Saturday, February 12, 2011

ATT Red & White Valentine Tag Swap

I joined the All Things Tim (ATT) yahoo group last year in the fall after trying my hand at the Compendium of Curiosities challenges & Simon Says Stamp challenges.  What a fun group this is...whether you're already enjoying Tim Holtz techniques & products, or just getting started, this group is the place to be.  They even have their own tshirts & accessories now...but you need to join the group to find out more about that.  It's free to join; click on my sidebar "All Things Tim" for more info).

AnyWay...I joined my first tag swap at ATT and the theme was monochromatic red & white only.  I admit I had to put on my thinking cap, but in the end I do like how they turned out.  I'm just posting this now, because I wanted to wait until everyone received their swapped tags.  I received my swaps in the mail the end of this week, and they are ALL gorgeous!  If I get permission from their designers I'll post what I received...but in the meantime--here's my offerings:

I listed my supplies on the back of the tags (wasn't sure if I was supposed to or not, but I did it in vellum with very little adhesive so they could remove it if they chose to).  The cardstock I used (DCWV Rustic) was more of a red & ivory--I was probably pushing the white a bit on that one, but I added white Paint Dabbers to the edges & stamped a flourish at the top (mostly hidden by ribbon...hmmm).  For my fragments, I stamped the Love Definition from TH Love Struck stamp set onto cardstock from TH Vintage Shabby paper stash, and positioned it in the left corner--so that the Cupid was shooting an arrow into it.  The cupid was one of my favorite pieces.  I used plastic packaging and stamped the Cupid from the Love Struck collection with VersaMark, added Rose Quartz embossing powder (EP) & heat set.  I wanted them to have dimension so I maneuvered them while hot to hold their wonky shapes--if I had wanted them flat, I would've heated them a few seconds longer and they would've flattened out completed (I love using plastic packaging).  Important to note--don't touch the EP while the plastic is still hot or it will come off...ask me how I know. =)

A dab of hot glue on a cardstock center helped to roll my ribbon in place for the rose/flower, and hot glue at
various intervals to keep it in place.  The ribbon wasn't a dark enough red, so I spritzed it with Tattered Angels Candy Apple Glimmer Mist.  I used mini Christmas tree iridescent pearl garland for the beads across  the bottom, and cut up some of the same beads for the center of the red rose.  The cutout quote is from a book I got at the dollar store, some Silver Stickles on the CTMH stamped key (which reacted to the Aged Mahogany ink & turned pink--love it), Martha Stewart red tinsel glitter on the quote, and some ribbon/fibers to finish it up.

This was a fun swap, I really enjoyed it. Currently I'm working on another swap for ATT, "Altered Ancestors Little Fat Book" swap.  I'll post pictures soon!  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!  Lisa

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