Peacock Feather’s Distress Marker (I do love that colour!).  I also added a bit of colour to her lips.

I printed out the saying, inked over it with Tea Die Distress Ink, then added some Brushed Corduroy around the edges.  I popped some Brushed Corduroy around the outside of the tag too.

The bird is a small wooden laser cut from the Artemio Paris mini wood set, coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

The tiny roses were cut by my Silhouette Portrait. I  found a rolled rose file in the Silhoette store and reduced it down tiny.  I cut the roses from a scrap of text paper and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

The silver twirls are from an old set of peel-offs.  I used a scrap of fuzzy string instead of a ribbon on this one.

Finally I gave it all a little burst of Lava red Cosmic Shimmer Mist.  This did not really work out well and I am annoyed that so much went on the “pretty face” words.  Once on, it is not possible to remove it.  Maybe I will reprint these words at some point, until then I can live with it!

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Mixed Media Year Book – March Pages 2015

The March page of my mixed media book is a little late.. but here it is.

I am trying to use a different paper doll each month, so for this month I chose to use one of the primitive paper dolls from the “Dressing Up Dolly Divas Volume 4” CD by My Craft Studio.

First I covered the 2-page spread with some pretty purple paper from my stash.  I added a little Picked Raspberry Distress Ink around the edge.TTMarchPage1

I used a stencil of an old postcard and a Distress Marker, again in Picked Raspberry, to add a bit of interest to the background.  It looks a little bright here, but in real life it is  more subtle.TTMarchPage2

Next I cut out the pieces of March ephemera from the Graphics 45 pad and laid them on the page to try some layout ideas.  I printed out the Serif doll, it is one of the “ready to use” ones on the disk.  She looks a bit flat compared to the vintage style of the rest of the page, so….

TTMarchPage3I stamped some small feathers on to her dress using the Picked Raspberry distress ink again.  Then I used more Distress Markers to colour over the doll and add some basic details. I kept it very simple as I quite liked her primitive look.TTMarchPage5I found some pretty purple woven “stuff” in my stash and glued a little scrap to each corner of the layout with matte medium gel.  It stuck fine, I used an acrylic stamping block to hold it flat whilst it dried, which only took a couple of minutes.TTMarchPage4

I laid the doll in place and drew a very light pencil line around her.  Then I added a very light wash of gesso around this area to help her stand out from the background a little more.  Then I glued her and the other ephemera in place with the matte medium, including the green, square buttons which I spotted in my button jar.  As they are also a bright green they helped make her bright dress look more like it belongs on the layout.

The little piece of ivy dangling from the March title was cut with a Tattered Lace die.  I had cut this ages ago, from bright green paper, so I daubed it all over with Peeled Paint Distress Ink to make it look less dramatic.TTMarchPage6

Next I used my “Purple Violet” Faber Castell Pitt brush marker to outline the various elements.  Before the ink could dry I quickly smudged each line with my finger to make a shadow look.  This is quite subtle but really improves the overall look of the page, in my opinion.  I also used a Zig Micron black pen to enhance the outlines of some of the ephemera, where they cross over each other. I added a little more detail to the paper doll with it too.  Finally I used a violet coloured pencil and shaded a little around the edges of the pages. TTMarchPage7TTMarchPage9TTMarchPage8

Useful links to some of the products used in this project.  These links will take you to the Amazon.co.uk store.  If you buy them from these links then I will get a small commission for sending custom to Amazon.

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – March tag

This entry is part 3 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] T [/dropcap] he March tag for the Tim Holtz  12 Tags of 2015 Challenge featured lots of beautiful pastel colours, a great technique for clean stamping and a bright, springlike look.

As in the last two months I wanted to make my tag utilize many of the techniques that Tim mentions, utilizing the supplies I have, and adding my own little twists here and there.  I have also used a lot of Tim Holtz products, but this is mainly because I have quite a few of them, and love using them!

Again I cut out a tag from sturdy mount-board using the Tim Holtz Tags and Bookplates die from Sizzix.  I used thin strips of Tim Holtz tissue paper instead of the washi tape that Tim uses.  I use a lot of tissue paper in my journal and scrapbook pages and always keep any little trimmings for just this sort of purpose.  I glued them down with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.TTTimHoltzTagMarch1

Next I chose some pretty acrylic paints.  I particularly love the three Americana colours on the left of the picture below, yummy.  The squished looking bottles are cheap paints from my local supermarket, the yellow one is actually gold and gives a nice metallic shimmer. TTTimHoltzTagMarch2I blobbed the paints on to my glass craft mat and gave them a couple of squirts of water… TTTimHoltzTagMarch3and a quick poke about with the end of a paint brush, what messy fun!  The green came out a bit lumpy (the joys of using very cheap supplies, I suppose) but I carried on and hoped for the best.

