Friday, 8 November 2013

I am hooked.....

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping by here, lovely to have you visiting.
I am hooked, - hooked on participating in Tim Holtz's tag challenge that is. After 3 years or so of not joining in, I am now doing my second one. Well, after being one of Tim's winners last month, I couldn't give up now could I?
So here is my November tag:
As most of you will know, Tim's original can be found HERE, demonstrating the Chalkboard technique  that he showed in the last video of CC102 already.  Unlike Tim I did not want my whole tag to be black, so I basically created a chalkboard panel using the Baroque die, but because for once I had all the right products I followed his technique exactly, just using totally different stamps.
Here's my mini chalkboard cut from a black size 12 tag.
Next I created my background on a size 10 Manila tag, with Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce and Picket Fence Distress Paints using the marbling technique. This was followed by some Distress Inks, Gathered Twigs and Evergreen Bough, a bit of Tissue Wrap and some background stamping, both with Ink and with some Sticky Embossing powder and Clear Rock Candy glitter for a bit of sparkle. Oh there was also some Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Spray in the mix.
Now for some embellishments. I cut various leaves with my dies and took a little rose from my stash, coloured the leaves lightly with Distress Inks and gave them the Rock Candy Glitter treatment too.
Time to put it all together with a hand died seam-binding ribbon and some died cheese cloth scraps and a little stamped message.
Now I could have left it at that, but for some reason, even though I had quite liked the original background, I really did not like the way it looked now... what to do, bin it? I did not want to waste all my carefully prepared embellishments, so instead I took a deep breath, brought out my Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire Distress paints and straight from the little bottles painted right over the background to create a kind of snowy scene, spritzing water and Heirloom Gold to marble the colours and blending it all a bit with a baby wipe. And this is what it looks like now:



Not much left of the original background, but hey-ho, that's life and I am a bit happier with it now...

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a creative time yourself. Can't wait for the December tag now! I would also like to thank Tim for all the inspiration he has given me over the last few weeks, and as I said at the start of this post, - I am now hooked!!

34 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully hooked too, loved the background before and after the DPs were added. And the chalkboard panel is superb, such a great idea.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW Astrid, you just do it over and over again and make such awesome things, and I absolutely love this one too. You´re such a talent, and I really wish, I could get a chance to see you work some day.
Have a wonderful week-end now hun and lots of great fun with it.

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely chalkboard tag Astrid...fabulous background and as always wondering colours

ANne

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Your tags are stunning. This one - no exception!

rachel said...

hi astrid - I love this tag!!!! Love the idea of using tims technique but not over the whole tag - yours looks absolutely stunning - a real gem xx

Aquarius said...

Great bit of chalkboard technique and I like it shown against the coloured and embellished background - another winner I reckon!!

sharon said...

This technique is so unique and different, and of course so beautiful! You have done it again Astrid!

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Fandhmum said...

Goodness it's gorgeous!
Rosie x

Redanne said...

Yes, well done on your win Astrid - love the chalkboard element on this tag, it looks so realistic - love it! Hugs, Anne x

Terry said...

Astrid, your take on Tim's tag is very inspiring and I love it not all black!!! The frosted floral embellishments is wonderful! Love this! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Great techniques, your tag looks fabulous Astrid!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Alison xxx

Rita said...

Oh my Goodness, this tag is fantastic Astrid. I love it. Hugs Rita xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Lovely mixed media tag Astrid...great chalkbord on it

Dorthe said...

A beautiful tecnique dear Astrid... well the outcome is beautiful, --love your mini chalkboard not totally decked,-and the tag background gorgeous!!
Hugs,Dorthe

Marianne said...

Stunning tag. Lovely with this chalkboardtechnique!
xxx Marianne

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Astrid! Love the background and that chalkboard finish. Have a lovely weekend! x

May said...

Gorgeous Astrid, Love your finished background although I loved the one before too....Both are fabulous....Brilliant chalkboard finish...I'm glad your hooked so we all can enjoy your creative work....Hugs May x x x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous tag, I am enjoying seeing your take on the tags.
Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous depth of colour to the tag and such a beautiful combination and I like the way you coated the embellishments - stunning.
Wishes
Lynne

craftimamma said...

Another wonderful tag Astrid. Love your chalkboard piece and I like the way the background ended up but I have to say I really liked the first one too. That's what makes the world go round isn't it!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

massofhair said...

Both your backgrounds are amazing. Even though blue is one of my fave colours i prefer your original green background.

Glad you are enjoying joining in with the Challenge:-)

Anonymous said...

Same here! I've looked at all these tags for a year and started playing last month too.
Both month's tags are beautiful, Astrid!

Marisa Job said...

Such a gorgeous tag!! Love it!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Gorgeous tag Astrid, some great techniques in there. I love your original background, and the finished tag is amazing too. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, Judith xx

Annie said...

This is wonderful Astrid. Love the background and the stunning stamp on the chalkboard

Have a lovely Sunday

Best wishes
Annie x

Hedoniska hemmafrun said...

Congratulations! It's an amazing tag, love everything about it! You're just as good as Tim Holtz!

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butterfly said...

Absolutely love your chalkboard panel - gorgeous label shape and choice of image. And great to see that shift in the background. I agree it was lovely, but somehow not behind the chalkboarding - brave but absolutely the right decision to get out the Chipped Sapphire - it now looks fabulous!
Alison xx

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful tag, lovely colours and the chalkboard effect is very clever!
I must do this next year....

Hugs

Jools x

Bärbel said...

Die Tags sind großartig, die schönen farbigen Hintergründe und die Dekorationen harmonieren sehr gut mit den Stempeln.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Breathtaking, love your take on Tim's tag. Mine is still on my to-do-list.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love this tag Astrid!! Your original background was lovely but I must say the remake is fabulous!! Totally awesome piece ... magic!! ox

barbarayaya62 said...

Astrid you background is amazing! love your tag and the colors you've used! And the stamps is one of may fav! BArbarayaya

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