Saturday, December 11, 2010

Townscape Christmas Standup Tag


There's no sunshine in the city today. Just rain, and more freezing rain tonight. So, there's not a very good picture today, but it's the best I could do.

Here's a fun way to show off your little Christmas tags. I started with the manila tag that I'd Distress Inked with Concord and Sapphire and a bit of Marmalade in the middle. Spray with Perfect Pearls Mist Forever Violet. When dry emboss with snowflakes (these are a Cuttlebug set-don't have Tim's...but they would do, too).

Sand a bit of the snowflakes off and highlight with a white pen. I used a Sharpie Poster Pen as it has a soft tip and a pen will smoosh down the embossing.

Then the little snowman is on Ten Second's Studio Peacock metal. LOVE this color. I embossed it in the Snowman Texture Plate from Tim and after sanding and using the steal brush on him, I cut him out . Simple, heh?

The TownScape is a piece of the metal tape again that I mounted onto heavy manila cardstock before I cut it out on the die. This makes it more stable. Then take a refiner tool, and decorate the houses. Using Alcohol Inks, I painted the little houses and sidewalks using a brush.

You can make them as elaborate as you like. Cut the house strip wider than your tag, and add it with a small piece of the metal tape at the sides. Bow it out and the back of the card so it will stand up. I added an oval piece of chipboard on the bottom for support.

The Star is a piece from Maya Road painted and Glittered with Martha's Crystal Fine White glitter. Glue your card to the star and add Texture Paste around the townhouses.


I cut the Snow Flurries out with the metal tape, and added to the top of the card only gluing the very top to the card. Bend the snowflakes out for affect. Detail it with some Turquoise Stickles. Paint some Grungeboard or Chipboard letters and accent with the Stickles. Assemble with glue and pop dots.

Tie a matching metal edged ribbon in the top and it's ready for the coffee table!

This is our little Star, Emma the Ham Hock! She's still so proud of the missing tooth! The Christmas Program always is a treat.


Mommy and Daddy got her to stop moving for a moment afterwards for a family picture. Erin was up in the choir loft with her friends. You've got to get the shots when you can.

So, that's it for me for the week. Have a great weekend. To my Midwest friends, stay warm and safe. Stay in and play along with Tim and the Christmas tags. It's gonna be ugly out there tomorrow! Yuck!

Linda

26 comments:

Helen said...

Wow, Lina - this tag is the best thing I have seen for ages! (and that includes Tim's - just don't tell him, lol!)

Helen said...

Sorry, should of course have spelt your name right!

Sue said...

How cool is that.....love the giant snowman behind the little houses and the way it all stands up!

Tammy Tutterow said...

{gasp} Oh how I love, love, love that tag! I love your metal work so much!

Netty said...

Oh wow Linda, Tim Holtz is definitely going to miss you....totally fantastic, taken the tags to the highest level of brilliance. Enjoy the weekend and stay warm. Annette x

Terri said...

What a awesometag!!
Filled with so many idea fantastic ideas.
You rock

SusanK said...

Lovely metal work...don't think to use it but definitely should more often. Precious family! Keep warm and dry and safe! Perfect weekend to stay in doors and be creative!

LynneForsythe said...

ok.....so I opened your post....my mouth flew open...and to manually close it cause THIS IS STINKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! holy crap girlio...holy crap!!!

Tommorrow will be a wonderful day for creating...I have vowed not to even get out of my pj's!! how bout that!!!

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there, Love your tag the background colour is drop dead gorgeous and the houses in a row in metal fabby,mmmmm love it all actually :0) xx

Cheryl said...

oh hun this is totaly amazing really love the effect on this,brillinat you certainly have given tim a run for his money wonderful family picure too hugs cheryl xxx

Kathy Eddy said...

Gorgie, gorgie, gorgie! I love your snowman and the metalwork houses was a perfect touch! Fabulous work!

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

Wowser that is flippin amazing!!!
look out Tim!!!
Julie xx

Lori said...

Ooo, this is gorgeous! Just love the colors on that background, the SM is unexpected, but really adds to it! Great idea with the houses!

Anonymous said...

soooooooooooo pretty! ty for sharing! and...NICE PICS! a cutie patootie
xo cher

Meme said...

Awesome,awesome,awesome! Your tag is jaw-dropping!

Gretz said...

Gorgeous Linda!

Jennie said...

Linda, just stunning!
xx

Martina2801 said...

Bravo, dear Linda!!! You are so inspiring!

Exquisitely crafted ! So beautiful.

Linda Cain said...

Thanks so much everybody!

Linda

Vicki B in OP NY said...

The metalwork plus the alcohol inks took my breath away. WOW!

Lynn Stevens said...

Fabulous tag Linda, I love how it stands on its own! clap clap clap!

Yours Artfully said...

Linda this is just gorgeous,I love it.

Take care, Lin x

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is just stunning! the colors are amazing - and such gorgeous details. Miss Emma brought a big grin to my face this morning - what a beautiful child! :)

Candy C said...

Your tags are amazing! LOVE them! You truly do such beautiful work! Thank you so much for sharing!

2amscrapper said...

You rock! Incredible art! You have mastered metal. Your friend in art, Helene

Sandy Ang said...

Your christmas tags are so inspirational. Ranks up there with Tim's!

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