Monday, October 17, 2016

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #4

Hello friends and visitors.  This week it's week #4 for the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  Again this week, I'm having fun with foil.  I know foiling has been around the paper crafting world for a couple of years now, but I never used it much.  All of a sudden, I can't get enough of it - LOL.  Especially gold for the holidays although I'm thinking I will give silver a run too.  

For this tag, I started, as I always do, with a jumbo manila tag that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I cut out the corner element using the new Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas Thinlits die and then gave it two coats of white gesso.   I used a coarse paintbrush to apply it because I like the vertical brush strokes to show.  Then, using a small piece of white CS, I applied the Christmas red deco sheet to it so it would show through the die cut pattern.  When I did the die cut, I saved the tiny holly leaves, colored them green and then applied green Stickles.  When dry, it was like putting a jig saw puzzle together - I had to figure out which holly leaves went where.  The new Christmas Tidings Design Tape was used to create a pretty top for the tag.  

BTW, I always cut a similar sized piece of chipboard and glue my tag to the chipboard.  It keeps it stiff,  not allowing it to curl as one-layer paper craft projects are likely to do.  I also add a chipboard easel to the back so it will be self-standing.  I use the old Tim Holtz Small Easel die to cut the easel.  

Next, using the Poinsettia Mini Layering Stencil (from Set 19), I stenciled on the poinsettias.  I used Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium ink for the stenciling, after covering up all the holly on the stencil with removable tape.  That's a fiddly job but I didn't want the holly leaves stenciled in red.  The Red Geranium was too red to match the deco sheet so I toned it down a bit by stenciling over it with Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can gray.  

Then I went for the foil.  This time to adhere it, I used a glue stick, just running it lightly down the edges and then applying the foil.  I love the spotty coverage that gives.  Looking at my tag at that point, I felt I had too much white space above the large poinsettia so I dug out my old Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and added a foil flourish using Sticky Embossing Powder to adhere the foil.

Now it was time to create my crinoline poinsettias.  I used two dies, the Mini Poinsettia Movers and Shapers and the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die for the smaller top ones and the two smallest poinsettia die cuts from the Bigz die for the bottom one.  They were colored with Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio distress stains, crunched up in a ball and dried with my heat tool.  After adhering the layers together, I used a good sized dot of Multi Medium Matte in the center of each one and while wet, poured gold micro beads on them

Finally, I created the sentiment stamping it on white CS with Jet Black archival using the Labels Thinlits die set.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Mini Holidays 5 set (one of my favorite Christmas sentiment stamps).  I sponged on Barn Door distress ink and then edged it with Vintage Photo, doing a little spritz and flick for the background.  I went around the edges with the mini glue stick and applied gold foil.

That's it for Tag #4.  I hope you can find something here to inspire you to make a holiday project.  If you do, you are invited to play along in this challenge.  All the rules can be found in the Week #1 post about the challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone who has stopped by and especially to those who have left comments and the wonderful friends who have already entered the challenge.  It's so exciting to me to see the entries coming in!


The items below were used to make this tag.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below list.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #3

Week #3 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style is here!  Welcome back friends and visitors.    Thanks so much for stopping by for my weekly dose of inspiration.  I hope you will consider joining the challenge.  There is still plenty of time before the deadline of December 19th.  You can get all the details and requirements of this challenge in the Week #1 post here.  

This week I returned to the black and gold palette that I used in Tag #1, ratcheting up the intensity of both the black and the gold this week.  I began this piece with one of the jumbo manila tags that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and painted it black with Black Soot distress paint.  Luckily, I still had a black distress paint with a dabber top.  I like the new flip tops for some applications, but when I want to alter the entire surface of a piece, the dabber tops are the way to go.  Two coats of distress paint were required to make it solidly black.  Once dry, I used Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing Paste over the new Tim Holtz Concerto stencil and bam!,  my base was finished.  Because the stencil was not as wide as the tag, I had to let the first application of embossing paste dry thoroughly and then moved the stencil and finished covering the tag.  There was a little rift where the two stenciling joined which I covered with the cream and gold rick rack.  The stencil didn't reach all the way to the top of the tag so I filled in that part in with some of the Design Tape, Tidings, from the new Christmas Idea-ology collection.  

Next two white doves were cut from the Enchanted Doves Bigz die.  I cut two more doves from chipboard and layered them together because I wanted them to have a lot of dimension.  The Holiday Script Mini Stencil (set #20) was used to stencil the doves.  I applied Embossing Ink through the stencil, gold embossed it and edged it a bit with Vintage Photo distress ink.  The olive branch was colored with Evergreen Bough distress ink and edged heavily with Vintage Photo.  I lightly dabbed embossing ink on it and applied Sticky Embossing Powder.  While it was still hot, I lightly rubbed on a sheet of gold foil from Ranger's Vintage Shiny Foil Transfer Sheets.  I love how it didn't solidly foil it.  It's sort of rough and patchy and I tried to do it that way when I applied the same process to the black snowflakes.  Sometimes you have to flick off more of the sticky EP before heating on.  

The snowflakes were cut with the new Paper Snowflakes Mini Thinlits.  The white ones were embossed with an ancient Judi-kins glittery Egyptian Gold EP and the black ones had the Vintage shiny foil transfer heat applied.  I topped them off with a new little embellishment from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - the Drusy Resin Dome Seals Cabochon Round Gold 8mm.  They make great centers for things like snowflakes and handmade flowers.  

The little dove charm is one that we purchased at the boutique to give away in our thank you gifts this month.  The gift contained a large and small white card stock die cut doves, white CS olive branch, a vintage dove Christmas card, the silver dove charm and a piece of green burlap string.  I changed the silver dove to gold tone using Gold Alcohol Ink Fixative (shook it well and dripped it on, then made sure it was completely covered using a paint brush).  

One of the black and gold labels from the new Metallic Stickers Labels was applied and then the Be Joyful sticker from the Metallic Stickers Holiday Talk was applied over it to give a sentiment to this piece.  

And that's a wrap for this week's tag.  I hope you are able to find some inspiration and even better, that you will want to play along.  Thanks again for stopping by.  

All the products used are listed below with the thumbnails (click on the thumbnail to be taken to that product in my shop).  We are having a Columbus Day sale through midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 11th.  Use Columbus as your coupon code and it will give you an extra 10% off on everything except Clearance, New Arrivals and Friday Focus (because Prima products are already an extra 15% off this week).

The products below were used to make this tag.  They can all be purchased at 20% below MSRP at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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