I wasn't sure I would get this months tag/page spread done this month. I've been so busy painting walls, trim & doors, repairing trim, coordinating with contractors to replace the roof, fix the front steps and replace carpet I was just to pooped at the end of the day to even think about doing anything creative. But I finished painting early, the steps got fixed and the carpet all went in without a hitch. Only the roof is left to do and that will happen in a week or two (depending on the weather). So the house is on target to hit the market at the end of July - Woohoo!
I decided to celebrate with a day devoted to creative pursuits and got to work on the June spread for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015. I'm not all that crazy about plaid but I gotta say his technique to create custom plaid backgrounds with reinkers, Custom Ink Pads and stencils is just FABULOUS! I'll definitely be putting this technique to good use in the future.
I didn't have the die that he used so I just did my own thing and went with a Paris theme. Big surprise - right?! The pages are his new corrugated kraft which I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti to give it a bit of glam.
I die cut and embossed the Eiffel Tower and Fleur de Lis from Specialty Stamping Paper then sprayed them with Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain, quickly heat setting so I wouldn't loose the embossing detail. This caused a rather cool and unexpected reaction. They ended up looking like patina'd metal! I finished them by lightly swiping over the tops with Black Soot Distress Ink to bring up the embossed details.
To make the leaves I colored a piece of Manila card stock with Distress Stains and spritzed with Biscotti (my FAV Perfect Pearls mist!). I dried it well with my heat gun and then die cut the leaves. Much easier to color your surface before die cutting than after. Thank you Tammy Tutterow for that tip!