This week I have struggled with my representation of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas - 2007. After three attempts, I've finally created a tag I can live with. His Day 2 was much cleaner, due in part I'm sure to using his products. The one thing we do have in common is that both of our snowmen have an 'evil' tint to them.
Tim used stamped his snowflakes in white paint. After two tries, I decided I really did not like the look. When I'd heat them, they came out very blurred and more like melted blobs then actual snowflakes.
So I switched gears and used VersaMark then embossed with Stampendous White embossing powder. Then I re-heated and added a second layer of a custom mix that included a transparent glitter.
I followed his steps for the blue background but I used SU Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Pacific Point inks. I needed 2 passes to get the look I was striving for.
I stamped the snowman (Plaid foam) in SU Night of Navy then overstamped with the same custom blend to give him a little sparkle. The snowflakes with the brad centers are punched from acetate. The SU Paddle punch was a bear to work with - probably due to the intricacy of the punch. The Martha Stewart punch was much better.
I added a purchased SNOW chipboard word and added a snowflake button inked with SU Ballet Blue. For balance, I added 5 sparkly rhinestones in the corner and a variegated blue/ white yarn for softness with a bit of string yarn.
Here's hoping the Day 3 tag will be easier.