Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 11

We're nearing a close with Tim Holtz' 12 Days of Christmas Tags with Day 11.  This tag gave me a run for my money.  I found Tim's exact image online, however it had a watermark.  I spent about 15 minutes removing it (as I'm only using this for personal use and not selling someone's image), then realized it was only an inch by an inch and enlarging without purchasing the original would lead to the dreaded pixel look. 

Then I found another image that looked pretty similar, so decided to use that instead.  Hint: use the term 'retro Santa' not 'vintage Santa'.  Retro is 30s, 40s, 50s Santas, while vintage will usually get you Victorian era Santas (think of the Santa on Coca Cola cans).  Then of course I ran out of Photo Black (my stupid printer has Black, Photo Black, Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta - so annoying).  So I only used half the image that printed out clearly. 

Then when inking around the Santa, I got red fingerprints on his beard and cuffs, so I decided to paint his beard, eyebrows, cuffs, hat cuff and waist cuff with white Inkssentials Enamel Accents.  Then the other parts looked weird, so I colored his gloves with White Opal Liquid Pearls, his belt with Ruby Red Liquid Pearls, and his belt buckle Goldenrod Stickles.  I also learned that blending inks on glossy cardstock is not as easy as on regular paper (although it was my first time doing it; maybe I just need more practice). 

One last note: be light on the Enamel Accents.  This stuff spreads really easily (the white lines by Santa's face used to be separated, but merged about 5 minutes after painting).  Also keep a pin handy to pop any bubbles that may form.

Well enough of my tag trauma drama (say that 3x fast!), here's Day 11's tag:

Close-up of bottom:

Close-up of top (check out that gloss!)

Bonus close-up of Santa (a cute and happy Santa if I do say so myself!):

I hope you enjoyed today's tag, if you have any questions about my methods (of madness) vs. Tim's, don't hesitate to leave me a comment and let me know.  Enjoy your day everyone!!