Although the snow was a headache for many, I loved it. We got about a foot of snow by the end on Saturday evening! Here is a quick peak at what it looked like here in NC.
Oh how I loved making this tag. Tim's theme this year is taking two previous techniques that he has used on previous tags and combining them to make something new. Love this idea!!! And what a way to start ... using two of my favorite techniques: Chalkboard and Industrious Metal. If your are new to one or both of these techniques, Tim gives a step-by-step blog tutorial on how he created his own tag using the chalkboard techniques ( used on the large snowflake in the middle of my tag) and the Industrious Metal technique (used on my tag's background).
The top part of my tag's Industrious Metal background was created with the snowflake embossing folder from Tim's "Seasonal Stuff" Sizzix Texture Trades. After I completed the technique, I added the black and silver snowflakes and "in a winter wonderland" sentiment from Tim's Chistrmastime and Gilded Holiday Remnant Rubs. A black ribbon and one of Tim's snowflake Idea-ology Adornments really topped off the whole celebration of snow quite well.
The bottom part of my Industrious Metal backgound is a little different from Tim's. And yes ... it was done by accident. Instead of embossing the snowflakes using the Christmas snowflake border folder, I flipped the folder the "wrong" way and ended up debossing the snowflakes. I followed Tim's lead, embraced my imperfection, and used it anyway. I applied the Industrious Metal technique to the debossed images and I love it!! It really made a strong border for the bottom of the tag.
I used Tim's snowflake Christmas Blueprint stamp to do his Chalkboard technique (such an amazing technique!!) I spent a little time fussy cutting out the middle part of another copy of his blueprint snowfake, adding some Clear Rock Candy Stickles from Ranger in the center (to give it a little sparkle) and adhered it to the original chalkboard snowflake with foam squares. Great dimensional effect. I've been holding onto the "let it snow" wordband from Tim's retired Christmas wordband collection for a very special tag and this is "the one". I used some of his Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings to attach it to the tag and c'est fini!
That's it! I apologize for being such a poor friend here in crafty blogland. I basically hit some "burn-out" at the end of December with some health problems (nothing major), the death of a favorite uncle, and just simple exhaustion. I did some healing and resting in my craft room, but just didn't make it online very much. Please forgive me :) I hope to be back on a regular basis in the weeks to come.
Hugs to you all. Mary Elizabeth