Hi everyone and welcome. Today sees the launch of the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Our host Nikki has chosen to ask us to share celebratory projects. "You can make something to celebrate Christmas if you wish but lets not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Years. It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than Christmas, it's up to you." Of course given that this is a Tim Holtz focussed challenge we need to see/know what Tim has inspired in your project. And remember, as this challenge is generously sponsored by Country View Crafts there's a gift voucher for the overall winner. Three 'Pinworthies' will also be featured on our dedicated Pinterest board.
Never one to swerve a challenge in the midst of all the build up to Christmas, I've created a card to celebrate a family birthday. Can you spot the theme? And I think the Tim Holtz influence stands out on this one too.
Those linguists amongst you will already have spotted the wording. My French speaking son rather enjoyed getting something a little different this year! And of course the colour scheme for this was heavily influenced by the French Tricolore.
The main basis of this design was a square of paper from the Tim Holtz French Industrial - the one with the 3" square panels. Taking the lead from my March Tim Holtz Tag I emphasised the squares with some simple hand sewing, adding ink to create extra faux dimension. Using the reverse of the same paper for stamping the little elements on (before fussy cutting/edge blending) ensured they blended perfectly.
Didn't you just love the debossing on Tim's May Tag? As a way of replicating the look in reverse I used the Lowercase Block Talk lettering and added some shadows with a Frayed Burlap Distress Pen. And of course there's those magnificent splatters (do this in a well covered area or you WILL get ink EVERYWHERE!!!) Tim's July 2012 Tag used alcohol inks to achieve a similar look and that was in the back of my mind as this came together.
I hope you will join in with the 'Let's Celebrate' challenge over at A Vintage Journey and urge you to take a look at the amazing makes from my fellow Creative Guides for lots more inspiration.
I'm back again tomorrow with the regular Saturday IndigoBlu post.
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx