Wednesday, October 17, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - October

It's that time again - Timmy time!  No, not Shaun the Sheep Timmy but one of my favourite crafters - Tim Holtz. His tag for this month is a fabulous tribute to Halloween - which all of the US crafters have been showing off but which just doesn't fly here yet (see what I did there, wink wink).

So, I decided that since it is Spring here (well, I think it is although the weather doesn't seem to agree), that should be my theme.  Here is the finished tag:
I don't often use my own hand writing because like most of us, I don't like it!  But, I had a photo that I needed for Fat Mum Slim's October Photo a Day and I know that you should try to capture your own writing as often as possible, so I did.  I combined some Dyan Reaveley techniques here too and I am very happy with the out come.  So, how did I do it?

First, please make sure you go and show T!m some love.  His tutorials are always so well done and informative and I wouldn't be able to do half the stuff I do without watching his videos and following his blog.  My challenge this time was to create the tissue paper that he has in his line because I haven't gotten around to purchasing any (although as usual, I want to)!  I used two sheets of regular tissue paper that I stamped on with Archival Ink in Jet Black and glued together and this is the result:
I ended up choosing the script paper as I just wasn't happy with the memories stamped one.  So I adhered it to the tag as per T!m's instructions.
I glued it down with the wrinkles then painted it with acrylic paints in a pale green, yellow and blue, wiping with a baby wipe as I went along.  
Then I added the black acrylic paint around the edges, wiping with a baby wipe.  I did find here that the tissue paper was getting very fragile so I needed to be VERY gentle.
I added Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Bundled Sage Distress Inks over the top.
Next, I stamped using Archival Ink in Jet Black.  The bottom stamp is a KaiserCraft Stamp and the stamp at the top is a Hero Arts.
To finish the background, I sprayed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist - I love that shimmer!
I die cut the bird (Caged Bird Bigz Die) from grunge paper using my Vagabond and painted it with Snow Cap paint dabber before I added glitter (see how to make your own coloured glitter with Ranger's Dry Glitter on T!m's blog - using my other favourite - Alcohol Ink!).
Here's the glittered bird.  I added the wing later (using the Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative to colour the glitter) and inked the branch and legs with Gathering Twigs Distress Ink.

Finally, I die cut some leaves using the Mini Branch and Leaf Movers and Shapers set and the sentiments shape from the Mini Labels Movers and Shapers.  I inked them with Distress Ink and wrote out the quote and adhered it with foam tape.  I traced around both the die cut and stamped leaves with and Inkssentials Opaque Pen in white too.  The bird was glued directly to the tag using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  My ribbon was a piece of cord from some clothes I bought the boys for summer!

And that folks, is my October Tag.  Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the process!




  1. I wonder if Tim realizes not every country celebrates Halloween (I didn't!). That you made a tag for your Aussie springtime is quite right and made me think that you celebrate Christmas in summer (I live in the desert so I can relate).

    Your tag is fresh and lovely and it's nice that you provided the steps. I like how you framed the bird by stamping round the edge. A girl can never get enough glitter, this month's tag was fun and why I loved the 12 Tags of Christmas so much--there was sparkle everywhere!

    1. Thank you and thanks for coming to visit!

      Funnily enough, until I moved here, I didn't realise that the US is one of the only countries that really gets into Halloween. I miss it actually. And the chance for my kids to experience it. Will have to make sure we visit during that time of the year at least once!

  2. Hi Kim. Love your Tim tag! Lots if cool details and techniques. I also want to thank you for the comments that you left on my blog. I so appreciate your thoughts! Hugs, Candy

    1. Thank you Candy for visiting me and giving feed back! Sure do appreciate it.

  3. What a fun tag! I like how you took the technique and made it your own with a Spring card!