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12 tags of 2013 September “I’ve Got the World on a String…”

by Amy Bowerman

Hello my darling readers!  I made a major discovery today while dealing with the dreaded “Craft Fail”.  Today I discovered through expletives too fierce for Plucking Daisies (We try to keep it clean here :)) and gritted teeth that the best way to cope with a project gone wrong is to create a new project that’s oh so right! Behold my saving grace inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2013

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I may be putting the cart before the horse here buuut sometimes you just have to do what ya gotta do!  If you are following me on Facebook and Instagram you may have seen the Globe Lamp I’ve been altering with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Pastes and Tim Holtz Layering stencils.  If you aren’t following me yet you can find me on Facebook Here and Instagram Here where I share “Behind the Scenes” photos of my Works in Progress and more!

Anyway, I wanted to finish the Globe lamp BEFORE creating the tag to go with it but it just didn’t work out that way.  While working on finishing up the stenciling with embossing paste yesterday I suffered the craft fail of all fails!

Please note that stenciling a round surface is a difficult task to begin with.  I was nearly finished stenciling the stars and about to breathe a sigh of relief when I discovered that the globe base had cracked while I was stenciling causing the globe to lean and  the NOT DRY embossing paste to smear all over the supplies I keep on my work table.  Instead of sighing with relief I screamed with frustration similar  to how Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” yelled when he dropped the nuts and bolts…I didn’t say “Fudge” either.   I blame “Schwartz”.

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What’s the moral of this story?  If you don’t succeed try, try  again, but in the meantime create something else to take your mind off of your crafty shortcomings and you will feel MUCH better…I promise :)

So on with the 12 Tags of 2013 show we go!  For the full tutorial on how Tim Holtz created the September Tag you can check out his blog HERE.  As always I made some changes and put my spin on Tim’s Techniques to create my tag.

Instead of White Embossing Paste I used Silver for the stenciled stars.  I also used the Rays Stencil to create the base of my rainbow and applied Picket Fence Distress Paint Directly through the stencil.

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I only wanted the Distress Stains in certain areas so I covered the stenciled rays with a sheet of wax paper while applying Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, and Iced Spruce Distress Stains.  The Stains were blended with a spritz of Perfect Pearls mist.

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Instead of stamping I cut an image out of a vintage children’s book from my collection.  I couldn’t believe my luck that I found the perfect image as soon as I opened the book!

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I ran the vintage image through my Xyron Create-a-sticker and mounted it on Grunge Paper.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add any color to the image but wound up adding a few pops of pink, blue and green with Gelly roll pens later on.  I also added glossy accents to the eyes and mouth.

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Using the new Seasonal Distress Markers I colored in between the stenciled rays to create a Rainbow.

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I added some details between the rays with Tim’s Stripes stencil and Black Soot Distress Ink.

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Next I added colorful sparkle to my rainbow by adding a strip of Glossy Accents to each color band and covering it with a coordinating color of Distress Glitter.

*TIP* Keep a dry paint brush handy when working with Distress Glitter to gently sweep away stray sparkles.

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Distress Glitter Tip: I find it invaluable to label the top of your Distress Glitter Jars with the color glitter it holds.  This will save you tons of time and make glitter matching for projects a snap.  I created these glittered grunge paper butterflies for my Distress Glitter Review and later attached them to the lids with glue.  These sparkly winged identifiers have made all my glittering projects so much easier.

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I know I’ve said it before, but I don’t know how I ever lived without Distress Glitter!  See how well it coordinates with the rest of the Distress line?  It’s true, I AM sitting on a Rainbow, and thoroughly enjoying the view :)

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I feel so much better after creating the September tag with Tim’s technique tutorial.  My strength and creativity have been renewed and I’m ready to tackle stenciling this pain in the neck globe once again!  Hopefully the next time we chat I really will have “The World on a String” with all my stars aligned to prove it :)

Here’s a little Frank for ya before I go…me and old “Blue Eyes” share a birthday…but don’t be too jealous it’s 2 weeks before Christmas :(   Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas gifts are NOT cool!

“I’ve got the world on a string
I’m sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world, what a life – I’m in love” -Frank Sinatra

Have a Blue-eyed day!

Amy*

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3 Hetty September 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Such a beautiful, sweet and creative tag! Thanks for showing how you made it.
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4 Marjie Kemper September 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

Super project! Glad you kept going and oooh lah lah,… what nifty storage with those b’fly guides!
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5 Anita Houston September 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

Love the glitz! The rainbow is too cool! Love the girl too! Fab take!

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6 Dee in NH September 20, 2013 at 3:30 am

Ha! You always make me smile! Love the tag and I’m sure you will master the globe too!

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7 Eileen Hull September 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Bravo- love the tag and you give such great tips. I almost like the fails better than the perfect projects :-) Good story…
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8 Buttons September 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

So glad you pulled through this and got something positive and beautiful at the end, much like a pot of gold! LOVE the rainbow and the extra stencilling over it. Keep going with the globe and you’ll fall in love with it again. Hugs, Jenny x
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9 Amy Bowerman September 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

Thanks so much for the encouraging words Jenny… That darn globe hasn’t seen the last of me and my Wendy Vecchi embossing paste!

Amy*

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