Once I finished making my granddaughter’s mini album, last week, I thought it was time to begin a project I am totally unfamiliar with. Doing a bit of “Altered Art”.
There are some things I have to be drug kicking and screaming into. This is one of them. Using Tim Holtz, and Ranger Industries, Distress Stains. I don’t have any of the black and gray that Tim used on his tag. I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo on the tag base.
Using the items that I have on hand I thought I’d give this a try. The numbers Tim has on his tag are rub ons. I have some really OLD number stickers that have been hanging around in my craft room since 2006.
After I applied the stickers, rubbed and mashed on them with my bone folder to make sure they were stuck on good, then rubbing them some more on the back side of the tag I figured it was time to get out the sanding block I have had from a home improvement store.
Tim’s tag has some black spatters on it so I broke out my black acrylic paint, watered it down a bit using a paint brush. Next I set to banging the paint brush on my left index finger. Uhm, OUCH! It smarts when you hit your knuckle with a wooden stick! I can actually say that I did get some spatters going on.
I had to do a bit of scheming to come up with a pocket watch. YES! I remembered I had a Graphic 45 paper pad called “A Proper Gentleman” and there is a pocket watch in there. Looked to be about the right size I would need, too.
My old Sizzix dies are being brought out and into the light. This time I have used the Circles die. The largest circle will fit in the time piece area of the image. I hope anyway.
A piece of scrap packaging, a bit of metal tape and I’m in business here.
Next was to run the die cut through a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I think this is the one he used on his tag…
I don’t have the die that Tim used, and I don’t have the grunge board he used. I do, however, have a silver gel pen and an image of a pocket watch. I went around the outside of the watch with the gel pen. Note to self…..next time maybe don’t do this.
Very carefully, I cut the watch face out from the image and inserted the embossed metallic circle. The test fit worked very well. Take the piece out and then smear some black acrylic paint on the embossed piece and wipe it off – quickly.
I then taped the embossed piece into the pocket watch “ring” that I had left after cutting the face out.
I don’t have a ticket the size used by Tim Holtz. However, I do have one or two tickets that I can use.
I do have the rubber stamp set that Tim used on his ticket. I stamped it on one of my yellow tickets then had to use a Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch to make this look like a ticket.
I don’t have the little hangy down thing that Tim used on his safety pin doo dad. BUT I do have some Memory Makers Page Pebbles and a bit of paper with a sort of time theme. I used a Stampin’ Up! 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out an image from the paper. Then I attached the Page Pebble to the punch. Hey, that turned out pretty good 😀
And, lastly, I have the word stickers from Tim Holtz that match his tag.
I think I’ve already told you that I am a “Sissy La La Pants”. I survived the making of this tag challenge and have come pretty close to what Tim has done.
Lesson learned in this piece? Doesn’t matter what you have OR DON’T HAVE. The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone and try something totally not of your ilk. I learned that Distress Stain is pretty fun to work with. Having a sample to experiment with is freeing. Sanding blocks and distress techniques have their place in crafting. The right coach can help through the squeamish times.
Was I successful at making a Tim Holtz Tag? Yes, indeed I was.
Hey, Tim. Bring on February. I’m ready for whatever you have to throw at me.
Have you tried the tag challenge? What do you like about it? What have you learned about it? I want to know.