With 1st Semester exams underway for my students, my time has finally freed up a little for me to devote some much craved for time to make my “tag” entry for the May 2014 edition of the Tim Holtz challenge. Over there on the left was what the talented Tim challenged us with.The focus was on using all those ideology trinkets that we all love to collect and framing them on little paper tiles. He also showcased the new shadow embossing folders there on the bottom right. Those haven’t arrived in my part of the global woods yet so I had to change it up a little.
For this month’s “tag” – I decided that I wanted to make something more functional than a tag. Father’s day is coming up and that requires an awesome card for Dad. I put tons of work into this piece inspired by the TH May because I have a brilliant dad who deserves every bit of detail and attention and coolness.
I also got inspired for the design of this tag by how much I loved the effect of the pipes in my previous post (Click the grey text to go there -the rosey pipe-line for Linda Ledbetter's CC3 Challenge). I decided to mess around some more with pipe configurations and I really love how this card turned out. I think my dad is going to like it too.
For the background of the card I used the diamond plate from the diamond plate and riveted metal texture fade set by sizzix and the Brick wall stencil from Enmarc.
Making the glazed brick texture was one of those salted UTEE experiments. I inked through the Brick Wall stencil with Archival Ink first in Monarch Orange and then lightly in Plum and then with my salted UTEE heat embossed.
The effect it created was a lovely, rough and sandy looking glazing. I have to remember this trick for later. Over that I layered the riveted metal piece that I painted with distress paint. I wanted to create the effect of an industrial basement in a building with some exposed face-brick wall and valves and gauges and pipes.
To make the pipes – I did the old drinking straw trick again – you can find out how I did that in the post that precedes this by clicking here: http://tincanhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/05/everything-is-coming-up-roses.html
I used a variety of Ideology tinkets and the Gears Die to embellish the tiles. The tiles are cut from a variety of Tim Holtz papers and I stamped on some of them with some industrial blueprint looking stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection.
So I think I kept the theme of the May challenge – don’t you? I’m entering it as my version. It is all about what those tag challenges inspire right? Hope Mr Tim doesn’t mind that I didn’t make a tag. More importantly – I love that this is going to be dad’s father’s day card – getting all those straws etc. to glue and stay glued at the proper angles was a proper mission, I fiddles with the details for hours. Dad is the only guy who can be trusted to treasure and appreciate all the work and of course all those lovely ideology trinkets!