Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Festive Feeling... Giveaway Time!

Goodly Morning Stampfans! Tis that time of the month again when I do my taggy giveaway... this month the tag has been inspired by lots of different techniques shown by Tim Holtz during his 12 Tags of Christmas bonanza this year. Did you know that Jennie is feeling in a very generous festive mood and not only is she giving away two free limited edition stamps with every single order... she has also set up a special discount of a mahoosive 20% on any orders for the stash used in the 12 Tags... to see all the deets, please CLICK HERE. The offer is only open for a limited time... til 18th December so time to grab yourself a nice Christmas pressie bargain! On with this months tag for giving away. To be in with a chance of winning it is a doddle... simply leave me a comment here and tell my what your favourite Tim tag was this year... the winner will be chosen at random and announced here on the blog on January 3rd 2012. I had lots of fun making this tag because I included all my favourite stashly supplies. The base of the tag was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Stain. I spritzed it with water and then dipped the tag into a smoosh of stain (liking that description!) on the craft sheet... using Frayed Burlap (this has to be one of my faves for vintage, nostalgic Christmas projects)


Anyways... I dried the tag with a heat tool and then did some "Ghost Stamping" with the crackle background from the Joyful Song stamp set. This is a really fab technique and so easy... simply pop your stamp onto your craft sheet face up, ink with your Distress Ink and then pick it up in your hands and kind of roll it over your tag... this will mean that there's no start or finish to the image, instead it just fades out... no harsh edges! I dried this with a heat tool and then roughed up the edges with a Paper Distresser and blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I used a variety of green Alcohol Inks to colourize a piece of Kraft Glassine paper, scrumpled it, dragged Vintage Photo DI over the top of the scrumples and then dried it. I used the Holly Branch Alterations Die to cut five leaves out and then used the Tattered Pinecone Die to cut out three shapes from brown cardstock... I then assembled them into the pinecones and added Picket Fence Stickles to the edges of the bracks. The little holly berries are Baubles, coloured in a zippy bag with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink and tied with wire and some vintage lace - these are FAB ideas from Tim... and all the deets for the 12 Tags are on his blog. I used a piece of Lost & Found music paper to cut a Tattered Banner and popped this into the pinecone/holly leaf assembly and then set about making the sentiment... which is another easy but cute way of stamping; using Distress Embossing Ink for stamping the sentiment onto Kraft card and then embossing with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and cutting around the sentiment and edging with Vintage Photo DI.


Cor... this is a long winded explanation for one tag... nearly done! The Idea-ology Christmas Adornment charm was painted with a selection of Adirondack Dabbers... using a teensy Claudine Hellmuth Studio brush to apply the paints... then drying with a heat gun, sanding gently and then squishing it into the Distress Embossing Ink and embossing with Clear Embossing Powder... worn of warning... don't try to pick it up straight after you have heated the powders... it is metal... and that means it is hot... ouch!!! Just sayin ;o)) I repeated the "enamelling" process so the bells are really covered with a good thick layer of powders... punched a hole in the top using the Idea-ology Screw Punch and popping onto a little Jump Ring and Mini Safety Pin. Once the whole tag was assembled, I gave it is a really fine spritz with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mists.


You will see that there's a border of snowflakes and the odd snowflake dotted around the tag... I made these using more Alterations dies to cut Kraft Glassine that I had coloured with SnowCap Alcohol Ink... I have done a quick Tutorial over on my own blog so you can see how I did this... all the deets are HERE. Well, that's all from me for now... thanks for looking!!! TTFN

Hels x

24 comments:

Glennis said...

I can't make up my mind between day4 and day 7!
What an incredible 12 days it has been. Thanks for the chance to win your candy

Janet said...

Day 3 was a definite favorite for me! Thanks for the chance to win.

Larisa said...

very nice tag! I am mad about your creation! All 12 tags are done already and I have a sad emotion about, because I would like it was endless...
Thanks for the chance to win too))

inkypinkycraft said...

Your tag is fab, I have to say I loved all Tims tags despite not be able to play yet due to my poorly little girl, but my favourite has to be no 12, love the colours and I adore the tissue wrap. Thanks for the chance to win.hugs trace x

Neil said...

My favourite tag? Only one! They are all cool but if pushed into a corner I would have to say tag 12 is top of the pops; followed by no. 2 and 8! Darn it, it's hard to choose.....

GlitteryKatie said...

Oooh how to choose- I always pick up so many cool tips.....I LOVE cutting out the dies in CLEAR shrink plastic that is mega cool and I will be using that LOTS!!!!
Love your tag!!!

Helen said...

The tag is just amazing. Not sure I can pick one day of the 12 as my favourite - I loved 7, steampunk, mad fun - 10 was brilliant to do - I think 7 wins for me.

maska said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
Lovely tag. :)

fatmonica said...

Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous tag.My favourite tag has to be day 12.

Joanne said...

What a beautiful tag, full of gorgeous things especially that greeting which is my all time fave.
Hugs Joanne xx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Oh Hel, this is so beautiful!! So many lovely things to ooh & aah over. Thank you for doing the giveaway. I loved all of this year's tags, but Day 12 was IT for me & I loved every minute of making my own.

Scattychick said...

I love your tag it is gorgeous :) My favourite only just by a hair's breadth as they were all so fab was tag 8 the steampunk one

okienurse said...

I would have a hard time picking just one tag cause all the 2011 tags are awesome. I think I had the most fun making day 4 because of learning new techniques. Very nice tag and thanks for the chance to win!

Rosemary said...

I have my favourites too and I have attempted them all which is a first.

Love your tag though, it is gorgeous.

betjunroe said...

Loved your tag Hels and the great step-out instructions. My favorite Tim tag was #4. The colors really made me think I was outside playing in the snow! Bette

Karenliz said...

Love your tag! It's gorgeous. All the 12 tags were wonderful and its hard to choose just one. My favs are 4 and 2..absolute favorite is #4. It's so beautiful.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Beautiful tag Hels, just gorgeous! I've loved so many of Tim's techniques this year, stretching the products again. Tag number 4 was my favourite though, I loved the soft colours, and all of the elements that made the finished piece. Judith xx

Shazza said...

BOOTIFUL!!!! I jsut love this Hels, would be honoured to give it a home x

Caz said...

Day 1 and day 7...hmmmm which one to choose. Day 7 was a close one 'cause I love the Joyful Christmas stamp but I think I have to like No1 best!!
Loved this one of yours too!!
xx

Lottie said...

Lovely, lovely tags - I just love day 7 - but it's so hard to choose - this latest one is luscious

Sandra said...

Love it!
Sandra ltb

craftimamma said...

My favourite Tim tag is Day 10 but there are a couple of others that come very close including 12.

Your tag is a beauty though Hels and thanks so much for sharing the deets and giving us the chance to win it.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Wanda H said...

A beautiful tag!!! Lots of wonderful details!!! I'd say my favorite Tim tag was #1 although it was really close between it and #7. Lots of wonderful techniques shared!!!

Electra said...

This is lovely! Aww, why must we choose, they are all so wonderful! OK, mine is #12.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!
and Merry Christmas!