HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!! Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey! I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.
“Share your celebrations with us. It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary. Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”
This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!
I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-
…Zombie style!! Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day? Who said zombies only came out on Halloween? Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!! Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.
I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele. It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities. I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.
I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed background technique from his April tag. I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with. Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!
I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors. But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is. From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process. I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!
Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing. Aren’t these hearts wonderful? I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!! After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.
He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he? You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body. I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.
I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set. I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart. I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.
I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM. His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush. I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.
I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!! XOXO, indeed!!
I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to
eat date you!! The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂
So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge for A Vintage Journey. What kind of celebrations will you share with us? S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!
Thanks so much for stopping in with me today! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
- Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
- Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
- Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun