Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January Tag Swap - CBSA Yahoo Group

Hello crafty people! I learn more everyday about cyber really is amazing! I just recently found out about another Yahoo group (like I need to be in another) called Creative Block -Stamper's name huh? Stamper's Anonymous (SA) is the company that makes all the Tim and Wendy stamps, which I love. They also have monthly swaps, and I joined in the January Tag Swap. The theme is "your favorite SA stamp"...easy theme but hard choice. So I decided to use my favorite quote, background, and image all on one tag. This one is very basic, so no long tutorial needed, but I did do a few step out photos.  I did have trouble with my heat embossing though. I think I must have left my UTEE under the heat too long, because it bubbled. I liked the look of it though so I left it...more shabby that way. I am always so excited to get my swaps'd think it was my birthday every time!
I think 2012 is really the year of the dragon, but every year is an Artist's year!
Harlequin (looks like a gorgeous tile floor)and Time images were stamped with Embossed  Distressed Ink and heat embossed with UTEE. 
Grunge board was stained with Picket Fence and images stamped with Archival Ink and Festive Berries Distress Ink.
Umbrella Man was cut out along with an extra red umbrella that was adhered on top of the other. I had to ink over everything to made it crisper, so the background image on Umbrella Man was lost, so I stamped a dictionary print on him instead. I heat embossed the whole thing, and this is where the UTEE bubbled up, so the background image is not so crisp anymore, but I like the vintage look to it.
This quote is my favorite from this line. It was stamped and heat embossed with Close To My Heart white powder, then heat embossed with UTEE.
Umbrella Man fades into the background some in the photos, but the red umbrella and pop dots help to give him contrast. You can see how the UTEE bubbled up, but it looks like rain drops to me.

Stamper’s Anonymous: Tim Holtz- Start/Ending wood block, Harlequin and Umbrella Man Clear Stamp, World Traveler (dictionary print)
Ranger:  Inkssentials- Glossy Accents, Black Tag; Melt Art- Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Archival Ink- Jet Black
Tim Holtz:  Distress Ink- Black Soot, Festive Berries, Embossing Ink; Distress Stain- Barn Door, Picket Fence
Hero Arts: Clings- Time To Stamp
Core’dinations: Tim Holtz/Ranger- Adirondack Collection
Staz On: Opaque Cotton White
Close To My Heart: Embossing Powder- White
Doodlebug Design Inc.: Boutique Trims- Beetle Black Assortment (lace, striped)
From My Stash: red and white tulle, computer generated sentiment
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Wow Anita! These are gorgeous! Love the red, black and white color theme! The bubbles look like raindrops to me too. It gives it a very nice touch!

  2. Love these! I hope I get one of yours too!

  3. Anita... I love this tag. One of my favorite Tim quotes too. Colors are perfect and embossing sets design off. Love the crinoline at top of tag. Thanks for sharing. As always your work is beautiful.
    Scrappylassie/ Chris

  4. Beautiful Anita - I love the background that you have created and the white shading around Umbrella Guy's feet is really effective. You do this colour scheme so well xx

  5. Super texture here! Love your tag and how you did the white 'floor' under U-man!

  6. Really nice one Anita!! I love the colors and texture.


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