supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, distress ink/fired brick/tumbled glass/chipped sapphire/walnut stain, archival ink/jet black, paint dabbers/bottle/snow cap, distress stickles/picket fence, glossy accents, ink blending tool, heat tool, craft scraper, #8 tag; (idea-ology) seasonal mask, tissue tape, timepieces, game spinners, metal corners, locket keys, jump rings, trimmings, texture hammer, sanding grip, grungeboard, tiny attacher; (sizzix alterations) townscape on the edge die; (stampers anonymous) mini holidays stamp set, mini holidays 2 stamp set, fabulous flourish; (tonic) scissors; (misc) dymo, 26g wire, hot glue
(step 1): remove seasonal mask from package. you'll notice in the package there is a printed sheet (for storage), and the clear mask set. *this seasonal mask set has icons for a variety of holidays all year round.
(step 2): with scissors, cut off the bottom santa and sleigh from clear sheet. be careful not to cut the other masks.
(step 3): remove the outside silhouette of the mask - yes the OUTSIDE part. *this is the part we normally throw away, but not anymore!
(step 4): apply the outside silhouette to your tag. rub with your hand to make sure it's secure.
(step 7): continue inking until desired color is achieved.
(step 9): repeat with additional stamp images over entire tag.
(step 12): carefully remove the mask silhouette from the tag slowly to aviod tearing the tag and set aside. *pretty cool huh?...guess you won'e be throwing away the outlines of the masks anymore.
(step 13): heat set distress inks on tag with heat tool for about 30-45 seconds. *even though distress inks are dry to the touch, the resins in the ink are still wet so we need those dry before the next step.
(step 18): ink the edges of the tag with walnut stain distress ink using ink tool.
(step 24): cut out 4 houses from strip leaving a thin border on the bottom with sharp scissors.
(step 26): lightly scuff with sanding grip to give a whitewash shabby look - do not ink.
(step 27): apply picket fence distress stickles to the rooftops to create a snowy effect.
(step 28): dry distress stickles with heat tool or set aside to dry.
(step 29): cut a few pieces of 26g. wire about 5" each.
(step 31): repeat for all wire pieces.
(step 35): place metal corner on corner of tag.
(step 37): place tag on hammer mat and tap the tabs of the metal corner with bump tip of texture hammer to dent the tabs securing it to the tag.
(step 38): repeat for other corner.
(step 39): apply a small amount of glossy accents to the back of the timepiece.
(step 40): adhere to upper corner of the tag. *this will keep the timepiece from spinning around. pierce hole through timepiece and tag with craft pick and secure mini game spinner with long fastener.
(step 41): adhere houses to bottom of tag with glossy accents.
(step 42): create words with label maker. *i love my dymo with interchangeable font wheels (which is vintage) but now you can buy a new one with 3 font wheels including this cool script font - it's called the dymo caption.
*in the details: this extreme masking technique is so amazing. the layers of images and inks create such an illusion of dimension - the possibilities for using masks are endless. you can also create your own masks using your favorite die cuts, punches, or even digital cutters using my blank mask sheets.
just couldn't stop... once again i just had to share a little something extra using the townscape edge die with little wire chimney smoke again - priceless...
(step a): cut townscape from grungeboard and cut off the last house on either end, but only cut off one. cut the bottom edge to 1/2" wide.
(step d): apply a piece of 1/2" wondertape to the bottom edge of grunge.
(step f): wrap townscape all the way around tea-light until ends meet - trim any excess if necessary. *remember it's grungeboard so you can bend away!