I completed my ATC tray today for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 challenge. I have had so much to do plus going to Williamsburg the first week of December (which was AWESOME by the way!) plus preparing for a round of eye tests at Mass Eye & Ear coming up soon - I had completely forgotten about making my ATC for this month! Oh ya, I also have to make 4.5 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange and make a dish for an upcoming potluck lunch at work. Phew! It wasn't until someone mentioned it on Facebook that I realized I hadn't made my ATC yet. So I finished putting up my Christmas decorations and got to work on my ATC. There were definitely challenges this month but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the result. OK, lets get busy with the how-tos:
The only things he used that I had - that worked for the smaller size was the script word die, distress glitter, inks & stains.
I didn't have the block word dies so I used the Alphanumeric set instead. It is a bit big but it stills worked. I don't have the new Prancing Deer die (which I love!), plus it's to big anyway. I used the deer from the Mini Reindeer & 25 set. To give it antlers I used the branch from the Mini Branch & Leaf set. I just cut a couple bits from it to create the antlers.
I also don't have the greenery die that he used so I just substituted the Festive Greenery die.
While I don't have the new Pine Twine I DO have something similar which I used with a little jingle bell. To sub the Frosted, which, again, I don't have, I do have Frosted Film, which is sticky on one side. I just adhered it to a piece of acetate and embossed it with a similar looking embossing folder.
I decided to stitch my embossed Frosted Film to the Manila ATC. I just trimmed it down once it was stitched in place. To finish up my ATC I stained a bit of ribbon with the leftover Faded Jeans & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays on my craft sheet, painted a brass snowflake charm with Picket Fence paint and adhered a piece of Industrial Sticker Border (another item of his that I had on hand) at the bottom of the ATC.
That's it! Another year done. I can't believe how quickly 2014 sped by! I enjoyed doing ATCs this year but I think I will try something different for 2015 (hopefully he will continue with his monthly challenges!). There were times when I felt that the ATC size was just to limiting for this. So many of Tim's products are sized for tags or larger pieces of art. Maybe some type of journal or altered book?
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a FABULOUS New Year!