Alrighty then, let's all grab some Red Bull and start this post! :)
Lots of pictures in this one as I'm just getting caught up to six challenges all in the same place. You may know of Linda Coughlin over at The Funkie Junkie, if you don't, you're about to get a preview of her very cool challenge called 12 Tags Of Christmas. Her wonderful boutique, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is also hosting the prizes for these challenges! She did this last year and I'm soooo excited she's running it again for 2012.
Linda's tags are oozing with inspiration and gushing with glorious textures. So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I decided to pull almost all of the elements from tag 1 and incorporate that onto my tin. By the way, the tins will be used for the 12 days before Christmas as they hang on the tree. Each night the kiddos will open one and retrieve one little gift from Mom and Dad...awwww, isn't that sweet??
Looky who's coming to town...it's Steampunk Santa!
Here you will notice Linda's inspirational tag two with Jolly and cogs and metal galore. It's fairly apparent the inspiration I drew from it as you'll see the base of my Altoids can has been (best I could) duplicated to look like riveted metal. Simply done with double layers of white cardstock cut into various shapes and foil tape applied over that and then tons of inking and globbing and whatnot.
Here's the sculpy again...
Steampunk Santa complete with a black metal screw for one eye and clock parts for a makeshift monocle on the other. OH, figured he needed more metal so I added a little link from a chain and gave him a nose ring..hee hee...how hip is he now?
Taking inspiration from every bit of Linda's tag three, I duplicated my version of the snowman, blue background, snowflakes, mesh and white bow. Following Linda's lead really makes it easy for creativity to come out and play. Here's my little Frosty all made up with Gesso, twine arms, black hat and frosted glittery snow. You'll also find glitter on my chair, floor, outfit, carpet, face, car, blankets...but man o' man, do I love that shimmery stuff!
This is the daughter's favorite so far. I think I'm pretty fond of it too; especially the coffee part!
Each time I made one of these, the entire can was smothered with Gesso inside and out. This particular can I decided to make a gingham base pattern. By cutting strips of tape and layering them in a gingham pattern, I then inked the base and pulled the tape off. If you look at the very outer edges you'll see the pattern.
Linda's tag four of inspiration on the left has just about every scrumptious country-ish detail. Looking at her tag made me think of a front door. I drew inspiration from the gingham, rich embossed red wording, the greenery, post card lettering and the vintage advertisement. Now if you were to come to my house (note the little green monopoly house in the greenery arrangement?) you'd be served up a nice cup of hot coffee or tea.
Another Altoids tin that is encased in sheet music. Like the title? Reminded me of being at home with family on a cold winter's night. Chipboard powder embossed lettering, a few gadgets from my stash, and a black and silver shimmery rosette complete this tin..well, almost...
Linda's tag five on the left has the most wonderful vintage appeal. All the rustic and antiqued hues with tiny snow flurries. Absolutely love the script on Noel. Figured why not use the inside to capture more of the elements I loved on Linda's tag. Emboss resisted snowflakes atop the musical folder embossed paper.
Below is the back of the tin.
Do you love that clock? It was a POC (piece of crap) that I found at the thrift store for a few pennies and threw it in the "I'll use this for something later" drawer. Today was that later...YEAH! Notice the "Naughty, bad, nice, perfect" lettering? Those were rub on letters I added to the center of the clock piece and then aged it up a bit. Ok, moving on...
Here is the latest tag challenge STILL happening over at the Funkie Junkie and would you look at Linda's beautiful tag on the left? I took from it the vibrant reds, the clock piece, the tree (greenery) and bows and the brownish background and the additional tag. Above you'll notice the incredible awful picture of the before clock picture.
Below is the back of the tin.
And just because I thought you'd like to see them all together as one happy family. Had to stack them on my cabinet because it's still waaaaaay to early to get that ol' Christmas tree out yet.
Phew!!! High five to you for hanging in here until the end. If you haven't passed out, I would like to say thank you SO much for the visit and all your awesome and inspiring and comical comments. As you can see by this project, I've been up to my elbows the past 2 days in Gesso getting all these done, but I'll be making my rounds tomorrow to stalk you all!
Hugs n ' Happy Crafting
Remember, The Funkie Junkie and the 12 Tags of Christmas...
Each tag title is linked to the individual challenges if you'd like to read more.
Hope to see you there!!
Challenges I would like to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge - U for Up To You
Frilly and Funky - Anything But a Card; Hidden Compartment