This is my last post before I take a little blog break to spend time with family and friends. I will try to catch up on any posts over the Christmas period.
I cannot think of any words that are sufficient to say how much I value your friendship and support. I started my little blog earlier this year after a very long spell of illness and it has been a life saver for me. You have all made it so worthwhile and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have encouraged me, supported me, made me smile, made me laugh and sometimes cry..... but never in a bad way. I look forward to better things for all of us next year and I wish you and your families the happiest of Christmases and a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you all!
So why the title 'Twas the night before Christmas'? Well, a couple of weeks ago I wanted to enter a challenge at Simon Says where we had to create something, inspired by any of Tim's 12 Tags.
I wanted to re-create Day 10 of 2009, where Tim used sticky backed metal sheets and alcohol inks. I tried and tried to get it right and after three attempts I managed a version of it but I missed the deadline for the challenge. In any case I was still not happy with the result - I do have a love/hate relationship with alcohol inks, but was determined to finish it and here it is:
Twas the night before Christmas is one of my favourite poems - the word Christmas is on the little tag dangling from the tag. I used the same techniques as Tim did and I added a metal heart, coloured with alcohol ink (that went surprisingly well!), added some staples as Tim did and a ribbon dyed with Festive Berries DI. The pearls are TH Idea-ology.
If you click on the picture you will see the embossing a little more clearly.
Edited to add: I used the WordPlay die to cut the letters, they are arranged on the tag, the metal is laid on top. The next step is to gently go over and around the letters with an embossing tool. I then coloured the embossed tag with the alcohol inks and then gently sanded off the colour from the words so that the metal shows through.
I don't make New Year resolutions, as a rule, but this year I am going to try harder with all the craft products that I struggle with - including alcohol inks. Now there's a challenge!
Bye for now and hope to see you all soon. Again, hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you again. Big hugs, Anne x