Friday, March 2, 2012

12 tags of 2012 - #2

Hello my friends.  We are getting snow today.  Lots of snow.  Predictions are somewhere between 6-8 inches.  It's so pretty.  But I'm sure we'll be out shoveling tomorrow.

Last night I ordered my copy of Tim's new book, 'Compendium of Curiosities II'.  I didn't order an autographed copy from Tim.  I ordered one at a discount with free shipping.  Saving the money was much more important to me than getting a signed copy.  I can't wait to see what new techniques he has come up with.  

Today I worked on my March tag for Tim's 12 tags of 2012.  And if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I'm a deviator.  Well... why would I want to make an carbon copy of Tim's tag?  I'm an artist and HAVE to make it my own.  Even if I did have all the same products that he used (which I don't), I'd still want to put my own spin on it. 

Starting with the tag itself.  I have a woodgrain background stamp (not Tim's though), but rather than use the one I have, I decided to go with his woodgrain embossing folder instead.  After running it through my cuttlebug twice to cover the length of the tag, I took my vintage photo distress ink pad and rubbed it over the raised areas until it was quite dark.  Then I took a sponge and worked tea dye distress ink down into the recessed areas.  And then I added vintage photo around the edges with a foam ink applicator. 

Next I worked on the butterflies.  I have some 1-1/4" wide tacky tape, which I pieced onto a piece of grungeboard and then die cut the mini butterflies.  I don't have any of Tim's papers, so I used some pieces from Indian Summer DCWV stack.  I really had to cut some tiny pieces.  I have a little trick I learned to pick up those tiny pieces and place them in a specific spot.  I have a curved tip reverse action tweezer, which I just barely wet the tip with my tongue and then touch it to the tiny piece of paper and it picks it right up, so that I can place it where I want to.  You could use a flat toothpick instead of the tweezer.

I don't have the embossing powder that Tim used, so I chose to use white.  And for the next step, I have a love/hate relationship with glossy accents.  I hate waiting for it to dry and I'm a bit messy when trying to put in a tiny area.  So instead of making myself get all frustrated, I coated my butterflies with versamark and embossed with two coats of clear UTEE.  It definitely gives it a different look, but I like it. 

Since the woodgrain background is pretty bold, I needed something with a more solid color to put behind the butterflies.  So I pulled out another piece of paper from the same stack and die cut a stylized label.  I cut another one from some ivory card stock, cut it in half and glued it behind the paper, so that I had another defining layer.  I glued it to the tag and trimmed off the excess and then added some dots with a white gel pen. 

I think it's a given that if you have butterflies, you have to have at least one flower, and since the little metal ones really aren't my thing, I made a flower using my tattered florals die.  I sprayed the flowers with Adirondack color wash in stream and then did some manipulation to form the flowers  It's just two layers with a half pearl in the center.  Now, I don't know if you have this problem, but when I try to put a half pearl in the center of a flower, it always seems to end up upside down.  Since I was going to use my hot glue gun, I didn't want that to happen, so I cut a tiny piece of a post-it note and put the sticky side on top of the pearl, giving me a handle, so it was really easy to put into the glue. 

The leaves are cut freehand with deckle scissors, folded in half and crimped, then sponged.  The die cut mini flourish was colored with dusty concord distress stain and cut into pieces in order to fit. 

I stamped the sentiment and then just cut off the part I wanted to use, added some vintage photo distress ink and there you have it.  All finished. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


Kathy Eddy said...

That was fast! Very pretty tag.

Sharon said...

Lovely tag,the stained glass technique came out great!
I read how you created your leaves -neat trick with the deckled scizzors and crimper!
aka celticrafter

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful tag, Melody. I'm with you on making it your own. Love the way you've customized this - it's wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melody, this is the first time I've ever been to your blog. I've 'seen' you around often enough at SCS, but for some reason I always overlooked coming by. Love your tag and love the way you give a step thru about how you made it , and the tricks you used along the way to get it done. Most of my tags never look like Tims either, and like you I want my own interpretation of the original.