Michele and I decided to play along with Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas this year - It was a whole lot of fun, and I can highly recommend this as a mojo-finder!
Basically, the gist of it is that Tim Holtz *if you've been living under a rock, Tim Holtz is a major designer for Sizzix & Ranger - his style is grungy and very vintage/shabby and detailed* does a set of 12 tags each year, one a night for the first 12 nights of December. They all share a festive theme, but he goes through so many different techniques with each tag that they are a very steep learning curve! (In the best possible way!).
Then Micheles and mine... we tried to improvise on the pinecone die but failed miserably... we substituted for some cute little roses instead :)
There's lots of things that we didn't have to do this, but we did what we could, and substituted items where it was necessary (and cut lots of things out by hand!)
This one was a good one to settle me into the whole Tim Holtz thing... I'm a bright, fun kinda girl, I love to add lots of glitter and bright elements, so the glitter side of this appealed to my girly side.
I loved learning the technique for the background, that was mind blowing!
As we didn't have the "Noel" die, I hand cut the titles from grungeboard, and was pretty happy with the result. We edged our letters in brown paint to make them "pop" a little more, as we both agreed that they got a bit lost on the background - our glitter was slightly coarser than Tim's, and our background came out a bit whiter, so the silver glitter didn't show up as well.
So much fun!