4 December 2012

Melting Away

Welcome everyone, and thank you to my newest followers for choosing to join me. It's still such a thrill seeing that number rise slowly but surely, and I'm hoping you get a little inspiration from what you see. First up a quick heads up. Look to the right of your screen and you will see a link to the latest Crafty Individuals Christmas blog candy. It's immense!! so get over there (when you've finished here of course!) and get your name on the list. And now for my latest creation...


Being a big fan of The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin herself) and her wonderful boutique it was a no-brainer for me deciding to join in with her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge which is very generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There's still time to join in by taking inspiration from Linda's tags and creating your own projects as the deadline is 17th December - for all the details go HERE. This offering is my version of Linda's tag No. 11.


So what did I use from Linda's tag... well the background is almost identical, with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Brushed Cordrouy Distress Stain used in a dip, spritz and flick stylee over TH flourish embossing (Sheena's WOW pearl blue powder which looks almost Mother of Pearl) and script stamping. I don't have a holly leaf die, but used a template to draw some onto white and homemade brown glitter cardstock. When cut they were layered over some lace - I tried to make a wreath and failed, twice. Who knows why! The berries are my fav Cosmic Shimmer glue coloured with a Promarker, and I took further inspiration from Linda by adding TH mini fasteners as extra metallic berries.


The focal point is where I strayed from the original. Did you know you don't need a meltpot to create a puddle of molten embossing powder and you can mix your powder colours? If you heat them in a mince pie tin (after washing of course:) you can then pour the resultant liquid onto your craft mat and push your stamp into it. A dust of mica pearl powders helps to emphasise the image once you release the stamp. It ends up looking something like an oversized wax seal, depending on the size of your stamp of course.


To finish it was just a case of adding diecut strips of Basic Grey card, some of the matching lace and a 'bronze' button (again from Linda's tag). For me this was a relatively neutral tag which made a change and worked with the kraft card base.

It feels good to get this far with the challenge - only one more to go - and even more satisfying to see a large pile of individual cards ready to go shortly. Phew, no mad rush for a change. And on that note a quick message to my fellow What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday playmates - unfortunately I'm gonna be MIA tomorrow for personal reasons, but rest assured I will try to visit you guys during the rest of the week as time allows. In the meantime (and for those in the UK, in your best Brucie voices) "keep crafting".
Hugs, Jenny xx

22 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! DEFINITELY have to try this...sometime, lol! Such a fabulous technique! :)

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  2. Another stunner Buttons! I do love the way you do your berries, they are almost pearlised and your embossing looks fabulous. You are not joining in tomorrow and I am (for a change!). You will be missed. Hugs, Anne x

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  3. Terrific tag Buttons and I shall never look at a mince pie tin in the same way again........xx

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  4. Oh my, you knocked me off my feet with that awesome element made from molten EP. That is just so cool - as are your beautiful holly leaves and berries. This is just a sensational piece of work, Buttons. Thanks so much for hanging in for the whole tag challenge - the finish line is in sight!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  5. Wow! This is just amazing! I love your EP piece. Shoot-I love the whole thing! :)

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  6. Love the piece you made with the EP it is stunning as is the whole thing

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

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  7. stunning, love the bottom to that tag and the melted ness is amazing...I love it you are so clever !! trace x

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  8. How fab Jenny. Love the use of the melt pot. Your berries are definitely awesome. I am missing WOYWW too as believe it or not I have another post. My desk/workspace is also a tip.............due to ongoing creativity !!!!!

    HUgs

    Annie x

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  9. Lovely, all that layering in the colours you've chosen!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  10. Fabulous tag Buttons. I love your melted art too. Hugs Rita xx

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  11. Brilliant, just brilliant! I love the the image you used as well...fabulous out of the box thinking!

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  12. I love your tag! I tried a similar technique for melting my embossing powders and made a sign, I didn't think about mixing my powders together first, I will try that too. I love the image on yours.
    Hugs Kelly

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  13. Loving the colour scheme of this tag - great christmassy look and finished wonderfully with the embossed sentiment!

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  14. WOW! Amazing work Buttons, but then your crafts always are on the 'AMAZING' Level!!! I have tried many times to get that kind of embossing effect and failed miserably...and now I know how to do it! I will be attempting that (albeit a tad nervously - are you sure the craft mat will be up to that kind of punishment?!) I am always convinced it will get damaged at some point as it never looks able to withstand all it promises to - Thanks so much for sharing a great tip! xxxxxxxx

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  15. Wow, I'm missing words, that's a wonderful piece of art.

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  16. Wow Jenny, this is amazing! Love your melted EP piece! It's stunning! Your whole tag is beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

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  17. Amazing... you've been having fun, I can tell - that melted tree is just fantastic, and I love your glossy red berries - wow!!
    Alison xx

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  18. I love it! How rich an impression you made.... wowza!! And those berries are the sweetest. They remind me of where I grew up... we had those all around. xx

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  19. Such a wonderful interpretation Buttons, so rich in colour and your utee embellishment is stunning.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  20. Lovely piece, the UTEE tree is gorgeous, adds so much texture and dimension. Lovely. Tracy x

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  21. A lovely tactile tag Jenny. I love the idea of heating up the embossing powder in a foil tray - your stamped piece is a perfect centre piece which I love. My attention was also caught by that little shaped lower edge - wonderful!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Juliaxxx

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  22. Wow, stunning tag Jenny and I love your main embellishment. Well done for keeping up with the tags. Er.....I never even got started but I have enjoyed seeing them around blog land.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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