Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rebirth of Spring -Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - March

12 Tags of 2013 March
Rebirth of Spring
Hi, Crafty Peeps,

So here is tag #3 of 12!  I don't do Easter, so the bunny was out.  I  decided I would focus on the beauty of nature and G-d's renewal and rebirth of flowers, the rich greens of trees and shrubs and of course, there had to be butterflies.

The smaller butterflies were embossed with Sizzix Peppermint Twist and the larger butterfly was embossed with Sizzix Scallops & Lines.  All were sponged with distress inks and then sealed with Glossy Accents.  The grass was cut with MS Fringe Scissors and sponged with Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce Distress Ink!
 I was trying to capture some of the early colors of spring and the yellow that I wanted was that color you see on buds when they go from pale yellow to green (and sometimes the opposite) just before they mature and start to open.  I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce and Pickett Fence to achieve this color.  I must say I had lots of fun working on this simple tag!

Supplies: Ranger Tag #8, Regular Item Tag; Sizzix Ornate Label, Sizzix Butterfly #12, Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Butterflies; Distress Inks: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Squeezed Lemonade, Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs; Ranger Pickett Fence Stain; Spellbinders' Ribbon Banners, Memory Box Dancing Tulips Die, Poppy Stamps Wildflower Patch Die, Glossy Accents, embossing folders, brads, foam tape, MS Fringe scissors.  The image on the base tag was created by placing three stamps from  Heartfelt Creations' Carnation Florals 2 on the same block and stamping them with Memento Potter's Clay Dye Ink.  I then brayed Pickett Fence Stain over the stamped images, wiped it down with a baby wipe and then stamped the images again. 

My fingers are still stained with ink from my efforts to match the color of my ribbon to the base of my tag.
I like really crinkled ribbon, and have found the best technique to get the look I want is to squeeze the wet ribbon into a tight ball, place it in the corner of a small sandwich bag and twist tightly.  I secure mine with a twist tie and let it set** over night.  The next morning I remove the ribbon from the bag and allow it to air dry.  Because the ribbon is so tightly coiled, you are able to manipulate it without fear of losing the bounce.
The ribbon was colored using glimmer mist made from the ink stains listed above mixed with Perfect Pearls and it was also dabbed with Pickett Fence Stain!

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by!

**For the English majors, I used "set" because I was referring to the crinkles "setting". :D)

Challenges entered:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013
Crafting by Design - Tags
The Paper Shelter - Spring
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Spring
Crafting for All Seasons - Anything But A Card
Stampotique Designers Challenge - Spring