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Then I dropped the tag into the mess, I mean beautiful paint, and wiggled it about a bit.  Believe it or not it came out of this looking very pretty indeed.  Phew!  I left it to thoroughly dry.

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I decided I would also use a butterfly stamp and chose this gorgeous one from Sheena Douglass’ “A Little Bit Sketchy” collection.  I don’t have an acrylic stamping block big enough for this stamp so used my quilting ruler (I always use this for big stamps, after all, it is just an acrylic block too!).  I used Jet Black StazOn ink (why does it small of marzipan?)TTTimHoltzTagMarch6Argh!  The stamp didn’t come out properly!  After a few whispered swear words I decided that I was not going to start again but that I can save it!  That is a crafter for you, resourceful and tenacious (some call this “daft”).

So I quickly sprinkled the ink with Turquoise Sparkle clear embossing powder (from Personal Impressions) and heated it up.  The effect is a gorgeous shimmer which does not really show in photos.. what a shame the butterfly has holes in it 🙁TTTimHoltzTagMarch7I don’t have Mr Holtz’s fancy stencil film, so I stamped my butterfly onto a scrap of copy paper, cut this out and gave it a quick spray of Stick ‘n’ Spray from Crafter’s Companion.  A couple of seconds to let it become tacky and I added it to the tag.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch9Next I used an old alphabet stencil and applied some DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste around the tag.  I then sprinkled it with Ranger Gold Embossing Pearl embossing powder, tapped of the excess and left it to thoroughly dry.  Despite my background being definitely dry the embossing powder still insisted on sticking to it.  I dusted as much as I could off, but the excess looks pretty, so I am not really bothered by it.  After heat embossing it looks great, adding both shimmer and texture to the tag.  I am very pleased with this technique and will definitely use it again on future projects, thank you Tim! TTTimHoltzTagMarch8Now for some embellishments, and to see if I can make that poor butterfly look a little less pathetic.  I added some little buttons over his body and a few stick on jewels over the wing (in the gaps!).  It is a bit clumsy but overall I think it works ok.

Then I added some little gold star brads (punching holes for them with my Crop-a-dile Big Bite).  The top left one has two iridescent little feathers added to it before I put it on the tag.  Because they are basically clear they are very hard to photograph, but in real life they have a lovely shimmer and catch the light.

I added a pastel purple rivet to the tag’s hole (with the Big Bite again) and then two ribbons.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch10At the bottom of the tag I added some pastel pink gingham ribbon and a little plastic “LAUGH” embellishment.  I couldn’t resist including the bright pink feather.  All the embellishments were glued with Collall Tacky Glue.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch11I can not believe I have made something that does not include any Distress Ink!

TTTimHoltzTagMarch12I enjoyed making this tag and the techniques for the black embossing and the texture paste/embossing powder combo are ones that I know I will be using again and again.TTTimHoltzTagMarch14Here are useful links to some of the products used in this project.  These links will take you to the Amazon.co.uk store.  If you buy them from these links then I will get a small commission for sending custom to Amazon.

Mixed Media Year Book – February Pages 2015

This entry is part 2 of an on-going series of Mixed Media Year Book

I have been working on the two page spread for my little Mixed Media Year Book, for the month of February.

I covered the two pages with a piece of pink floral A4 paper and trimmed it to fit.  I edged the pages with Worn Lipstick distress ink.

Next I scanned and printed out one of the cute paper dolls from Julie Nutting’s book, “Collage Couture Paper Dolls“.  I used coloured pencils to add a bit more interest to her hair.

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I drew around the doll on to a scrap of paper then used this to create a template for a simple panelled dress and top.  I then used the template to cut pieces for the dress from different pink papers.  All the papers in the dress are from the Docrafts Pink Capsule Collection.

I then made a simple bow shape to cover the messy waist, and added Worn Lipstick distress ink around the edges of it.  Then I added the girl to the left hand page with Ranger Matte Medium Gel.

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I put some self-adhesive paper lace down the sides of the pages.

As with January, I added ephemera and journalling boxes from the Graphics 45 calendar pad.  I used Worn Lipstick distress ink on the edges of some of these.  I added a foam square beneath the mini vintage Valentine in the middle of the right hand page for a bit of dimension.TTFebruaryPage3

I found a small laser-cut wooden heart and coloured it with Worn Lipstick distress ink, then I coloured the middle with a glittery red gel pen.  I added this to the layout.

