All is Calm – Tag #12

Published December 12, 2011 by isisimaginings
Here we are at the start of another week, but at the end of 2011’s Twelve Tags. Despite having two tags still to make, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing along each day. There have been creative challenges, moments – many! – when I’ve thought I was making a complete mess of that day’s tag, but I’ve learned a lot. And I’m not just referring to techniques. I have decided to make Tim’s words from the first day my motto – “USE WHAT YOU HAVE”. I’m probably not the only crafter who thinks there’s no point in attempting something because I haven’t got exactly the items required. If nothing else, the last twelve days have taught me that I have PLENTY of things in my stash that make great substitutes. And with that, on to today’s tag.


You might remember I said that tag #8 was probably my favourite? Well, today its place has been well & truly usurped. This is the tag Tim posted at 8.01GMT/12.01PST & I loved it immediately. I love the slight weirdness of these fractured dolls & also that the tag does not have an obviously Christmas theme. Please go to Tim’s blog here, to see how the tag was made. He also posted some great ideas using his new Tissue Wrap.

My first thought on seeing the tag this morning was that it reminded me of a shrine. For quite a while, I’ve been getting ideas for making assorted shrines, so I have decided that this tag will provide the focal point of a bigger shrine. It will have to wait until January to move into its new home.

My ingredients:

  • White tissue paper
  • Black Stazon ink
  • TH Idea-ology fractured doll, wings, crown & baubles
  • TH Tissue Tape
  • TH Memento pin
  • Distress stickles – Rock Candy
  • Distress ink – Walnut Stain
  • Grungepaper
  • Spellbinders “Classic Ric-Rac” Edgeabilities
  • Spellbinders Circles Nestabilities
  • Crafty Individuals sheet music stamp CI -194
  • Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamp
  • Tattered Angels snowflake Glimmer Chip
  • Hampton Art typewrite font alphabet stamps
  • PaperMania tinsel & ric-rac ribbon
  • Acrylic paints – pale blue, white, silver
  • Sizzix “Broadway Melody” alphabet dies

I know that I saw/read/heard somewhere about stamping on to ordinary tissue paper with Stazon, so that is what I did to make the background. I loved wrinkling it on the tag, but next time I will definitely use less glue. Such a terrific technique though.

I cut the dwelling for the doll from a piece of Grungepaper & then cut a larger piece from cardboard, to mount the grungepaper on. After I had painted the grungepaper dwelling with the acrylic paints, I remembered that the Rock Candy distress stickles reacts against ordinary acrylic paint, turning it yellow, so instead I scribbled over the paint with a Versamark pen, then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder that has a little sparkle to it.


Making the flower was interesting. I found myself trying to make it ‘perfect’ & ripping off the tissue tape time after time – until I gave myself a strict talking to, reminding myself I wanted the flower grungy & IMPERFECT. The flower is three Nestie circles, each with the Tissue Tape on, then stuck together with Glossy Accents. I found the brad in my stash, it could be from Dovecrafts, but the packaging is missing.


The box of Tattered Angels Christmas glimmer chips has been in my Christmas stash for a very long time. I can’t even remember where I got it from. Possibly the snowflake is a little too big, but I can easily change it, if I feel the need to. I rubbed some silver acrylic paint over it & when that had dried, went around the border with a silver glitter pen. The effect is not overly dramatic, which is what I wanted.


So there it is, the final tag. I would like to say a big thank you first of all to Mario Rossi, who is responsible for sharing all the BTS, (Behind The Scenes), fun with us & secondly to the man himself, Tim Holtz, for all his hard work, creativity & inspiration, not just in the last twelve days, but all the year long. CHA 2012 starts in January & I know Tim will have even more amazing techniques & gorgeous items to show us.

Tomorrow I’m going to Bluewater shopping mall, for my annual visit – I loathe shopping & shopping malls, but a friend & I go to Bluewater once at Christmas. Wednesday will be busy, so I shall return on Thursday. Until then, thanks for stopping by &

Love & light

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