Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 1

Is anyone else as excited about Tim Holtz' 12 Days of Christmas Tags as I am!?  I can't believe a year ago I didn't even know who Tim Holtz was, how fabulous his Distress Inks are, much less how to use any of it.  I have grown so much creatively in this past year and I am so thrilled to keep learning and creating. 

I wasn't planning on doing any tags, but then I figured, why not??  So after you've checked out Day One's Tag, here's my creation.
This is in the style of Mimic Monday (keeping as close to the original creation as possible - no buying any new supplies):

This was a bit hard to capture due to the sheen of the glitter, but I tried my best.
Here's a close-up of the lower portion of the tag:

Here's one of the upper portion, with those fab beads looped on the custom ribbon I created:

Some quick differences I will point out, a la Mimic Monday: 

  • He cut his own tag using Core'dinations cardstock (paper that has a kraft center, designed to be able to sand and distress to see the color difference inside).  I started with a tag I had, and inked it using Broken China direct-to-paper.
  • His background is with an embossing folder I don't have, so I used my own (which is a Tim Holtz/Sizzix design, so it should count for something lol!).  Because he used Core'dinations, his brown automatically shown through by sanding a bit.  I achieved a similar look by inking with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  We both followed with Iced Spruce Distress Ink over that.
  • He has his own "Noel" die cut; I created a similar one using my Pazzles and cut it out that way.
  • I didn't have that Martha Stewart Glitter, but I used a Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter in Sterling. (Made a bit of a mess I might add!)
  • His sheet music came from a collection, mine came from my handy dandy piano book.
  • I did not have his lovely pinecone die, so I just used berries and holly leaves from my stash as my focal piece, surrounded by some pine punches cut out from some McGill punches.
  • My ribbon is satin, so of course it doesn't look quite as distressed, but similiarly I did ink it directly with Iced Spruce and added some pearls and beads with some jump rings and eye pins.
New techniques I learned:
  • Direct-to-paper and direct-to-ribbon: I knew of them, just never actually did them before.  Glad I had this to force me to try it - really, how fun is custom ribbon!?
  • Running an embossing folder inked with embossing ink through my Sizzix Texture Boutique - this is such a cool technique and I'll be sure to use it again.
  • Cutting out letters with my Pazzles (an indirect technique as I didn't have his die).
  • Using beads and fake flowers and leaves on a tag - I love how blingy those beads look!
So what about you, are you joining the fun? I'm going to try to do it every day, hopefully posting the same day too.  Should be quite a challenge, but as of today - I'm game!  Hope you play too!