12 Tags of Christmas - Tags 1-3
Countdown Day 7: Woof!

12 Tags of Christmas - Tags 4-5

I am attempting to get caught up on the 12 Tags, so here are my #4 and #5.

Now I know that part of the challenge is to be "inspired" by Tim's tags and make your own versions, but really, I'm having more fun trying to replicate his tags as close as I can using products on hand. (Well, I did go buy some cranberry alcohol ink for Tag #5, but that was on my list anyway!) I think his designs are brilliant and I am going to love having a set of tags that look a whole heck of a lot like his!

 For Tag #4, I had the die, so that helped considerably. I had to improvise my background using Tim's "dredge the tag through the muck on the craft mat" technique but my "muck" was a mixture of acrylic and Luminarte paints. Took a few dredges and spritzing and such, but I was happy with the result.

Having no bird on hand to pluck feathers from, (WHY?! Why don't we have a bird?) I improvised with a fringed fiber for his hat. The snowman is cut from pre-embossed grungeboard, circa a long time ago, then painted with Luna Lights (circa older than the grungeboard), and then coated with Crackle Accents.

I have fallen in love with Tim's technique on Tag #5. Alcohol inks on the back of thick acrylic, then overstamped in black, then the black wiped away with a rag, which takes the alcohol ink with it! BRILLIANT! I loved the look of his word stamp, but I didn't have it, and there was no way I was creating words and then using a reverse-image stamp to get them onto the back of the tag. Instead, I was able to use one of my new Dina Wakley art stamps. I adore Dina and her work (and her humor, but not her way with animals) and I figured her grungy art circles stamp would look perfect behind the wreath.

Here are links to Tim's Tags #4 and #5, where he has posted full instructions and supply lists, plus a link to purchase the Dina Wakley art stamp, if you are so inclined.