Saturday, April 13, 2013

April Tim Holtz Tag

I'd like to share my version of the Tim Holtz April tag.
I was seriously lacking in supplies for this one. Especially since my local stores don't carry the distress paints :( I had to improvise by rummaging through my crafty stash! Nothing like a challenge!

To create the striated, texture background I used crayons and a heat gun!
I started by randomly coloring bits of the tag with crayon, pressing hard. Then I blasted it with the heat gun to mesh the colors together. I repeated this to add an extra layer of color.

Next, I added a stamp of a butterfly (all my dragonflies were too small). I used Staz On Ink so that it would adhere to the wax.

I also added some words to the bottom corner. For the wings, I took a piece of plastic packaging; stamped it with the same butterfly image using Staz On; cut it out and used the heat gun to give the wings some movement. I held the butterfly with my sissors to keep from burning my fingers!

I attached the wings on top of the tag with a color staple. Now, on to the embellishments! I used crayons, Zing Metallic Copper embossing powder and Glossy Accents adhesive.
First, I took some chip board pieces, jewelry findings, and a polymer clay piece and colored them with crayon. Then melted it with the heat gun:

On the rose, I traced parts of the petals with Glossy Accents and added the embossing powder.

For the bird, I covered the entire thing with adhesive and embossing powder. I then went back with the crayon and colored some random bits. Then, I used the heat gun again!

On the polymer piece, I added lines of adhesive and embossing powder.

I covered as much of the jewelry findings as I could with adhesive and embossing powder the parts where the fingers get in the way will leave the crayon showing through.

Now, I folded the jewelry pieces into little tacos!

I added glossy accents to the front and back of the tag's bottom corner and clamped the 2 copper "tacos" into place.

Using Glossy Accents, I glued the other pieces to the tag.

To the Ribbon! I used some thick ribbon with a butterfly pattern. It was in serious need of some color though so I grabbed the crayons! In a similar fashion to the background of the tag, I colored on the ribbon and melted; then repeated the process.

It was still a bit lacking so, I grabbed the embossing powder again. Using Glossy Accents, I traced random bits of the butterfly wings and covered it in the copper embossing powder!

The ribbon, being somewhat stiff with wax, needed a good crumpling and then through the tag hole it goes! And now my tag is all ready for Spring!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I won a giveaway!

I am so excited to tell everyone that I have won a giveaway hosted at ♥ A Little of This and That ♥ If you haven't been to see her blog you should check it out!
She has the most wonderful molds. They are so intricate with lovely details. They can be used for polymer clay, resin, and even food like fondant! The goodie box was just packed full of molds and decorating supplies! Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway!!

I couldn't wait to try the molds out so I broke out my polymer clay...

They are so easy to fill, you just roll a bit of clay into a ball and press it into the molds. You can then use a razor or craft knife to trim the excess clay and smooth the backs. Then pop out and bake!

Now, I have a great selection of clay lovelies ready to use for decoden, charms, atcs, or anything really!