Happy Wednesday! I have another tag to share with you for the 12 Tags of Christmas – Funkie Junkie style. Today’s post is the 6th tag of the series for this year’s challenge. While we are flying toward Christmas, there is still time to join in on the fun. You can find the rules of the challenge on Linda’s blog. The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I had a lot of fun working on this tag even after having a couple of false starts. Linda’s sixth tag tackled red and white again but in her post she encouraged us to find something about her tag that inspires us to create something. It’s good to have “inspiration” challenges because it stretches the creative side of the brain.
So, taking Linda’s inspirational words to heart, I decided to be inspired on her use of foil transfer sheets and snow. The foil sheets aren’t something I use very often and, to be honest, it’s probably because forget that I have them. I figured it would be a great way to look at how I could incorporate them into this challenge. I tried a couple of different versions of things but this last one set me on my way…
I used a Distress Ink tag and coated it in Dina Wakley White Gesso. I made it a rough layer of gesso and purposely used more than a thin coat because I wanted the texture of the brush to be left when it dried. I even “rebrushed” it when it was almost dry to give it some more texture in areas. Once the gesso was dry, I grabbed the foil transfer sheet and picked the silver-blue color from the Vintage pack of Ranger’s Shiny Foil Transfer Sheets. Unfortunately, my collage stick was completely dried up so I had to experiment a bit with putting it on using a brush and some PPA glue. It seemed to work! Now my background was done and I liked it.
When I was finished with the background part of the tag I thought that it looked like outdoors during a snowy winter day. I grabbed a couple of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits and set about creating a scene. I took some Distress Watercolor Cardstock and cut out the snowy hills using the die cut from the Home for the Holidays set. I gave them a bit of shimmer and glimmer using a Wink of Stella Clear Gold Shimmer pen. I achieved the look I wanted -- the shimmer pen is uneven because of the texture of the watercolor paper so it looks like there is some shading on the snow. It’s also a bit more lightweight than using texture paste or snowflake paste.
I cut the trees from the Home from the Holidays die cut (it’s a fun tree to use) out of Forest Moss and Peeled Paint Coredinations paper. I added the deer from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit Winter Wonderland and used Walnut Stain Coredinations paper. I added a Merry Christmas from the Home from the Holidays thinlit using Bazill paper in Cajun. And, just for Linda, the used the exclamation point of the Merry Christmas die to give my deer a little bit of red.
I hope everyone has a lovely week. Hoping to be back soon with tag #7… I will get caught up!