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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Celebrating Independence Day with Tim Holtz ... 2013 Tags

My business trip was very successful.  I returned home on Tuesday just in time to hit the ground running again.  I finally grabbed a couple of hours in my craft room last night.  Yay!!!  Here is my latest project ...



The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, so I decided to use my Americana star blueprint stamp for my Tim Holtz Tag for June 2013.  At least this tag will actually be posted in June (unlike my last TH tag for 2013).

I used Iced Spruce Distress Ink, Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain and Ranger's Silver Paint Dabber to create the background on my tag.  The background was stamped using black archival ink with a variety of images.  I went over the edges with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain on a ink blending tool.

After stamping the star with black archival ink on watercolor paper, I tore all four edges of the paper.  The star was colored by putting Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress Markers on my craft sheet and using a waterbrush to apply the color to my stamped star.  I then outlined the star with Vintage Photo Distress Marker and diffused the color with my waterbrush.  Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo marker was then applied to the craft mat and sprayed with water using a mini mister.  I dragged all four torn edges through the ink.  I then applied Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink directly to my craft mat.  Once again, I sprayed this ink with water.   I picked up the watered-down ink with a stiff bristled paint brush and flicked it on the watercolor paper around the outside of my star.  It gave the image a pretty rustic look.





The watercolor paper was attached to the tag using some large staples and a brad that looks like a screw.  I used my Black Soot Distress Marker to "tarnish" the staples and screw.  I embellished my tag with a ticket that was stamped with "priceless", a rustic striped wooden heart and an star charm.  The striped heart is my nod to this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Stripe Challenge.




I really loved making this tag.  I'm working on another tag using Tim's June tag techniques.   Hope I get to show it to you tomorrow :) 


-- Mary Elizabeth

15 comments:

butterfly said...

Such a cool metallic background tag, and I love the effect you've achieved on your watercolour background too - beautiful! Fantastic take on the June tag (and in June too - yay!!).
Alison x

barbarayaya62 said...

Hi Mary Elizabeth! Thanks for your always kind words on my blog! When I saw your June's tag, I immediately pinned, it's really beautiful, I like the colors, I like the star, I like the distressed paper! wonderful and memorable! BARbarayaya

Candy C said...

Mary Elizabeth...your tag is gorgeous. I truly love the colors and the vintage feel you've created with this tag. Your coloration of the blueprint star is so pretty and I love the distressed paper behind it. Gorgeous hearts and stars, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anita Houston said...

Great minds think alike! Love your patriotic theme! The blueprint star is wonderful, and love the criss cross striped pattern background! Wonderful vintage wallpaper look! Thanks for showing us your stripes this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

soapHOUSEmama said...

This is just fabulous!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! - Ashli

Sanna said...

Your tag is beautiful.I like the colors you've used.

Chary said...

Your tag is absolutely beautiful. My favorite hands down!!!

Chary said...

Your tag is awesome!!! one of my favorites

butterfly said...

Huge congratulations on getting picked by Tim! I knew this was fantastic...
Alison xx

Hetty said...

Congrats on winning this month! And your tag is absolutely wonderful.

Winnie said...

Such a pretty tag! Congrats on your win! Love the oldtime americana look you got! So many fun elements too!

sara j said...

Wonderful tag...love the screw!!

Ruby Craft said...

Love all your textures! Great tag. Congrats for winning.

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Congrats on having a winning tag. Looks like a a piece of paper torn from an ancient map.

Nunt said...

Hah, you almost managed the July challenge as well with this tag :D