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A year of Coasters revealed

This year challenging myself to do 12 coasters instead of tags has been yes a challenge. Coasters are much smaller than the tags that are usually used. They are just 4″ squares.

It is with a fondness and some sadness though that I say goodbye to the 12 tags of 2012 and reveal the piece of wall art I created with my coasters.

I know that this year will see even more creativity and I already have my idea ready and waiting for the first tag of 2013 (where would we be without Mr Holtz’s monthly inspiration).

Yes I added a little to some of the tags, an image here, a little glitter there, nothing major bar the complete reboot of my Febuary (oops almost typed fabuary) coaster on which I did keep two of my original elements just gave them a better backdrop as it were.

So here it is the very Last installment of my 12 coasters of 2012 the finished Canvas (painted in antique linen crackle paint, with letters cut out of sizzix love letters strip alphabet die, stamped with coffe bean ink on hero arts Kraft cs and all stuck on with matt multi medium) It truly has been a year of creativity and I for one am very glad that with the exception of April I managed to get all my coasters uploaded and shared on time.

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What do you think?

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12 Coasters January

I am so excited the year long journey is nearly at an end and my project using all 12 of my coasters is almost complete. Can not wait to share it all with you

in the meantime here is my January coaster.

I used two of my Christmas Presents (salty ocean distress stain and one of the sets of Tim Holtz stamps I got)

I also used Squeezed lemonade, festive berries and ripe persimmon distress stains for my sunset and stamping the radiant sun lines.

I will be doing up a tutorial for how to create the ocean using the distress stain, multi medium, triple thick and tissue paper its such a simple and effective way to create realistic water.

Add in a couple of fussy cut butterflies from the stamps I got for my birthday, a little tissue tape and some seasonal chit chat stickers covered in Warm Honey distress stain and of course a wee bit of bling and a little perfect pearls in gold and pearl (also from my Chrissy pressies)

and here it is the Last Coaster of 2012, I already have an idea of what I may do for 2013 but that is a post for a later day 😉

So here it is the final coaster for 2012:(bear in mind I am in the land down under and it is summer here)

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12 Coasters December

Wow this year has flown by. Just one more coaster for me to catch up on and I will be done. Though you will have to wait a bit for the big reveal I am really excited at how it is all coming together.

I have been having some issues with my cb. So have to say I was super happy to find some pre cut mirror stickers which I used on this tag at a local cheapie shop, add in festive Berries and Evergreen Bough distress inks, some rock candy stickles, tissue tape, trim roses, Smooch spritz in golden glow, an angel die cut, some silver tinsel trim, and a festive chit chat sticker and viola you have my December coaster

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Febuary Coaster Do Over

Firstly for anyone waiting for the box-a-lope draw so sorry still trying to figure out how to capture the random.org number box so I can show who won. Will get back to figuring that out soon.

I was never quite happy with my original Feb coaster. It just did not gel well with the others and seemed at bit for lack of a better word childish.

It has taken me all year to figure out how I wanted it to look. I took two of my original elements The flower and the heart. Did a paint background with my paint dabbers in various pinks. Inked a tag with Picked Raspberry Distress stain and then went over it with white paint dabber to give a pretty effect. Used some chit chat stickers and Trim (inked in festive berries), and added a little brushed pewter stickles on the trim. I love how understated this is and that it totally fits better with my other coasters.

 

So here is the New Febuary Coaster

 
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and here is the original version just in case you missed it:

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I think you will agree the new take is a bit less busy and a little more elegant.

Happy crafting
 

12 Coasters November

Can you believe how fast this year has flown by? I know it is hard to believe that it was just nearly a year ago that I started this craft blog for the 12 tags of Christmas 2011 .

Then in Feb Mr Holtz delighted and surprised us all by announcing that he would be doing a tag a month and we could all play along to. What a wonderful journey it has been to learn new techniques, revisit old fav’s and to just stretch our creativity every month.

