Tuesday, July 3, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - July X 2

Alternate July Tag
First July Tag

A new month equals a new tag by Tim Holtz! I adore this technique so much, and couldn't wait to get started. So after I chased the dog and cat around with my compressed air can, I got to work. 
For my first tag I pretty much mimicked Tim's, except for my background stamping. I added the silver Alcohol Ink a little too low so it overpowered my Archival Ink. I had to use a Sharpie to color in a few spots to make Lady Liberty a little more dark and stand out more. I didn't like that at all...craft and learn!
I had so much fun blowing 'cold' air, that I kept going and made some ATCs as well.
 
 
BUT...then I started to wonder what would happen if I tried the same technique on a black tag to emulate the night sky. I knew the Alcohol Ink would not glide over the surface of a black tag like it does on Glossy Cardstock and it would not show up very well, but I had to give it a shot.
I decided to use Snow Cap Mixative instead of the silver and then layer my other colors on top of it. It took a few layers but it worked. I wanted to really highlight the fireworks so I drew in some bursts with Glaze Pens. I love how it came out!
I trimmed out the edge with Snow Cap Paint Dabber, as well as added the stars and sentiment with the paint. I have had a craft love affair with denim lately so I had to add some of that too. It's such a simple looking tag and took no time at all, but I am so in love with it! That is strange for me, because I always love my most labor intensive projects and rarely love the simple ones. I think it is because it really has that fire cracker night sky look.
 
I am submitting the first tag to Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge of "Silver", and the alternate tag to the Blogger's Challenge of "4th Of July", and both to Inspiration Journal's challenge of "Red, White, & Blue".

Supplies:
From My Stash- black cardstock, blue embroidary twine, denim, washer


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



29 comments:

  1. Two great tags, love the contrast between thetwo! Trace x

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  2. Wow! They are both fantastic!

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  3. Warning! I am about to be controversial!! OK, so as much as I love the first tag and Tim's original, to be honest I just adore your second tag!! I know I shouldn't really say that as the man is such a genius, and it feels wrong to say, but I bet he'd be chuffed you'd taken his idea in another direction (I hope).
    Using Snow Cap had crossed my mind but it occurred to me it wouldn't show up well on white card (doh!) That's where your crafting genius kicks in! Thanks for sharing your talent, you are such an inspiration. Hugs, Buttons x

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  4. What Buttons said!!!! The black tag is FANTASTIC & I'm sure Tim will be thrilled with it, you did an excellent job!! I've bought the compressed air - it's such a cool technique - from Ebay, but I have none of the stamps, so I have no clue yet what I'm going to do.

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  5. Hello Anita,
    Love the Tags, of course, the techniques are just wonderful; the traditional coloured one is bright and patriotic, your second, is more subtle but richer, I prefer this colour palette as it generates warmth and is pleasing to my eye.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  6. TotallyTagTastic! Anita, I like both of these LOTS, but the darker one is absolutely gorgeous. You are very inspiring Mrs H! xxxx

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  7. OMGoodness Anita, I am going to upset a few peeps I am sure but I speak only the truth... I PREFER your black version of the tag... it is absolutely AMAZING, seriously, GORGEOUSNESS abounds... and what a fab technique, isn't it just the best when you have one of those "I wonder if that will work" moments! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper ... have a good week! x

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  8. I *think* I may like your second tag better than the first!! Love how the gel pens really make the fireworks pop. Love it when thinking outside the box gets a positive result.

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  9. Both of the tags look great, but I must say I love the look of the black tag.

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  10. What a clever gal you are! Love them both but my fave is the night sky! Especially since so many communities have had to cancel or postpone the night celebrations due to dry conditions. You are a wonderful source of inspiration! Thank you!

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  11. Those two tags look amazing! Cool idea to make a night scene one! And congrats on being picked by Tim for your June tag!

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  12. I prefer your last tag and think you should send it to Tim to see what his fab products can do...

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  13. Wow! Love them both! Have a great 4th, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

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  14. Hi Anita, your first tag is stunning and I really love the colours you have achieved, but I think I have to agree with others, I love your second tag best too. I think it is the way the colours are muted but the fireworks really work well against that background. Anyway, they are both amazing........Anne x

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  15. Your tags are great. I agree with others and prefer the night sky. I think Tim will love it! He always encourages us to use his techniques but put our own spin on it. You have done just that! Thank You for sharing.

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  16. Yay for fireworks! I love that second one. First also fab, but the night-time one wins hands down for me. And what could be more USA than denim?! Love your take on these x

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  17. Both cards ar beautiful, but the second card is absolutely genius! especially with the denim-well done!

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  18. These are wonderful!! I really love the black tag too - it turned out so well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Your tags are incredible! I thought about black too but did not try it. I am going to now..thanks for the information! I love too how you highlighted the fireworks using a white pen.

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  20. The second tag has a really big wow factor! It does emulate the night sky...and I like it even better than Tim's tag this month! Fab!!!

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  21. Beautiful tags Anita!! Thanks for sharing the oops! stuff, too - it's just as helpful as the techniques that do work the way they are supposed to. I really like both tags but the black one is really extra special! Your art is Such a pleasure Anita :)

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  22. LOVE the black tag!!! Totally original and very cool!

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  23. I love both your tags. Your work just always amazes me.

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  24. Black tag is fantastic!!!!Barbarayaya

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  25. Both your tags ar beautiful, Anita, but I do love those fireworks.
    Great fun!

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  26. LOVE this!! Thanks for Playing at IE....

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