Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My very first tag for TH

I have finally mustered up the courage to enter the
I have seen so many brilliant entries for this challenge over
the past few years, and I felt as though I didn't have the talent,
or the necessary supplies to play along. Mainly the talent part.
Over the years I have acquired more TH inventory, and maybe a smidgen
more self confidence in my own abilities. 

The current tag for August is to use your die cuts in a mixed media
project. Something I rarely consider when creating mixed media is to
incorporate my die cuts. Why? I have no idea. But this particular tag
and technique really sparked my interest and mojo.

I began with two manila tags, per Tim's instruction.
One tag for the die cuts, and one with designer paper with words.
I layered the tags, gessoed, and sealed them, and then
the real fun started. I added Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, 
and Spiced Marmalade distress inks directly from the pad to the
tag in a random fashion. Then I sealed those colors and blended them 
at the same time with more matte medium. Very cool effect.  

It was at this point that I became so engrossed in this project
that I forgot to take any more step by step photos. 
I was having THAT much fun. 
I fussy cut a Found Relative lady, but since I was going for a 
Halloween/Haunted feel, I gave her a skeleton head. 
Ahhh, that's more like it. 

I added some ephemera stash of my own, but was still
unhappy with how my die cuts were showing up. I decided to add 
some distress ink in black soot with an aqua painter to the inside
of the die cuts for more contrast. Much better.
I really love how the colors came out all muddy and moody
after adding some black soot distress paint with my finger.

I attached the vial label with one of my favorite TH tools,
the tiny attacher. Such an indispensable tool!!
I scuffed the label up a bit with a nail file, and then started
splattering copper metallic and black soot paints for a speckled
effect. I love the speckled effect on nearly everything. 

Lastly, I wrapped a skull and crossbones to a metal tag
using some black wire. I used some rub-ons on the tag
before adding the charm for added interest. 
Again, I never think to use wire as a way of attaching stuff 
to my projects. So clever, and it adds so much interest to your project.  

A little warped, but here it is, my very first
tag project for the 12 Tags of 2015.
I enjoyed the challenge and the techniques immensely.  
I'm sure I'll be back next month. I'm thinking how cool an 
entire book of these tags would be to create and show off
to all my friends. Or maybe just to use in my art journal.
The possibilities are endless.    

I'd like to enter this tag in the following challenges:


  1. Well I think you did a FANTASTIK job!! Self-confidence? Pfft - you're golden!!! hee hee Hugs!

  2. And good you faced the challenge :-D it looks beyond adorable and I can't wait to get out of the office today and give it a try. Brilliant job. Suzanne xxx

  3. Don't have the talent, Creepy Glowbugg? Talent is literally oozing out of you like ... well, I don't exactly know like what. Chicken guts maybe? ;)

  4. I love the creepiness of your tag!! I feel inspired to create mine. Lol great job!!😊

  5. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Clear It Out's Anything Goes challenge. Lisa DT

  6. Oh I love this - just fabulous tag and so much going on hun Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  7. Now that you have made a start, I am sure, like most of us, you will become addicted to creating these Tim tags. I LOVE your Halloween theme, not warped at all, it is fabulous! Anne x

  8. Good for you for taking the leap! And your tag is awesome - loving the skull head!

  9. You did a fabulous tag! And remember it's about trying a new technique or color combo or product and creating something uniquely you. Don't compare yourself to anyone else, it makes easier to create art. @janicecarldesigns

  10. An absolutely fabulous tag, I love everything about it, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectic.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. Stunning tag you created, looks perfect! Great layers!
    Thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  12. I'm so glad youve joined Tims tags with this master piece. I absolutely love your tag, it's FABULOUS! Karen.x


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