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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.

12 Tags of 2012 August!

Wow how time is flying in the midst of being surrounded by black, spiderwebs, swings and dusty concord watercoloured cardstock I saw this months amazing tag.

My mind started to tick into overdrive and so amidst the Dusk/Halloween themed baby shower invites this months Coaster was born.

I don’t have a lot of the stuff Tim used, but did get the Royal Roses Dynamics Die this week and some time ago get one of the Texture fades sets with a frame add into this an Inkadinkado Frames stamp set, a little imagination by using a cameo ( a few years ago packs of cameos were going cheap at spotlight I snagged quite a few pre the cameo craze).

No tattered florals here either so I kept this very simple. Used black embossing powder on the frame, embossed around it and followed the other instructions even used Kraft Core for my flowers.

Add in some inked Girls Papierie word Stickers that I inked so they fit the theme and viola this months coaster is finished (I am so excited as I can see the project I have in mind totally comming together can not wait to have 12 of these)

anyway enough rambling here is my Coaster (remember less room on a 4″x4″ coaster)


March Madness

Well Mr Holtz did it again. Another month another fantastic technique.

This month it is paper mosaic. Using the Distress Embossing powder and the heat resistant red tape stuff. As you can guess neither of which are in my stash (I know shock horror right?)

Now unfortunately I did not add enough garnet sand to my modelling paste so you don’t actually see the grittiness I added. I also used a little fired brick re inker. It has been a learning curve and whilst I am happy with the results. The fact the colour bled into the Glossy Accents is definitely a mistake. I chose the quote from one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets as it truly felt very apt.

I went through my 6×6 paper pads to find small patterns and such to work with the technique. I actually made 3 butterflies (the Cuttlebug cut and emboss butterfly is what I used as it is the only one I have other than the 2 step one at present) out of grunge paper of course.

If you are going to use modelling paste for this I have some tips. Do not add your paper mosaic to the wet modelling paste as the colour will leech through. If you have Multi Medium in matt my suggestion is to let it dry overnight then put on a layer of that let it dry then add all your “mosaic “pieces. That should take care of the colour bleeding into the Glossy accent.

I added my mosaic pieces to the wet modelling paste and left the butterflies to dry overnight. Then I did a very thin coat of glossy accents over the paper pieces before coating the whole butterfly and letting them dry. Added some Bella Bling and used a black permanent marker to go around the edges and have them pop off the background more. Also some foam tape to attach them.

The background was something sort of new; I have been playing with this technique with alcohol inks on glossy cardstock. I used the Berry and Fired Brick distress inks and the blending tool. I put the berry at the bottom (totally coat your piece of glossy or in my case semi gloss in the ink), dried it with my heat gun and then did a layer of Fired Brick, and dried it.

Now for the fun part grab your blending solution (this is best with a not so full bottle) and let it drop down onto the ink in different spots. I did this by using two drops in one spot.

I then blotted off the excess ink and repeated this process about 3 times to get the desired effect I wanted. The build up actually allows some of the black and other shades of colour in the ink to show through.

I really need to get more background stamps as I just do not have any texture type ones at present. However what I love most about 12 tags is the fact that I often have to improvise and make use of what I do have.

The quote stamp was simply stamped on using Black Soot Distress ink and the Ranger superfine embossing powder.

Have to say in spite of the mistakes in this one (and I was tempted to re do the butterflies) I am really pleased with how this coaster turned out it is a reminder that even our mistakes can be turned into Art something I know to be true without a doubt.

So here it is My Coaster for March


Hearts and Flowers

So here it is Mr Holtz has presented us with a brand new challenge. Instead of the 12 tags of Christmas (Which in a way I kinda hope he will still do in addition to the monthly tags yes I know I am greedy) we now have the 12 tags of the Year. This begins with the season of Love.

Now I thought about this for a while, a friend said she was going to do a mini album so that nixed that idea, lots of people do cards again nixed that Idea. So I have decided to do Coasters. Now I do have a plan for these but want to leave it a bit before I share what I will be doing with said coasters. After all with 3d elements they will definitely not be for drinks!

For this coaster I used Tim’s Love Stamp, his script one. Stamped onto tissue paper and layered ( I used the Paint Dabbers in Raspberry and pale pink for this and also used them directly onto the stamps). Them over the coaster that I first painted in snow cap.

Once I had done this I used a Cuttlebug Die of Nested Hearts to cut out some cs for the centre heart.

The centre heart is not an even heart. I glued them together onto a chipboard base also cut from the Die. It took a bit of practice to know which way to fold the hearts but once I got it, it was small side to small side and larger side to larger side. Glued them together to make a concertina effect.

Misted with Smooch Spritz Cherry, hand painted each section with Multi Medium, before sprinkling with Red Laser glitter from Stuff by David.

The Flower is made with hand dyed Tattered Inspirations Seam Binding.  This I stitched the bottom of and gathered it to form the flower, then ran the stitches through the bottom. Lastly adding a small Kaiser Rhinestone to the centre.

Winsor & Newton watercolours form the stem and leaves. These were then painted over with Renoir Iridescence Medium, and then traced around with a felt tip pen.

The small hearts are actually foil confetti that I had in my stash. I was not happy with how they looked so I used some more Multi Medium to coat them in the Red glitter then added a little glossy accent

Gold Leaf completes the edges and that is it Viola a Hearts and Flowers Coaster. So here it is: