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:

  1. 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

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  2. 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.

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

    ANne

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  4. Your tags are stunning. This one - no exception!

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  5. 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

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

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

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  9. Goodness it's gorgeous!
    Rosie x

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

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  11. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  16. Stunning tag. Lovely with this chalkboardtechnique!
    xxx Marianne

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

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  18. 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

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

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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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:-)

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  23. 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!

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  24. Such a gorgeous tag!! Love it!

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  25. 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

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

    Have a lovely Sunday

    Best wishes
    Annie x

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

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  29. 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

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

    Hugs

    Jools x

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

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

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

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  34. 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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