Tuesday 6 September 2011

Fragments Of Christmas

The challenge for Grungy Monday this time around is Transparent Illusions, techniques using Tim's Fragments. You can find all of his techniques HERE. Once again I was sorting/sifting through my craft space for inspiration, which you will often find me doing if I am lacking in ideas etc.  I find that old/new products always inspire me to create.  This time around I found an old K and Co. tag book which I decided to decorate using some of my bulk load of Christmas stash. Be warned this is a very long picture heavy post as there are quite a few pages to the book.  I would like to have added the pictures in groups of 4 in a square but I am not sure how to do this, if there is anyone out there that can advise me I would be very very grateful.
I coloured the book with Distress Stains fired brick and vintage photo around the edges.  The stamp in the background is from Tim's Seasons Silhouettes stamped in black archival ink. Three fragmens have been decorated and added to the front cover along with snowflake embellishments.  The reindeer has been cut from thick card using the Reindeer Flight die. I have also added some clear packaging over the top of the reindeer which I have embossed with a snowflake texture fade.
I have added some fibres to fasten the pages along with Christmas embellishments to decorate.

I have used the same background stamp on the back along with the second reindeer from the Reindeer Flight die, again decorated with vintage music paper and embossed packaging added to the top. The number 25 has been decorated in the same way and aged with vintage photo Distress Ink.
Inside front cover has been decorated with a bauble using the Carved Ornament die along with a holly image from Inkadinkado.
The next page has dry embossing using a texture fade and a couple of circular images stamped with Inkadinkado images.
I have embossed this page with the December Calendar texture fade and used the aperture from the Carved Ornaments I die cut previously and sponged fired brick ink through the aperture.
Embossed snowman, sponged with fired brick Distress Ink and master builder verse stamped with vermillion archival ink.
Embossed with Snowflurries texture fade and sponged through the aperture of the Reindeer Flight with vintage photo ink.
The same technique applied here, using the die cut apertures as stencils. I masked the reindeer on the right and stamped the background with vermillion archival ink.
Two further fragments added, one using Tim's "faux etching" technique.

JOY from the background stamp from the Seasons Silhouettes, reindeer using the Reindeer Flight and snowman from Stampotique.
Verse is an old My Sentiments Exactly stamp.  Snowflakes stamped with vermillion archival ink.
Snowflake aperture using a large snowflake punch, circular stamped embellishments and Carved Ornament added using the aperture as a stencil from the die cuts as before and if you look VERY closely you will see a reindeer cut from clear packaging added to the top of the bauble.
Same techniques applied to this page.
Thanks for stopping by, your comments are much appreciated and if you can help with advising me how to group pictures together in a post I would be most grateful.  Tracy x x


Emma Williams said...

Another fabulous piece of artwork and another stunning and totally original idea!! FAB work, Tracy!
Love Emma xx

Siobhan Fyffe said...

As always your work is amazing!! I don't know how you keep coming up with such great ideas.

cheryl said...

oh wow hun you have put some work into this its just stunning the detail is just amazing,hugs cherylxxx

Netty said...

Your tag book is wonderful Tracy. Have a great week. Annette x

Lori Saul said...

Wow- what beautiful Holiday imagery crafted in such a creative book. I love the vintage and distressed feel to the colors and your embellishment is just perfect. Great inspiration Tracy!

Gerri Herbst said...

This is breath taking! I dont know where to begin...Colors, embellishments and fragments are so wonderful today. I cant say enough!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant festive book Tracy! So many wonderful techniques! Sorry I can't help with your photo problem xx

Sandy said...

Oh wow so lovely little book Tracy.
Amazing style. Love your work.

Laura said...

Christmas is calling again. This wonderful book brought this thought home to me. What a great reminded. A fabulous tag book.

Jean Franks Beck said...

Wow, your tag book is fabulous! I love all the wonderful details. Sorry I am rather a "dinosaur" when it comes to technology... I'm lucky I can post pictures at all, LOL! It's okay - I loved looking at each individual picture - so inspiring!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful tag book - love the added music script stamped on your pieces! Fab embellies!

Marjie Kemper said...

Your book is so gorgeous! All the stamping is fantastic and the texture is amazing. Sorry I have no clue about grouping the pics.

Lori said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the stamping inside the ornament shapes, very cool!

Lynne Phelps said...

LOVE this! So many wonderful details, I spent a long time looking at everything! You really have a gift for Christmas!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love everything! Such a great inspiration!