I love Tim Holtz' mosaic technique that he is featuring on his March rendition of THE TWELVE TAGS. Check out his blog to see the actual technique...it's fun, easy and much cooler to see in person than in pictures.
Here is my Spring grungy tag that I made using the mosaic technique.
My background is some left over Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden paper that I had. It was pale blue with light brown polka dots and book text on it. Great background! I altered it by using Picket Fence Distress Stain mixed with my own Broken China Reinker and water spray. I kept layering more Picket Fence until I got the white washed look I was going for. Then I attached that altered paper on top of a manila tag that I had distressed using Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks. I stamped a grungy grid background from Tim's Ultimate Grunge stamp set.
Since it's almost Spring, I thought it might be fun to make my tag from Tim Holtz' Spring Sprung stamp set. It's got the cutest vintage bunny, the butterflies I used to create my mosaic butterflies and some great background stamps. I stamped the flourish randomly on my tag. The bunny was a two step stamp process.
I used Tim's fabulous new Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Markers to color my bunny's coat right on the stamp. Then I carefully applied Jet Black Archival Ink to the rest of the stamp. I stamped it on manila cardstock and it worked perfectly! Then I colored my bunny's bow and inner ear with Spun Sugar Distress Marker. His powder puff tail is done with White Flocking with a little glitter mixed in. He is popped onto the tag using pop dots.
The mosaic butterflies are done according to Tim's directions on his blog. I used scrap paper from Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens to create the mosaic "tiles". One butterfly has darker "grout" than the other one. That was achieved using a combination of Weathered White and Rust Antiquities Embossing Powder. The whiter butterfly was done with just Weathered White Antiquities Embossing Powder. I edged them with a black cats eye, raised their wings and glued them in place. I like the sentiment "Let Yourself Fly" (from Red Lead Paper Works) and thought it was appropriate for this tag.
The little vintage flowers at the bottom are attached on top of some distressed pink ribbon and two sets of metal leaves from Tim's Foliage Ideaology. The flowers are made from Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden scraps. I cut them in a spiral shape using some decorative edged scissors. I distressed the edges of the paper and then rolled them into their flower shape, shaped them, glued them and hot glued them in place on the tag.
If you've not tried Tim's mosaic technique, you should try it. It's fun and could be used on so many things...not just butterflies! Thanks for stopping by!