I ended up changing some of Tim's original design ideas. First of all ... no sewing. Yes, I have a sewing machine. No, I do not know how to use it. I must stop and figure it out some day. Another change was that I used Distress Paint (Chipped Sapphire and Picket Fence) to do my stamping and coloring on the tissue wrap. I also did not use the Distress Collage Medium. I wanted to Distress Ink and Distress Markers to color the background. Their water reactive properties would have just made the ink smear around under the Collage Medium.
The stripes were applied with the Stripes layering stencil using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink (per Tim's instructions on his June Tag tutorial). This background is one of Tim's Textile Surfaces. Love this new product as well. I tried doing this technique on Sticky Back Canvas. It just bled too much. These textile finishes are great with Distress products.
I added my ode to Stars and Stripes with chit chat stickers. The tag topper is made of Carousel Clips and a dowel stick. The clips were aged with alcohol ink and "rusted" using a technique revisited in Tim's Summer of Creative Chemistry.
Time to go hang this up with some of my Americana projects. I absolutely love how it turned out ... so much better than I imagined. Thanks Tim Holtz for continuing to inspire us to create! Thanks to Frilly and Funkie for their monthly challenges. I'm not sure I would have finished this tag if it hadn't been for your inspiration. If you haven't visited the Frilly and Funkie blog or played along with their challenges, I would encourage you to do so. Linda Coughin, from the Funkie Junkie Boutique, very generously sponsors the challenge and her Design Team is freakin' awesome. I'm looking forward to getting back to some challenge play in the weeks to come. Hope to see you all at some of the other wonderful challenge blogs in the near future.
Have a great weekend! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth