Friday, December 03, 2010

Log Cabin Christmas

Going on right now over at the Tim Holtz blog, are the 12 Tags of Christmas!  There are daily prizes and tons of techniques to check out so keep watching for the next few days!  I'm enjoying it immensely!  This card today was my version of The 12 Tags of Christmas Day 1.  I just found Tim's tag so beautiful.  So I started out.  I had a lot of the materials, and some of the tools, but not everything.  My friend Tess Healy says, "Let's not be paralyzed because we don't have all the right bits.  Show me what I can do with the wrong bits too!" (I really miss our classes together, Tess!).  So I've included a few extra pictures to show any adjustments I made to make it work with what I had. 

The tutorial on how to do the stamp is on Day 2.  I didn't have any Cut N Dry Felt so I tried out the Baby Wipe Technique.  I didn't have any Distress Reinkers so I went with my Stampin' Up! Reinkers.  While the Stampin' Up! ink is wonderful, for this technique it just didn't give the vivid colour that I was looking for.  In the picture, the top tickets are from the SU Reinkers and the Baby Wipe Technique.  For the bottom tags, I coloured directly on the stamp with my markers before stamping.  Then I stamped over the image again with Versamark so that I could emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.  To be able to make tickets like this, you'll need the  Odds & Ends Stamp Set and Sizzix Ticket Strip Die (I seriously use mine ALL the time!).

For Tim's log cabin, I had all the materials but I didn't have the Rickety House Die.  So I put the log house together just like Tim did, but then I drew my own cabin on the back and cut it out by hand.  Needless to say, this took much longer than just running it through the die cut machine, but it was worth it!

Next comes the fun part.  I had nothing like the Prima Tree Branch in my stash, so I braved the Yukon Winter!  The snow is about a foot and a half deep and it was -25 degrees Celsius (about -13 degrees Fahrenheit)!  Out I went in search of branches and weeds for my project!

Hi Rena & Rhonda!  I know you always want a picture of me!

For my wreath, I pulled out my Stampin' Up! Crochet Trim and sprayed (okay, completely saturated) it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Apple.  It was fun to get messy!  My girls made fun of my green fingers!  I let it dry all wrinkled up to give it more texture.  I then punched out a circle of cardstock, covered it with Glossy Accents and let the ribbon crumple around the circle kind of in a pleat pattern.  It's similar to Tim Holtz's video about the tissue tape flower on Day 3

Other changes?  I didn't have anything white and fluffy to put on the house and tree for snow, so I just painted them with white craft paint and sprinkled a little glitter in it while it was still wet.  Also, my picket fence is different because I cut it out with my Cricut (Paper Doll Dressup Cartridge). 

As I went through this process, I found that my creativity stretched, I learned new things and I found that even with my limited supplies, I could do it all!  I'm so please with how the whole thing turned out!


Anonymous said...

Once again, Hannah rocks without having all the "bits". I love how creative you get trying to make things work for you - especially hunting down those elusive tree banches ;-) Great pic by the way!

The card is terrific!
- Karlene

Hannah Clark said...

Wow. This card really is awesome. Good job.

Hannah Clark said...

Oops. That was me. Mike

Hannah Clark said...

It looks like if my husband wants to leave a comment, it will appear as if I did it! Love you, Honey!

Deni said...

I love how you made the wreath and the cabin looks amazing! The snowflakes are cool too reminds me of Christmas!!

Kelly said...

That's what I think of when I think of winter. Love it!


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