Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tim's Tag, Day 6

I thought Tim Holtz's enamel technique was incredible today, but I really had to think awhile to figure out how I was going to create my own. I have a couple of Texture Fades that could have worked, but I finally settled on the simplicity of the Snow Flurries folder. I don't have a lot of time today and wanted something that would be quick and easy. I'm so glad I chose this - I love how it came out!

Like Tim says, you really have to see this technique in person to truly appreciate it. I was out of Ranger's metal so I used aluminum duct tape that I stole from my husband's workshop. Since I was in a hurry, I just applied it directly to the tag and embossed. I used an Aqua Paint Dabber to color the whole thing. When it was dry, I hit the snowflakes with my Snow Cap Dabber. I didn't mind that a little of the white got onto the blue - I thought it made it look more snowy. Instead of using regular clear embossing powder, I used Ultra Thick (UTEE). Honestly, I'll use any excuse to whip out the UTEE. I love that stuff!

Since my background was so simple, I decided to add a little bird as a focal point. I wanted him to have the same look as the tag, so I covered a piece of chipboard with more foil tape and cut my bird using the Sizzix Caged Bird die. I painted him with the Snow Cap Dabber and then stamped the word 'Wish' from Tim's Things to Say stamp collection, using the Aqua Dabber instead of ink (I love stamping with Dabbers!). I sanded the edges lightly and embossed, again using UTEE. Oh, I am loving this technique!! Nothing will be safe now. :-)

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Adirondack Paint Dabber - Aqua, Snow Cap
Sizzix Snow Flurries Texture Fade
Sizzix Caged Bird Die
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say Stamp Collection
Idea-ology Charm Clip, Jump Ring
Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings

23 comments:

  1. Love the soft porcelain feel to your tag. Beautiful design.

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  2. That is a lovely tag. I love the colour combo and the feel that you've achieved of a snowy winter song!

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  3. Beautiful - the colours are just so gorgeously soft and snowy.

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  4. Beautiful tag...love the UTEE!

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  5. The tag is lovely, Shelly. The tulle flowers are a great addition.

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  6. Well, what can I say, except.. you never cease to amaze me with your talent and creativity. Your tags are just wonderful, I love all the improv you do. I'm attempting to get day one done. lol. I've been scrolling thru your blog trying to catch up on all the recent stuff, and am constantly saying "WOW!"

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  7. I love seeing your alternatives to what Tim does everyday. It gives me so many options to work from. Your tag for today is gorgeous and I like the soft look.

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  8. Once again, I like your tag better than his. ;-) So cute with the snowflakes and little birdie.

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  9. I know I could get lynched for saying it but I don't like Tim's tag today,colours are way too bright for me. Your tag is just beautiful,love the lovely soft colours and the pretty little song bird

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  10. Beautiful Tag, I'm still thinking of how to get around todays! I think I will post it tomorrow after some thought. x

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  11. Fantastic tag, it looks really amazing.

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  12. I never would think of using duct tape for crafting! But now I do! Stunning tag! Very amazing! The UTEE look is fabulous.

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  13. Love your color choices.
    I used HVAC tape too... Great Minds

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  14. I love your tags. You do beautiful magic!

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  15. So pretty in white. Love what you did here. I love this technique too, but was challenged by it. Great job!

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  16. Speaking of little birdy wishes...I wish mine looked as pretty as yours! I love your color...it is so sweet...almost baby like. Maybe because your baby is home you are having flashbacks! Gorgeous tag nonetheless!!!

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  17. Great idea with the UTEE. I wasn't sure it would work, so just used clear embossing powder. I love your take on the blue and whites.

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  18. It's lovely and so feminine!

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  19. Hi Shelly. I love your tag! It's so soft and wintry looking, shabby chic feel. Just beautiful! <3 Candy

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  20. Wow! What a beautiful tag!! I love how this came out!

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  21. Just love this frosty feel of the blue and white! Adorable little bird! Wish I had gone a different route, because I spent just way to much time! I love UTEE, but just don't use it very often! Note to self to start!!

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  22. You have outdone yourself with Tim's birthday card! Sitting here all by myself, LOL over the sentiment! And I MUST try the Happy New Year you did.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!