Tim Holtz, the Creative Director for Ranger Industries, is challenging his blog readers to participate in the "12 tags of 2012" and create a new tag every month using some of the techniques he introduces. His first challenge in this series was in February, so of course I made a "Love Tag." This month he introduced a paper mosaic technique in his 12 tags of 2012 - March post. It can be a little time consuming, but it's easy to do and the results are spectacular. Since the theme was Spring, I designed a cross and surrounded it with flowers.
I live in a remote area, so I don't have easy access to all the materials he used. Therefore, I was a little creative and substituted materials as needed. I used a cross looking flower I had from a set of BasicGrey self-adhesive chipboard shapes. Since I didn't have grey embossing powder, I mixed some black and white embossing powders. It didn't work, so I ended up with a stained glass look instead of the mosaic look. However, I liked it! I used glossy accents on the papered areas as per his instructions. As a finishing touch to my cross, I added a rhinestone piece to the center. I used an Inkadinkado vintage photograph stamp for my tag's background, stained it, scraped the edges, and used an ink pad to edge it. Next, I attached an MT tape tag to the bottom, and wrote the word "Courage" with a Micron pen. Then, I arranged and sewed three fabric flowers using vintage brass beads for the centers. I attached my cross over the flowers with foam pads for additional dimension. Finally, I stained a piece of ribbon, tied it to the top, and added a brass safety pin as an embellishment.
|Tim Holtz's March Inspiration Tag
As always, I love the different designs that evolve in creative challenges, so I can't wait to see the other entries. I also love to give and receive feedback, so please leave a comment letting me know what you think. Blessings!