Hi everyone and welcome. With the start of a new year Tim Holtz signalled a change in direction for his annual Tim Holtz 12 Tags challenge. Revisiting and remixing techniques from previous years is essential for those people out there who are new to his products, and are a fabulous aide-memoire to those of us who have seen so many we are in danger of forgetting them! Tim's January 2016 Tag remixes two - Chalkboard and Industrious - and is perfect for any male themed project.
In need of a male birthday card I used his ideas as a jumping off point to create this...
(click each image for a closer look)
Let's start with that base layer; I have a quick tip for you when using repeat pattern embossing folder. Sometimes the folder won't quite reach the edge of your project if you are working on anything bigger than a large tag or A5 card. If it's possible to turn your card 180 degrees and pass it through your embossing machine then great.
If not, lay your card into the embossing folder (so the existing embossed pattern matches up and overlaps with the un-embossed area). Take your Remnant Rub Tool and, using the ball end, gentle push into the folder to manually emboss the missing parts. Hey presto, no-one will see the join!
I swapped Black Soot for Ground Espresso in my Industrious sections (I urge you to try this variation!) For the main Chalkboard area you'll spot my eternal favourite, Ledger Script, working in combo with the Books, Parcel, and Cakes Mini Blueprints from various sets. Those focal images were stamped with Range Glacier White Pigment Ink for clarity (I tried the Chalkboard version but they blended into the background too much in this instance) and the Industrious Sticker borders and frame helped to emphasise them further.
To finish I used a Small Talk sentiment strip covered with Glossy Accents, a touch of machine stitching, some Passport Design Tape in the corners, die cut mini stars and my favourite Pewter Liquid Pearls as faux rivets.
That's the first one of the year done - can't wait to see what Tim will be mixing up for us next! If you haven't joined in yet there's still time.
I've lots more to share with you so please keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts.
In the meantime have a great end to your weekend and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx