It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Not because there's piles of snow on the ground, because sadly, here in Albuquerque, after a recent less than stellar effort to squeeze out a few flakes, Mother Nature has ultimately left us high and dry. Instead, we rely on other ways to identify the onslaught of the Yuletide. Every year, December 1st marks the first day in an age old tradition that many of us hold dear in our hearts. Okay, so maybe "age old" is a bit of an exaggeration. I think it's been around 4 years now but that just doesn't have the same ring. If you follow my blog, you already know I not only use a lot of embellishments on my cards, but in my stories, as well...ha! Anyway...we wait for this event with extreme anticipation and salivate at the thought of the eye-candy to come. 'Tis the season when a good lot of us crazy crafters trample each other in a virtual stampede each morning to see what gift our craft guru, The Sultan of Grunge, Tim Holtz, has whipped up to share with us. Yes, I'm talking about the 12-Tags of Christmas.
Some folks play along, day by day, using the inspiration laid out before them to create utterly breathtaking works of art. I never seem to carve out the time. Last year, I made one tag. Tsk, tsk. This year is not looking much better, even though the 4 tags that have been revealed thus far are exceptional. However, I've been so insanely inspired that I've created a card that's an amalgamation of several of the techniques Timbo (that's what I call him) has shared to date.
I started by glittering a die cut deer using the technique Tim describes on his blog. Then I moved to the background and painted a piece of Kraft Resist paper with Black Soot Distress Stain, boy do I LOVE that stuff. I set it aside to thoroughly dry and then embossed it with a Swirly Cuttle Bug folder. I then sanded off some of the black to let those fab swirls show through. I painted the Snowflake border with Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint and let it do it's thang. Next, I swiped Evergreen Bough Distress Ink onto a long piece of seam binding, misted it with water, crumpled it up by hand and sat it aside to dry. I picked up the crazy cute pine cones at Michael's and they were already painted with no additional preparation needed. A couple of stamped images on a small tag and my card was ready to assemble.
I rather like this card. It was fun and by the end of it, I was completely inky, which is the true measure of a successful day in the old craft room. This is one of two Tim Holtz themed cards I'll be teaching this Friday, December 9th, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Harwood United Methodist Church located at 420 San Lorenzo. If you're in the Albuquerque area and want to join me Friday, just send me a note via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm working on a second card and it will include lots of TH inspired techniques, as well.
That's it for today, folks. Look for that second card in a day or two. Until then, stay crafty!