Finally I used a small heart stamp from Woodware and the Worn Lipstick distress ink (yes again!) and added random hearts around the page, to emphasize the Valentine connection.

TTFebruaryPage4I thought that top right corner needed something interesting.  So I die cut a cheerful pink heart, added some creamy coloured Cosmic Shimmer pearl to the middle and popped that in place.TTFebruaryPage5

I haven’t added any notes to the journalling areas  yet (I will do it at the end of the month) and I may add a bit of doodling around at the same time.  I am very bad at knowing when to stop!

Next month I will NOT be using pink, much as I like the colour I feel I have had quite enough of it for a while!

TTFebruaryPage6I have written a review of the Julie Nutting “Collage Couture Paper Dolls” book here.

Here are useful links to some of the products used in this project.  These links will take you to the Amazon.co.uk store.  If you buy them from these links then I will get a small commission for sending custom to Amazon.

 

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Entry – February – Think Pink

I wanted to enter the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month (I didn’t get around to it last month, sadly).  The challenge is “Think Pink”.

I decided to create a small canvas using as much pink as I could, so set about rummaging in my paper drawers and embellishment boxes for pink things.

The basic box canvas is 8″ x 8″, I covered it with Ranger tissue paper then Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I patted the inks on my glass craft mat, added a squirt or two of water then painted them on to the canvas with a stiff bristled brush.  This gives a nice, thin layer which is patchy.  I didn’t want this first layer to be too heavy or bright.TTDreamPink1

Next I used some old stencils and pounced the Worn Lipstick distress ink through.  I then used a stencil of some script and put gesso through this in the area I was going to place the doll – so she would stand out a bit better from the background.

The doll is Zoe, a stamp and die set by Julie Nutting from Prima.  I stamped her on to a page from my trusty old Webster’s Dictionary using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  After cutting her out with her die I stamped and cut her hair from a pinky rose design paper.  I added a bit of pink blush with a Spectrum Noir pen and a tiny bit of shading with a lighter shade of pink.  (You can see this pink thing is definitely something of a theme here, hehe)TTPinkDreams3

I stamped the middle part of the doll again, onto a nice pink patterned paper and die cut it, then trimmed it so I just had the bodice part.  I coloured over the two outer parts of it with a darker shade of pink alcohol marker to add some variation, and dotted Signo white gel pen on the lace bits.

I drew around the doll on a scrap of paper then penciled in a large skirt for her.  I cut each section of the skirt out of different scrapbook papers (a good way to use up small bits).  I layered the skirt up and added it to the doll using Ranger Matte Medium gel.  After gelling her to the canvas I added another layer of the matte medium over the top to ensure she was fixed down, and to make a non-porous surface.TTDreamPink2

TTDreamPink4I used a Soot Black distress ink marker and a pink Faber-Castell Pitt Brush marker to add some shading to the skirt, drawing on the ink then quickly blurring it with my finger tip.  I made the border around the doll a bit thicker black to help make her stand out – all that pink could easily blend together!

I added some tiny Docrafts stick on gems for jewelry – a necklace and a hair clip. Her bow is a scrap of pink ribbon onto which I rubbed some Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry distress inks before fixing to the canvas with glue dots.

The John Lennon quote is from the stamp set called “A Little Bit Sketchy: True Colours” by Sheena Douglas.  I stamped it with Stayzon black ink, onto a scrap of pink paper from the skirt.  I cut this into a simple banner shape and matted it with white mulberry paper.  I also cut three strips of the mulberry paper which I put behind the quote banner.  I edged them with a Picked Raspberry distress marker and added a little white Picket Fence distress marker on top to help them stand out a bit better.  I added white gel pen to the insides of some of the letters (which doesn’t really show up in photos, but is more noticeable in real life).

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I felt the canvas looked a bit flat, so I added some little stars using a mixture of Grange Paste and Shimmer Paste.  I mixed the two products as I wanted the sparkly effect of the Shimmer Paste, but it is very thin and doesn’t work too well on tiny designs.  Adding the Grunge Paste gave it a lot more body and it stayed in shape perfectly.

I added a line of sticky paper lace from Salco to the bottom of the canvas.

I used the same papers as the skirt to die cut some flowers.  I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland die from Sizzix, one of my very favorite dies.  I daubed Worn Lipstick distress ink on to the edges of each flower piece, on both sides of the paper, then bent the sides up and over a bit.  I stacked them up with tacky glue and added more of the Docrafts sticky gems.  Before adding them to the canvas I painted a little dilute gesso to the area, again to provide a little more contrast to prevent all the pinks blending in together.  Two little pink buttons were popped on.TTPinkDreams1

Finally I added a little bit of Barn Door distress ink around the edge of the canvas.

