this challenge - it was a great way to try new things and use supplies that hadn't seen the light of day in awhile.
I must confess....I didn't really like today's tag. I have seen the brad maker before and wasn't very impressed with the results. For my style of stamping, it just doesn't really have a place. I am also not a big gadget person - things like this seem to get used right when you get them, and then slowly make their way into a closet or drawer, never to be seen again.
Ok, enough of my opinions! Go buy the brad maker! You'll love it! ;-)
My tag was basically done the same as Tim's with a few changes. First, I created my tag using the Watercolor Distress technique from the Feb/Mar 07 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. I don't have the reindeer stamp so I embossed a Grungeboard bird with white embossing powder and then painted over it with maroon paint. When it was dry I wiped it carefully to reveal the embossing. It was a little boring so I covered it with glitter. I totally discarded the idea of covering brads and instead, glittered up some velvet flowers I found at Michaels and layered them with a white flower. 'Peace' stamp is from Fancy Pants (as is the flourish on the bird) and is embossed with white ep. The other stamps used are from Oxford Impressions and Inkadinkado.
When I was deciding on a color palette I thought of Louise's Tag Tuesday challenge and thought the colors of blue, green, and wine would be perfect!
Wow, on another note - those of you who use Blogger, did you notice the new composer? How cool that you can make pics bigger?! I have always been frustrated by the size restrictions. Very cool improvement!