Monday, March 23, 2015

March Tag #2 and #3

Hello!  I told you I had so much fun with Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 March tag, I would probably try it again.  So here are two more tags that I played with in a completely different mood than my last.



This is the one I am entering; I just did the other one while the goodies were out. Second tag at end of post.

That word band only LOOKS crooked!  I think it must have been my angle taking the photo, because I checked it with a level.


I've pretty much followed all of Tim's instructions, so stop by Tim's blog for all the details on how the master of Distress, color and texture has put his together. I  stepped off the path just a teeny bit, making a few adjustments in the background, the colors, and my choice of embellishments, but including all the techniques he used on his tag.

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Background: Symphony Tissue Tape and a bit of butterfly washi tape from my stash laid down first.  My choice of Distress paint in  Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Iced Spruce on the first tag and added some Salty Ocean on the second one.  I also inked over a honeycomb stencil (TCW) with Evergreen Bough Distress ink.

I make my masks using red Staz On ink so I can see it better when I put it over my stamped image.

Stamped image:  I used Archival ink in Library Green and Cobalt with the butterfly from the Perspective set. Love this image, and I have been using it so much with my spring projects! I was the lucky winner of this stamp set on Tim's blog after CHA--thank you Tim and Mario! I was so excited to see it on this month's tag!

Texture: I chose the Flourish Layering Stencil and  Cloisonne High Gloss Crystals--my second time using them; I think they give a nice high enameled look that I've not been able to achieve with any of my other gold embossing  powders. The granules tend to migrate as you heat them, like a slow moving lava flow, so the more intricate areas didn't turn out as well as the embossing powders would have. These were given to me by a friend years ago without instructions, so this was purely an experiment. I rather like the look they give!


 I tried mixing  it up on my second tag here using three different colors of the granules, but was not happy with the lighter color.  I laid the stencil back over the embossed tag and using Ranger's Embossing  Dabber, I  laid down some gold Cloisonne over the lighter areas. Ehhh, not the best results, but I embraced imperfection, and it ended up all good in the end.

This is the second tag.


Embellishments: For my first tag, I used alcohol ink and a Remnant Rub on an Enameled Tag, fastened it with a Trinket pin to the Crinkle Ribbon which I colored with Distress paint and stain. I love the enameled tags--they remind me of my old sink in my laundry room, and they can be decorated to suit any project. The Alpha Parts (Ransom Note) "2" colored with Distress paint and copper fabric paint--I don't have the Antiqued Bronze DP yet--just ordered it.(UPDATE: My box of Distress Paints just arrived--I am seeing more March tags! Thank you, Linda!).  The Idea-ology arrow and Observations Word Band were treated the same.  To get the sparkly effect in the letters, I added some Perfect Pearls powder in the recesses while the paint was still wet. I dabbed on a tiny bit of Black Soot and tied the band on with Paper Twine.  A gear and a cog painted with Black Soot and two flowers from the Foliage set painted with Distress paint, wiped off here and there and filled in with alcohol ink add some more interest.  The flower centers are a Recollections bubble that I cut apart.




I used some numerals colored with Distress paint and Ranger alcohol inks on my second tag. I edged the numbers in Black Soot, so they would show against the background.  The word band and the Moments token both were painted with Distress paint and wiped to leave the paint in the recesses. Some copper fabric paint was also added.  I tied the word band on with Paper Twine. I added a Chit Chat sticker edged in Vintage Photo and fastened the token with a  Swivel Clasp Fastener.  I gifted this tag to a friend who was celebrating her 40th birthday this weekend.

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That's it for this tag!  I thank you for taking your time to visit and to leave your lovely comments.  I read and appreciate each one, and eventually end up responding to them all. Hugs!

Sara Emily
All products are Tim Holtz except where noted.
I would like to enter this into the following inspirational challenges:



Country View Challenges "Anything Goes" This is their 2nd Blogaversary! Congrats!

A Vintage Journey "Anything Tim" Happy 1st Birthday, AVJ!


Mixed Media World "Anything Goes"this is their first challenge!  Congrats!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge "Go Green!" this is their last challenge--so sad!



47 comments:

  1. Wow Sara! Both tags are gorgeous!! Love that crooked metal sign (just teasing) I can see you measuring and checking it with a level :) the colors are so beautiful and your heat embossing is spectacular! Bravo!

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    1. Congratulations, Samra, you are my first commenter this time! You win a great big hug! You are sweet to find such nice things to say about my tags! Shhh....I didn't REALLY use a level- just a piece of paper. My husband is an architect (turned middle school math teacher in the near future, I hope), and he pulls my chain if things aren't straight! I did have a tiny level around here somewhere, but I'll be darned if I can find it! Have a wonderful evening! Hugs!

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  2. Your tags are so beautiful! I love them.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I really appreciate you stopping in to say hi!

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  3. wow! This is so springy and a a visual treat, I mean so refreashing to see this...Sara. Love the colors and that gold embossing is fab, a lot of dimension. Great job Sara and big hugs to you. I your second tag is lying idle, send it to me, lol! Love it.

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    1. Hi, Rupa, I'm so happy to see you here, and your comment just put a huge smile on my face! This is a fun technique, and those granules are perfect for the embossing. So happy you like it! I'm afraid my second tag has already been taken away by my "over the hill" friend! Hugs!

