Tim Holtz's much anticipated 12 Tags of Christmas have begun! (it actually started yesterday) and this year I think I will play along for the very first time. If you want to read more about Tim Holtz, you can check out his blog here.
I am going to stay true to the creative process he talks about in his introduction to his 12 Tags of Christmas. He does not pre-plan anything, he just creates with what is around him (although somehow I believe he is surrounded by a lot of amazing things in his studio lol). In staying with his creative motto, in following his 12 tags of Christmas, I too will just be creating with what I have around me. I plan on taking elements of his tag to work with my supplies. I also have to admit that as much as I love what Tim creates, the inkiness, grungi-ness, vintage-ness is so not naturally 'me'. I really do have to create out of my comfort zone so I hope I can keep up.
Here is Tim's first tag:
Here is my Tim-esque Tag #1:
I took photos real time as I created the tag to show you my variation. Sorry about the photo quality of the steps, I am in my basement so lighting is not the best.
First off, I do not have tag #8, so I am totally guessing the size of the tag to begin with. My tag measures 3 x 6 and I just notched the 2 corners at the top. Please if anyone can tell me the dimensions of the #8 tag, I would love to know.
He embosses the tag with a snow flake embossing folder. I don't have one but I do have a snowflake punch. So I just punched a few shapes from the same colour as my tag and glued it onto the tag. The end result is a raised snowflake (which is what the embossing would do).
He then does some wet embossing...oh so not I do well so instead I dry brushed over my tag with white acrylic paint and then dabbed with modge podge for a little sheen.
He shows his way cool 3D pinecone. I don't have that die but do have the 3D flower so I used that instead. I randomly snipped at the edges with scissors to fold back edges. I used acrylic white paint to dab the edge. Again not perfectly, because you can see where I globbed the white paint but hopefully it won't be too noticeable.
I don't have the banner die he used but I do have some Christmas ribbon that I scrunched up. I don't have the winter leaves diecut but I do have the autumn leaves and tattered leaves so I just used that. I do not have the core cardstock but I did use Authentique christmas papers for the leaves.
I do not have NOEL word diecut but have Peace and used doublesided tape with Glitter Ritz (way less messy and the glitter stays on!)
Lastly, because I think I started with the bigger tag base, I used the reindeer as a backdrop under the Peace title because I thought it was too plain at the top.
So there you have it, I don't think I had much of the supplies Tim used but I think it turned out okay, it sort of looks Tim-esque-ish Tag #1, doesn't it?