Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tim tag #7 (faux kraft glassine)

Hello again, my friends.  I had the house to myself for a few hours today, so I got busy creating.  Another tag closer to getting them all done.  And more improvising.  There is just no way I can justify having every product in Tim's arsenal, so I figure what I don't have is an opportunity to get creative.  I have a large enough stash of my own, that I don't usually have any problem making substitutions. 

Here is the link to Tim's tag #7.  And here is my version. 

(Sorry, my photography stills are somewhat lacking, so there's some glare from the embossing.) 

I actually started working on this tag last week, but there were other things to do that just pushed it aside.  For starters, I didn't have any kraft glassine paper.  I knew there was a tutorial available that showed how to make faux glassine paper using tissue paper and Future floor finish.  Of course, the only tissue paper I have is white.  So I decided to get creative and see if I could make something at least resembling the kraft glassine.   I had a lightweight brown paper bag, as well as plenty of heavier brown grocery bags, so I decided to try both.  Following the tutorial, but without adding color, I coated a piece of each weight of bag on both sides with the Future floor finish and set them aside on plastic to dry. 

Once they were dry, I checked the results.  The brown grocery bag really showed no major difference in appearance, so I tossed that.  I think it was just too porous.  The thin brown bag, however, was exactly what I was hoping for... SUCCESS!  And it didn't matter that there were fold lines in the bag, since I was going to crumble it up anyway.  Now, I just need to figure out what stores use those bags so I can get more.  I'm pretty sure one of the local art supply stores is one source.  Must make a trip over there...

Since I wanted to see how the faux glassine paper would react to crumbling it up, I kinda reversed the steps, crumbling it first and then adding color with alcohol inks. 

I didn't have the holly leaves die, so I used tattered leaves mini.  I also don't own any of Tim's Christmas stamps, so I substituted one from SU. 

To add a splash of color, I attached some hand-crocheted red flowers with some old white buttons.  I'm really happy with the way this tag turned out. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I'd love to know what you think.  And be sure to check out the tutorial on the faux glassine.


Anita Houston said...

Did you crochet those amazing flowers? It really is a dying art. I love the stamped image on glassine. I have not seen that beautiful image before. This tag is stunning...gorgeous job...perfect spot of popping red!!! And...thank you for commenting on my blog...I appreciate it!!!

Trish Bee said...

I LOVE what you did with my faux glassine technique :) Your tag is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Marianne in MD said...

Beautiful tag and your faux glassine turned out great. I had to laugh at going to the art store to get free bags. That could be more expensive than just buying the glassine paper especially if you can use a coupon for Joann or Michael stores!

Marjie Kemper said...

This background is fantastic and I adore your handmade flowers. What a wonderful accent!

Dawn Mercedes said...

oh, I love those crocheted flowers. And I think your photography skills are so much nicer than mine!