I hope you've had a good day! We've had busy one, out this morning shopping and putting new curtains up this afternoon. I spent most of yesterday taking them up, not a job I relished :) No crafting for me today unfortunately.
Last year I started to take part in Tim Holz monthly challenge to make a tag following his tutorial...I was doing well until about July and then everything else got in the way - I resolved to try again this year, but January came and went so quickly! However, I was determined to make this month's tag. I enjoy this challenge because it encourages trying out new techniques and Tim's tutorials are very easy to follow.
This is the tag made by Tim for this month:
This is mine:
As is often the case I used different stamps and other materials to Tim, because I don't have everything he uses, but I did have the heart mask used on the original project. I won't explain how it was made, just click here and have a look at Tim's instructions.
When I was over in the USA last year, I saw the chalkboard technique used a lot and one of my friends showed me how she did it. I have seen it coming in quite a lot here lately, but had never tried it again, so was pleased to see it used in this project.
Tim uses a different method to how I was shown and whether it was because I didn't have the same embossing materials that he used, I just couldn't get it right - so I went back to the way I was shown and was pleased with the result. I stamped on to black card and heat embossed with white powder. I then drew a line around the edge with white pen before chalking all over. Once the image was entirely covered I rubbed over it with my finger.
I didn't have the stamp Tim used or any Valentine/love stamps that were large enough for the tag, so I improvised with this one by Indigo Blu.
These are the materials I used:
Tag made from kraft card
Tim Holz alterations layered heart stencil
Distress inks: Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Milled Lavender, Brushed Corduroy
White detail embossing powder
Cardboard for hearts
Sizzix heart dies
Craft foil - silver
Spellbinders border die
The 'arrow' is a clock had from Chronology by Ideaology
That's it for today folks, I hope you are all managing to stay dry...the winds and rain have just arrived here as I type!