Saturday, 21 December 2013

Hello Robin i'm Mr Snowman

Hi Everyone,
Here again as promised with Tag number 11 of  Linda's 12 tags of Christmas Challenge.  Linda's original tag 11 that gives us such wonderful inspiration can be seen HERE
from which I used the snowy trees as my starting point.  I don't have the lovely tree stamp that Linda used or the snowflakes on the edge die (that looks so nice), but, when I was visiting Anne last week, I spotted this tree emboss folder in her stash and she very kindly  let me emboss yet another tag whilst I was there.  I had an idea in mind and I set about colouring the sky with faded jeans and stormy sky, evergreen bough on the trees followed by a little shading with a charcoal pencil on one side and gathered twigs in and around the tree base, all was going well, then I realised I was supposed to be doing snowy trees! duh! so, I painted gesso on the other edge of the trees and on the base of the tag to start my snowy forest scene. It was at this point that I realised that the thing I seemed to have which would look right in this vast space of white was the deer die cut I had used in tag 2.  He looked ok, but as he was a leaping deer it sort of looked wrong for the tag, so this went on the back burner for a couple of days whilst I thought, and thought, and thoght!  Today I had a bit of inspiration.  I felt the snow was to flat and needed addressing, so I roughly painted areas of the gesso with Reeves iridescent medium.  I have never used it before and it has been lying around my paint drawer for ages (another sale find I think), anyway not even sure if it dryed flat or textured I took the chance.   

 As you can see by the photo it is textured and glistens like fresh snow, I was so happy with this finish.  I then had a bit of a shrinkie frenzy!  I used the Bigz Winter Wonder die and white shrink plastic for Mr Snowman and the snowflakes.  Inktense pencils were used on Mr Snowman for colour.  The simple saying sentiment was Peace on Earth, but when I put Mr snowman in place, there was still a large space of white that was making him look very lonely.  I had a look around my stash, but nothing came to mind, then when clearing my desk up later, I spotted a large robin stamp on a set I had been using for the last tag for the cherub.  He was huge, much bigger than Mr Snowman but I thought he might just be the perfect size once shrunk.   I stamped the robin onto shrink plastic using brown stayzon and coloured his little red breast before shrinking him down and bingo he was perfect, the sentiment however wasn't.  I thought some more and spotted the hello friend sentiment and it just made me smile.  Now Mr snowman looks like he is politely touching his hat to greet the sweet little robin who has just landed near him.  I hope you like.

Remember if you still want to be in with a chance of winning one of the three random drawn gift certificates to spend at The Funkie Junkie Boutique You need to complete all 12 tags by Jan. 8th, anyone who completes the challenge on time and meets all the requirements will get a 10% coupon . In addition to this there will also be two other bonus tags published on 21st and 28th December to keep us busy and these must be Thank you tags with a winter theme, complete these two tags also and the coupon will be 15% off. But you must meet all the requirements shown here at the Funkie Junkie blog for each and every post.

Thank you as always for popping over, I will be back with my last two tags of Christmas tomorrow after which I  will take a well earned break for a few days.  So ta ta for now see you soon.
Hugs Mo x


  1. What a lovely tag! I love the SP robin: I am a huge fan of Shrink Plastic and I think it really works well on this tag. I love those snowy edged trees too: a great idea. This is a beautiful and original scene. I love it! Julie Ann xx

  2. This is fab! I love the iridescent snow - how cool! - and the trees look wonderful. Great take on tag 11 - looking forward to seeing how many more you've notched up!
    Alison x

  3. Oh Mo I LOVE this one! Your trees look perfect against the snowy landscape and Mr Snowman and the robin look so at home here (well who wouldn't be!) Jenny x

  4. You put so much time and effort into this one but it was SO worth it. I love the way the snowman looks like he is about to raise his hat to the little robin. This one really did make me smile! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Oh, how sensational is this? I adore what you have created here. Every detail is just perfect - the trees, the snow, beautiful background! The shrunken Mr. Snowman and robin are just fantastic - love the coloring job on Mr. Snowman and your sentiment made me smile! Super take on Tag #11!

  6. Oh this simply looks glorious! Love the snowman in front of the snowy trees! A totally fantastic take on the original, love it!!!