Thursday 4 October 2012

Christmas tag for FJ no. 2

I have made my second Christmas tag for the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge, although it is for Linda's first challenge week - I'm just catching up. She has now posted her third one, so I still have one mare to catch up but not lagging behind too much lol. 

I am also joining in with the other Linda at Studio L3 for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge which is to use distress markers. Tim has 2 techniques in his book on P.50, I used the second, adding my own take on it of course.

I drew inspiration from Linda's gorgeous tag wanting to use the metallic distress stains and the marbling technique as explained on P.46 of Tim’s fabulous book, ‘The Compendium of Curiosities’ – Book 2.

I used picket fence, tarnished brass and vintage photo to create the background then added some peeled paint DI before flicking with water and drying. Don't ya just love these gorgeous Christmas Blueprint stamps by Mario III?

Using coffee archival ink I stamped both the Christmas tree and snowflake from the set and stamped the Christmas tree a second time, colouring it in with the distress markers and cutting it out. I added the baubles to the tree instead of to the side. The die-cut letters are the typeset strip die covered with glossy accents, I filled in the baubles with this too.

Some other bits and pieces to finish off including pleated tissue tape covered with the tarnished brass DS. I also painted the metal pieces & tree bulb with the picket fence and tarnished brass DSs, drying them with the heat gun as they 'pooled'. Another look I really love.

I have to say I wasn't happy with the tree at first, it stood out far too much, so I also painted it with the picket fence and tarnished brass DIs, it now blends far better with the rest of the tag whilst still being quite prominent.

You can see I put some snow round the branches too.

Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas is an inspiration challenge and there will be a winner drawn at the end of the 12 weeks for those who have entered each one. There is plenty of time to take part as each tag challenge will remain open until the 17th December, so no excuses if you miss any. The sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, which is Linda's fantastic on-line store where she stocks lots of fabulous products to produce vintage, shabby chic projects.

Other challenges to have fun with -
Sweet Stampin' challenge - Vintage
Anything but a card - Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy - my die cut letters and baubles are very shiny with glossy accents over them.
That Craft Place - Make your own background
Crafty Mess challenge - Distressed / aged


Sadly I needed to make a sympathy card today. We had a phone call from Ken's sister on Friday to say her husband was in the Atkinson Morley hospital having had a huge brain bleed, he passed away Sunday afternoon.


Have a good week and as my friend Joyce says, make sure you give your loved ones a cuddle when you next see them.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} xox



debby4000 said...

Oh your tag is stunning love its details. The sympathy is beautiful such shame we have to make them.

Caroline said...

Your tag is stunning love the design and the colours. Caroline xxx

Margreet said...

What a brilliant tag, your explanation and search for some time to try things like that know my!
The sympahty card is a beauty (for a sad occasion however).
Good luck for your must be so hard for her to accept!
xxx Margreet

Jenny Marples said...

Beautiful tag Brenda. You have made Tim's stamp really work for its money here and yes, it does all blend beautifully.
Sorry to hear your terrible news. Your family is really going through it right now and I send my very best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you all.
Hugs, Buttons x

Zue said...

The sympathy card is perefct simple, but memorable. ( Sorry to hear you have had sad news.)The tag is full of gorgeous things. Have a good rest-of-week, Brenda.

Jenny said...

What a fabulous tag and perfect for our Vintage challenge at Sweet Stampin. x

lady jasmine crafts said...

This is perfect thanks for joying us at craftymess xx

Angela said...

Beautiful Tag and wonderful distressing,

thanks for taking part in the Craftymess Aged and Distress challenge with us.

Ink Art Designs said...

So sorry for your loss Brenda. (((hugs)))
Your tag looks brilliant, I love the combination of colours.
Dot x

Kathyk said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Brenda and your sympathy card is just super - I'm sure your S-i-L will greatly appreciate it.

Also loving your tag and the super funky textures on it - ooh ooh - I have tarnished brass too but, rats, it's at home!!!


Words and Pictures said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, and I'm sure your beautiful card will be much appreciated.

As for your tag - it's just scrumptious... glorious background, love the ruched music tape, and so many delicious details - fabulous!
Alison x

Sue said...

The tag is beautiful..lovely sympathy card too its just a shame we have to make them :(huggles hun xxxx

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely tag and card Brenda! So sorry for the loss of your brother-in-law. Small blessings in that he went quickly and hopefully didn't suffer too much. My uncle in England passed away from the same ailment just this Monday, but he would have been much older at 89. Take care.
Big hugs
Joyce xx

catherine said...

I love this tag Brenda and evrything about it. Wonderful creation. I am so sorry to hear of your sad news. Your card is so befitting .
x catherine

Lillibelle said...

What a gorgeous tag with very fantastic details!
Your fine card is really precious.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous tag , love the tree and your background is lovely and works so well. Love the added key and tissue tape too. Sorry to hear your sad news. Hope you are well. Tracy x

Lucy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. What a difficult time your family has been going through. The card is simply beautiful,

Lucy x

Karin said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.. The card you made is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to ear your sad news Brenda , but love what your friend had to say about true. I love the tag amazing texture, stamping and beautifully designed, you are a true inspiration.

Terry said...

Looking so good! Love this Frosty Goodness in your tag! Love the design and all your little embellishments. The sympathy card will be appreciated and comforting. Again, I am sorry for your loss! Hugs!

Sandra Wright. said...

Wow,your Tag is just stunning,it really is gorgeous,super layout and distressing.

Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Craftymess...

Sandie :)

Inkypinkycraft said...

So sorry to hear your sad news Brenda,

Your tagis gorgeous, love the ruffled tissue and the colours, live the blueprint stamps, not played yet though!
I haven't been commenting,thanks for all your lvely comments, hope to be back tom proper commenting now!
Love trace x

Pamela said...

Thank you for joining our sweet stampin' challenge this week with your beautiful tag.

Pam x

Julia S-W said...

So sorry to hear you've had such sad news.
This tag is really gorgeous! I love your composition, the stamp is wonderful and muted tones work so well. Love all the embellishments which draw the whole project together. Love the pleated tape - such a creative idea!
So glad you shared this at ABAC and I hope you'll join us again for our next challenge.

trisha too said...

Gorgeous tag, Brenda--wonderful details!

Such sad news, but a lovely card, indeed.


Fliss said...

Managed to miss this before Brenda and so sorry to hear your sad news - the card is just beautiful and a lovely way to show sympathy.
Really gorgeous tag with a fabulous background and embellishing.
Hugs, Fliss xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Brenda,

Oh, I love your tag. You definitely blended in the Christmas tree nicely - although I bet it didn't stick out as bad as what you thought. I "pinned" it - hope that's o.k.

Sorry to hear of your friend's loss. It is a good reminder to tell those close to us how much they mean to us. Right now I'm visiting a friend who is fighting cancer. Bless her heart. I'm afraid of the future.


Marjie Kemper said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Brenda. Your creations here are beautiful.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your brother-in-law's passing, Brenda. My sympathies to you and the family.

Your tag is just gorgeous. Love that blueprint stamp - haven't broken one out yet, but feel it's coming! Your tag is just filled up with all sorts of crafty goodness - that tree, the letters, yummy! Love the vintage color palette you chose too. Awesome entry into the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style. I'm so thrilled to have you joining in the fun with us this year!


Erin said...

wow stunning work your background is amazing
thank you for joining us at
That Craft Place

nefertiti said...

So lovely tag!!!!!and beautiful card!!bizz

Alica said...

great tag! all the elements come together wonderfully!
Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

Hugs, Alica ;)