One Little Word, or OLW, is a word which you choose to be your “companion” for one year. The idea comes from Ali Edwards, and during the past years, it grew to be a wonderful group of creative people who support each other on Facebook.
My word for this year is “Forward”. In 2014 I had to deal with lots of health issues, and as an additional nuisance my website was hacked. I felt like I was stuck, so now my motto for 2015 is “Forward”.
But what are “12 Tags”? Have you ever heard about Tim Holtz, an incredibly creative guy from the USA? He uses those manila tags as a sort of tiny canvas, and he turns them into stunning works of art – look here in case you haven’t seen his art yet. Last year I was lucky to meet him in person at the PaperWorld fair in Frankfurt. Seeing him work with inks and stamps is like watching a magician.
Back to the topic.
The 12 Tags of 2015 are monthly inspirations by Tim Holtz. He posts step-by-step instructions on his blog, showing how he works with inks, pens, sprays, and embellishments. He’s been doing this for several years now, but somehow I was never on time. This year I’m joining the challenge from the beginning, yay!
End of the long introduction 🙂
You’ll see a little gallery with short descriptions of my steps. I made the background stamp from an incomplete strip of little letter stamps which I had found at a playground (!). Lucky me.
The tag’s outline on paper
Stamped napkin, the outline is visible as a guide
glued onto the tag, crinkly on purpose 😉
Some cyan acrylic color and a swash stamp
Silver ink (Mica Gloss) applied with a …
… “Make-up Egg” which is used for foundation. Great for crafting! 😀
A few drops of Adirondack “Cranberry” ink
Covered a piece of cardstock with blue glitter pen
Attached a piece of double-sided tape
Removed the foil and pressed onto a crackled CD
Voilà: A piece of sparkling paper!
Cut two arrows and attached them to the tag
Used a blue “Giotto Turbo Glitter” pen for the letters
Attached the word and outlined with black pen …
… & added two small “CD glitter” arrows
Put some Stickles on the numbers
Attached them and …
… added a blue outline.
Done! The elements sparkle in different colors, depending on the light source.