I have returned to Craftyblogland just in time ring out the year with my take on Tim Holtz's December Tag for 2013. This month, Tim has highlighted a way to use his Frosted Film over Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art. His December tag is soooooo gorgeous!! Check out all the step-by-step details on Tim's Blog here!
I absolutely adore the luminescence of Tim's frosted film. The detail photos are taken on my craft table. I hope these photos capture some of the subtle sparkle.
I did a few things different from Tim's tutorial. First, I didn't have Clearly for Art. I tried several different types of clear plastic (shrink plastic, overhead transparencies for presentations, etc). I finally opted for a recycled page protector insert from one of my many notebooks. It worked pretty well when I applied heat and curled the leaves of the poinsettia. Another difference is that I didn't do the white paint splatter at the end. Honestly, I forgot to do this. I really like the end result as it is. And finally, I did a different treatment on the poinsettia leaves.
Check this out ... I did a little stamping!
I used some of Tim Holtz's Classic Favorites stamps (Classic #3) along with vintage text stamps on my Frosted Film covered die cuts. Like Tim, I used archival ink. I was really surprised how well the Frosted Film took the stamped images. After I completed my stamping on the leaves and petals. I used a ink blending tool and edged each die cut with archival ink (I used one of the colors of the stamped images for the blended edging). Then I added heat to bend the petals or leaves.
Here is a shot of my completed tattered poinsettia. The poinsettia is backed by a wooded ornament that I painted with silver acrylic paint. When the paint dried, I used a ink blending tool and added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. This was then covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
I used Distress Markers (Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries) to outline my embossed stamping at the bottom of the tag. (The vintage text tape was added to cover up a blood stain from a paper cut that I didn't realize I had until it was too late.)
Finally I added a "25" charm from Industrial Chic and a tiny tag with a sentiment for you all ... good cheer throughout the new year!
I wish you all a very blessed and happy New Year. My 2013 has truly been blessed and enriched by the new friends I have made through this crafting community. Thanks so very much for your visits, comments, and support. Most of all, thanks for adding color and beauty to this world through your art. I am so looking forward to seeing where your creativity takes you in 2014. -- Mary Elizabeth