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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Messy Musings OR The Colors of October

The first of the month is always a new unveling of Tim Holtz's newest monthly tag where he challenges us to try our hand at a new technique.  I have yet to actually create a tag like his; mine always morph into their own little world and this month is no exception.  This is his lovely tag
as seen here on his website.



And here is my rather different one:



Scratching your head?  Let me walk you through my thought process. 

• I don't have many frame or silhouette stamps so I improvised with a simple stamp that would take to embossing well (the skull). 
• I don't have any embossing folders with blank middles so I investigated a double embossing technique that will provide the same effect.  Hard to tell in the finished tag, but the circle is embossed. 
• Instead of pulling out the acrylics I just rubbed some distress inks over the embossed grid background.
• His rose embellishment totally reminded me of the scroll die I have so I cut them out on black cardstock and blinged them up with some black stickles .  I also made some "ugly" flowers using distress stains, pigment ink and embossing powder.  (My fingers are getting really swampy-colored now with a mixture of brown, orange and green inks.)


• Deciding bling was the way to go I added some to the sentiment, plopped some rhinestone eyeballs on the skull, and punched a strip or glittery black tape with a drippy punch.

• After that I dinged up the outside of the tag by running the edge of my scissors along it.  Then I dragged that across my distress pads and dabbed the edges in water so the color would wick up the side a bit.

• And finally I dyed the ribbon with more distress stain and some olive Glimmer Mist.  (Now my fingers are really grungy..BUT with a hint of green sparkle!)  I ripped up the ribbon ends a bit too for a little added distressedness.


This doesn't resemble Tim's tag at all, but it did get me in my crafty zone and playing around with stuff for my favorite holiday. 

Here's what I used:

Off to give my fingers a good scrubbing ...

24 comments:

  1. Swampy-colored fingers!! I love it!! Mine got that color too! =D Love your tag--so very, very cool!!!

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  2. Sooo cool! Love love love your version of the tag this month :)

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  3. This is soooo cute! Love your version!

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  4. Awesome! Very cool take on Tim's tag!

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  5. I love your quirky take on this months tag!! So much fun and all the little details like the flowers really make this stand out.

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  6. Cooly different. I was actually thinking of using a skull for my silhouette, too. Don't want to copy! But, I guess using a silhouette is copying Tim, so copy is copy, right?

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  7. I love it when people think outside the box and don't copy exactly whoever the artist might be! Your tag is wonderful. Love your take on his challenge for this month.

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  8. Brilliant, I love your version Julie!
    Alison x

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  9. My tag has turned out very similar to Tim's but I think I prefer them when they are quite different. This is perfect. Love the 'ugly' flowers! Sx

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  10. I love your tag, it's awesome! Enjoyed reading your thought process too ;) My thoughts are usually all over the place when making something, it would take a book to get all of them down, lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  11. Very Halloweenish, super cool!!!!

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  12. I love your Tim tag - better than the original!

    Lucy x

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  13. I love Skelly! The eyes are very cool

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  14. I LOVE your FUN take on the challenge!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  15. Congrats on your win. Very nice

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  16. So "goolishly" cute! Congrats on your win!

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  17. Congratulations on your winning tag. Love the flowers!

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  18. Cute tag! Nice variation. Congrats on winning.

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  19. OMG - this is genius! Love every little detail. Using the skull for a silhouette - lol - gotta love the way you think. Congats on winning, too!

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  20. Love how you improvised along the way......"I didn't have this, so I used that!" sort of approach. Good for the creative brain to make-do, it usually opens one up for new inspirations!

    Love your tag!

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  21. Great take on Tim's tag. Congrats on your win. Hugs, Buttons x

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  22. Love your version of the tag!! Many congratulations on your win - well deserved.
    Juliax

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  23. I love it! Seeing how others minds work is so enregizing.

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