Well anyway this year Tim is doing a re-mix from past tags. For his January 2016 tag the 2 techniques he chose was Chalkboard from November 2013 & Industrious Metal from January 2014. I was really excited because the metal was something I've been wanting to try. Here's my version of his tag:
1. I used 2 Ranger #10 manilla tags, one for the tag & the other for the metal technique. You can use a plain piece of cardstock too. I cut the 2nd tag to fit in the embossing folder. The width was perfect & the length was cut to about 5 1/2". Then I cut a piece of Ranger Foil Tape Sheet so it was slightly bigger than the piece of the tag. It is sticky backed so after taking the covering off the back, I placed it onto the piece of the cut tag then trimmed the silver that was hanging over the edge.
2. The reason I used a 2nd piece of tag (or cardstock) is because I'm not as brave as Tim. If you watch his video he slits the top of the embossing folder. To have a piece of metal at the stop & bottom of my finished tag I would have had to cut the slit in the top of the Alterations Texture Fades Pocket Watches Embossing Folder because it has a specific top & bottom. By using a separate piece of tag or cardstock, I can place the entire piece in the folder then cut it to make 2 pieces. Isn't it pretty...nice & shiny? It won't be soon!
3. Next I went over the embossed silver piece with Black Soot Paint, letting it dry a bit, then gently wiping the paint off with a paper towel. I just used the paint dauber on the bottle but you can also use a blending tool. If you want it darker you can add another coat of paint & wipe it off again. Remember once the paint dries it's permanent so make sure you clean up your workspace with water right away.
4. After the paint dried I cut the silver piece into 2 pieces (the top is smaller than the bottom) & adhered it to the main tag using Scor-Pal-1/2" double sided tape.
5. I cut the top corners off & punched through the hole in the top. This is the end result of the Industrious Metal Technique...pretty neat & easier than it looks!
6. Now onto the Chalkboard technique which Tim does using regular black cardstock. I cut the piece of SU Basic Black cardstock bigger than the gap on the tag; then tore the edges, making sure it covered the edges of the metal. I used an Artquest Static Pad to remove any static on the cardstock. Using Ranger Embossing Ink, I stamped the train, tracks & RR crossing sign from Tim Holtz's Here & There stamp set then sprinkled it with Ranger Frosted Crystal Antiquities Embossing- Powder. Make sure you don't over heat the embossing powder or the technique doesn't work well. Next take a regular piece of chalk (if it's new rub it on a plain piece of paper to get an angle) & gently rub it over the embossed area. Then using your finger, rub it out until you get the effect you like. I used double side tape to adhere it to the tag.
7. The Alterations Movers & Shapers Pocket Watch is cut from grungeboard on a Magnetic Tray which holds the die in place when cutting. After it was cut out, I went over it with Brushed Pewter Paint. Once the paint dried I used my finger to randomly rub Black Soot paint over the watch, spinners and clockface for a distressed looked. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the watch face to the watch & then to the tag.
8. The chain cording from Mon Ami Gabbi was distressed by rubbing Black Soot paint over both sides. After it dried I doubled it & looped it through the hole.
Hope you enjoyed following how I did my tag as much as I did making it. TFL!!