Welcome back readers. Today I have a tag, as usual, using the inspiration of Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2012 November. This month the feature technique was a faux batik effect. It’s quite possible that I may have done this technique at one time, but just as a sample. After all it has been well known to many experienced stampers. But I can say I never really took it on board, until now. I’ve been so inspired by this technique that I have already gone off and made a bunch of Christmas cards using it. But today you get my Tim inspired tag.
I was pondering what theme to go with, so I went and had a look through my stamps and picked out Tim Holtz’ Haberdashery. There are six stamps in this set and I managed to use them all, as well as a couple of extras from other sets. And while I made it in my theme and style, this is the first tag of the series that follows most closely the steps that Tim took to make his. Firstly I heat embossed the dressform image, and stamped the numbers down the side with Archival inks. I then added colour to the background with Distress Inkpads and Stains, before removing the embossing from my dressform. I even sponged on some more colour and added some water drops!
I omitted distressing the tags edge and went straight into adding some open line stamping in random places all over the surface. In lieu of a piece of burlap, which I don’t have, I opted to stamp out the two cotton reel labels and attach them to the side with my Tiny Attacher.
I also did the same thing with the stamped images of the needle label and bridged the gap with a third image to make a banner of sorts. I made my flower embellishments by first stamping the needle book image to some card stock before punching out the little petals and nesting them on some twiggy die cuts. I think of all the tags I have made this year, this one has come together the quickest and easiest. And I love the purples and greens.
So what do you think of the tag wall now? It’s almost complete, save for January and December. And looking at the count, this is the forth tag I’ve made since coming out to the farm to live. It still seems like I’m still settling in. I know I’m still working at cleaning up the place, lol. After last months card drive effort I feel a bit more like my old self in the craft room and I’m getting more inspired to get in and create and share more often. So watch out for a possible extra post or two from me this month.
See ya soon!