Friday, November 30, 2012

12 Tags of 2012-November

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend like I am.  Today I have my November tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2012.  I didn't follow the November-Thankful theme.  I tried, really I did. My first attempt at Tim's tag resulted in the tag sticking to the iron, instead of just the embossing material-FAIL :( -so that one went into the trash.  On the second attempt I used too much stain or water, or both, and the stain/water leeched under the embossed area so when I finally got the ironing technique to work you couldn't really tell what the image was supposed to be-FAIL AGAIN.  Ugh.  This was at about 8:45pm last night, too.  My punishment for waiting until the last minute to do something!!

So after ruining two tags I decided to move on to a different technique and theme.  I switched gears and used the Paint Dabber Resist technique from the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 1.  I also decided to make a Wintry tag instead of a Thankful tag since I'm in Christmas mode now.  Don't be fooled tree is up and has lights on it (because it's a pre-lit one, LOL!) but no ornaments.  The boxes with my decorations have been sitting in my dining room since last weekend.  I just keep stepping over them.  And I haven't even begun making my Christmas cards for this year yet. will all get done eventually.  I hope.  :)

Well, enough of that, here's my tag...

I started off by stamping the trees from the Reindeer Flight set with the Ranger Snow Cap paint dabber.  I applied heat to dry it and then inked the tag with Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood.  Then I lightly rubbed the trees with a damp paper towel to remove the ink.  I distressed the edges of the tag and then inked them with Walnut Stain DI.  Then did the Spritz and Flick technique.  Once the tag was dry I stamped the sentiment from the Seasons Silhouettes stamp set using the masking tape technique that Tim demonstrated. Great technique!  I added Picket Fence stickles to the trees to give them the icy-snowy look and then randomly stamped the small snowflake from the Winter Sketchbook stamp set using the Snow Cap paint dabber.
The die cuts are Core'dinations paper cut with the TH Alterations Festive Greenery strip and they were sanded and distressed as well.  The ribbon was dyed using Distress Stain in Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce (new!) and Brushed Pewter.  I added the decorative corners (Michael's Recollections) as an afterthought. Maybe I should have stamped my sentiment a little higher I guess.  Lastly, I added the Idea-ology Trinket Pin and Muse Token.
Well, that's about it!  All-in-all I'm happy with how this turned out.  I wish it had come out a little brighter.  Since it didn't I've decided that it's a wintry nighttime scene!  Yeah, that works!
In addition to entering this at Tim's 12 Tags of 2012 , I'm also entering it at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by!  Now go make something!


  1. A really beautiful tag, love the background!trace x

  2. Fantastic tag - love the colours and motives ... thanks for inspiration

    Greetings from Norway,


  3. Hurrah for the third time lucky! Love this one Donna. The tress look especially gorgeous and I love the background hues. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  4. Oh what a gorgeous wintry scene, love the background and those beautiful frosty trees. A really gorgeous tag. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Absolutely gorgeous tag, love all the details.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  6. Fabulous take...sorry I missed this! Love the trees!

  7. Hi Donna. Thanks so much for you nice comment you left on my blog! Much appreciated! Your Christmas tag is darling! I LOVE your background colors! Your mottled spritz and flick background is beautiful! Love those frosty white-ish trees and the greenery in the foreground. Beautiful job! You should enter this in Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge this week. It's all about Tim Holtz inspiration. This is definitely a Tim Holtz style tag. :) <3 Candy