Monday, 7 July 2014

Message in a Bottle

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping in here!

After grandly announcing two days ago that it was going to be very quiet here during July, I am actually back after all sooner than expected because I could not resist doing my Tim Holtz July tag.
This definitely was one of my favourites this year, even though mine has turned out completely differently....
Two reasons for that, first of all, I had none of the main supplies he used, so I had to think of different things. Second reason, - his is a very summery tag, but it's really only summer in half of the world. I am going off today to Australia and there as in the whole Southern Hemisphere it is winter, and as I was busy packing my winter things, I just could not get into a summery mood. Having said that, I still managed to use all of the techniques he used, be it in somewhat different colours.
So here goes, following Tim's brilliant tutorial:
I took some grunge paper (don't have any grunge board) die cut my shapes and coloured them with various Distress Paints, added the Rockcandy Crackle when dry and rubbed and heat set the stain to show up the cracks.:

Here's a close up of the bottle:

Next the embossing powder onto the wet paint, I did it on a large leaf rather than the sand dollar and used several colours of powder, for a more wintry effect.
Next came the background to the tag using Distress Paints, Stains, Ink, water splats and the Spritzer tool:
Again, sticking to more wintry colours.
Next came the cool technique with the plastic through an embossing folder. Well, that one had me stumped for quite a while. Then it hit me, why not create a second bottle and put the sand inside the bottle.
So this is what I did: I cut the bottle out of grunge paper first and coloured and crackled it like the first bottle.
Next I cut the bottle again, but this time out of plastic packaging. I ran it through the Harvest Words embossing folder, just picking out the word Love. It embossed it beautifully. I coloured the word with a Faber Castell Big Brush pen and let it dry while making my "sand mixture with more or less the same supplies Tim used. Glued it onto the base bottle and then glued the plastic one on top with the sand inside. I just could not manage to photograph it properly, below, you can maybe see it a bit better:
Ok, so time to put the tag together.....
Now I decided at the beginning of the year that I would make layered tags, a size 8 on top of a size 10, so I made another background, using the same technique but adding some tissue tape here and there for a bit of variation.
Next I picked a word band, using Tim's technique of bringing out the word with paint and then put it all together.
Well, there you have it, an wintry version of Tim's July tag. I have the sea horse etc on order, so I may do a summery version still when I come back.

Thank you for all your kind visits like always and hopefully you get to do something creative most days! I'd also like to thank Tim for showing us all these fab techniques, month after month!!!

Look after yourselves


55 comments:

  1. Love the colours in your background and the wintery take on your make looks great too! hope you have a wonderful time xx

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  2. Hello Astrid,
    Oh yes it is cold and wintry and wet, wet, wet down here. The Tag has lovely colours and it does relate a wintry feel, a bit grungy too I think. The bottles are amazing.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  3. A very very beautiful tag here again Astrid. You´ve just made a fantastic job as always hun, sooo beautiful and well done.

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  4. Wow this looks really good so effective. I love how you have you have used all the techniques but created something so different xx

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  5. Hi Astrid. So many gorgeous elements...I especially loooove the bottle with the embossed plastic and sand on it! I hope you enjoy your trip down-under (it really isn't that cold lol)
    Dot x

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  6. Absolutely stunning, I just adore this version Astrid. Wishing you a safe journey and a very happy holiday xx

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  7. This is really lush Astrid, the leaves look great as does the crackle on the bottle.

    B x

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  8. Great you had time to get your Tim tag done and what a stunner. I love the bottle and putting sand inside was inspired. Astrid, have a wonderful time down under. Nikki x

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  9. Astrid, it is amazingly beautiful, fantastic with the bottles and the leafe is gorgeous !!
    Wish you a wonderful time with your loved ones.
    xo, Dorthe

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  10. the colours are amazing, I can see why you had time to create this, amazing, love it.... I think I my try to create one too :) have a great holiday..... Yes, Heather J did tell me that you are catching up later this month.... enjoy your time :)

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  11. Oh gosh Astrid! This is so so so BEAUTIFUL.. amazing crackle-art ...perfect tag Astrid!
    Happy new week to you!

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  12. a perfect make Astrid - I love it! The crackle looks amazing! Big hugs to you and if there's room in your suitcase for me - give me a shout! Lol! Hugs rachel x

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  13. Fantastic ideas Astrid! I love how you've taken this in a completely different direction with the bottles. Adding the plastic and sand to the second bottle is a stroke of genius. You have such an amazing imagination and it's great to see you put it into action to solve creative 'problems' like this. Jenny x

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  14. Oh my this is fantastic Astrid! I love it all, elements, colours, design, etc., but that second bottle is awesome. What a fab idea & technique .... clever lady!

    I had missed that you were off to Australia again but I suspect that means lots of lovely cuddles are on the cards ;D! Have a safe trip and a wonderful time.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  15. Oh my goodness how clever!! I love the idea of the embossed plastic ... your tag is amazing!

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  16. Genial, Astrid.
    Die Flasche ist unglaublich real :-)
    mit diesen vielen Rissen im Glas, einfach toll.
    Und auch die Farb-Kombination ist prächtig.
    Ein schönes Tag, Chapeau!

