Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ringing out the Old Year with Tim ... Holtz December 2013 Tag

Hi everyone!!  It has been some time since my last post.  I have had a few substantial health issues that have made it necessary to pare down my activities to the essentials:  work and sleep (even housekeeping was marked off the to-do list.)  I am a faculty member at a local university and I just barely made it to the end of the semester.  I really have to thank my students and colleagues for their understanding and support. They were awesome!!  Also, I never would have survived without my Mom.  She came and took care of me while I finished things up.  Then we packed things up and flew to NY for a week so I could have some tests run and see the fabulous nurses and doctors at The Chiari Institute.  I literally posted grades at 30000 feet while on the plane!  Anyway, it seems my new year will contain another surgery.  More on that in a later post.  Right now ... I need to use my energy for more important things ... getting my December 2013 Tag posted before the end of the year!

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


die amelie said...

Your tag is awesome!!!

Happy New Year and all the best of 2014!

Claudia x

barbarayaya62 said...

Dear friend I wish you a happy new year !!!! Your tag and iyour tutorial is amazing!!!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

butterfly said...

It's a fabulous take on Tim's December tag... and my thoughts will be with you as you head into the next round of medical interventions in the New Year. I hope that they will be able to create some space for you again in your life.

Much love,
Alison xx

Tracy said...

Your tag is gorgeous.
I am so happy to see that you used something other than what Tim used for his flower as I didn't have his goodies and like to come up a different way to get a similar result.

Terry said...

What a beautiful tag and I so love your flower and take on Tim's December tag! Thank you for visiting my blog. I sure hope that 2014 will be a better year for you.

Anita Houston said...

SO much to love here! The flower and the stamping on it, the metal 25 embellie, the snowflake behind...all a WOW!!! Gorgeous last tag of 2013! Happy new year to you, and may it bring you many blessings of health and happiness!

Paper Profusion said...

Very beautifully done Mary Elizabeth. Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Nicola x

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

I just adore your tag Mary Elizabeth! That bloom you created is so unique and beautiful!! It almost looks like frosted glass bloom! Your tutorial is easy to follow and well photographed!! Thanks so much for sharing!! xo xo