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Scrapping at a Crop

Tim Holtz and the 12 Tags of Christmas: All Good Things Must End

Day 12 is here at last.  Here is the tag from Mr. Holtz:

Wow!  Love those grungepaper roses!  I went to a crop today and made mine away from home, so I had to make do with what I had.  Here you go:

Problem #1: The flower punch I had access to only had 5 petals (not the 6 petals that these roses require), so my flowers are a little oddly square.

Problem #2: I could not get the Glossy Accents to hold. So I ended up using gel medium instead.

Problem #3: No matter what I did, the flower layers just didn't want to glue together, so I added a base of white paper and that seemed to solve the problem.  

Let's look at the details:

I inked up some white raffle tickets to age them and then cut a heart from grungeboard, painted and stickled it.

I love the way the Rock Candy Distress Stickles look on the flower petals!  So glittery and beautiful!

Okay, so I had some technical problems.  I'd really like to try these again with a 6 petal flower base and a little more time.  Now, how about all 12 tags?

It has been a lot of fun!  I think people like doing the 12 tags for any number of reasons.  I do it because I like learning new techniques and gathering new ideas.  Here are the things I'm going to take away from the experience:

  • Rock Candy Stickles are the greatest invention on earth.  They are clear and really shiny when dry.  They add a gorgeous shine to anything they touch!  And you can dry them with a heat gun.  I'm buying a case.  Seriously.
  • I need to use my grungeboard (and my stamps) more often!  Making your own grungeboard elements is so darn easy.  And I love that it doesn't tear when you cut tiny pieces.  I'm going to do a lot more with grungeboard.
  • Take things you already love and use (for example, the frame from tag #4 and the fragments from tag #5) and embellish them a bit further (the roof and silver foil respectively) to total transform them!  I love those two ideas!
  • Loved the burned paper fragments from tag #8 - inked and torn vellum.  It's quick and easy and looks fantastic!
  • Perfect Pearl Splatters (tag #2) are a quick and easy way to add sparkle.  I already add watercolor splatters to almost everything.  I like the idea of kicking them up a notch with some glimmer!
  • The make-your-own-stamp-pad (tag #4) is flippin' awesome!  Definitely going to do this one again!
  • I'm a technique girl.  I guess I always knew that, but this experience really confirmed it for me.  I didn't care much for the tags that were more about artful arrangement.  I loved the tags that were super involved, and especially the ones that involved some sort of chemical reaction (resist, etc.)
  • I made some clunkers.  And I shared them publicly.  And I'm still alive and nobody threw rocks at me.  Phew.
  • I made some beautiful tags that I'm really proud of.  I learned some things.  I'm a happy girl.
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