So after a whirlwhind afternoon in my studio, I finished tag #4 of the wonderful 12 tags of Christmas that Tim Holtz is creating each day on his website.
This is Tim’s tag for Day Four:
The fabulous technique for Day Four is inking a Facet (which is like a chandelier crystal, only flat on one side) with alcohol inks and then doing a resist technique with archival ink stamping. Unfortunately I don’t have any Facets (haven’t come across them in my travels), so I used a Fragment tag instead. A Fragment is a flat 1/8″ thick piece of acrylic; the technique worked just fine, though I think it would have been prettier with a Facet. I’m going to add these to my “get after Christmas” list!
Anyway, I also didn’t have Tim’s seasonal paper stack, though it wasn’t for lack of trying to get one. I searched several local stores without luck, unfortunately. I just knew he’d be using his seasonal paper and here I am without it! So instead I used a printout of a pretty vintage Santa. I glued a tag to the back, leaving the unprinted (white) areas intact. I stamped snowflakes around the white edges with Versamark, then applied blue chalk to color the edges. A good spray of fixative (Krylon Matte Finish) and the background was ready to go!
I do have some Prima bling flourishes, but they weren’t quite the right “pattern” for my tag, so instead I used a flourish stencil to add my own bling, one gem at a time. The ticket is another free digital goodie from the lovelies at Pink Paislee (see “Day One” for the link), which matched perfectly!
Whew! Well, back to the studio. I have two more days to catch up!