Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #4

Hello again,

Thanks for stopping by my 2017 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  We are on a roll - week #4 already.  I'm so excited by all the participation - fantastic samples being shared here!

My apologies for being a little late today to get the post up.  Things got a little complicated this weekend and today, but finally here is my #4 for your inspiration.  I love the Victorian Carolers die and was excited when I learned that it was being re-released this season.  I grabbed one for the boutique and we used it to make a thank you gift for our customers.  For those of you who don't shop with us, just FYI, we always tuck a little thank you packet of goodies into outgoing orders.  We make up 200 of each design.  This particular thank you gift included the two die cut black silhouettes of the Victorian Carolers, the vintage sheet music ephemera and a silver tone mitten charm.  I sometimes snag one of the thank you gifts to use in my own art - LOL!

I started tag #4 for with my usual jumbo manila tag and lightly, randomly stamped with Potting Soil archival ink with the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Text background stamp.  Then Vintage Photo distress ink was blended over the entire tag using the Mini Ink Blending tool.  Next two texture fades were used to emboss the tag.  (I'm sorry they are old and we are not carrying them any more.  I don't really remember the names.)    I tried to lightly rub the new Pewter distress crayon over the raised snowflakes at the top, but it didn't really show up.  I ended up making a white dot on each one with a tiny paint brush and white gesso.  The embossed holly at the bottim was sponged over very lightly with Pine Needles distress ink and then I rubbed a little Prima White Gold wax over them to give a little sheen.  

I used some Design Tape - Tidings along the bottom of the tag, sort of giving my carolers a firm foundation to stand on.  The Season's Greetings sentiment was from the year's Tim Holtz Great Outdoors stamp set, stamped in silver and free hand cut out.  My bow is rayon seam binding colored with Bronze Distress Spray Sain and embellished with the new Tiny Bells from Idea-ology.  I first threaded them right onto a piece of seam binding, but there was no movement.  It bound them too tightly so I took it apart and added a couple of bronze jump rings so they would swing a bit.

That's it for this week.  A very simple tag but I really enjoyed the Victorian Carolers.  

Thank you again for stopping by.  I hope you will think about playing.  You can find all the challenge requirements in our Week #1 post here.  

These products were used to create the above tag and can be purchased at 20% below retail at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #3

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Welcome back to Week #3 of The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  This week I have a tag that is an orgey of RED, for sure!  I make no apology for the glaring redness.  Red is my favorite color.  Honestly, it makes me smile; it makes me happy!

I started out with the Tim Holtz Peppermint stencil plus Vermillion archival ink and was off and running.  I couldn't stop myself.  I kept pulling out this and that and everything was red.  I'm not sure if I really like it or not, but oh my, did I ever have a fabulous time creating it.

Starting, as I always do, with one of my jumbo manila tags, I gave it a coat of white gesso because I wanted the bright white to contrast with the red I planned to use.  Then I stencilled on the Vermillion archival ink using a mini ink blending tool.  I did have to reposition the stencil once to get complete coverage.  I love the style of the Retro Merry Christmas Thinlits die set and used it to make two layers of 'Christmas', one white and one red.  I wanted to use the Christmas Transparent Tiles but they didn't show up well enough against the peppermint stripes so I backed them with red tags cut using the new Thinlits Gift Tags dies.  They were cut from white card stock and sponged with Vermillion ink then tied with red and white Idea-ology Christmas Jute Sting.

How fun is that new Tim Holtz Christmas Fringe?  Seriously, you just cut a piece off and roll it between your palms like you were rolling a meatball - LOL.  LOVE it!  The Merry Christmas up top is from the Merry Christmas Mini Stencil in set #32 stenciled with Vermillion archival ink onto white cardstock.  And don't you just love the new Fluted Stars?  I sure do!  I turned mine red with an application of Red Pepper alcohol ink.  I also used the Red Pepper alcohol ink to color the Baubles red.  The sweet ornaments are an Impression Obsession die from a couple of years ago.  I glittered them with Stickles Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and backed them with card stock colored with Vermillion ink and clear embossed for a little shine.

That's it.  Hope this week's red tag made you smile too.   Thanks so much for dropping by and for your encouraging comments.  And a warm welcome to all who have played along.  If you are thinking of playing in this challenge, you can find all the challenge requirements in the Week #1 post.  As a reminder, you do not need to CASE my sample, merely find one or two elements to inspire your work.

The items below were used to make this tag.  Then can be purchased at 20% off list at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #2

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I'm back again for my second challenge of the 2017 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  Thank you for the encouraging comments and a huge thanks to Mimi for kicking off the participation in this year's challenge.

I had a fun time getting all shabby and vintage-y with this week's challenge.  As always, I started with a jumbo manila tag.  This time I brushed it with white gesso.  When the gesso was totally dry, I used Prima's White Crackle Paste through the new Tim Holtz Starry Stencil.  I let that dry overnight.  It dried nice and crackly - not huge cracks, but nice fine cracks.  I love the way the gesso goes on sort of spotty and dry-brushed.  When both the gesso and the crackle paste were fully dry, I took a mini ink blending tool and my fave Vintage Photo distress ink and lightly blended ink over it as well as along the edges creating a delightfully worn look.

The next step on the background was to take the Prima Marketing Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - White Gold and using my finger, sort of dry brush it over the the crackled embossing and along the edges of the tag.  If you haven't tried the Prima waxes, you really should.  They are FABULOUS and we have just received a re-supply of all the waxes at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

The stamping was done with Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival Ink.  I used the new Tm Holtz Christmas Classic for that awesome vintage Santa image and also the Holidy Postmarks set for stamping on the tags.  Also, the upper left tag was stamped with the Paris script stamp from Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp set.

The snowflakes were cut with Thinlits dies from the Paper Snowflakes Thinlits and some from the Mini Paper Snowflakes Thinlits set.   I used my favorite kraft corrugated paper to cut the snowflakes and then used my finger again to sort of dry brush some white gesso over the corrugated ridges.  They each got topped off with a little pearly embeshment from the ship, that had some of the Prima White Gold wax was rubbed over it.

Up top, I cut two tags, one from an old Sizzix tag die and stamped it with the script stamp from Papillon set, then cut another tag from the new Thinlits Gift Tag set and stamped from the Tim Holtz Holiday Postmarks set.  The three tiny jingle bells are sold (as silver) in our shop.  I turned them a brown-gold color with Mushroom Alcohol ink and then rubbed on White Gold Metallique wax.  The same treatment was used for the snowflake charm in the lower right.  The "North Pole" tag was cut with the new Thinlits Tag set.

Last but surely not least, I made the white resin-style plaque using Prima's Paper Clay and Prima Marketing IOD Vintage Art Decor Mould - Object Labels 1 mould.  The moulds and the paper clay are amazing.  They are so cool and fun to use.  The great thing about the moulds is that you can keep creating a favorite decor piece over and over.  You just need the mold and a pack of the Paper Clay.  I made it a day before and let it dry overnight  It was curled up slightly from drying but I was able to gently straighten it out.  Once flat, I whitened it up a bit with some white  gesso painted on with a paintbrush.  When it all was completely dry, I rubbed more Metallique White Gold  wax on the high points of the moulded paper clay.  The gold "Merry Christmas" is from the Gilded Accents Remnant Rubs.  It adhered perfectly to the paper clay surface.

That's it for Week #2.  Thank you for visiting and a warm welcome to everyone who plays along. Details about this challenge can be found in the Week #1 post here.

These products were used to create the above tag and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Ranger products are sold at 20% below MSRP.

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