Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #6

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Greetings friends and visitors,

We are now officially 50% through with the 2017 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  Where on earth does the time go?  Are you hearing the steady drum beat towards Christmas?  It's only about seven weeks away!

I will start my post this week with an apology to all of you who are not a fan of the color red.  Who knew there were so many of you?  LOL!  This week I wanted to use some of the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology products on this project and many of them are red.  So here we are again with red - SORRY!  I'm happy and you're not but please remember this is not a challenge that you need to CASE.  I see posts apologing that you don't have the same products that I have.  That is not a requirement.  Please find one thing about my project that inspires you and go with it.  You can say you loved the die cuts or the silver tones or even the snowflakes and head off in that direction.  Okey dokey??

So yes, I do have another red tag and I hope you will be inspired in some small way.  I started with my usual manila tag, this time die cutting it with a Spellbinders die for the curvy lacy look.  Then I gave it two coats of gesso, allowing each coat to dry.  Once it was thoroughly dry, the new Tim Holtz Starry Stencil and some Prima Clear Crackle Paste were used to create a dimensional pattern on the white panel.  Once that dried throughly (overnight), I used Silver Alcohol Ink Mixative to give each "star" a little silvery sheen.  I did this by shaking the Silver Mixative well and dropping a drip on my craft sheet.  Using a tiny fine stiff brush I sort of dry brushed on the alcohol mixative.  I did that by picking up a very small amount of the silver mixative and then brushing a bit off on paper before brushing each star.  Then I carefully went over each raised star with the brush, adding a tiny bit more mixative each time to build up a nice shiny starry pattern.  

Next I grabbed a second jumbo manila tag and carefully measured and cut pieces of Christmas Deco Sheets and Christmas Kraft Paper Stash needed to cover the tag to provide a backing for my focal panel.  Once I had it all pieced out and affixed to the base tag, I layered my white starry panel over the base.  Going with the silver accents, I added a silvery ric rack along the top.  The Deco Film snowflakes were topped off with a fluted star.  They were too industrial shiny so I toned them down with a light application of Silver Mixative.  

A tag was cut from a scrap of the tag, given two coats of gesso and then stamped in Jet Black archival with one of the Holiday Postmark stamps.  I wanted to use a Christmas Quote Chip but I did't like the dark sides so I gave each edge a double coat of white gesso and when dry, foiled the top edges with silver foil.  I do that by rubbing a glue stick around the edges, pressing the foil over the glued area and then peeling it off leaving a distressed looking bit of foil.  Next I took an Idea-ology Screw Eye and srewed it into the bottom of the Quote Chip.  That allowed me to hang the tag onto it with a bit of red burlap string.  

In the upper right corner, I placed one of the cut out snowflakes, which also had the double coat of white gesso treatment, topped with a silvertone mitten charm and a snippet of red ric rack.  

There you have it.  Week #6 is history.  I'm loving this may end up being my favorite from this year.

Thank so much for stopping by.  A huge thanks to all of you who have shared your artwork with this challenge.  Can't wait to see how you have been inspired this week!

These products were used on the tag above and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most products are sold at 20% below list.

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #5

Hello and welcome to Week #5,

I'm so glad you have stopped by my blog today to check out the fifth week of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  If you are new to this series of challenges, you might want to hop back to Week #1 to read all the details.

Today I am presenting my #5 Tag for the 2017 series.  As I always do, I started my tag with a jumbo manila tag that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I love this size of tag - lots of room for creativity.  Using the new Great Outdoors stamp set that was released this season by Tim Holtz, I stamped the tree ring stamp using Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil archival ink, then blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire tag.

I've alway been a huge fan of vintage post marks and as soon as I saw Tim Holtz's Holiday Postmarks stamp set this year, I absolutely had to have it.  It just felt right to stamp various post marks on the inner ring of the tree ring stamp so I did that with Jet Black archival ink, then stamping again with the cancelled symbol.  Next, Picket Fence distress paint was splattered over the tag.  How fun - I was on a roll.

I went back to that marvelous vintage Santa image from the new Christmas Classic set by Tim Holtz.  I absolutely love that stamp and I'm sure I'll be using it for many years.  I cut it out with the Stitched Squares Thinlits die and then cut a larger square with the same die set from the Idea-ology Kraft Stock Christmas.  I sanded that piece to bring up some of the kraft core and then edged it a bit with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Layering the two pieces together, I also used brads in the corners for a little extra detail as well as a Typed Token that says santa.

It felt a little lacking so a bit of holly was added, cut from white card stock using last year's Holiday Greens, Mini Thinlits die set by Tim Holtz.  I blended on Pine Needles distress ink and then edged it with Vintage Photo DI.  Then I smooshed them down onto my Embossing Ink pad and clear embossed them to give them a nice shine - holly is shinny, right?  Holly berries were created out of white (not red) Enamel Accents.  I had red, but debated and decided on white.

A pretty scrap of May Arts red plaid ribbon tops off this tag.  I toned it down from bright red by blending Vintage Photo DI over it.  To finish it off, I added some Santa sayings from the Idea-ology Metallic Holiday Talk stickers.

These products were used to make the above tag.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique at 20% off retail.

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