Sunday, 3 April 2011

Grungy Monday #1

I was excited when I read a retweet (from Mario Rossi) about Grungy Monday Challenge on Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 blog. Each week you can explore the techniques & products of the genius that is Tim Holtz. This being the first it is Grungy Monday #1 and we were to take inspiration from 12 Tags of Christmas 2008, Tag 10 and make it your own.
I have not been collecting Tim Holtz/Ranger products for very long so it was definately a challenge considering I didn't have half of the products used but wanted to have a try anyway.
To start with I didn't even have a tag or a flourish mask for the background but improvised & cut my own tag using a cricut (hence the two holes at the top) & also cut a similar style of flourish.  The background was made using Distress Ink Pads (don't have bottle of distress reinker) in Vintage Photo & Brushed Corduroy with the masked part then coloured with Fired Brick; brushed with Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold then flicked with water droplets as Tim did in his tutorial.  The reindeer stamp I had was too small so I abandoned the Christmas theme & used a bird one instead, coloured with Promarkers; Fired Brick & Vintage Photo inkpads mixed with Perfect Pearls.  The strip was Idea-ology Tissue Tape in Nostalgic.  The flower I had already made using gilding flakes.  Button & metal embellishment from Crafty Bitz 'Memories' ATC kit.  Sentiment from K & Co Embellishment kit coloured the same as the background.

So, I even surprised myself how much I was able to improvise using the products I did have.
Thanks for visiting my blog and any comments are much appreciated.


  1. Wow! Love your work! This tag is stunning! So much detail you've put into it. Great job!

  2. Just love that image :)

  3. Hi Gillian! I love this tag! The masking is so subtle...but effective! The color is beautiful!! I love the stamped images you used and how you colorized them and the flower is awesome! Just beautiful! <3 Candy

  4. Gillian, I'm so happy you saw Mario's tweet and decided to join the challenge! WELCOME!You did a wonderful job re-inventing Tim's tag with your own style and the products you had on hand, and created a truly gorgeous work of art. I can't wait to see more from you!

    Thanks so much for helping launch Grungy Monday!