Here is Tim’s final tag link for 2011
Meet Tim, thus named because his creation was inspired by Tim Holtz’s last tag
This Little Bearbie has the honour of being my smallest bear to date standing at just over 3″ or 8cm tall. His fabric is recycled curtain fabric offcuts and hand stamped and from one of my own unique bear patterns. But more about that later.
Here is the tag I created inspired by Mr Holtz’s
I think in some ways I have put off writing this blog post as it is so hard to say goodbye to such an inspiring event.
What it has given me not just in terms of new techniques or inspiration but also in pushing my boundaries and helping me to grow as a crafter is immeasurable.
After a year fraught with broken appliances, a broken leg and other such disasters it has been a joy to allow my creative side a chance to fly freely culminating in my one and only bear this year. This little bear is my smallest to date standing at just a scotch over 3”
Bear: Mini bear or Mini Bear Pattern.
Recycled Curtain Fabric off cut
Staz on Jet Black Ink (I have tried this with other inks and they smudge or fade to much on fabric)
Kaiser Sheet Music Texture clear stamp
4mm Lock nut joint set
3mm glass eyes or in this case as I am out I used some Pearls off a Prima Say it in Pearls flourish (necessity is the mother of invention so they say)
Stuffing (I use pollyflock)
Black Nose thread (either use DMC or some thick ish cotton)
Cotton or fishing line to sew (I use clear fishing line as it is cheaper than the clear sewing thread however it can take a little practice to get used to)
TAG: Manilla Tag (handmade from a manila folder)
Craft Wire Loop
Kaiser Sheet Music Stamp
Pearl Mist (home Made)
Die Namics 5 pointed flower Die
Burgundy Mist (homemade)
Kaiser Black and White Craft Paper
Homemade glimmer glaze (mine used triple thick, water, a drop of pine needles re-inker all mixed together)
Kaiser die cut elements
Tim Holtz clear stamps from both: Urban Grunge and Regal Flourish
Lucky Squirrel Polyshrink in clear
Utee & melting pot in my case a paraffin wax pot I got off eBay pre the Melting Pot being available for overseas use.
Snow Cap Dabber
Moonlight Snow Glitter
Black Soot Distress Ink
Staz on Jet Black Ink
Multi Medium in Mat
Die Namics 5 pointed flower petals cut out of stamped tissue paper (around 6 petals needed)
Let’s start with the Bear.
If you have purchased your own little bear skip this part and move straight onto the tag.
If not you will need to stamp your fabric before cutting out your bear and following the pattern instructions. I tried to line up my pattern pieces so the Music pattern matched up where possible to allow for continuity and a more even looking bear.
Tip: When sewing mini bears I find it easier to leave the opening at the top of the arms and legs rather than the sides. This makes it easier to joint them and ladder stitch them closed.
To attach the jingle bell thread it through your ribbon and glue it at the back of the bears neck or alternately tie a knot. Keep an extra length of matching ribbon so you can attach the bear to your tag but keep it so he is removable as well.
I will create a pattern and do a bear making tutorial soon including step by step pictures and a downloadable free pattern at a later date.
Background. Please follow Tim Holtz’s instructions for stamping the background and such. As I did not have his Tissue Paper I Hand stamped some of my own with Staz on and the Kaiser Music stamp and Proceeded as Normal
Wings: See this Link and Watch the Video on how to do this. I used the Regal Flourish wings with some gold Mixative rubbed over the back of them
- I added some snow cap dabber over the music notes and tissue paper to give it a lighter image
- I used a little homemade glimmer glaze mixed with some moonlight snow glitter and painted over the whole tag
- Cut out your side tag and paint with homemade glimmer glaze in green. Put aside to dry
- Use your Die Cut elements from Kaiser, ink with a little black soot and rub in. I cut the scalloped strip into pieces to better fit the tag then stuck them together ready to place on the tag
- With some extra stamped tissue paper cut into small strips and glue around your wire circle. To do this fold the pieces in half stamping side out and place the wire in the middle of this then with a small amount of glue glue the strips down. Keep going until a bit over half your circle is done. Then do the in-between spots. Cut the bottoms of the tissue paper into points and decide where it will be best with placement of the bear and such. Glue it into tag
- Adhere your Green tag onto the side you want it making sure it is glued over the wire circlet.
- Play with your bear and wing positioning and when you are happy with it. Glue the wings in Place
- Now just below the center of the wings place a small hole in your tag.
- Put the matching ribbon around your bear’s neck and poke it through the hole in your tag and push it through. Either tie it a bow or tape it to the back of the tag
- Make your flower by piercing a small hole for your brad and putting it through your petals. I do this putting each layer in-between the petals of the last one. Scrunch one layer at a time starting with the top one into the centre of the flower. Do this as tight as you can. Set the flower on your craft mat and Spritz with burgundy mist (mine is home made with a little red food colouring, 3 drops of black soot re-inker and a little pearl ex powder for shimmer). Heat with your heat gun allowing some of the petals to singe for an extra grungy aged element and place on your tag. (Note I also did this with the Halo of tissue Paper as well to give it a little contrast)
That is it for 12 tags of Christmas for 2012 hope you have enjoyed my creations. Stay tuned for tips, tutorials and creativity.