Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 has kicked off. I saw the first tag he made for the year, read his creative process, relooked at the tag ….and had no idea what to do. In between working on some other crafty projects I’d revisit his post. Still nothing. Oh dear! I figured since this is suppose to be my enjoyable pasttime I’d continue working on my other endeavours. Sure enough, as soon as I let my expectations go I started to see other possibilites.
First thing I let go of was the colour theme. Here in Australia it’s high summer and we are having extreme hot weather. I’m not in the mood for browns. I need fresh colours today. I don’t possess any of the gadgetry images that Tim used for his tag, so I stuck with the techniques, in a round about fashion. In my tag stash was a sample from my Creative Chemistry 101 Online Class with brightly sponged on colour and water flicks all over it.
These blue twigs were cut with my Eclips using Stamp2Cut when making my last tag. I figured they’d get put to good use one day, I just didn’t expect that day to be so soon. Looking thru my collection of embossing folders, I found bird in the grass design and knew it’d be a perfect backdrop for my twigs. I highlighted the raised areas with ink and my blending tool. I don’t possess any metallic paints or stains, so I settled for shimmer on the twigs for my shine factor.
I liked Tim’s use of sentiment panel. It was large, taking up nearly one third of the tag surface. I wanted someting large and prominent too. This is a great quote and the dimensions were just what I needed. I have a collection of large patterned and textured stamps, called Cover -A Card, which I use often on my projects. I don’t mention them half as much as I use them. They are my little work horses that often go unnoticed. I used Courduroy pattern here to create a background texture for the sentiment. And one last nod to the inspiration that is Tim – I used some brads. Hey, they’re the only metal embellishments I have., lol. I even got the hammer out and smashed them up a bit.
Ta da! First tag wall photo of the year. Last year when I saw my first tag on the board I was keen to get all the spaces filled. Now I look at it and feel a sense of possibilities and wonder at what may lie ahead. It’s like a fresh new beginning with a clean slate.
Simon Says Stamp and Show is having a Totally Mad (No Rules) Tea Party to start off the New Year of challenges. Hey! I’m having my own Tea Party every time I sit down at my crafting desk. Every day! I love it!