This months Tim Holtz tag was all about rub-ons which suits me well, as I’m on a mission to use mine before they fossilize. I started just like Mr. Holtz does in his blog, by applying the rub-ons to a plane white tag. Then I topped with a variety of Distress Paints and inked the edges with some Distress Ink and stamped with some Blockheads stamps. I stained my seam binding (ribbon) with several Distress Stains as well.
I’ve decided that my tags are too flimsy. So this month I’ve made a “tag-sandwich” which I ended up being very happy with. The top and bottom of my tag sandwich are made of simple card stock, and the center is chipboard. This lets me hide any brads on the underside of the top layer and makes it much sturdier than simple card stock or watercolor paper. I love dimension, and find that a thick working surface just makes me happy. In the photo below, I am getting ready to drag my bottom card stock tag though a nice mix of lavender Distress Stains with some Antique Bronze for bling. I gotta have bling.
For the flower I used Clearly for Art Modeling Film by Stampers Anonymous and my Tattered Poinsettia and Tattered Florals Sizzix dies. I’ve never worked with the Modeling Film before, and so this was an experiment. It went, so – so, not that great and not that bad. I need some more quality bonding time with it in order be able to pass judgement. The Distress Paint took well to the plastic surface and so did the Alcohol Inks, but the shaping of it was tricky. You are supposed to heat it and bend it, and it will retain its shape as it cools. Great concept, but easier said than done.
Have I mentioned that I love bling? Trashy bling, not the gaudy bejeweled kind. I can’t describe it, but I know it went I see it. Here I am getting ready to add some trashy bling to the flowers by dabbing some iridescent paint on top.