Tuesday, December 31, 2013

...and December makes 12!

I'm getting it in just under the wire, but I've completed 12 Tags of 2013!  :-)  Without further ado, here's my December tag!

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
 - Ranger Distress Stain: Antique Linen
 - Ranger Dylusions Spray Ink: White Linen
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green, Vermillion
 - Ranger Perfect Medium
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Studio 490 Clearly for Art
 - idea-ology: Frosted Film, Long Fasteners
 - Stamp by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CMS175
 - Dylusions Stencil: Diamond of a Border
 - Ranger Craft Scraper
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Mister
 - Ranger Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool
 - Sizzix Big Shot
 - Sizzix Bigz Dies: Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves
 - Tonic Studios: Craft Scissors, Craft Pick, Paper Distresser
 - Paper trimmer
 - Self-healing cutting mat
 - Black embossing powder, yellow gem, ribbon from my stash

There were a few items Tim used on his tag that I either don't have, or couldn't find when I was making my tag.  (Oops!  Let's make organizing the craft room again a resolution for 2014!)  I don't own the Tattered Poinsettia die, but I substituted a couple other dies for a similar effect.  The splatter brush Tim used for the snow effect looks nifty, and I now have one on my list, but since I don't have it yet, I used white Dylusions instead of white Distress paint.  Still came out looking quite cool, I think.

Getting the frosted film onto the Clearly for Art was quite the challenge, even using a craft scraper to smooth as you go.  I suspect it's one of those things that just takes some practice, but I'm not quite there yet.

The other thing that mystified me a bit was how Tim's flower retained such vivid colours even after heating and shaping.  I found that the shaping process left ink on my fingers, and less on the flower.  Maybe he added more ink after he was finished shaping?  Don't know, but I see more experimentation in my future.  :-)

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Overall, 2013 has been a fun, inky, creative journey for me, and I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!  I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!  :-)

Happy New Year!