Saturday, 23 February 2013

My Take on Tim's Tag February 2013

Good Evening everyone.................and a warm welcome to new followers :-)

This year I have decided that I am going to participate in all of Tim Holtz Tags of 2013 and below you will find my take on Tim's February Tag. I improvised on quite a few items as I did not have everything that Tim used. Its all about enjoyment and participation so here's the recipe I used.  If you would like to participate and find out how Tim created and inspired us this February click HERE

I did not have the Distress Stains that Tim used but I did have the Distress Inks, so I inked up my craft sheet with the Distress inks in the same colours and spritzed with water, smooshing my tag through several times until I was satisfied with colours.  If you have not done this before remember to dry each layer with your heat tool !

You can see the results below. I then followed Tim's tut for edging/distressing and inking my tag

As I did not have the Queen of Hearts blueprint stamp I decided to triple emboss one of my favourite stamps from Tim's Stampers Anonymous Classics SCF 007.

First I took black card stock and added clear embossing ink then Ranger  ultra thick embossing enamel. I did this several times before adding a few drops of various Ranger Perfect Pearls Powders.

I then inked the stamp up in  permanent Red Archival Ink and stamped in to the very hot enamel.

I was not happy with the result so took my heat tool and melted it again. You can see how the enamel melted but the image remained. 

I then added gold ink to the stamp and placed it in to the warm enamel once more.

I was still not happy and melted it again with my heat gun..............however, I absolutely love the look of my happy accident so decided to keep it for another project.... !!!!

I started again as before but this times used black archival ink  on the stamp and you can see that the outcome  of my triple embossing was what I hoped for :-). I cut around the stamped image and left it to the side to adhere later.

As I did not have the embossing folder Tim used I took some die cut letters from Tim's Sizzix Word Typepad die, placing them on a piece of card, which I covered them with Inkessentials metal foil.

I took my brayer, rolling it back and forth. I then took a ball tool and went around the edges of the letters, making them stand out even more.

I painted the piece with black soot and then sanded it to distress it.
Attaching it with some staples. 

I did not have a custom cash key so I inked the same stamp on some shrink plastic, colouring it with alcohol ink.

I have not used shrink plastic for a long time and forgot how fun it is to work with.

You can see the small embellishment below......................isn't it cool !!

I do have tissue tape and whilst I love  the way Tim has used it  I wanted to use some rag ribbon that was a gift from my very talented blog friend Anita, whom you all know as The Artful Maven Haven. 

I placed some Fired brick DI on my craft sheet  and spritzed with water, scrunching the ribbon around until satisfied with colour. I dried the ribbon with my heat tool and then decided to stamp the word love, using  Archival permanent waterproof ink.  

Anita also sent me some moustache gems, which I placed above the O, its kinda like an offset hairpiece!!!

The embossed image was adhered with silicone as I wanted it to be raised slightly off the tag.

A little chit chat sticker covered the word Patisserie that is on the stamp.

So thats my finished Tag. 
Now I wonder what have you been up to?

Whatever it is I hope you are enjoying the weekend. If you drop by please leave a comment and I shall get back to you as soon as I can. 

Take Care and Crafty Hugs
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  1. Fabulous improvisations, Annie - my word that triple-embossed heart looks astounding! What a centrepiece to a great take on the February tag...
    Alison x

  2. Hi Annie, this tag looks like you had a ball making it! Love your happy accident, it is so much fun to experiment (I am experimenting with embossing paste - very messy!). The moustache is just fabulous and gives a real sense of fun to your tag. A brilliant take on Tim's tag. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Great take on the tag. The triple embossed heart is cool looking! I bought some shrinky dink but haven't used it yet on any project.

  4. Hi Annie, gorgeous tag, your UTEE heart is gorgeous, adds wonderful texture and dimension. Love how you have echoed the heart with the shrink plastic heart. Lovely take on Tim's tag. Tracy x

  5. oh hun,this is just brilliant,just love what you have done,and it looks amazing,super take on tims tag hun adore that heart hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  6. Wonderful tag, great effect with the UTEE.

  7. A fabulous take on Tim's tag Annie, your experiments and improvised elements have worked brilliantly.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  8. Love what youbhave done with the heart ! Gorgeous texture hugs trace x

  9. Lovely tag and what a superb heart Annie! Love all the steps here and so glad you kept your first heart for use elsewhere (SO know that feeling!!) Hugs, Jenny x

  10. Love your take on Tim's tag Annie. That heart is a triumph (so glad you kept the first one for another project). Hugs, Jenny x

  11. wow I enjoyed your progress.. fabulous how you do this! Thank you for sharing.. a great input for me!

    xxx Susi

  12. Great amazing tag

    have a nice Sunday, Alie :-)

  13. Great tag. Shrink plastic is great stuff. I should use it more as well

  14. Love your take on his tag! This is amazing looking!

  15. Super photos and detail. Love your tag. xx Flora

  16. Wow, this is such a cool tag! Love what you did with the heart stamp, well worth all those different try outs and the metal letters at the bottom are so cool too. fantastic adaption!

  17. Mmmm, I sent a comment in the early hours, but obvious its not gone through. I love it and all the great techniques you have used. I know you have followed TH for years, long before I started to make cards. So its lovely to show things that he did all those years ago. I enjoyed our day out to-day. Happy Crafting. Hugs Mum xxxx

  18. Great and amazing tag Annie.
    lots of details
    love it.Greetings Janny

  19. OH!!!! Oh!!!! oh!!! Love the look of the embossed heart! WOW!!! It looks likes a metal medallion. Love your happy accident as well! Gorgeous take on Tim's tag!!!

  20. Hello my crafty friend! I was just stopping by your blog to check out what you've got going on here and I was not disappointed! Your take on Tim's February tag is really cool! Don't you love happy accidents? Way to stick with the UTEE ended up being cool! I really love your black/silver heart in the center of your tag. It's very detailed and cool! Love your "XOX" strip across the tag. That black adds a nice contrast to the red background. Your little shrink plastic heart is awesome as well. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such an nice comment. You're so sweet! <3 Candy

  21. Terrific tag Annie:) Wow wow wow:)

  22. Anonymous2/26/2013

    Hi Annie
    In my eyes, a true crafter is someone who is not hindered when they do not have particular products, they will look at their stash and utilise what they have. Here you have done so to the most amazing effect and not only that, created a happy accident which most definitely has to be used at a later date!
    A stunning tag showing the highest level of creativity.

  23. Beautiful tag, Annie. Love that rich red background and your sweet little 'stache!

  24. Oh this pulled me right in! Love your tag and what a great take on Tim's Feb tag! That heart is fabulous!

  25. Anonymous3/01/2013

    Great Tag! love it!

  26. Great take on Tim's tag! Love the heart! Stunning tag! Hugs, Sandra


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