After a tag like today's, I'm almost glad Tim Holtz' 12 Days of Christmas Tags are almost over. Before you FREAK OUT on me, I only say that because this tag took like 3 hours. I had a lot of fun, but it was very challenging. First the piccies and then why it was so difficult for me:
Close-up of bottom:
Close-up of top:
Bonus close-up of gears:
Bonus close-up of LOVE ticket and raided pieces from hubby's toolbox:
Bonus close-up of those handsome devils in top hats:
My main issue with copying Tim Holtz' style is that I don't own many of his stamps, papers, pieces from his Idea-ology line, or really anything of his other than Distress Inks. As you can imagine, this makes it quite hard when mimicking. Pretty much everything on my card today is a mimic.
The tag itself is pretty similar, as I mentioned I have the Seasonal Distress Inks (Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, and Iced Spruce) with Walnut Stain on the edges so this part wasn't hard. The white images on the left side have been white embossed and on the left stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger (all images from a 7Gypsies set called Steampunk).
The J-O-Y, tickets, gears, and filmstrip were all cut with my Pazzles; I tried to get as close as possible. J-O-Y has Glossy Accents on top. The hand stamp on one ticket is from that 7Gypsies set, and the other "LOVE" is from a Tim Holtz set. One has red pen lines that I used a ruler for and did myself, the other has Festive Berries inked on the sides. The gears were painted with Folk Art Acrylics in Metallic Pure Gold, Metallic Antique Copper, and Metallic Gunmetal Gray; and then sanded lightly. The film strip has plastic cut and adhered behind it.
The 'men in top hats' image was found on Google, I printed it out and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink, little leaves I made and Xmas Red Stickles. The ribbons have been custom inked using Festive Berries and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Like I said, I don't have any Idea-ology pieces, so I raided hubby's tool box and found a drill bit to use in place of the pen nib, and an eye-hook terminal to use in place of the mini lightbulb.
So what do you think? Do you like this tag?
Was this tag easy for you or difficult?