Saturday, December 5, 2009


Here's my take on Tim's first day of the 12 tags of Christmas. I love that he shares these classes each year. I started out making them as ATCs last year, so I decided to roll with it again this year. Working on a smaller canvas of an ATC means I have to scale it all down. I don't use everything he does, but I do try to follow the background technique. This one was so much fun. I really love the rock candy crackle paint. I improvised on my bird which was a snowman on his design. I painted some grungepaper with gesso, then stamped the design over it with black soot distress ink. When I tried to smear on some rock candy stickles it smeared the distress ink. So, just a little tip for you, the embossing is a necessary step. I ended up clear embossing over the whole image and skipped the stickles.

I've been slammed with life stuff, so not much art time. Trying to play catch up today. Hope you're finding some creative time amongst the hustle and bustle of the season.

6 comments:

liannallama said...

absolutely stunning! I love the sparkle and the ATC size!

Julie said...

The stamping on your birdie is beautiful...I love how this piece came together! Heard you guys are going to get a lot of white stuff soon...stay warm! xo

artful pioneer said...

HI There- I got your blog address via the SNR forum--- I got the email about the ATC swap, and went to sign up, but I couldn't- it said public write access was disabled. :( I would really like to do this and know of a few others...
Amanda ( artful pioneer)
hearthandsandfeet@yahoo.com
hisheartworks@gmail.com

pamala said...

Beautiful!!! Good to know about the embossing being important, thanks for the tip. :)

Karen said...

Do you know what I thought about when I was making the backgrounds for my Day 1 tags?? YOU! I remembered your video on making these backgrounds with lighter colors. And when I went to try it myself, I forgot to use the water, so it made more of a sueded effect, but I still had a great time. It brought a smile to my face to realize that I was using the technique that I originally learned from you.....only remembering to use water this time! :>

Sue McGettigan said...

Totally gorgeous - love seeing the tags interpreted on ATCs, great idea Tami!