Sunday, December 5, 2010

Techniques galore

on Tim's Day 5 tag of his Christmas classes.  Just think, we get to take these classes at our leisure, in our jammies if we want, and have his 'undivided attention'!  Seriously, he's super generous with his time, energy and creativity.  Thank you, Tim!!! 

No Christmas theme for me today.  I read the blog entry, made notes that I needed an image, something to 'fly' off the page, metal embellishments and metal numbers to dramatically change.  Hmmmm. 

I used Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks on the tag before adding Tim's birdcage.  The flourish is from the same set (Artful Flight) and has Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Stickles on the leaves and flowers.  Wishes is from the set 'Good Thoughts'.   Instead of a label I used Spellbinders' bird die with Broken China Distress Crackle Paint.  The text is actually from an old bird identification book.  Tim's bird charm is the one with the cool vintage enamel look*while the bees and the letter 'B' got the Distress Embossing Powder treatment.  Mood when done? Happy!

So, what to do for my Tim tag ala Wendy?  What does she like?  Well, she's always talking about Butterscotch and Denim so I used Scattered Straw (the only yellow I had on hand) Distress Crackle Paint on the label (from Tim's tag & bookplates), edged it with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink while Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Inks went on the tag.

For the image I chose to use Wendy's bottle from 'Art Inspiration'.  It has a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Stickles on it to simulate an old frosted glass bottle.  The flourishes are from 'Art Parts' and are highlighted with Fired Brick Distress Stickles.  I cut the sentiment apart carefully so it would spread across the bottom of the tag - I liked this arrangement better for this tag.  I had some metal alphabet stencils and chose Wendy's initials with Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder.  The enamel look*went on the 490.  Recognize the numbers?  It's from Tim's first alphabet die.  It took a few rollings through my Big Shot but I was able to cut the numbers out of a soda can.  Mood when done?  Quite pleased with myself!

* I didn't have White UTEE but did have clear and it seemed to work just fine.  With the bird I added 2 layers of UTEE (heat, pour, heat).  The numbers were too lightweight and flighty no matter how high I held the heat gun or tried to corral them with a wood skewer.

I could probably copy Tim's tags, I'm sure I have most of the items, but I've challenged myself to think outside the box and come up with something completely different from Tim's inspiration.  Not sure I'll be able to do it on every tag but I'll give it the old college try. 

Off to dream of what Day 6 will be like!  G'night!


  1. You certainly accomplished your goal. Wonderful tags.

  2. Susan, both tags are fabulous!!!!

  3. very fun - I have been enjoying my visits!

  4. All of your tags are soooo wonderful!

  5. Really spectacular, Susan! Just love seeing your ideas come to life, and the different ways you are interpreting the challenges.