Saturday, December 8, 2007

More work with Tim's tutorials

I am thoroughly enjoying following along with Tim Holtz tutorials for 12 days of Christmas tags. Sure I have to adapt a lot to the supplies I have but so far I have enough to learn the techniques.

Day 3-Distress embossing powder...Oh this one was so fun to color the image with the distress powders and dump it off all at one time---what a surprise of how good it looked and of course the hardest part is letting the embossing powder cool after heating.

Day 4-Custom making an inkpad--to be done later

Day 5 Alcohol inks-the difference from traditional polished stone is that at the end one drizzling small droplets of blending solution on the ink pieced to whiten some areas and make it look like snow. Also inked the ribbon, beads and bells with the felt used with alcohol ink.

Day 6-Pearlized Shimmer Mist & using a mask
As always Tim presented a few trick that I was not familiar with using. Again anothe fun tag!

Note caribou live in this part of Alaska-may their domesticated sisters, reindeer soon be making their annual trip to your house!

Thanks for looking!...Jan
PS-Did you know you can double click on a picture if you what to see a larger version?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Altering a sock

WoW when I heard there was gonna be a swap to alter a sock into stocking I had a most difficult time wondering where to begin. My first inclination was to sew embellishments on it but then it dawned on me that would extremely hard to work down in the tube of the sock with a sewing machine...hmm...I wasn't sure I wanted to invest a lot of time into hand stitching tons. As I started to look at what socks were available I came across this one and liked the woven texture. Thought I could possibly use the open weave to add some crocheted details. But my thoughts continued to be challenged by the light pastel color. Finally I learned that I could use luminere paint on fabric--so I was in--jumped both feet into the swap.

I proceeded to paint the main base gold with red trim. I inserted a piece of cardstock to keep from painting the inside of the sock too. Hmm-that stretched the sock making a true looking stocking. Oh the most fun was scouring the store and my stashes for embellishments. Once I found the main flower which is "iron-on art" which is designed for jackets etc...I was happy with it as a fine focal I was off and running. Gold vines, felt rick rack, crystals, ribbons, glass beads, sequins,buttons...oh I couldn't stop stickles was needed too! Yep, I have always like lots of sparkle and frill...and no time like Christmas to enjoy it all! So a little sewing, a little gluing and tons of fun later it came together!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

On the first day of Christmas!

During the first 12 days of December Tim Holtz is offering tutorials on his blog for 12 Christmas tags. The following pics is my experimentation with his techniques. I am using his tutorials as inspiration to make tags and adapt into cards.

Day 1-Saturday December 1-Grungeboard and crackle
paint Moose searches forest for perfect Christmas tree.

I had to try my crackle paint (antique linen) on regular chipboard which provided a green base. (Thanks Linda for the tree tucked into my stocking!) I also added crackle paint to the tag and sponged fired brick distress ink after the paint was dry. Birch trees and pines fill the forest at my house so I added a piece of birch bark to the background.

Day 2-Sunday December 2-Dabbler Acrylic Paint
Let it Snow!

Tutorial was using the acrylic paint as a resist. Lots of bling was suggested for this one--that's the fun part for me!

Christmas with a twist

The twist for Saturday Stamper’s Challenge this week is to create something that does not use Christmas Specific pictures, like Santa Claus, or a Christmas Tree etc or the word “Christmas”. So the challenge was on to create a Christmassy look using only colors and patterns etc.

Sorry I twisted and turned the card but just could not capture all the sparkle and bling on the image to share with you.