I LOVE Tim's tag this month! Way back when I made the suggestion for ocean/sea related products so I was THRILLED when I saw these as part of the Winter CHA release! Now we just need a paper stack and some Ideology in the ocean going theme - hint, hint if you are reading this Tim, Mario. I even preordered both Sand & Sea dies back in April and they arrived just in time for this ATC.
This months ATC was a bit of a challenge for both scale and product on hand. ATCs are much smaller than the #8 tag Tim Holtz uses which presents a challenge every month but I love it.
First, the bubble embossing folder he used is to big in scale for an ATC. What to do. What to do....hmmm... I looked through all my folders and found a Christmas set with a falling snow embossing folder. Random small dots, closely spaced on one end but spaced further apart moving towards the other end. Perfect!
I purposely placed the embossed plastic (I used clear plastic packaging) so the dots were Debossed (sunken in, not raised). I thought that made the bubbles look more 3-D.
The next challenge was the scaling of the starfish and sand dollar. Both the mini and regular dies were way to big for an ATC - SOOOO....I cut them out of white shrink plastic and shrunk them down. TIP: if you try this you will need to dust both sides of the starfish with mica powder (I used Interference Gold). I went through 3 starfish diecuts before I figured this out. The legs/arms would melt together and snap off when I tried to separate them. Grrr...
Once shrunk down successfully I hit them with the paint and embossing powder. Love the look! I didn't flatten them either after I finished shrinking them. It makes them look more real to me. Since Distress Ink wouldn't dry on the plastic I edged them with Black and Coffee Archival Inks, zapping 'em with the heat gun again just to set the inks.
The last challenge was the 'sand'. I don't have the Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powder so I had to figure out something else. I do have an EP from Powder Keg called Tavertine which is a blend of tan and white powders - but it's very fine. So I used a bit more UTEE and Distress Glitter, added Distress EPs in black and tattered rose. The tattered rose gave it a slight pinkish look (kinda like the sand in Burmuda!) and provided the 'chunk' that I needed. Can I tell you the pics just don't do it justice?! It looks SO real!! Don't know how he discovered this technique/recipe but it's AWESOME!
That's all for now folks! Thanks for visiting and have a creative day.