Hi everyone. Phew, just finished watching the Strictly semi final and some amazing dancing. It feels like a lifetime away since I tripped my way around the dance floor as a teenager. Happy memories. Enough with the reminiscing and down to business. As the big day grows ever nearer I've been pressing on with creating cards inspired by Linda Coughlin's 'The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas', sponsored by the awesome online store that is The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Today I've gone out of turn again and present a card based on Tag 9.
At first glance it doesn't look like the original, but the whole point of Linda's tags is that you can take elements from them rather than just copy them.
I loved the silver glittered embellishments so echoed this in the stars (initially stencilled using translucent paste then covered with Distress Glitters). A further glittery piece, the tree, was die cut from some of my Mum in Law's wrapping paper from last year. As it is quite thin several layers were stuck together to make a more substantial shape.
The background looks different from every angle. I began by recreating Tammy Tutterow's 'Weathered Stain Background' using Picket Fence, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Tarnished Brass. Then to give that silvery glow seen on Linda's tag I smooched it in Brushed Pewter.
Stencilling over all of this and then using an embossing folder added even more texture. I used a silver liner pen and a Distress Marker to draw along some of the embossed score. Adding vertical and horizontal lines always adds more structure to a design I think.
Having Linda's design to refer back to has really helped me get over some of those mid-completion blocks, you know the ones where you can't quite see design fully formed in your head and might otherwise put it aside until inspiration hits again. I already had some chipboard trees dipped in Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains, and noticing the music score on the original gave me the idea to stamp over the top of them. To finish I layering everything together, including strips of left over plaid paper and those die cut numbers mentioned in yesterday's post.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on the previous cards. I hope you like this one as much.
For now take care of yourselves and... keep dancing!! Jenny xxx