Sunday, November 24, 2013

Do You See What I See? Another November Tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2013

Most months, I barely have enough time to get one tag completed for Tim's 12 Tags of 2013.  However, this month's technique is pretty quick to do. So here I am to share another tag using Tim's chalkboard technique.  For  those of you who are new to my blog or new to Tim's 12 Tags of 2013, go check out Tim Holtz's step-by-step tutorial (and gorgeous fall tag) for his November Tag of 2013. 

I started this tag with a black cardstock background.  I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp the three Wise Men (from Tim Holtz's Joyful Song stamps set) and a partial miniature blueprint star (from Tim's Mini Blueprints 2 stamp set) on the background.  I then used a Perfect Medium pen to create some "rays" shining out from the blueprint star image.  I could do this all at one time because the Distress Embossing Ink doesn't dry as fast as other inks.  I then added Ranger's Antiquities embossing powder (per Tim's tutorial) to all the images.  I then grabbed my chalk and went to town!!  So much fun :)  I took a small damp paint brush and went around some of the edges of the Wise Men image to emphasize some of the amazing details you can still get with this technique.  I also used some extra chalk to shade in some sand dunes in the background.  

I took another small piece of black cardstock and stamped the mini blueprint star with Distress Embossing Ink.  I repeated the chalk process and then cut out the star.  I adhered it to the tag (on top of the partial star already on the tag, offsetting the image just a little) with adhesive foam squares.

Next I used some of Tim's Chitchat Stickers to say "do you see what I see", which refers to the Christmas carol of the same title.  Since this is a question, I decided to add a stamped question mark at the end with black archival ink.  I was surprised how well it turned out considering I stamped on chalk.  Just a note, the chalk does make it a little difficult to add stickers to a tag, so I used a little extra glue to put on the chitchat stickers.  You can see that some of them are lifting up a little around the edges.

 I wanted to add a gauzy tag tie, but didn't have exactly what I wanted in my stash.  Then I remembered a few fellow crafters used dryer sheets for various projects.  I found one up in my laundry room, cut it in short strips, and added these strips to my tag through a Joy ring charm.  I attached a crown charm (in honor of the King that the Wise Men were seeking) to the tag tie with a brad.

Here is one more shot of the tag.  I'm sorry the tag is a little curled at the end.  I was trying to take advantage of the sun today for this photo; however, it was very cold this morning (14 degrees F when I looked at 8:30 a.m.).  I'm afraid I gripped the tag a little hard as I came out the door.  It was too cold to take the time to straighten out the tag any more.  BRRRRR!!! 

Hope you hope you have a warm and restful Sunday.  Thanks for  dropping by!  -- Mary Elizabeth


Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Hello M.E. ! thanks so much for commenting my project on the Artistic Stamper !
Your tags are great ! love them !
Bye and
Bonjour de France !

butterfly said...

Fabulous use of the Magi - and I love your sideways "twist" on the tag!
Alison xx

barbarayaya62 said...

Mary, you know that I too am doing more with the same technique? At first it seemed difficult, then when I started .... Now do not stop anymore, these tags are simple but very stylish! Talented and original as always! Hugs BArbarayaya

die amelie said...

This tag and the one before are soooo gorgeous, Mary Elizabeth! Very enchanting and festive at the same time! LOVE them!

Claudia x

Chary Deiling said...

Simply Beautiful!!

Almo said...

Hi Mary Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your kind comments on my November tag, I tell you what I see here, a simply amazing blackboard technique tag. Love the way you have done it with a horizontal view as you have done also I noticed with your townscape tag which I also love.
Hugs Mo x

ms.espresso said...

Lovely tag, great choice of stamps and embellishments! Thanks for visiting my blog, it's nice to "meet" someone close to my new home :)

Hilde said...

Thank you for so nice comment in my blog !
Your tag are stunning!! Love this style!!

Anita Houston said...

Oh...I think this is most beautiful tag for November I've seen! Love the scene especially!!!! Beautiful!