Saturday, 7 January 2012

Happy Birthday Tim!

...did you know that it is a very special day today? Oh yesh, it is the birthday of the one and only Tim Holtz, he who is the Duke of Distress, the Sultan of Stamping and the Viscount of Vintage! Well, the lovely Linda Ledbetter who runs the Grungy Monday Challenge has given us a very special challenge this week... namely to make a birthday card for Tim. HERE are all the deets...



Well, as you know, I have been bemoaning the fact that my Mojo had jetted off to warmer climes for Christmas and I was getting a smidge concerned that I wouldn't be able to join in with this fab challenge... hey, I even had considered whipping off to yonder shop and buying a card! Imagine the disgrace! Anyways... at the eleventh hour, Mr Mojo (note how I am being polite about the old rascal now he is safely home - well, I don't want him running out on me again!) Where was I? Ah yes, the eleventh hour... Mojo returned and thankfully, I finally got a smile back on my mizgog face and ink on my fingers.


So... I had fully intended to make a card... you know, like a proper card... not a tag or owt like that. I had even sketched out a design... using cogs and Brolly Man and bright colours. Errrrm... I ended up with this concoction which is only just a card because I stuck the tag onto a piece of card... even then I think it looks better off the card... anyhooo's... I have got it made! Huzzah! There are a lot of pics because there are quite a few (ahem, ok, it is overloaded) embellies on the tag - I mean card ;o)) It is a shame my photography skills are practically non-existant because it really does look nicer in the real and you can see all the little extra bits that are on the piece and not showing up, no matter how many different angles I try with the camera.


This is how I made it: The base of the tag was coloured with Antique Linen Stain, I smooshed Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Stain onto the craft sheet, spritzed the tag with water, dipped, twisted, lifted and dried the tag, then re-dipped for some mottled splots. I then stamped using Coffee Archival and the large background on the Papillon set. This looked a bit too brown so I gave it a dusting with Biscotti Perfect Pearls... mmm, still a bit brown... so I went in with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and blended a few patches... and hey, it took off some of the PP's.... which looks lovely and grungy... you will have to take my word for that though... daft camera (or person holding camera lol) Oh... and I added a torn Journal Ticket to the left hand side - it is almost obscured now though lol


I used Jet BLack Archival to stamp the butterflies... I loooove those butterflies, they are so fab! And because I had hit on the butterfly theme, I cut out one from the Crowded Attic Stack and coloured it with Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade DI's and popped a little vial filled with Ginger Alcohol Ink to make a body for it. The Rosette was cut using more of the butterfly Crowded Attic paper, coloured with the same DI's and then assembled... and disahhhster... one of the folds split - ooops, forgot to put Tissue Tape on the back... so... I went with it and tore a few more so it is really shabby (goodness knows how it is staying together!) I added a couple of branches and then set about making a centre piece for it. There's a combo of 7Gypsies and Idea-ology cogs... and the middle is a little brass disc that I found lurking under my desk (nope, no idea how it got there, it is probably something really important though) So... I popped this into a Texture Fade, embossed it, sanded it and then punched a hole in the middle so I could add the other bits to it. The wing was painted with Snow Cap Dabber, smudged off, slapped over with Rock Candy Crackle and then splodged with Vintage Photo once it had crackled.


Now... have you seen Wendy Vecchi's amazing technique with glass, Glue & Seal and Rock Candy Crackle? HERE are all the deets. Well, I copied her technique and applied it to the ickle Light Bulb and Corked Vial... how stinkin' cute are they!!! Naturally, I had to make sure there was a crown in the design somewhere and there it is, sitting ontop of the Vial... for the King of Kraft (hhoooohoooo made myself laff with that one) The ickle birdhouse/birdy charm... well, I was faffing with Idea-ology as you do and I popped a Corner onto a Key Hole and it looked a bit like a birdy house... so I glued them all together and added a smidge of old lace to jazz it up a bit. The little flower is a piece of Foliage and has a hole punched in it so the charm hangs prettily.


