Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy Fall! November Tag

Happy Saturday, everyone! When I saw the November tag from Tim Holtz, I fell in love. Tim is so good at using the negative space in dies and this tag is the perfect example. So many cool ideas, and so much grungy goodness - I had to make some time in the stamp shack to make one of my own!

Since I don't have the new leaf die, I crossed my fingers that I'd be able to use my old Tattered Leaves die in the same way. I did have to use a smaller piece of cardboard, but since I covered the top and the bottom, it was no problem. When it came to embossing the leaf, I had the same issue (both the die and the coordinating Texture Fade have three leaves on them). To work around it, I embossed the leaf, cut it out and adhered it to a tag that was covered with the new idea-ology Tissue Wrap, then layered the cardboard over the top.

Speaking of which - when I saw that nice leaf-shaped depression in the cardboard, all I could think about was filling it with UTEE! After I adhered my cardboard and leaf cutout to the tag, I used a Versamark pen to ink the leaf. Then I added several layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the depression, heating it each time. On the final layer, I added a bit of gold ep, to simulate the gold leafing Tim used.

My tag has a little secret! It's actually an easel tag. I wanted to make something that the recipient could display easily (Ha, get it? Easely?) and thought adhering it to an easel fold would be perfect. To create the easel layer, I just cut a strip of Tim's Kraft Resist paper the same width as the tag and slightly shorter (so it wouldn't interfere with the hole). I folded it in half and then folded the top layer in half, adhering the bottom of the tag to the bottom fold. Two brads make it easy to keep in the upright position.

I also had a little fun playing with my new Alphanumeric dies. So cool! I wanted to kind of mimic Tim's Alpha Parts piece, so I used the letters to spell out 'fall' on a piece of black Kraft Core'dinations. I used a scrap of plain kraft on the back side to highlight the letters. I'm working on a tutorial to show an easy way to line these little dies up easily. Stay tuned for that next week!

All the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order.


Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a fantastic week!

20 comments:

  1. Cool tag! Love your improvisation of Tim's version!

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  2. Love your take on Tim's tag, especially the way you 'filled' in the leaf part. The easel makes it very special indeed!

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  3. Ohhhh what a great tag and great use of the tattered leaves die. What a great grungy tag for November. I keep seeing people loving the Alphanumertic...Hmmmm add to my growing list!

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  4. Shelley another creative venture...love this..I am looking at the Embossing folder for the leaf dies...awesome..

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  5. Love the UTEE touch! I'll be watching for your Alpha tutorial. I broke mine out last night and you're right - they totally skitter around on the magnetic plate.

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  6. I like your alternative foiling, it's a cool tag :-)

    Sally

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  7. Love all the texture on this ! Gorgeous !
    Corrie x

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  8. out of this world with yummy texture. your own spin is spectacular. i love the corrugated cardboard and all the colors. I would be thrilled to display this tag in my house!

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  9. Love it Shelly, absolutely love it. And turning this into an easel is inspired. Jenny x

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  10. Love what you did with this tag, Shelly! The addition of the UTEE was a fantastic idea! It looks like a fantastic leaf-shaped gem is set into that cardboard tag--great combination of grungy and gorgeous!

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  11. Love your tag and the easel idea is excellent! I don't know how you think of these things! Your tag is yummy like fall candy. Makes me want to eat a caramel apple! Love your take on Tim's tag. Inspirational!

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  12. Shelly your tag is gorgeous. I'm very excited about it !! Love the texture and the way you filled in the depression with EP... Great idea !!!!!
    I'll have to add a special thank you for the code you share with all of us. I enjoy the 10% off at IE using your code. Fabulous deal !
    Thanks a lot also for sharing this gorgeous tag with built-in easel !!!
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  13. What a gorgeous take! LOVE everything!

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  14. So pretty ... the leaf is amazing ... beautiful color and texture ! Awesome tag !!

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  15. Your November Tim tag is GREAT, Shelly! I love how you've improvised with the tattered leaves die :) I don't have either (new or old leaf dies), so I'm completely stumped for November :0 LOL!! Totally AWESOME how you turned this into an easel tag!! You are sooo clever, Shelly!! :) XOXO-Shari

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  16. Your tag is gorgeous! That leaf looks like it's molten metal and I love the way you've used the alphanumeric dies! Love all the little touches you've added. Love Love Love! :)

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