Apr 12, 2021

Tim Holtz Starry Night Paper Dolls Tag

Hi friends!  I'm happy to be back with you to share my latest mixed media tag as inspiration for this week's "Not a Card" theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I have been hoarding my Etcetera thickboard tags for far too long, so I chose to use one as my substrate this week.  The funny thing is that I was going to make a steampunk tag, but it turned out terribly.  I loved the background so much, so I tore everything off of it and repainted areas where the adhesive had torn away the surface and then went in an entirely different direction, a middle school dance theme!  LOL! 

I used PaperArtsy Midnight Frescos to paint my tag. Then I scraped on crackle paste and let it dry.  I went over the dried, cracked portions with PaperArtsy Infusions in In the Navy.  I added some light sponging of Space Cadet Frescos to blend the harsh lines where the crackle met the dark blue background.  I stamped the Fragments stamp by Tim Holtz in Brilliance gold ink over the painted background.  The background reminded me of a magical night, so I chose a group of young girls from Tim's Groups Paper Doll collection, who reminded me very much of girls all dressed up and waiting to be asked to dance.  Because of this, I colored tinted them with Distress Inks in fancy dress colors, AKA Worn Lipstick, Chipped Sapphire and Antique Linen.  :) 

I added distressed wings from Tim's Botanical ephemera.  I embossed Tim's 3D Faceted star die in Tinsel Gold.

I cut down the ABCs from the Field Notes Ephemera to give the girls a perching place.  I painted a Vignette Frame to coordinate and added a bit of sisal for texture.  I added the flowers also from the Botanical ephemera, sanded and dipped in watery Frayed Burlap, like I did to the butterfly wings.  This was a lot of fun to make and I'm so glad I didn't chunk the tag after my first failed attempt.  I am filled with nostalgia when I look at it.  I hope it gives you inspiration today!

Make sure to join this week's Not a Card challenge for your chance to win a $25 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. 


Lorraine A said...

Oh my goodness Autumn, I have spent AGES admiring this!! The background is fabulous and I love the girls all waiting to be invited to dance! Definitely a step back in time ;-)
Thanks so much XX
Hope you have a great week!
Lols x x x

Paula Cheney said...

Beautiful make for the SSS blog! Thank you so much for using the new Group Paper Dolls for your project. It is beautiful with that dark blue background!

Nancy Wethington said...

As always a beautiful composition and details galore. Love your style!

Betty4 said...

Thia is just stunning! The blue just makes it.

coldwaters2 said...

Wow this is one amazing and very beautiful tag the colours and detail is fantastic
lorraine x

sarascloset said...

Oh, yessss! I love the vintage nostalgic-ness of this, and it brings back memories of my middle school buds, Johnnie Ruth and Tuddie. That's JR in the pink, me in the middle and Tuddie on the right, and we are steppin' out lookin' for some boys that might be taller than us to dance with! You make the best backgrounds and compositions, and the scratching on the ephemera is such a great touch! Love this! Consider me inspired!

Karen said...

Love this all that texture & those dolls look boss on there. Love the composition too!

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