Friday, January 31, 2014

One last project for January... (IE Monthly Challenge: Dieing for 2014)

Hello again!

Turns out I had one last project in me for January!  This one is for Inspiration Emporium's Monthly Challenge.  The January theme is "Dieing for 2014", so lots of diecuts and punched pieces.  :-)

Here's my tag:

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags
 - Ranger Inkssentials Black Craft Tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Tea Dye
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Deep Purple, Vermillion
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Ranger Metal Foil Tape
 - idea-ology: Film Strip Ribbon, Grungeboard, Tiny Attacher
 - Ranger Inkssentials Blending Foam
 - Tonic Studios Craft Scissors
 - Sizzix Big Shot
 - Sizzix dies: Dream, Picture Wheel
 - Stamps by Hampton Arts: Graphic 45 Curtain Call 1
 - Double-stick tape, foam dots, ribbon from my stash

After I posted my January Tim tag yesterday, someone commented to me privately that the foil-tape covered picture wheel had reminded him of a film reel.  So I decided to embrace that idea and see where it took me.  :-)

The most challenging bit of constructing this tag was definitely getting the filmstrip ribbon to do something approximating the idea I had in my head.  ;-)  I wound up using 4 layers of foam dots to get the picture wheel to the right height above the rest of the tag.  That let me keep the film strip ribbon sideways, as if it were actually coming off a reel.  I have to say, film strip ribbon is a lot of fun to play with, and from time to time, I size down little pictures to pair with it on ATCs.  (See my Thumper card for an example.)

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Well, that's my last project for January 2014 - promise!  ;-)

'Til next time!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Beginning a New Year: January tag

Well, I successfully made it through all 12 tags last year, and I'm looking to repeat that again this year.  So, without further ado, my January tag:

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags
 - Ranger Distress Inks: Black Soot, Pumice Stone
 - Ranger Distress Paint: Black Soot
 - Ranger Distress Stain: Pumice Stone
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
 - Ranger Dylusions Spray Ink: Black Marble
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Ranger Metal Foil Tape
 - idea-ology: Chit Chat, Grunge Board, Journaling Tickets, Jump Rings, Long Fasteners, Mini Gears, Remnant Rubs - Numbers, Sanding Grip, Sprocket Gears, Tiny Attacher, Type Charms, Wire Pins
 - Maya Road Twine Cording: Blackberry
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Mister
 - Ranger Inkssentials Blending Foam
 - Tonic Studios: Craft Pick, Craft Scissors
 - Sizzix Big Shot
 - Sizzix Bigz Die: Picture Wheel
 - Sizzix Texture Fades: Steampunk
 - Stamp by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CSS27911
 - Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil: Clockwork

 - This month I went out of my way to use tools/dies etc. that I already had.  So my tag looks quite a bit different from Tim's example.  That said, I love the picture wheel die!  So much fun!
 - Still lacking that splatter brush, so once again, I used Dylusions ink spray to get my splatter effect.  Worked pretty well!
 - Went with a basic type charms rather than creating one with remnant rubs, since it seems I don't have a 1/2" round punch (yet!).  That one'll be on the list quite soon!
 - Overall, though, I like how my tag turned out!  :-)

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That's it for now!  Time to get back to getting over my cold.  

'Til next time!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge: "Let It Snow"

Hey all,

I know, I've been quiet again for a few weeks.  I've been super busy, both at work and outside of it, and most recently, I've been sick.  :-(  So my crafting time has suffered somewhat.  But deadlines approach, and thus I rally!

This tag was created for a challenge within a private group.  The theme was "Let It Snow".  Here's my tag:

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Black Tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Salty Ocean
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Cobalt, Cornflower Blue
 - Ranger Embossing Antiquities powder: Frosted Crystal
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Tonic Craft Scissors
 - Sizzix Big Shot
 - Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades: Snow Flurries
 - Stamps by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CMS136, CSS27911
 - Silver cardstock, white cardstock, blue ribbon, double-stick tape from my stash

As I started my tag, I was thinking about the fact that our winter here has been rough so far.  Lots of snow, very cold temperatures, and lots of snow days for the local school districts.  I'm completely over winter, and I know there's a lot more still to come!  But I know that even though I might greet more snow with dread, others (mostly kids with lots of time to play!) greet it with joy and wonder.  Hence the idea of "it's all perspective".  :-)

I made the snowflakes in the background by embossing my silver cardstock, rubbing Distress ink over the raised areas, and embossing with the Frosted Crystal powder (remember that Distress ink stays wet longer than other dye inks, so you can emboss with any colour!).  It was a bit of an experiment for me, but I really liked how it turned out!  I'm really super-duper LOVING the Frosted Crystal powder!  I'm seeing lots of future uses for it.

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That's it for now, but expect the first of my 12 Tags of 2014 within the next couple of days!  :-)

'Til then,