Sunday, 7 September 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 tag - September, Jane's Journal style

This month's tag from Tim is an absolute beauty but had me completely stumped as I do not own alcohol inks whatsoever...yes not one single one...zilch.  I have so enjoyed his projects this year and they have really made me think more creatively.

This is his gorgeous creation and all the details of how he made it are over on his blog here

My crafting budget is small for new things, I have an every increasing "wish list" but I am pretty good at self control. As I still wanted to join in with the challenge I decide that I would buy a single ink, yes just one and I decided to buy the same one he used which is called Lake Mist. I also do not own his lovely face stamp but I do own a gorgeous eye stamp made by Visible Image.

 I have hardly been out to my studio this month but I was determined to join in in one way or another. I made this card over several day popping down to my studio when I had some quiet moments.
I gathered together the stash I do have which included some glossy card.

I also realized that as I do not own any blending solution that I would need a different means to add some extra interest to the gorgeous alcohol ink background. You will see that I originally got out the Schoolhouse stencil but I changed my mind as my piece came to life and used the heart one instead.

I splashed my new ink onto my craft sheet and dragged the glossy card through it a couple of time until I was happy with the way the ink had been laid down.
It leaves such gorgeous swirls.
I left this to dry and came back to it when I had some time.

I then took my Stampendous script stamp and using leaf green Archival ink stamped onto the card.

I loved this effect.

Next I stamped the fab Visible Image eye stamp using black Archival ink.

I then had a long think over the next few days as to how I could achieve a similar textured "hair" that Tim achieved by using his butterfly die, which again I do not own. I had a play with butterfly punches and dies but they did not work. A couple of mornings later I  had one of those light bulb moments and thought I could use my Cheery Lynn pine die as hair and create a unique frosty Christmas card with Jack Frost or a Winter Sprite as inspiration.

I cut several pine leaves out

I inked their edges with walnut stain DI and added some Icicle stickles.

I left them to dry and the next day had a play with the rest of my elements to put together my finished card.

I used my TH heart stencil and daubed through some red Archival ink and also stamped a very apt Christmas sentiment, "All hearts come home for Christmas".
I also added some TH remnant rubs.

Here is another close up.............showing the Remnant rubs on the left.

and here is the big reveal.............................................
This is really different for me and I absolutely love it (I am not sure if I am allowed to say that but I do)
To me it is like glancing at the face of Jack Frost or a Winter Sprite. I may make up some more of these to send this year.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 September
Visible Image make it sparkle I love the Icicle Stickles on the hair, they are even more sparkly IRL
Cheery Lynn all about texture the "pine leaf" hair with added Stickles really gives this added texture, I have actually stroked it!
Crafting at the weekend anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies sparkle and bling
Simon Says stamp Monday Stamptember
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Stamptember and hop
Crafty sentiments anything goes
Totally Gorjuss bling
Vintage stamping anything goes

Yet again Tim has inspired me to think out of my comfort zone. At some point I would love to buy some more alcohol inks...perhaps I can put them on my Christmas list......Father Christmas are you listening out there....?

Thanks for visiting me here, it's always lovely to see you. I am back tomorrow with a scheduled post as I have another GD's a bit like London buses when I was younger.....none for ages and then 2 come along at the same time ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Good morning, Jane! I love your interpretation of Tim's tag and how creative to use the stash that you already own to make your own version! That script stamp is so versatile and makes a fabulous background over the swirled ink! Clever use of the pine die to make hair - who'd have thought it?! Altogether a fantastically creative piece and one you should be proud of! Hugs, Lisa x

  2. You are allowed to say it and I'm going to say it too...I love it! :)
    I love how you take these challenges and make them your own...good job!!
    Have a good Sunday my friend,
    V xxx

  3. Jane, what a brilliant idea to use the pine branches as hair; love all the sparkle and shine. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  4. Jane this is a wonderful example of creating texture in an unexpected way - Love it! I also love the stickles on your pine branches as well.

    Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week. Best wishes to you!

  5. Oh Jane, I love your tag how fabulous to make the hair out of the CL pine branches. So well thought out and stunning. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week and good luck.
    Julie x

  6. Beautiful project!!! Love the colors and the idea with the die-cuts!
    Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  7. Jane.. your design is awesome! Have you thought of doing larger art pieces for hanging on the wall? Like collages? I bet you could sell a lot of them and have them in galleries! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Great project, Jane! I love the stickles on the pine leaves. Thank you for sharing your project with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  9. Very clever and may I say a bit glamorous too!

  10. A fabulous interpretation of Tim's tag Jane, I love where your creative mind took you and the finished effects.
    Thinking of you often.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  11. This looks absolutely amazing. Love your interpretation og the tag challenge and that butterfly hair in colours look amazing. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Sentiments. Hope to see you back tomorrow for a new challenge. Bettina GD Member at Crafty Sentiments xx

  12. A lovely Autumnal feeling creation Jane, thanks so much for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  13. I love seeing how it developed step by step. Yes, I think you can say it when you're happy with the results. The rest of us can join you in your happiness. Good job!

  14. Another masterpiece Dear Jane! Lovely creation, you do such a great job and really know all the tricks and techniques so well. Thanks for sharing❤️

  15. Love this Visible Image stamp! Love what you have done with it, that background is terrific! Thanks for entering the Visible Image challenge and Good Luck!

  16. Jane this is wonderful! I love your inky background and the sparkly leaves are so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Heidi's special birthday blog hop
    Mandy xx

  17. Jane , it is fabulous ! I love your creation , and i hope you are the winner in this cherry Lynn challenge all the textures ! Yes !

  18. I love it Jane...a fabulous adapt and overcome creation...enjoy your holiday hugs kath xxx

  19. What a beautiful tag Jane, love it xx

  20. What a fabulous creation, I love how you've used the Inkognito Vision stamp, it's a great design. Thank you for joining us in the Visible Image Challenge, good luck, hugs, Pauline, DT member xxx

  21. Hi Jane, just stopping by to see what you posted- I love this sparkly sprite! I'm sure Father Christmas knows you've been good- He's probably getting a list of crafting goodies ready for you! Can't wait to see what's next- I'll try to "catch" that next bus, too! ;o)

  22. Jane saw you had won the Bold Stamping over at SSS and wanted to see what you had made. BLOWN.AWAY. Amazing - love it, love the pine hair..I too do not own any alcohol I want some! Cx

  23. Awesome! In my opinion far and away the best interpretation of TH's tag. Beautiful background.

  24. Hello dear Jane,

    Wonderful work once again - I especially love the pine dies foe hair, what a great idea!

    Happy crafting!


  25. You are totally allowed to love your work! That is the best feeling in the world - especially when trying new techniques. I am so inspired to have a play with my alcohol inks now!!! I love how you looked for things you already had in your stash to create your project rather than having to buy everything to make it just so. The eye from Visible Image is perfect and I love how you used that die cut as hair!!

  26. It's fab Jane, and you can certainly say you love it! I am always amazed at the tools, tricks and products involved in card and stamp making, it's a whole other world to me but I really enjoy seeing the process and what you come up with. This is one of my fav so far. Bethx

  27. Jane, this looks beautiful, the eye looks so striking peeking out xx Thanks for joining us at Visible Image for this months challenge. I hope we see you again soon, Good luck. Hugs, Samantha K x

  28. Oh my goodness what a wonderful tag Jane!! Really beautifully done. Karen.x

  29. Fabulous card!
    Thanks for playing at the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge!
    Helen x


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