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie

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  17. Oh, my, Astrid!! I just love your version of Tim's tag! That bottle is fantastic! It was the first thing I noticed and I couldn't believe how wonderful it was!! This month's tag was my favorite too, but to have taken it and made it into winter was such a great idea. Just fabulous!

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  18. I am really glad you could not resist, what a wonderful would we have missed

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  19. At first I was thinking you cut your visit short, so glad it was only that you could not resist playing! Astrid, not a surprise that I love your take on Tim's tag! It is gorgeous and I love the earthy colors! Enjoy!

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  20. Stunning work Astrid, the texture & colours are Amazing...Love it... Hugs May x x

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  21. Stunning tag Astrid love your fabulous colours and great textures...the crackle looks amazing

    Anne

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  22. Wow Astrid, this is a fantastic take on Tim's tag, I love that you created the bottle with sand in it, it really does look amazing! Clever, clever, clever! Hugs, Anne xx

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  23. Astrid, I love your version of Tim's tags! I too don't have too many of the supplies that he used this week, so your interpretation was really interesting (and fantastic). Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

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  24. Amazing, absolutely stunning, your ingenuity is beyond yours, love it all.

    Patricia x

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  25. Fabulous tag, the bottle looks awesome.
    Yvonne

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  26. Wow! I love these bottles, the idea about the embossed plastic, and the sand inside! The colours too! a perfect tag!

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  27. That's a FANTASTIC take on Tim's tag. Love every detail :)

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  28. What a great techniques Astrid...an awesome tag

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  29. love your take on Tim's tag. the bottle and the leaves are awesome. thanks as always for sharing.

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  30. Fabulous tag Astrid very clever idea with the sand in the bottle. Have a safe journey. Mo x

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  31. Thanks for sharing your tag with us Astrid, love the colours and the detail. Hope you enjoy your trip.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  32. FANTASTIC Tag Astrid! Gorgeous selection of colours and putting sand in a bottle.....brilliant idea! Karen.x

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  33. All kinds of coolness and loveliness here Astrid! I love that you used the colors you did- I think they are a perfect marriage for your elements!! xoxo

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  34. Loving your colour choices, to me they are very Autumnal, warm and inviting.

    Thank you for sharing how you created the bottle etc. Such amazing inspiration:-) xxx

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  35. Just gorgeous! Love the fall colors and the crackle!

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  36. Astrid your work is truly amazing. LOVE all the details, your color choices, your designs... Yes all of it.!!! Also enjoying your lovely detailed description on how you created your art !!! Thanks a lot !
    Last I will wish you a safe trip to Australia. Hope you'll have a lovely time. Gonna miss your posts and look forward to you being back.
    Sending warm hugs From SPAIN

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  37. Gorgeous and unique take! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your vaca!!! Safe travels!

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  38. I think this is awesome! You definitely made the technique your own!

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  39. A stunning take on Tim's tag and genius to use the plastic on the second bottle...great outcome :-)

    Have a safe journey and a wonderful time with the family.

    Huge hugs Annie xx

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  40. Super take on Tim's tag, Astrid. I love that you were able to adapt his techniques to a fall theme. I was stumped on how to use the distress EP, was trying to think of other sandy ways to use it, so thanks for the inspiration there! Love the crackle sheen and the whole message in a bottle theme is just brilliant. Have a great vacation!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  41. Another beautiful creation!! Love it!!

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  42. I love your interpretation Astrid, it's beautiful!
    Have a wonderful trip down under!
    Alison xxx

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  43. I love it, it's completely gorgeous, an excellent interpretation of Tim's tag.

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  44. What a gorgeous tag! fabulous effects :)) Thank you for sharing, Astrid

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  45. You know i love it. I'm working hard trying to catch these colour cheme with my acrylics.(:o)

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  46. Astrid, this is awesome! I adore your grunge paper bottles and leaves, a great version of Tim's tag!

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  47. Just wonderful Astrid - the colors and textures are so fabulous, I could look at this all day long.

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  48. A beautiful tag with great colour blends. You've achieved some stunning texturing on those embellishments too Astrid, just brilliant! Chris xxx

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  49. wow i have missed seeing your inspiring art Astrid. That is amazing. Especially the gorgeous bottles.
    Hugs June x

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  50. Ooh, yum! The colours are right up my street, the background tag is beautiful, and I adore the crackles everywhere, especially over that textured lettering. I haven't really had a chance to examine Tim's tag in detail yet, but I absolutely love your version of it - glorious!
    Alison xx

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  51. Stunning tag Astrid and I love your bottles simply beautiful.
    Julie x

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  52. Hello Miss Astrid boy have I missed visiting you, your creation just give me JOY.... I LOVE how yours turned out, the colors are delicious, love them, okay those bottles are AMAZINGGGGG, all that crackle FANTASTIC, the embossed on, unbelievably fantastic,, hope you get an honorable mention for this creation, thanks SO much for sharing....

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  53. Another great tag, really love. The bottle with the sand what great effects. Dee x

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  54. Stunning Astrid. I love all the texture you have created and that rainbow leaf is fabulous!

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