Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter - Ice Flake Etcetera Tag

The Ice Flake Bigz die from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations is pretty amazing. The detailed points on a steel rule die are WOW! I really wanted it to stand out, so I used a small Etcetera Tag as a backdrop.
There are several steps to this background, but they aren't difficult
  1. Paint the tag white.
  2. Cut all the branches out on the Branch die with white Distress Woodgrain Cardstock.
  3. Adhere the white Branches to the painted white tag with collage medium. I put them all coming in from the sides pointing toward the center.
  4. Liberally smear some Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste around all the edges and in places in the center of the tag as well. Let dry and crack.
  5. Cover the entire tag, branches and crackle paste with a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium. Let dry.
  6. Paint the entire tag with a layer of Weathered Wood Distress Paint and lightly wipe away from some areas so the white underneath shows through.
  7. Once it is dry, add another layer of Collage Medium.
  8. Sand the edges so that the base of the tag shows through in places along the very edge.
  9. Scribble a little Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Crayon on the edges and rub it in to distress the tag.
Now for the Ice Flake. This is a technique I used for a card for Creativation 2018. So I'm linking the tutorial here if you want to know the details for achieving this Antiqued Distress Mirror look.
The basic idea is to cut an Ice Flake out of a piece of black cardstock and a Ideaology Mirrored Sheet. You will want to wear away some of the mirror from the back of the Mirrored Sheet, so this is where you really want to check out the tutorial linked above. It's a little messy but one of my most favorite techniques.
You want to attach your Antique Mirror Ice Flake to the black chipboard one and then adhere it to the center of the tag, leaving room for a word at the bottom.
Here you can see the antique mirror, the icy looking wintry background and the raised letters.
The word I chose was winter and I cut it from the Bigz XL Alphabet called Wonderland. It's a very stylized alpha but detpending on the project it can take on many different feelings. It can be wintry, like this one, or Haunted Mansiony, or Feliz Navidady, hahahaha ok, so much for making up adjectives. All I did here was cut the letters out of black chipboard and out of a bluish paper and then adhered the paper to the chipboard and then to the tag.

And there you have it. One of my favorite new decor pieces of the season.


scrappergirl56 said...

I can see why this piece is your favorite. That Ice Flake die is amazing...oh no, another project I must add to my long list...LOL...But seriously, this is a must it!

Kathy said...

OMG! When I think I have seen all your amazing techniques, you come up with more! This is so cool (lol literally) and I really need to watch the video to try this. You keep amazing me with these beautiful cards & tags. I have a stash of these etc tags by Tim that I need to use. This will definitely be on my “to try” list! Thanks and Merry Christmas to all!

scrappergirl56 said...

Oh Tami, I received my package of Phoropter Lenses today, they are so cool and I love, love, love the small Santa tag you made with the Side Orders dies...thank you so much...I am looking forward to making the Milk Cap framed Christmas Tree with these...again, thanks so much...

Tami said...

Super! So happy they arrived! Please post a picture and tag me so I can see your version!

Nancy said...

This is absolutely gorgeously stunning!❤️ I don't have the gorgeous die yet, but feel it needs to be on the top of my wish list now! I did buy some of the mirrored paper in the Ranger sale, but haven't used it yet. Now my mind is whirling about which die I have that would work! Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration and sharing your techniques. It will definitely be an after Christmas project...

Christina said...

This is amazing Tami. I love how the branches look like ice crystals. Can’t wait to use my new snowflake ❄️ die.