Tuesday, October 9, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - October

I was so looking forward to seeing what Tim Holtz would come up with for his October tag, and he certainly didn't disappoint! I love the paint dabber technique - I'd never done it before and it was so easy. I decided to try a slightly different color combination because I wanted kind of a twilight, nighttime look to mine. I have the Gothic Boo die that he used, but this Bell Jar die still has that 'new die' smell and I wanted to break it in some more!

The inside of my bell jar was inspired by something I saw on Downton Abbey (any fans out there? Mr. Bates? Mmmmm...). One of the bedrooms had the most beautiful bell jar displays. I decided to make my raven the glitter accent and give him a tree to perch on. The raven was cut from Grungeboard using the Sizzix Mini Raven die and glittered as Tim shows. I cut branches from Grungeboard using the Sizzix Branch Tree die. I painted them with an Espresso Dabber, sanded them, and then spritzed with a little Perfect Pearls mist.

For the base, I thought I'd give it a coating of Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint and then add some Black Soot Distress Stain. Then, I spotted my Brushed Pewter stain. Hmmm...it seemed like that would look pretty cool, and it does! Isn't the the coolest metal look? I love that part! 

Here you can really see the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls Mist. I love the look of it with this background. I didn't have the ticket die or stamp that Tim used, so I just cut a manila scrap with my Tiny Tabs and Tags die, inked the tiniest tag and added the sticker. It's tied onto the bell jar with the new idea-ology Paper Twine. I shaded the edges of the bell jar with a little Pitch Black Dabber paint - if you smudge it with your finger you'll get a nice, soft shadow.

I hope you like my version of Tim's tag. I love that I always learn something new each month! All of the supplies I used are available from Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!



33 comments:

  1. Fabulous. I love it and what great techniques you've used. Great job Shelly.

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  2. Hello Shelly, I love your take on Tim's tag and that bell jar is sooo Downton Abbey (I am a huge fan and love Mr Bates too, perhaps a tad too much!). The colour you have used is fabulous, definitely gives it a twilight quality and the spider web in the background gives it just the right amount of spookiness. Love it. A x

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  3. The webbing looks great on this spooky tag, Shelly...

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  4. some lovely textures in this great tag Shelly and in appearance its totally magical and mystical. xx

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  5. This turned out so cool! I love the colors you used and the bell jar idea!

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  6. Love it! Can't wait to get the bell jar die, how did you attach the actual jar and did you use acetate?
    Thanks so much! Sue

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  7. Hi Shelly, I love your take on Tim's October tag! The Black Soot and Brushed Pewter stain on the base of the bell jar is just gorgeous! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. You and Tim are the masters! Love your Halloween tag!

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  9. This tag is spectacular Shelly. Your mix of colors is so pleasing. I'm in love with the bell jar and what you have done with it is just spooky good.

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  10. Bate's fan here; though I cannot abide the situations he gets into. Ugh. For my Oct. tag I'm gonna use my brand spank'n new bell jar die, too. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to get to it. My best friend is here for a visit and I force her to craft. Mwwwaa-Haaaa-Haaaa.

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  11. Fabulous tag, great colours. I love Downton Abbey and look forwards to it every week!

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  12. WOW this tag is SOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!!
    Love the details. Great Work Shelly!!!!
    Kind regrads Patricia

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  13. I just love the bell jar effect- very cool :-) Debi x

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  14. Lovin' it! Really like that you 'stamped' your own take on Tim's idea!
    Very cool colours and embellishments indeed!

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  15. Love it! I'm starting to see ideas with that bell jar...I love the way you spun off on your own with that challenge. It's mine to do today :)

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  16. Absolutely stunning Shelly! You seriously blow me away!

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  17. Nice--love the misty, foggy colors.

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  18. I was so looking forward to seeing what Shelley Hickox would come up with for her October tag, and she certainly didn't disappoint! tee hee! Love this! What did you use for the bell jar? plastic packaging?

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  19. LOVE this tag. The twilight color is perfect and I really like your use of the bell jar die. Very spooky looking tag.

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  20. Way cool!!!! Definitely has a twilight spooky look.

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  21. Oh, I love this! Another one of your designs that I'm gonna rip off. ;-)

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  22. Shelly, just love it so glad I purchased the bell jar die now. Thanks

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  23. Wowwwwwww Shelly this is a really spooky Tag
    I love it.

    Greetings Janny

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  24. Wow Shelly, what a terrific take on Tims tag. Love that you come with a different use of the Bell Jar die everytime! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  25. Fabulous take on the tag - your bell jar is so wonderful!
    Alison x

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  26. Shelly, GREAT TAG! But, please share how you cut the "bell" part of the bell jar. Was it acrylic? If so, how did you glue it to the tag?

    franstamper@aol.com

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  27. Wau I'm really impressed. It's lovely....and spooky

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  28. Oh wow, Shelly! I love your spooky tag using the Bell Jar. Isn't that just a great die cut? You did a great job on this! <3 Candy

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