Anyway, I thought I would make a Valentine tag, and for me that meant traditional pinks, which I thought would look more feminine with the Melange Tissue wrap. I have the Postale (for once!), but I liked this better for this project. After making my background and painting it up (on a piece of manila folder which I planned later to die cut using Tim's tag Bigz die) according to Tim's instructions, I wasn't at all pleased with it, and started to send it to the recycle pile. Enter my daughter, giving me lot's of encouragement, saying how much SHE liked it. Lightbulb moment! I will make this into something just for her! So as things usually happen with me, the ideas just started flowing. I liked how it was all coming together, but a tag wouldn't fit the layout I planned (wow, did the "P" word just come out of my mouth?), so I adhered my background to the inside of a cigar box lid which I stained with Distress Stain. I have given a fresh beginning to this lonely cigar box lid (I wonder what happened to the box?) using Tim's stains in a whole new way to me (I've never used his stains to color unfinished wood before)! They do a good job, don't you think?
|Here's the front of the cigar box lid; I forgot to take a "before" shot of the other side, but it was plain unfinished wood.|
I pretty much followed Tim's instructions (makes it look simple, doesn't he???), but added a few of my own twists. Most obvious is that I chose my to use Tim's Ransom Alpha Parts instead of the "twenty one" from my new Numeric set, although I did use the numeral from it. I also chose to use Pumice Stone Distress glitter on the numeral and Brushed Pewter DP on the text. I used Chit Chat stickers to make my "title"--So Many Reasons 2 Love & Adore You. I used some letter stamps (unknown manufacturer) for "Reasons" in Archival ink. I also used a brand new basting brush (I have 2 of these--WHATTTT?) from the kitchen in place of a splatter brush--need to get one of those because I had paint ALL over!
I stained Tim's floral ribbon using various Distress stains and added his Idea-ology pen nib "thoughts" wiped with Spun Sugar DP, and wiped off to leave color in the recesses. I did the same with the metal heart charm from my stash.
I used Distress paints spritzed with water on my craft mat and and dragged a piece of card stock through the puddle for a marbled effect. Then I die cut hearts (Sizzix) from it, edged them with Brushed Pewter DP and backed them with additional hearts die cut from burlap and swiped with Distress Paints. I finished it off with Tim's Distress bulb spritzer, but used silver Krylon pen instead of Tim's choice of gold. I used it to make little poofs and specks of silver--you can get the two different looks simply by moving the marker in the chamber.
I love how it came together, and I can't wait to give it to my daughter on Valentine's Day! The words from Chit Chat fit her just perfectly, and I want her to know just how special she is!
Thank you for stopping by and leaving all your encouraging comments! When I read them, I am inspired to stretch my creative limits! Hugs and blessings!
I would like to enter this into these inspiring challenges:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-January
A Vintage Journey Challenge 24 "Love is in the Air" My influence by Tim is by his 12 Tags of 2015!!!
The Mixed Media Challenge #8 "Something New For the New Year" My new craft and kitchen items are in bold text. I used a kitchen basting brush in a new way--to make splatters of paint, and gave new life to an old cigar box lid, using it in a new way as a frame.
Inspiration Journal "Fresh Start" I've listed my new products in bold text, and I'm giving them a fresh start in my Closet. I'm giving the basting brush a fresh start as a craft item! I'm giving the cigar box lid a fresh start as a frame, and I'm getting off to a fresh start by hopefully participating in all of Tim's 12 Tags of 2015! (We'll see!)
Country View Challenges "Use Something New to You" My new products (craft and kitchen) are in bold text. I've tried something new: using a basting brush to create paint splatters! I've given a few things a new use in life: the cigar box lid as a frame and the basting brush as a splatter brush. And splatter, it did!
Paper Artsy Topic 2 "Shiny Stuff" I was inspired by Leandra's dangly beads and used a dangling heart on my framed piece.
The Artistic Stamper January's Challenge "New Beginnings" A background paper heading to the recycle bin was seen in a whole new light, and was given this "new beginning" as a Valentine framed art piece for my daughter. I also used some products new to me--listed in bold text. Another new beginning is the start of a new year of tag challenges I hope to participate in.