Tuesday, February 21, 2012

12 Tags of 2012: February

Hi there! Are you excited about Tim's new take on the 12 Tags? I love the fact that we get a whole month to do each tag. That, and the tags can have a monthly theme based on whatever holiday or other happening is going on. I know it's a month or two away, but I can't wait to start using my cute little Tim Holtz Mini Bunny & Bow die that I got from Paper Mermaids. It is sooo adorable and reminded Carol and I of a chocolate bunny! Mmm ...

Anyway, I finally got a chance to sit down and do Tim's February 2012 tag. Since I don't have Tim's new Valentine's Day supplies (all I have is his Mini Hearts die), I thought I would focus my tag on the other somewhat holiday for February: Mardi Gras! 

For my background, I used Gold Paint Dabber and one of Tim's Stampers Anonymous stamps. (Snow Cap is on my wishlist!) For the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green, I used Dusty Concord, Scattered Straw, and Pine Needles Distress Ink. I used Salvage Stickers for the sentiment:

No Mardi Gras symbol is more well-known than the fleur de lis! Tim's grungeboard hardware finding was the perfect fleur de lis accent.

Since I didn't want to depart completely from Valentine's Day, I ended up cutting out some mini hearts using grungepaper. The larger heart I inked with Pine Needles and Black Soot Distress Ink. The crown came from Tim's Grungeboard Elements pack, which I applied yellow Stickles to. I thought the crown was another fitting Mardi Gras element because it made me think of a king cake. Finally, I love the ruffle technique that Tim introduced. I wanted to try it out, but only apply it to half of the heart.

When I looked closer at the Vintage Lace die cuts I made for this tag, I thought that one of the strips resembled a bunch of mini masks. So I thought I'd ink up a couple pieces for a little Mardi Gras mystery.

Since I was on a mask kick, I thought I'd turn the smaller mini heart into a mask! I cut my heart in half, punched a couple holes through each piece, then applied Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Ink. I grabbed a few feathers, inked one of them with Pine Needles, then attached behind my mask. I felt the trinket pin "Secrets" and bauble beads were the perfect finishing touches to this Mardi Gras tag. 

Well, there you have it! A Tim Holtz-inspired Mardi Gras tag. Since it's Fat Tuesday, I may have to visit the nearest Krispy Kreme for a nice, warm glazed donut or two ... or three ... 

I can't wait for Tim to reveal the January and March tags! Thanks so much for looking, have a great day!

[I later added Glossy Accents to the black masks and Crackle Accents to the purple mask - tried to take a photo or two but they did not turn out well. Ugh!]


Vintage Lace die
Movers & Shapers Mini Hearts die
Grungeboard Elements
Salvage Stickers
Distress Ink
Stampers Anonymous
Gold Paint Dabber
Trinket Pin


Deb Neerman said...

This is fabulous! Love how you used the hearts and Vintage Lace die to create something entirely different ... genius!

Sandra said...

Very cool tag! Love that you used borders to make the masks! So clever!!

Maria said...

Thank you, ladies! I was getting burnt out with Valentine's Day and thought I'd change things up a bit ... :)

Alison said...

Fabulous tag Maria! Those masks are brilliant & so clever! x

Mandy Makes and Mends said...

Fab the mask ....genius well done you.....I love your take on this months theme .....looking forwards to your next months x