First, a little background. Surely everyone who has ever gone blog surfing has seen Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags of Christmas, right? If you're unfamiliar with them, you should really drop everything and go to his blog to see. When you've finished looking at all of them (which will take a few weeks), come on back and check mine out. Despite the notion that everything is bigger in Texas, these are a trimmer version of Tim's huskier tags. You can find them in any office supply (#5 shipping tags - 4 3/4" X 2 3/8") and you can easily attach them to a card. And most importantly, they won't take you all day to finish! So now, on with the show!
Here are all the pieces unassembled. Once you have all the parts, just adhere them with foam tape so they pop up a little bit. Or leave them flat if you want. See if I care. The Texas Background is in Memento's Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa was applied to the edges.
As you can see, there are two armadillo stamps but I wanted him to be facing to the right so I had to cut the letter from his mouth. Since he's partially behind the Ornate Texas, you don't have to cut around the tail. Still, you will probably need your reading glasses like I did. Getting old stinks! Colored pencils add the shading.
Here's a close up showing the Ornate Texas embossed in blue and painted with one of the many brands of iridescent watercolors. I'm sure there's a difference but they all seem to do the job and since they're watercolors, they don't stick to the embossed image. I also used an iridescent red inside the Texas shape inside Wish You Were Here.
And now, a little background, especially for those who might live somewhere besides the Great State of Texas. The Six Flags of Texas refers to the six states that have had sovereignty over some or all of the state of Texas. The flags of Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, United States and Confederate States are all a part of our rich history - and there are theme parks all over the country with the same name, although I don't think they focus on Texas history. Luckily there are only 6 flags so making 6 tags won't take the rest of you life. Tune in tomorrow for tag number two!