Sunday 30 November 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 335 - Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy sunny Sunday to you all!  Thank you for your fabby lurve entries into last weeks challenge.   The song title for the theme this week has been chosen by my BFF Ellen... and it is CHRISTMAS You can interpret the challenge how you like: which isn't that difficult this week as Christmas is such a big old theme :O))  To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 6th December 2014.

My entry this week has come about because of a fabby Skypey sesh I had with Ellen yesterday.  As usual, we had an I Challenge Thee... basically, we put together a recipe and get crackalacking making stuff.  Only this week we are both barren of Mojo so Ellen grabbed her Ranger U tags... and I grabbed mine... and we chose the Nostalgic Batik technique. Now this is a technique I haven't used for several hundred years and it was so lovely to revisit it.  And... I decided I would do a little step by step to show you how to do it too :O) 

But first.... the recipe!
Technique - Nostalgic Batik
Base - Manila Tag - any size
Theme - Christmas
Must Include: Tinsel/Festive Garlandry, Bow, Bells
Stamps of own choice
*this is the killer*  NO PAPER FLOWERS OF ANY DESCRIPTION!  *Ellen chose that... the vixen lol*

Please do feel free to use our recipe... and we'd love to see what you come up with too :O))

Here's the technique:

STEP 1 & 2
Using a couple of colours of Distress Ink, ink and stamp your image. Immediately cover with clear embossing powder, heat until shiny.

Use a co-ordinating colour of Distress Ink (and let's face it, they all co-ordinate) and blend ink right over the entire piece.  As usual, I added some Frayed Burlap around the edges... I always do that, I do!

Use a hot iron (for those of you who aren't sure what this is, it is a little metal electric jobby that gets red hot, perfect for getting creases out of clothes *snort* but also perfect for crafty stuff too!) with a piece of absorbent paper over the top of the stamped card, press firmly and hold the iron in place, the heat from the iron will re-melt the embossing powder which will soak up into the paper and remove said embossing powder giving a lovely nostalgic look to the art.  If you find that the paper is stuck to the card, simply rub the iron over the top again and it will lift off whilst still hot.

It is worth noting at this point that I GOOFED up... big styleee.... but actually, I liked my goof up so I kept it.  What did I do?  Well, I was so chuffed with the fact that I managed to stamp and emboss and it looked great that I skipped the Step 3 and went and ironed off the embossing powder before I had coloured over the card.  Ooops.  Well, I decided that seeing as there is always a residual amount of embossing stuff left on the stamped image, I would see if inking over the top actually would kill the whole thing or if the residual stuff would be enough of a resist.  And it didn't kill it completely... but what it did do was create a little bit of a halo.. which I likes!  Happy accident right?  To finish the tag, I added my bow, made with crinkle ribbon and Pine Needles DI, some Idea-ology (and how chuffed was I when I found the Christmas Word Band with the right song title words on it!)  The ickle rusty bells attached to Pine Twine around the Prancing Reindeers neck checked the bells and garlandry off the recipe and of course, no paper flowers so... I used real pine cones instead!  Teeehee!

And there you have it!  Please do go and check out what Ellen has been up to HERE... she was making mini tags the last time I saw... and she was up to about 87!   As ever, thanks for looking... have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x


Helen said...

just come from Ellen's (working UP my reading list, lol)- your giant tag is fab too!

ellen vargo designs said...

LOVE your jumbo tag! The goof up isn't even noticeable and those *real* pinecones - brilliant! So glad we got a nice long Skype session - I've missed them, and YOU! Lotsa love & hugs. xxx

Gerrina said...

Great tag and technique! My entry for the Sunday Stampers:
Enjoy the sunday, Gerrina

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels this tag is brilliant, love the colours and no flowers!!! But still looks gorgeous. Thanks for step by step. Enjoyed popping over to Ellen's blog great tags x

Redanne said...

Oh I do love a happy accident and yours turned out great, the colours are fabulous and I love the pinecones too! Hugs, Anne x

ionabunny said...

What fun. Love your tag. Hugz

rachel said...

wonderful work Hels - big hugs Rachel x

Unknown said...

Beautiful, Hels!! LOVE your real pinecones :) and what goof ? I didn't see any goof! :) All I see is vintage fabulousness!! XOXO-Shari

Unknown said...

Love your tag and blog, pls pop over to have a look at my Christmas stamping 😊

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, I love this!! the colours are fabulous and loving what you have done with the prancing reindeer and his necklace and bells, and the pinecones really finish this tag off beautifully.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi there heres my link here hugs Shirleyxxx

Anneke said...

Beautiful this tag hanger. Thanks for showing how you made it. Very inspiring Anneke.

Unknown said...

Oh How I have missed being here... and seeing all your PRETTIES... and this one... FANTASTICALLY CREATED.... love it all... the no flowers shocked me a little bit... but I am trying to get over the shock now...

I had fun with this... and your inspiration was much appreciated... just wasn't able to get into the mood... and am now...

Hope you will all stop in for a visit...

Love, Light and Peace... Bonnie

Unknown said...

Hi,Hels,dare I say it "its looking a lot like Christmas" Lol
Really like the colours on your tag,miss the flowers though :0)
Big hugs.Sue Balawajder (craftywaj)

Theresa said...

Hello Hels. I'm back with my link but before i want to reiterate how lovely this is. love the colours you used here, hugs xx said...

Super Tag Hels! I hope you have a merry merry Christmas and a peaceful break too!
Santas missing us this year as one of my Diva Dogs is home from a LONG hospitalisation...we have her in cotton wool almost as she has had two near death experiences in the past 3 weeks. I'm sure the vets WILL be having much merry!
Here's my make --- I think we have children coming...that will be interesting..

Mrs Beez said...

Fabulous tag. Love the background and er.. love everything in the foreground too. I would really like a larger version of this on my dining room wall (as in a whole wall mural) so after you've finished a Busy Bees on Saturday if you could just pop by...?!!

I'm back on the clay again :)

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