This year I say "Yes to Distress!" I've always wanted to make the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas. His techniques are amazing! Of course, I'm starting late, so I will try to get caught up this week.
For Tag #1, I started by making the glittered Noel word, which I die cut from maroon leather paper and covered it with gold glitter. Then I realized that Tim's tag was blue. Whoops. I switched to a different Texture Fade (not the snowflake one he used) to make my background but otherwise followed his instructions pretty much to a tee.
For Tag #2, I was missing the tissue resist paper used in the background of his tag so I created something similar with plain white tissue, a roller music stamp, sparkle Mod Podge, and some overstamping. I also didn't have the special pipe cleaner to make the wreath, so I wrapped fibers around a regular pipe cleaner. Oh, and I didn't have Tim's special hammer to dent the brads, so I used my Crop-a-dile with the pointy eyelet setter and squeezed them. (His perfectly dented brads are ever so much better, though!)
Tag #3 was the one where I made the largest departure. I didn't have the stamp nor the embossing folder that he used. I decided to make my tag in the "spirit" of Tims, by using several different embossing folders to create the tag, then carefully applying Versamark to the raised images using a Versamark pen, and then brushing each section with chalk. The chalk looks darker over the Versamark, so it brought out the images. Because of the way mine was laid out, I had to move the greenery section to the upper corner. Also, in utterly shocking news, I had not a single jingle bell in my craft room! What?! Madness! I used a snowflake charm instead, but have just returned from errands with some bells (and some new Alcohol ink colors, since I am obviously going to be using them a lot this month!)
Here are the links to Tim's first three tags. You'll find instructions and supply lists there:
I am so far having an absolute BLAST getting my grunge on, but gosh are my hands (and my studio) a mess! I'm pretty sure I have rooted through every bin of supplies in this room! Here's a shot of what the island looks like right now. (Notice the snowman in the lower left corner - working on Tag #4, yo!)