So...I'm not admitting I have a problem...or a crafting addiction or anything. But I did stay up 'til midnight last night just to see the 12th and final tag of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas. Oh - and then, I was so inspired by HIS tag, and his wonderful videos, that I may have stayed up all night long creating MY version of tag #12. But I don't think I have a problem. Just sayin'....
So, once again, I was completely and totally inspired by Tim. Did I have the products he used on his tag? Nope...hardly any of them. I think the only two products HE had that I used were the Brick Red distress ink and the Rock Candy crackle paint. Well, those, and I had my own version of some evergreen and pine cones. Other than that - it was ALL creative improvising. Which is what I think I love most about this whole experience...it totally stretches me creatively, and forces me to think outside the box. I have to go through my stash (and seriously, folks - while my Tim stash is minimal, my crafting stash? is not. I have a craft room SMOOSHED full of crafting supplies and stash!) and figure out what I can use in new ways that I wouldn't have thought of before. I LOVE THAT!
So...how did I do it?
- The background - I used a piece of pattered paper from a K&Co Christmas paper pad, which I've been loving. It has wonderful vintage appeal.
- The ornament? I found a pack of chipboard ornaments and snowflakes in my stash. It wasn't *quite* the shape I wanted, so I cut it with scissors a bit to re-shape it. It obviously doesn't have the word "JOY" cut out of it - and I definitely would still LOVE to have Tim's ornament die and the word shapers - as well as the magnetic tray - SO versatile - but for now, I was totally stoked about finding this ornament in my stash! And I love the way the Rock Candy crackle paint blends with the distress ink - so cool!! Isn't that shiny crackle just beautiful?!
- The corners? I don't have any of Tim's awesome corners. But I did find some copper 1/4 inch metal tape in my stash. I decided to experiment. I put three strips of tape down on a piece of scrap cardstock. Then I ran it through Tim's postcard embossing folder with my Sizzix Big Kick, to give it texture. I applied a bit of Glossy Accents to the back, and wrapped it around the corners - and voila - my homemade metal corners!
- The calendar? I don't have a December calendar stamp. But I do have a package of Maya Road mini calendar sheers. It didn't really take the distress ink very well, so I inked a scrap piece of manila cardstock, then glued the sheer to the cardstock, and distressed the edge. I love that it shows 2010 on it, so that I will always know what year this was made!
- I used a gorgeous, lightly glittered evergreen leaf, rather than pine needles, for my greenery. I added a few red berries and a few miniature pine cones, attaching all of them with my hot glue gun. I would be LOST without my hot glue gun!!
- I finished it off with a piece of green ribbon on the top.
So, there you have it. My version of the 12th tag. I love how clean and fresh it is. It really is a lovely finish to the 12 tags, I think. Don't worry - I still plan to go back and complete the 8 I have missed...I just have to find the time!! (I can't stay up all night, every night...I *do* have four children who need me to be in an upright position and somewhat coherent during the day!) The four I have finished do look beautiful on our mantel!!