Saturday, April 6, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - April Edition

Hey bloggers!  I'm back with my rendition of Tim Holtz's April tag!  When I saw this month's tag I just couldn't wait to get started on it.  I have only had my distress paints for a few weeks but I am sooo in love with everything they can do!

As usual, though I have a lot of Tim's products, I don't have them all so I made due with what I had and substituted where I needed to.  The biggest thing I was missing was the metallic distress paints - my lcs doesn't have them yet.  So I substituted metallic distress stain.  I used it just like it was a paint and it seems to   have mixed with the paint enough so that it became permanent when dried as well.  Pretty cool huh?

As you can see, I used a different stamp - I love this stylized dragonfly from Stampendous, but I wanted to get the look of the sketch like the Stampers Anonymous one Tim used so I stamped the plan drawing from the SA Steampunk set in black soot behind my dragonfly (which I embossed with black embossing powder).

I also did my wings a little differently.  Rather than leave the plastic clear I wanted to get that pretty shimmery color that dragonfly wings have in life so I inked the back side of the plastic with alcohol ink and spritzed on some perfect pearls for extra shimmer - I love the way they turned out!

Supplies for this project
Cardstock:  #8 Avery Manila Tag
Stamps:  Stampendous – Dragonfly Vine; Stampers Anonymous - Steampunk
Inks, Stains, Paints & Colored Pencils:  Ranger Distress Paints – Broken China, Marigold, Peeled Paint; Ranger Distress Stain – Tarnished Brass, Antiqued Bronze; Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Broken China, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot; Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Stream, Cloudy Blue, Citrus, Copper; Perfect Pearls Mist – Pearl; StazOn Ink – Jet Black; American Crafts Embossing Powder - Black
Accessories & Other Stuff:  Idea-ology – Pen Nib, Mini Gears, Tissue Tape, Alpha Parts Numeric, Crinkle Ribbon, Metal Word Bands

Have a great weekend!


  1. Fabulous take on Tim's tag Cheryl. like you I love to play along too.

    TFS and have a fab Sunday

    Annie x

  2. Your tag is gorgeous, Cheryl! Beautiful details and colors!

  3. Really beautiful tag, I love the colour and the dragonfly and cogs look gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

  4. gorgeous tag! i love the way all the colors complement each other and how your embellishments match your background!

  5. Love those colored wings!!!! Congrats on your win!

  6. Congratulations on winning with your really beautiful tag!

  7. Wow, I love this tag! Such a great take on Tim's tag! Congrats on the win! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Congratulations on your winning tag! Love how you did your dragon fly wings and the great background!!

  9. Congratulations on your win - I like how you colourised (I spell British) the wings on the dragonfly and contrasted the detail. Your colour palette is fabulous as well. Great piece!

  10. Ooh, what a scrumptious take on the tag - congratulations on your win!
    Alison x

  11. Congrats on your win, it's well deserved !!!

  12. Very nice tag. I really like that you colored the acetate wings. Congrats on winning!

  13. It's interesting the different effects we like to recreate with our supplies to achieve an aspect that was inspired from Tim's original tag. Your dragonfly and blueprint stamps was a very clever example of this in action. Congrats on your win this month.


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