Monday, January 12, 2015
I am blessed with some of the most awesome grandnieces and grandnephews that ever lived. They never fail to delight me with their wit and inventiveness. Three have birthdays in January and I made these cards. The first is for a young lady who loves dolls. I had a fun time dressing this card up! The other two were made using a 'scrap collage' technique that I learned on the web. It is a cool way to use up ephemera and paper scraps that get collected over time. The collaging technique is quite soothing somehow and I was very happy with the result. Niko's card incorporates some paper that wrapped chopsticks at a restaurant that I saved some time ago. Also, some graph paper from the computer room that tracks the air conditioner's performance. I definitely raised some eyebrows when I asked that they save me those papers...
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Here is the last Tim Holtz tag of 2014 - you can see Tim's tag here. I went a different direction with this one, but, the background is much the same. I did not have frosted sheets, so I used unembossed frosted film and sewed it onto the tag with a zig-zag stitch. You can see the stamped snowflakes and painted background under the film - I love the gentle frosted look of the film on top. The snowflakes are die cut from chipboard that has Tim Holtz paper collaged onto it. I wired the snowflakes together so that I could add beads, buttons, and a jingle bell. The snowflakes can be detached and used as an ornament. I do love a card that jingles!
So that completes a whole year of tags. I have learned so much this year by taking the 12 tag challenge. First and foremost, I have learned to add depth and many layers to my work. I think my cards before were just a bit too one-dimensional. I also learned some really cool techniques and had a lot of fun. Finally, I am now more confident in going my own direction with the techniques. Thank you Tim for the inspiration!