May 22, 2011

Tags in Distress

Love Tim Holtz "in theory" but the altered/distressed style is just not one I have embraced at all although I love "painting" Magnolia stamps and others with his distress inks. That being said, and because Daphne at Family Memories is a great (and patient) teacher who had some gorgeous samples in their window, my buddy Katherine and I decided to become damsels in distress and test those waters one more time! And we loved these! The distress stain on the "bird" tag is a bit dark for the sentiment to show up (a bit of a learning curve on this stain and ink blending) and the verdict's still out on using those stains in any dark colors. The three flowers, green using the new rosette die and "mist and twirl" orange/red flowers sisters using his Tattered Flowers die, lots of ink blending, water and Pearls mist will be showin' up on some scrapbook pages. I still haven't gotten used to the idea of tags for tags' sake but the dressmaker and Memories tags lend themselves to smaller versions for cardmaking especially using the smaller "My Minds Eye" stamps that are so similar to Tim's and with less "dimensional" flowers. A fun, creative girlfriend afternoon, Mickie D's sweet suthern tea and inspiration = a winning Saturday combination.