Hi everyone and welcome. My goodness hasn't September flown by! It must have something to do with keeping busy. My first workshop at IndigoBlu HQ last Saturday was great fun and I'm pleased to report the incredibly lovely ladies who participated went away worn out, full of new techniques to add to their repertoires and with smiles on their faces. Hopefully they all felt inspired and I want to say a huge thank you to them for being so enthusiastic and supportive. If you couldn't make it this time I'm pleased to report I'll be running a Christmas card class at the end of November - more details to follow...
So as we are almost at the end of the month it's time to share my September 2014 Tim Tag. To be honest I'd been putting this one off as so many people had reported difficulties with the new technique Tim shared. In the end I just went for it and ended up rather pleased with the results (I'll let you be the judge of how successful they were!)
The key to this for me was picking the right colour and stencil. I opted for Sandal Alcohol Ink and the Woodgrain Layering Stencil. It was so exciting to see the pattern reveal as the card was dragged through the ink. The edges did get darker than the rest as the ink slid to the sides, but rather than chop them off I took Tim's idea from last month and added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder to create that rusty feel.
Of course now it was all looking distinctly autumnal and my favourite leaf stamps from the Daydream set seemed ideal. But what to add to them? Tim had used a decorative strip die so I had a bash at cutting some leaves from the Autumn Gatherings version, but they just looked too small and out of balance. Back to the drawing board...
Having inked up some more glossy card with various autumnal hues (each with a touch of Gold Mixative) I stamped and fussy cut more of those Daydream leaves, saving the die cutting for various branches and some acorns. I do love those acorns with Distress Embossing Powder cups and Glossy Accents nuts.
Getting the card finished was straightforward from this point; inked linen ribbon added a great horizon line and stitching a perfect border. Then the rub ons provided words to live by - my better half and I were recently shocked by some news which focussed thoughts on our own mortality. Who knows what life has in store for any of us - carpe diem!
Thanks for joining me today - I'll be back on Wednesday with my Frilly and Funkie offering for the current challenge.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx