Monday, January 6, 2014

Frozen in a winter wonderland

So, how about that polar vortex?  It smacked us right in the face...-13 air temp with a windchill of -37 this morning at 7.  I swear the house was even shuddering last night with the howling wind and saying 'Brrrr!'  The 7-8" of snow that fell became drifts of several feet.  And it didn't warm up much during the day nor did the winds die down.  It even stopped the US Postal Service dead in it's tracks.  And tomorrow will bring more of the same.  All area interstates, local roads, businesses, etc. closed.  Frostbite can occur within 5 minutes.  I think I'll hibernate in my art space!

All this to say that it was a big part of my inspiration while recreating Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 - January. 
I followed Tim's instructions, making a few changes here and there.  Okay, lots of here and there!  lol

I used the pocket watch mover & shaper die instead of the bigz die and the rub-on in the type charm resembled a snowflake (creative license!).  The watch face I created from clear packaging, coating with Glue 'N Seal and then a layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  When all was dry I pounced some blue distress ink onto the surface so you could see some of the texture.  Instead of making little banners I applied the rub-on to some sheer ribbon for the snowman's scarf.  Yes, I carefully planned the snowflake embossing on Frosty...looks like the perfect hat embellishment, doesn't it?

Have you played with Tim's Linen Ribbon?  I pulled and stretched a small section of it then wondered what would happen if I got it wet. curled, or more appropriately coiled like a rope, and shrunk back to it's original state!  Well, I'll be.

Here are some of the items I used to create my tag:
distress inks, distress stains, distress paints, Inkssentials foil tape sheet,  Glue 'N Seal, archival ink, Tim's stencil, grungeboard, clear packaging, type charm, Worn Text stamp set, watch face from the Curiosities stamp set, remnant rubs, crinkle ribbon, linen ribbon, sheer ribbon, pocket watch die, snowman die from Winter Wonder, snowflurries texture fade, cracked texture fade, mini pin, jump ring, ticket

Hope you'll find time to play along with Tim's challenge.  I've seen some people making ATCs instead of tags...what a great idea!  No matter what size your art, just get in there and have fun!


  1. Love your tag - great time to hibernate and create!

  2. Love your card and the subtle hue against the metal embossing One of the prettiest ones. Well done!

  3. Fabulous tag, Susan!!! I'm so glad the really cold weather is over and I hope it stays gone!!!

  4. Fabulous tag, Susan!!! I'm glad the really cold weather is over and I hope it stays away!!!