Right... I think that is just about it... I know... War & Peace already! Well, I have two weeks worth of waffling to try and catch up on! All that "gonna blog daily" bumpf... well, I am seriously going to try from now on ... starting with a brand new Sunday Stamper theme tomorrow! All that is left for me to say is... Happy Birthday to Tim... and thank you for looking!! TTFN

Hels x

23 comments:

Sandra said...

This card is gorgeous! It has so many goodies on it! Love every bit of it! And today is the day! I'm sure he is gonna love this amazing card! You made it with lots of love, I can tell!

anna christensen crafts said...

Wowser!! That's sure to cause a metal detector moment when it goes through customs! A most marvellous, massive missive! Erm - I adore the colours too :)

Candy C said...

MoJo has returned in full force! haha I love your tag!! Is is just absolutely drop dead way cool!!! I'm "chuffed" (how do you like it that I'm using that word?) to see you being your bright and cheery self again and that Mr. MoJo came a knockin' at your door! <3 Candy

inkypinkycraft said...

A stunning tag for Tims birthday!! My eldest son is nine today, so happy birthday to everyone who has a fabbie birthday today.glad mr mojo is back, gorgeous,trace x

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the moth, and I really love the crown on the bottle.
Rinda

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Great Birthday card! is that for me? LOL glad the mojo has returned and thank you for the birthday wishes
xx

Julia Watts said...

Wow! You have been busy. Could you fit anymore on that tag? (oops! card) Great creation - I'm sure Tim will love it. Julia xxx

Helen said...

What a fab tag - sorry, card!! Tim will be impressed. Love the distressed rosette I think it looks fab. Off to get inky myself, after I've had some breakfast..

Joanne said...

Wow! has Mr Mojo come back or what. This card will have us scrolling back to this post for months. What an amazing invention.
Hugs Joanne xx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Blimey Hels, you went all out with this one! I've been oohing & aahing for the last ten minutes. It is gorgeous & I think Tim is going to be thrilled.

Dee in N.H. said...

Wow! I can look at this forevah' and still see more pretties! Love it!

Caz said...

Absolutely Stunning!!!!! - Mr Mojo has certainly returned!

Sue said...

What a great card! I could look at it for hours and probably still find new and interesting things to see. Just fabulous!

Annette Green said...

What a feast for the eyes! So much to take in and enjoy. It turned out beautifully and I'm so happy your Mojo has returned. Fantastic!

Linda Ledbetter said...

A tag on a card is a perfectly proper birthday card, especially when it's MAGNIFICENT like yours! Tim's going to love it! I love it! You are brilliant, Ms. H!

Bella said...

Now you better put a ball and chain on that Mr Mojo cos look what you created...a masterpiece for the master himself! Lots of eye candy.

Anne Kristine said...

Oh..my!! This is just gorgeous!
Sooo many lovely details!
Love it!!
Hugs Anne

Anita Houston said...

Even if they was no over the top, fabulously creative, and oh my gosh gorgeously cool birthday card on here, I would still be so inspired! I can read your words all day, and even though I have no idea as to the true meaning of some of them, I have made my own up. You make me laugh so hard, and I long to hear you in person!!! This card/tag is magnifique!!! Bravo to you Hels...lasso that mojo and tie him to the vagabond!!!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous tag card - love the colours and all the details and I'm sure Sir Tim will not be on whit bothered that it is not a card in the strictest sense either. Elizabeth x

Shazza said...

totally faberooni Hels, Happy new Year to you hunny x

Otter Blue said...

Wowza! Now that is a piece that pays homage to Tim! Fabulous!! Marnie

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Oh, this is fabulous! And I love how you 'fixed' the torn rosette! Genius!

Terry said...

OMG! Totally our of this world amazing right down to the crackled glass embellies! Fabulous birthday card for Tim! Love this!

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