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Link to The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for February.  I quite enjoyed the challenge of trying to use only one colour as I rarely do something like this, and the overall analagous colour scheme is quite pleasing.  In retrospect I wish I had used a wider range of pinks, more bright and dark pinks, to give a bit wider tonal range to the finished piece.  Making this canvas has given me some good ideas for future projects too.

 

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – February Tag

This entry is part 2 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] Y [/dropcap] et another great project on Tim Holtz Blog for the 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge.

As in January, I wanted to make my tag utilize many of the techniques that Tim mentions, utilizing the supplies I have, and adding my own little twists here and there.  I have also used a lot of Tim Holtz products, but this is mainly because I have quite a few of them, and love using them!

Again I cut a sturdy mount board tag with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die and the Big Shot die cutter.  The tags are a fraction over 6″ by 3″.

I gathered some scraps of paper and ephemera to make my collage background.  I included one of the Tin Teddy Victorian Flower tags and a 2″ circle from Tin Teddy Parrot Collage Sheet (a cute cockatoo).  The other papers and ephemera are from Debbie Moore, Joanna Sheen and Tim Holtz tissue paper.  I added a little Tea Dye Distress Ink to the edges of some of the items.

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After a lot of deciding and adjusting I finally glued the pieces on with Ranger Multi Medium Matte then, after trimming any overhangs, I added another coat over the top to seal it all in place.TTTimHoltzTagFeb2

I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the tag for some of the additions.

I used a Fired Brick Distress Marker to add a little shadowing around some of the ephemera.  I just drew a line along the edge then quickly rubbed it with my finger tip.  This is a technique I have often used with a Faber Castell Pitt Marker before, but thought I would try it with the Distress Marker – the result was really good 🙂

Next I used some slightly thinned gesso (the Studio brand) to “knock back” some of the background that was a bit dark.  In particular I wanted to lighten the top right hand corner as I am going to place a pale pink tag there, and it will not show up well on the pink paper.

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I die cut a cheerful red heart from felt using the Sizzix Basic Shapes die that came with my Big Shot.  I was going to embroider it, when I had a bit of an idea.  Instead I grabbed some cream crochet cotton and made a little tatted flowery motif.  I fastened this on top of the felt, then added a silver heart-shaped button to finish.TTTimHoltzTagFeb4

I found a cute little “Mon Ami” resin sticker.  This is by Impex Creative Crafts and must be about 15 years old.

A glittery die-cut flower was added to the top right corner, then I layered the little pink, plastic “Love” embellishment over the top.  These are both things that have been in my crafting stash for many years and I no longer know who made them.

The embellished felt heart was fixed on with tacky glue.TTTimHoltzTagFeb5

I added a little Worn Lipstick Distress Ink around the edge of the tag, because it is a Valentine’s Day tag so it seemed appropriate.

I found some little pink plastic tags with numbers on in my embellishment box, and fixed a 1 and a 4 onto the tag with pink embroidery floss.

Next I added a little metal corner, like Tim had done on his tag.  The tag came with my Crop-a-dile III, which is sadly useless for fixing things on.  I was able to crimp it in place with my Crop-a-dile II Big Bite though.

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Next I took a tiny pink split-pin paper fastener and added that in one of the punched holes.  I popped a bit of Fired Brick Distress Marker on it to dull down its exciting pink colour.

Finally I sprayed a pink ribbon with Cosmic Shimmer glitter sprays, just to grunge it up a little.

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Tim Holtz Blog –  12 Tags of 2015 – February project

 

Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge – January – Scruffy Little Cat Stamp

I decided to enter the January Challenge on the Spectrum Noir blog, as I use a lot of their products regularly anyway!

The theme for this month is “Anything Goes” so I am using one of the new “Scruffy Little Cat” stamps that I bought from the Crafters’ Companion sale.

The stamp is Ashleigh, I love her fur trimmed coat.  I stamped her onto Neenah cardstock in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (my standards for alcohol pen colouring).TTSpectrumNoirJan1

I usually start with colouring in skin, and so that is what I did here.  I put down my lightest colour, FS4, then added shadows in FS7, then blended them with FS6.  I tend to build up my colours quite slowly and go over and over a few times until I am happy.  I am very pleased with my Spectrum Noirs and particularly like the great range of skin tones available.  TTSpectrumNoirJan2

Next I added a bit of FS9 under her hair as I wanted it just a bit darker there.  I also coloured her hands and legs in the flesh colours.  Then I added a small amount of PP1 to put some colour in her cheeks.TTSpectrumNoirJan3

I decided she was going to have soft blue eye shadow and used the lovely TB1 and TB2 for this.TTSpectrumNoirJan5

I coloured her hair in GB7, TN 4 and GB10, a combination I have used a few times before and rather like.  I didn’t colour this in the “normal” way but just did lots of little lines in each of the colours to give a  more speckly sort of look.  I was aiming for the look of hair that has had dyed tips and highlights.TTSpectrumNoirJan4

Next I went over her massive eyelashes with the black pen then used PP3 on her lips.  I touched the lower lip with the colourless blender pen to remove some of the pigment and give it a sort of sheen affect.

