The original instructions for tag number 1 can be viewed on Tims blog here:
I decided to go through the list of supplies published for the first tag to figure out what I need to create it. I havent bought any new stamping stuff for a while so my personal stocks are a little outdated.
Not to be outsmarted I started making notes on possible alternatives for the original supply list which I am sharing with you now.
Below is the list of supplies needed which are featured in Tim’s blog post, I have highlighted this list of supplies in BOLD TEXT below and added my own notes and comments in normal text.
Official List Of Supplies For Tag One Are In BOLD
(my comments & alternatives in normal text):
Shipping Tag – if you have Tims die cut for the tags you can cut your own or use one from your stash or even an ATC.
Craft Sheet – for working on, this is entirely optional as you can work on scrap paper or newspaper.
Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap & Iced Spruce (Winter Seasonal Set) – or any dye inks you own in your stash.
Distress Embossing Ink – you could use a versamark or embossing ink pad of your choice.
White Embossing Powder – use whatever brand you have in your stash – if you dont have white you can used a white inkpad and emboss with clear or a different colour embossing powder entirely.
Paint dabber In Snow Cap White – or a piece of sponge dipped in watered down white acrylic paint or white gesso.
Ink blending tool – any sponge would suffice – cosmetic sponges work best.
Glossy Accents – otherwise known as Diamond Glaze, Dimensional Magic or any liquid clear glass medium.
Glue n’ Seal -generic Crafter’s clear drying glue or Golden Glaze or similar.
Distress Stickles Rock Candy – any 3 dimensional colour glue you have.
Kraft Core – Vintage colours and shades of card stock
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies:
Tag & Bookplate (for cutting the actual tag used in the project)
Texture Fades Embossing Folders:
Vagabond Die Cutting Machine – or any machine you own or have access to.
Baubles – you could use large jewellery beads or fake pearls.
Trimmings, – you can use any brand of ribbons etc.
Lost & Found Paper Stash – Vintage Scrap book papers
Sanding Grip & Paper Distresser – check out the tool box for sand paper or use a nail file or matchbox.
Glue Gun – or a good strong multipurpose glue.
Alternatives, Notes And Suggestions (by me) –
Die Cut Shapes:
If you dont have any of the alterations dies you could print out shapes from the internet and make your own alternative shapes or use what you have in your stash. If you have a steady hand you could draw shapes and use them as your own unique templates also.
The 3D Pine Cone Embellishment:
The first tag in the series uses the pine cone die cut to make a 3 dimenional embellishment to adorn the front of the tag. I dont actually own that die cut so am thinking of ways to subsitute this idea.
One thing that comes to mind is this time of the year you can pick up small Christmas decorations cheaply and may find pine cones, holly, mistletoe or similar in wreaths and festive hangers so its worth keeping an eye out. Or maybe you will be lucky enough to find them growing naturally in hedgerows.
Another idea is to use a none festive themed 3d embellishment, you could use a silk or fabric flower if you have them.
Or why not have a go at making your own 3d flowers and blooms? One of my facebook friends has some fantastic tutorials on how to make them on YouTube here:
Linda Baldock’s Circle Blooms:
Linda Baldock’s Floral Dippers:
- Additional Notes:
After playing around with my embossing folders using them for stamps as instructed in the directions for the tag I realised you get a much better stamped impression from the plastic folder if you brayer the back of it with a clean rubber brayer to add some weight behind the impression.
Alternative Ideas For The Snowflake Flurries Embossing Folder ‘Stamp’ –
Make your own background stamp using stencils or large background rubber stamps with MagicStamp Moldable Foam link here: http://www.clearsnap.com/products.cfm/23/MagicStamp
There is a tutorial on YouTube on how to use it here:
Also its worth checking out the lovely masking stencils by Crafters Workshop as they too are perfect for the embossed background.
Another idea is to use Glitter Embossing Powder as it gives a nice gritty edge if you want your background to have a little dimension.