Sew Faith

Done!  I finally got to complete the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 - May challenge, which features a vintage sewing theme.  Other than the regular distressing techniques, Tim encouraged his readers to use tissue as a stamp collage base and to make a melted embossing powder bath to dip paper flowers.  As usual, I tried everything, but gave it my own twist.

©Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
I kept the same theme, and although I used different stamps, I used the same background technique.  After that, I took off on my own.  I love Tim's hanger clips, so I decided to use one as a prop for a paper dress.  As inspiration, I looked at various turn of the 20th century dresses to design it.  I made it using a couple of sheets from a K&Company Classic K pad and lace for trimming.  (It reminded me of when I used to help my girls make dresses for their paper dolls.  LOL!)  I trimmed the bottom of my tag with vintage rick-rack, and used a vintage card of hooks, eyes & loops to make an embellishment.  I inherited the latter, as well as the vintage pearl button in the flower, from my wife's grandmother.  I stained my paper flower as per Tim's directions.  However, I dipped my paper flower in beeswax iinstead of embossing powder.  It worked beautifully!  I attached the flower with wire to the card, by threading the wire through a couple of the holes in the card.  Then, I stained a Tim Holtz grunge letter "S" with some of his blue alcohol ink and covered it in green stickles.  When it was dry, I distressed it with an ink pad.  I also used an Art-C letter "e" and a vintage "w" rub on letter to complete the word "sew."  To complete my phrase, I typed the word "faith" with a courier font, printed it, cut it, and distressed it.  As a finishing touch, I distressed a strip of ribbon to attach to the top of my tag.  I threaded a miniature spool of thread to it and tied a knot to keep it in place.

As usual, I had a blast making this tag for Tim's challenge.  What's best, I followed his advice in a recent interview for Cloth, Paper Scissors, "Your personal style is simply that—your style, so be sure to stay true to what you like."  I can't wait to go see what other artists created.  Please feel free to follow me and leave a comment.  Blessings!


...beautiful take on Tim's Tag...loVe the Victorian/Edwardian dress & a vintage pearl button from your wife's Grandmother is a really nice touch...Mel :)
Your blog has a loVely vibe with inspiring postings you'll be a joy to follow...thankyou for taking the time to drop by me Arnoldo & leave a comment :)
Hetty said…
Your tag is very colorful. I likr the layers. Thanks for you comment on my Ceaft Chaos blog.
Borqna said…
Great tags! Congratulations! Hard work and excellent results!
It appears your enjoyment of art projects. Your satisfaction.
From all my heart I wish you much success and inspiration!
Unknown said…
Hi Arnold I am following your link to find you after you left me a lovely comment about my May tag - thank you.

I can see you too are enjoying discovering where the initial inspiration from Tim leads you. Your version of his tag is fab and I love your use of colour. The spool is a cute addition too (I'm not sure I can use that descriptive to a guy!) :-)

Kind Regards
I love your take on this months tag! The design of the dress is fabulous and I like all the vintage trinkets you added to your composition.
Winnie said…
Awesome tag! I love love love your design of the dress..Those ruffles and the shape are fabulous. Great background and just so stylish. I had such a blast doing it. I am enjoying this one a month thing. I can take my time and get it done sometime during the month instead of stressing during the holiday. Thanks for sharing your creation.
Adri Munhoz said…
Just fantastic! Love them. Hugs
Dorrie said…
Thanks for poping over to see my tag. Like your style too. Have a great weekend.
Wow, love your take on the Tim Holtz tag!! Truly a work of art! ~ Blessings
Patrice said…
These tags are simply gorgeous...I missed you at 52 Car Pickup last week, and I hope you'll join me this week!
Electra said…
I LOVE this tag! Your paper dress is wonderful and I like the beeswax flower. Thanks for your kind comments on our Opus Gleui blog, I hope you take part in the current challenge!
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u Alojka said…
Thanks for your comments, your mannequins are also beautiful