The Stamp Man Challenge - Tim Tag Techniques

This challenge is hosted by the talented Brenda and she has chosen "Tim Tag Techniques".  The technique I love is from the 12 tags of Christmas 2008 using the acrylic paint dabbers and clear embossing.

I used 2 stamps from the Christmas 1 sheet of Aspects Of Design - the backgroud and the Spruce. I stamped them with clear embossing ink on background that I covered with black acrylic paint. Once dry I added another layer of acrylic paint, this time in a contrasting colour - Juniper. Before the paint is dry you wipe part of it of using a baby wipe,  it reveals the areas you embossed.

Well the rest was embellishing with die cuts, bling and so on. The reindeer I covered with Cosmic Shimmer Utee in Lapis black and the word Joy with Lindys Moonglow in Terra Cotta Plum (My Favourite!). The word joy is from the movers and shapers die 'Joy', I cut each letter out of the circle. To finish it I added some Diamond Distress stickles. I glued the entire tag on a piece of black cardstock and added some seambinding, a charm and swivel clasp.

Materials I used are;
  • Aspects Of Design - Christmas I (Spruce and Background)
  • Black kraft card
  • Inkessentials Manilla Tags #8
  • Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Black and Juniper
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone (657492)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Reindeer Flight (656923)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers- Joy (656935)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Swivel Clasps
  • Ranger Distress Stickles - Diamond
  • Lindys Stamp Gang Moonglow Embossing Powder - Terra Cotta Plum
  • Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
  • Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals - Lapis Black
  • Vintage seam binding - Nu Rust
  • Snowflake charm
  • Bling
  • Metal mini bell
You can find the materials at The Stamp Man


Birthday gift for a friend

Finally, my parcel arrived and my dear friend Christine recieved her birtday gifts and I can share my pictures.

First I made her a card... of course it had to be about Peacocks because that's what she loves! I found a great image on the web to use for the card, played with it in my design program, added a feather and voila!

I made her a folder / book and she can use it to store her work. I used Prima Moulin Rouge paper and made a background paper on my computer for the inside. Man did I make mistakes making this, it was a real eye-opener.

I had so much fun creating this, using for the first time sticky back canvas - which is perfect for binding. I sprayed the canvas with Adirondack Color Wash (Lettice) and stencilled a pattern with the Crafters Workshop Mini Brocade using my favourite colour lumiere paint - Halo Blue Gold. I finished it using a matching trim to cover the edge of the canvas. Christine can decorate the outside herself.

I was worried because I did not like the result at all but Christine assured me that she loves it and that is the main thing :)

Materials I used are;
  • Claudine Helmut - Sticky Back Canvas
  • Prima - Moulin Rouge : Cabaret
  • Adirondack Color Wash - Lettice
  • Lumiere Paint - Halo Blue Gold
  • Crafters Workshop - Mini Brocade (TCW195s)
  • Trim
  • Digital images
  • Recycled - Cardstock, Chipboard
You can find some of the materials at The Stamp Man


The Stamp Man Challenge - Collage / Collage Background

Another challenge at The Stamp Man, collage / collage background, they do come round too quick for my liking... busy busy. This time Angela has picked the theme, calloage backgroud.

Now, thinking about the challenge I found a definition on wiki ...

  1. A form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing.
  2. A composition made in this way.

I'm going with the second one - a more general description - and with some artistic licence I created my project for the challenge. It is a collage of... (or maybe more a stack of hi hi..) envelopes. I found this tutorial on a blog and it is called Secret Keepsake Box. Anyone who knows me is aware of my addiction for boxes and my reluctance to stick to rules :) I more or less collaged my stamps on top of each other... from light to dark.

I created a little book to go inside and I used the Japanese binding technique. For me it looks like a stack of love letters, you can place it anywhere in the house to keep your secrets safe.

Does it not make a perfect gift?

Why don't you play along with us at The Stamp Man
 it is so much fun and there is a £10 price to win!

Materials I used are;
  • 10 envelopes
  • 8" x 11" kraft card
  • Penny Black A4 backing paper - Vintage writing
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
  • Non-Sequitur Stamp Sheet - 43 Across The Miles
  • Stampendous Clings Magical 2011 - CRS5020 Jumbo Cameo Frame
  • Lindy's Stampgang Moonshadow Mist - Tawny Turquoise
  • Organza Ribbon - green
  • Heart charm
  • Recycled - recycled Cardboard
You can find the materials at The Stamp Man