Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #9

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Hello friends and visitors,

Week 9 is upon us!  Time is flying and we are now 3/4 into this annual challenge.  But no worries!  Even if you haven't started, there is still time to complete the challege and qualify for gift certificate prizes and a 10% discount to The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January!  Simply complete 12 holiday winter/Christmas themed tags by December 29th.  You can find all the challenge requirements in my week #1 post here.

Let's get into the details of my #9 tag, of which there aren't many.  Starting with a jumbo manila tag, I gave it a coat of white gesso, using a coarse brush because I wanted some brush marks to show.  Once dry, Chipped Sapphire distress paint was applied with a dabber top.  (I know that Ranger has changed all their distress paints over to flip tops, but I still prefer the dabber tops.)  Once that was dry, I used a spatter brush to apply Picket Fence distress paint spatters.  This is where I ran into a problem!  Once the Picket Fence distress paint dried, it had turned a light pink color instead of white.  Oh my!  I thought my spatter brush must have been used for red or pink in the past and tainted the white.  I had to start all over again.   I washed the spatter brush very thoroughly with soap this time, let it dry and made another tag.  Using Picket Fence distress paint again, I spattered white over the Chipped Sapphire.  Again, when it dried it was pink!  I can only conclude that some sort of chemical reaction occurs between the two colors, even though when distress paint dries it is supposed to be permanent.  So I had to make a third tag with the blue background.  This time I used white gesso.  It dried white this time, no problem.  I just don't like spattering the gesso as well as the Picket Fence distress paint. It's a little thicker and doesn't spatter as well.  If I did it again, I would blend maybe one drop of water into it on my craft sheet before picking it up with the spatter brush.  But I really wasn't up for making a fourth start on this tag so I forged ahead.  Next I die cut white card stock with the Woodlands Thinlit die set as well as the stag from Winter Wonderland.  The trees were given a coat of Hammered Metal embossing powder and the stag a coat of Burnt Copper Leaves EP, both from Emerald Creek.  I cut an extra layer for the stag out of light chipboard - I was actually surprised that the thinlit die cut the light chipboard perfectly.  The newer generations of Thinlits dies cut SO much better than the earlier ones did.  I wanted the stag to be thicker and stronger so I could pop it up for dimension.

I finished it off by cutting a piece of white CS with the Holiday Knit die and painting it with Chipped Sapphire distress paint to match the background.  The stag got a little bell from Tim's Tiny Bells pack and I added some white greenery from the Festive Greens thinlits.

That wraps up #9.  Nothing too complicated this week (if you can get your spatters to stay white - LOL).  Thank you to everyone who has played along, stopped by to visit or left comments.  I'm delighted to see some new players this past week and look forward to all the inspiration you all will provide ME this upcoming week.

Best wishes for Thanksgiving blessings going out to all my American visitors!


Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #8

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Hello and welcome to Week #8 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.

This week I strayed away from my vintage roots with a more modern Christmas color palette.  I went with Broken China and Worn Lipstick distress oxide inks.  I colored my jumbo manila tag with Broken China by smooshing the pad down on my craft sheet and then spritzing the ink with water.  The tag was laid over the ink mixture so it picked up the ink.  I dried it with my heat tool and repeated the process several times.  Next it was dry embossed using the new Tim Holtz Simple Snowflakes Texture Fade.  I dry brushed white gesso over all the embossed snowflakes with my finger and then also lightly applied Prima Metalique Old Silver Wax with my finger.  I also lightly blended a bit of white gesso around the edges of the tag using my finger.

Now that the tag base was finished, I cut a white corrugated cardboard banner and rubbed the Worn Lipstick pad along the ridges to create pink stripes.  I applied Worn Lipstick to a sheet of white cardstock using the same technique that I used with the Broken China.  Once it was dried, I used it to cut snowflakes with the Stacked Snowflakes die. Each of the four snowflake layers was lightly edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I decided the snowflakes needed a little texture and lightly heat embossed two of the layers with Hammered Metal embossing powder by Emerald Creek. Hammered Metal EP was also  used on the two holly sprigs, cut with the Mini Holiday Greens Thinlits die set.  My Stacked Snowflake was topped off with a Fluted Star that I toned down a bit with Silver Mixative.

Next I cut a piece of velum the same size and shape as the white corrugated banner and applied the sentiment from the Gilded Christmastime Remnant Rubs.  The Remant Rub adhered perfectly to the velum.  The finishing touch was the line of icicles from Alpha Parts Frozen.  The icicles and the snowflakes at the bottom were rubbed with the Prima Metalique Old Silver Wax.

That's it for Tag #8.  As always, thank you to all my visitors and for the lovely comments.  An extra hug to those of you who are playing along.  It's so much fun to see how you all are interpreting my tags!  If you are new to the challenge and would like to play along, you can find all the challenge information in the Week #1 post here.

These products were used to make the above tag.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most name brand products are sold at 20% off MSRP.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #7

Hello and welcome to Week #7 for the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  This week I'm back with some fresh colors for my Christmas themed tag, getting away from the reds.  Starting with a jumbo manila tag, Pine Needles and Faded Denim distress ink were blended on using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Stripes.  Design Tape from last year's Tim Holtz Tidings collection was used across the top.  

The Ornate Frame die was used to cut the center panel from plain white card stock.  It cuts two separate pieces, the frame and then the oval center piece.  Hammered Metal embossing powder from Emerald Creek was used on the outer frame.  The center oval was stamped with a stamp from the Tim Holtz Mini Doodle Greetings set using Jet Black archival ink, Vintage Photo DI was blended over it and it was coated with Prima Clear Crackle Paste.  

An Idea-ology Christmas Quote Chip made a great focal point for the top of the tag.  It has Vintage Photo DI blended on it.  A small poinsettia was created from white card stock using the Tattered Poinsettia die (now comes as a set with a Texture Fade).  The smallest layer was cut with an old Tom Holtz Poinsettia mini Movers and Shapers die.  I always spritz my handmade flowers with water and crumple them, then carefully unfold and dry with a heat tool.  A little Vintage Photo DI was sponged on the edges to give a more vintage look.  It was topped off with a cluster of Beaded Berries for stamens.  The holly was cut from the Holiday Greens, Mini Thinlits die from white CS.  I applied some old old chunky glitter I picked up at Jo-Ann's years and years ago.  

The tag was finished off with hand dyed seam binding.  One piece was dyed with Pine Needles distress stain and the other with Faded Jeans distress stain.  I made two loops of each color and tied them up together for a verigated effect, colors matching the plaid.  

Thank you to everyone who has dropped by to visit.  I always enjoy hearing from my visitors who leave comments.  Thanks especially to all who have played along in my little challenge.   It's so inspiring to see all the ways my tags are interpreted.  If you haven't joined in the challenge, there is still plenty of time.  You just need to complete all the weekly challenges by December 29th.  You can get the full details and challenge requirements on the Week #1 post here.

The products below were used to make this tag.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most name-brand items are always 20% below MSRP:

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