Next month is extra exciting because I will be able to reveal what all these coasters are going to become and I have to say I am rather excited by seeing all this years work come together.

This months tag 
features the lovely colours of Autumn and whilst I love that colour palette it is spring in Australia that and my distress stain range is limited to just half a dozen at present (stormy sky, chipped sapphire, broken china, dusty concord, worn lipstick, warm honey and frayed burlap) which lend itself to a far more spring version of the technique used.

I got a craft iron earlier in the year because of several techniques I was dying to be able to do and this was one of them.

This technique (Bear in mind my coasters are just 4″ square so no where near as much room as the tags used) also gave me a chance to use my new Boundless Flight stamps that were a birthday present from my Sister and nieces. I added in a stamping up stamp from a set I purchased some years ago and used snow cap distress stain as well as home made pearl mist, ranger embossing powder and versafine black onyx ink and here is this months Tag.

I did add in just one other technique learned from the amazing Jennifer Maguire in Stretch your stamps and it is a water droplet embossing one that I used to add a few more white spots to my coaster.
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October Coaster (my take on 12 tags of 2012)

Yes I know I am usually an eager beaver and have my Coaster done long before now. However this month has been busy filled with place cards and art workshops and birthdays so it is only the last couple of days I have been able to sit down and work on my Coaster for October. See the Alcohol ink/rock candy glitter technique here.

I also needed to wait for one of my birthday parcels to arrive as I knew it contained the rock candy glitter (btw if you have diamond dust this technique works great with that as well I tested it out for cupcake sprinkles for something new I am working on for my etsy store)

Anyway I noticed that when you dropped the raisin? alcohol ink into the glitter it looked a bit like blood splattered onto snow so I did the same thing over some modelling paste that I textured by bouncing my finger over the top of it.

Used an orange, red and yellow paint dabber to create my sky, cut out some bats with a cuttlebug die and covered them with glossy accents and Rock candy dry glitter coloured with pitch black alcohol ink. Dropped a drop of alcohol ink onto my dry modeling paste and let it spread. To get the smaller splatters I took a thin paintbrush and dropped alcohol ink straight into the brush then tapped it a few times till I was happy with the result (to clean the brush dip it in some blending soloution and paint out the alcohol ink repeat until your brush is clean), Created my own coffin shape out of glossy card stock and again pulled out the alcohol inks to create what I hope is a faux stone/marble type finish. I also alcohol ink the plastic skeleton arm (taken from a cheap set of skeletons from spotlight already faux aged but I really like the way the alcohol ink kicks that up a few notches).  And that is all the elements of my coaster. Took a while to pull it all together but I am so happy with how it turned out.

Here it is. What do you think?

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12 Tags of 2012 September

So my first challenge was that I do not own the foil sheets, I did however some time ago find foil tape on ebay super cheap and have a roll of that. Yes its skinnier and took longer to cover the coaster, it also seems to scratch up easier.

Or perhaps that was my use of a green scourer rather than steel wool ( which I do not have any of at present).

It is quite funny actually I had such a different idea for my coaster originally. However I could not find my victorian Lady stamp and as I was looking I found the free stamp it stamp I was given at Artful Flight. Funny how that happens. I pulled out some white corrugated cardboard (purchased yesterday from a local cheapie shop), my little container of watch parts and just played.

I truly did not have a set idea in mind once I realised I could not find the stamp I wanted. So I really did just get inky and play.

The only thing I did differently with my background is after I scrubbed off some of the alcohol ink I also added a layer of Black Paint dabber then scratched it off using a paddle pop stick.

So enough rambling I am so excited to share my coaster with you all (the butterflies are mulberry paper ones I alcohol inked and then spritzed with a homemade pearl mist)

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The quote is very Apt “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art” Leonardo Da Vinci

Here is Tim’s Tag for this month, and I have to be honest it both excited and scared me. Though I had a lot of fun doing my coaster this month. (click image to be taken to the post and how to’s). (Moved so I can pin my coaster to pintrest)