Then I coloured her scarf and one of her bags in CT1 wth OR3 spots on it. Sort of a leopard skin effect.TTSpectrumNoirJan6

Her lovely coat was coloured with DG3 then the shadows were added with IG6.  I used grey as I couldn’t really decide on a combination of darker greens that I really liked. I have nearly all the Sprectrum Noir pens, but not the Dark box, and I guess the colours I needed were in there!  The grey looked ok though and solved the proble

I then used the IG1 pen to pop a bit of shadow and dimension on the fluffy trim.  You can’t really see this in the photo, but it does make a bit of difference in real life.TTSpectrumNoirJan7

I then used assorted Spectrum Noir markers to colours the various bags and boxes.  I won’t list all the colours for this as I used quite a lot.  You will notice that in some of the pictures she has a bright pink large bag, but in others it is a more muted red shade.  I decided that the pink was just too loud and went over it with a coral red after taking some of the shots.

I used the colourless blender pen to make the pale spots on the small pink bag and the highlights on her leather shoes.

I finished the card by cutting Ashleigh out with an edge die and using Peeled Paint distress ink around the edges.  I cut a panel and a tag in the same paper, along with a smaller white tag, which I stamped with my greeting.  I then applied the distress ink to those too, as well as around the edge of my card base.  This was made from 300gsm Centura Pearl, which I really love for cards.

Finally I punched a hole in the tag and tied some pretty green ribbon in.. then added three tiny green gems – well, a girl has to have her bling!TTSpectrumNoirCardJanuaryTTSpectrumNoirCardFinished

Link to January Challenge on Spectrum Noir Blog

Mixed Media Year Book – January Pages 2015

This entry is part 1 of an on-going series of Mixed Media Year Book

I am making a little book with a 2 page spread for each of the 12 months of 2015.  I want to try out some new ideas, include a bit of information which will be fun to look back on, and give myself a little challenge to do each month.

The album is a very simple one, made from Kraft card. The pages are 5″ x 7″ and held together by three book rings.  There will be a fancy cover (eventually).

Here is the spread for January.

First, I took 2 pieces of 8″ scrapbook paper, cut them in half and fixed them to the pages with a tape roller. Then trimmed to fit.  I used Distress ink around the edge of the page, Tea Dye over the yellow paper and Worn Lipstick over the pink.  Yes, I did mess up re-punching one of the holes but I will put some thread through at the end and hide it!

TTJanuaryPage1I then used a stencil of a “steam punk butterfly” and pounced Chipped China Distress Ink through it, one on each page.  Then I drew some little circles with watercolour pencils – pink middles and yellow around the edge for the bottom of the pages, and reversed for the top.  I gently added some water with a waterbrush and left them to dry (in the picture below some of the right hand page is still wet).  I added some faux stitching around the edges using a blue Zig Calligraphy pen.TTJanuaryPage3I cut out a paper doll with my Silhouette Portrait.  She is a print-and-cut design called Lizzie and available from the Silhouette Store.  I then cut out some winter clothes (also from the Silhouette Store) using different coloured papers.  Strangely her clothes were a little too small, so I ended up cutting her apart (eek!) so as to get her to wear her clothes properly.

I added a little Distress Ink around her edges and later on put a bit watered-down Distress Marker over her clothes so she didn’t look so bright and new when the rest of the page was more shabby looking.  I added a few little details with Distress Markers too.

TTJanuaryPage2I added Lizzie to the pages, and then some January themed ephemera from Graphics 45.  These were from a little calendar pad that came free with a craft magazine in 2013 – I have been waiting for a project to use them on as they are so pretty.  I added some written info on the tags, and will add more at the end of the month – I don’t yet know what might happen in the final week of January!  Every thing was fixed down with tacky glue.  I also added a little banner with a scrap of the pink paper (top left of the spread).

TTJanuaryPage4Finally I added a few little faux pearls with Dovecrafts 3D Pearl Effects in Coral and Yellow.  I still feel the page looks a bit flat, but am uninspired as to what more to do to it.  So I will leave it for now and perhaps something will jump to mind later on.

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