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  4. Hi Sara, thanks for visiting me earlier and the lovely comments about my tag. That means so much. I have only just started making them and the techniques still make me feel a bit nervous :) I ADORE your tags, they are stunning, I love the yellow streak in the last photo, feels like light is shining across it. Cool. Cx

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    1. Wow, Thank you, Claire! I'm so happy you came to visit! that's what I love about those Distress paints; you just never know what you'll end up with! You can make it the same exact way and the same colors and it will look so different every time. I usually end up making 5 tags for every tag I end up with. I save them all, and they usually end up in some other project. You shouldn't feel nervous...your tag is fantastic! I think Tim likes first-timers--my first Tim tag ever won in Nov. 14. It's all about the creative process! Keep up the great work!

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  5. Oh, Sara your tags are STUNNING! I love your amazing embossing! The colors are fabulous! Brilliant, my friend!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Branka, you are so kind, and have totally made my day! Thank you for visiting! Hugs!

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  6. Gorgeous tag, full of texture and details and so springy!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Lucyna!

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  7. Stunning tag! Love the colours you've used Sara, really beautiful. Ruth x

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    1. Ruth, it is always a huge honor when you visit my blog, and what a huge compliment! thank you!

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  8. Wow Sara you are on a roll this is gorgeous!! I love greens and looking at these colours really makes me smile! I love how you interpret Tim's Tags xxx

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    1. Georgie, you are such a sweetheart! thank you! Tim's tags are so much fun for me...I feel like all the thinking is already done, and the rest is just play, play, play! Hugs!

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    2. Hi Sara - thank you so much for joint us at Mixed Media World hun xx

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    3. And A Sprinkle of Imagination lol :)

      We all love your work xx

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    4. Thank you, Georgie for coming back with your DT hats on! And now you have another at Frilly and Funkie! How do you do it???

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  9. These are both just gorgeous Sara Emily! Love your background colours, especially with amazing blending on the second tag. Wonderful choices for embellishments!! Move over Tim, there's a new girl in town!! big hugs my friend :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia, I am really laughing out loud now! Remember, this is Tim's idea; I just took it and had some fun! Boy, did I! You should see all the tags I made! I even had to go get another pack! Now yours is QUITE the creation, and probably my favorite 3D project of yours! Hugs!

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  10. Wow, you are on a March Tim tag roll Sara! Love both of your tags, the enameled look on your first tag with the cloisonne crystals is gorgeous and love the way you treated your number on tag two. Lovely!

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    1. Deb, wow, what a wonderful compliment! i like how those numbers turned out, too! Isn't it just a blast experimenting with what you have!? I'm so happy you like my tags!

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  11. Both tags are wonderful. I love the golden embossing , and the butterflies... Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Lys! Where's my French? Hugs!

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  12. Wonderful work Sara - love the green tones and wonderful embellishments. Really great versions - love it when people take Tim's idea but make it their own. Nikki xx

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! That's a huge compliment coming from you! I'm looking forward to popping back your way and seeing your next tag! Loved the first one in blue and silver! Hugs!

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  13. This is one beautiful tag! I love all the embossing and all the different techniques you used! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

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    1. Thank you, Glenda! I'm so happy you like my tag!

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  14. Oh yum! That gold embossed flourish background is so fabulous - glamorous and sumptuous - just love the whole colour palette too. A wonderful take on the March tag.
    Alison xx

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    1. Wow, Alison! I feel very honored to get such a wonderful compliment from you! I consider your work to be some of the best out there, so it means so much to me when you visit and leave your sweet comments!

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  15. Beautiful beautiful colours. What a gorgeous project. Thank you for entering it into the challenge at ASOI.

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    1. Thank you, Jaine! I'm happy you like my tag!

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  16. Gorgeous tag, you did a fabulous job on the Tim Holtz inspiration for the month of March. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you, Pammejo! What a wonderful compliment!

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  17. oooo, I love how your March tag turned out! Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Journal! =)

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  18. Lovely tag, love the colors and the textures. Thank for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

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    1. Thank you, Donna! What a lovely thing to say!

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  19. Great googly moogly! That is one of the most gorgeous tags I've ever seen! The gold embossing is so lush and looks like real gold. I'm super impressed. The butterfly is amazing..as are all the beautiful details here. I also super love the little bee pin. It's perfect!

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    1. Kathy, you crack me up with your expressions! I'm happy you like my tag! The 40 one I made for my friend Jennifer, whom you've met in Raleigh. This was a fun Tim tag, with so many great techniques from him. thank you for your sweet comment!

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  20. Oh so gorgeous is your take on Tim's March tag and happy that you shared this beauty with us at A Vintage Journey. Love the gold!

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    1. Terry, thank you so much for this amazing compliment! It was a FUN project!

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  21. More gorgeous tags! I love them both but the colours on the second one attract me more.

    Thanks for sharing with us again. Now I really must go and look out those acetate butterflies I have and see if I can come up with anything similar.

    Lin
    The Mirror Crack'd

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    1. Hi Lin, thank you for your very generous compliment! I was torn between all my March tags...just was a great technique Tim showed us...hard to go wrong.

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  22. Wow! Thud! Jaw on floor! Amazing! Thanks for playing in our final challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Gloria, you just made me laugh out loud! I'm going to miss your comments and your amazing challenge blog! It has been such an inspiration to me! Hugs!

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