Posts Tagged ‘Wendy Vecchi’
Good morning blog friends. Today is day 2 of my vacation. The weather forecast for today is 80 and sunny. I have plans to spend the day outside staining our deck’s floor as I prepped our deck floor yesterday for staining today. Last night, I relished in having play time in my studio and completed Tim’s Tags of 2012 for May. This year in place of his 12 tags of Christmas, he instead showcases one tag per month and started with February, he has said “he owes us January”. His tags while beautiful, are really a great learning experience as they are chocked full of old and new techniques utilizing supplies from his various product lines. This month’s tag is none the exception.
Each month, I typically try and follow his tag to a tee to ensure I try out and learn each technique presented, but this month, I added my own twist. I instead decided to create two tags, his version and my variation. Click here to be taken to Tim’s post regarding today’s featured tag. Tag 1 was Tim’s tag and tag 2, my variation. I worked on each tag side by side and step by step with some notable variations.
For my variation, tag 2, I elected to use Tim’s Sewing Room Alterations die for the dress form and his Bird Cage die for the lower portion of the dress form. This idea was inspired by the dress form stamp he used in his tag. I die cut the dress form out of Claudine Hellmuth’s sticky back canvas and painted it with Pitch Black Adirondack Paint Dabber and embossed it with Tim’s Damask embossing folder from Sizzix. The lower portion of the dress form was cut from grunge board and painted black just as I had painted the dress form.
I also decided to place my measuring tape towards the top portion of the tag and added a fun pair of Studio 490 Art Part scissors. I painted the scissors with silver Adirondack Paint Dabber and used my Crop A Dile punch to create a hole for the scissor’s blades junction and inserted a silver brad fastener for added detail. At this point, I have to admit that my variation was making me giddy happy. So much so, that I kind of started to abandon tag 1, Tim’s tag. Sorry Tim, no offense, but I loved the depth and all the extra stuff on my variation.
Moving on, I placed several pop dots on the backside of the dress form parts and the measuring tape and adhered them. I tucked in the scissors and place a small drop of Glossy Accents for hold. I then attached a Ideaology Accoutrement button with a Ideaology mini pin to the dyed crinkle ribbon. I also chose to add another Studio 490 Art Part, a piece of scallop trim. I painted the scallop trim with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paint, Traditional Tan, and afterwards highlighted areas with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Lastly, I embellished the trim with some Martha Stewart Pearls in my stash.
I had difficulty locating an appropriate sized spool as Tim had used. The ones I found were the closet match. I think they are a tad large, but I thought they would still work.. To cut the spool in half, I used my fiancé’s vice grip and hacksaw. It took more muscle and effort than I thought it would. Afterwards, I sanded the backside of the spool, and inked the front side of the spool with a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink so that the spool was not so stark and new looking. I then wrapped some thread around the spool and inserted a threaded needle for added detail.
Regarding the flowers, I could only find Prima flowers without stems. Because they were similar in size, I decided to purchase them and add my own stems using a fine gauge floral wire. I used my needle tool to create a hole in the bottom of each flower, applied a small dollop of Glossy Accents, inserted wire and set aside each flower to dry. I then busted out my Melting Pot for the very FIRST time. For some reason, I have always been a bit intimidated by it for some unknown reason. I used it without any problems, but did learn that I should have held the flowers until they cooled so that I did not end up with a dollop of UTEE on my flower. OOPS!!..lesson learned. No biggie, I turned the flowers accordingly and wrapped them into a cluster and attached them to the spool with hot glue. Afterwards, I attached the spool to the tag with additional hot glue to ensure that the heavy spool would adhere to the tag.
Lastly, like Tim did, I made an oval tag using a sewing image from his paper stash and attached the cash key tag to the hanger using a small jump ring. Overall, I really like how my variation of his tag turned out.
I have to confess, that in the end, I did not adhere the embellishments to tag 1, and I kind of abandoned tag 1 altogether. I felt really bad, but I really preferred the dimension that I created with my variation. Making the tags were fun, I learned a lot, and overcame my intimidations toward the Ranger Melting Pot. Thank you for stopping by today. Behind the scenes, I am in the process of working on my Compendium of Curiosities week 6 entry and will be back later this week to show you what I came up with. Have a great day everyone! See you soon!
Welcome and thank you for stopping by. Today I am posting my challenge entry for week 3. Linda at Studio L3 is hosting a weekly challenge based on techniques in Tim Holtz’s latest book, Compendium of Curiosities II. This week’s challenge, “Marbled Stain” is on page 46. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Eclectic Paperie who is offering a $25 gift certificate.
To begin, I read through Tim’s technique, grabbed my supplies and began to practice and experiment with the technique to the tune of 15 times (see picture below)!
While I feel that the tags turned out fine, I do not feel that they resemble “marbled” to me. The pictures in Tim’s directions appear truly “marbled” to me. Despite the results, I did not let this stop me from moving on. So after some brainstorming about how to finish the tags, I decided to use them as paper to create something. After brainstorming a bit more about what “something” was actually going to be, I came up with the idea of a pocket watch.
The pocket watch is a Studio 490 Art part from Wendy Vecchi. I painted this with Silver Ranger paint dabber. I then cut to fit a blue marbled stain tag paper to the back of the pocket watch and overlayed this with Tim’s music tissue roll paper . I then applied a generous coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and set aside to dry overnight. In the meantime, I cut out several flowers using my marbled stain tags and Tim’s Tattered Floral Decorative Strip die. I then used my green marbled tags to cut the leaves for the branch. The bird and branch were cut from Grungepaper. I then inked the bird using Distress Inks and painted the branch with Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint. The word sing (leftover letters from a previous project) is adhered to a banner cut from Tim’s Tattered Banner die. The next day, I completed the final assembly and added dyed Tumbled Glass Distress Stain seam binding ribbon for a string/tie. This pocket watch was a bit tedious but I am very pleased with the end result. I am still unsure how I will use this pocket watch or if I just may include it as a trinket in a future shadowbox project.
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