Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Skating on Thin Ice

I'm really behind on featuring the Ice Skate digi from a couple weeks ago, but the "skating on thin ice" idea struck and I wanted to see where it would take me.  It led me to play with aluminum tape and plastic packaging to create two distinct icy elements on this tag.

A Couple Details
  • The cracked ice background was created by layering aluminum duct tape (found in the heating and cooling section of your local hardware store) on top of a manila tag and embossing it using Tim Holtz's "Cracked" texture fade.  I then used swirls of Picket Fence Distress Stain and pounces of Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber to cover the entire tag.  Once dry, rubbing with steel wool reveals the metallic shine of the aluminum tape on just the "cracks".  Finally, a generous spritzing of Perfect Pearl Mist gives the surface a luminous glow that you just don't get credit for in the photo.
  • The icy snowflakes were created by embossing plastic packaging using Tim Holtz's "Snowflakes" border texture fade.  I then colored the plastic with a little Aqua and Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink and cut around the flakes with deckle scissors.  I wanted the flakes to surround my skate image, so I cut the border into three pieces, then layered them as desired and attached them with glue dots.

Simon Says Stamp & Show: A Song Title (Jethro Tull's "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day")

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Naturals Ivory’; manila tag
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found ‘Portobello Road’
Image: ‘Ice Skate’ by Paper Squirrel
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Alcohol Ink ‘Aqua’, ‘Silver Mixative’; SU! watercolor pencils; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Perfect Pearl’, ‘Heirloom Gold’; Distress Stain ‘Picket Fence’; Adirondack Paint Dabber ‘Snow Cap’
Embellishments: Hug Snug seam binding ‘Ivory’; crepe paper; Tim Holtz tissue tape ‘Nostalgic’; buttons; aluminum tape; Distress Stickles ‘Rock Candy’; corsage pin; packaging plastic

Tools: heat gun; Zots glue dots; Fiskars deckle scissors; foam tape; foam ink blending tool; felt ink blending tool; circle punch; TH paper distresser; scallop scissors; steel wool; Sizzix texture boutique; TH texture fade ‘Cracked’, ‘Snowflakes’


  1. That is extremely creative, love it!

  2. Stunning tag. Love the embossing on the plastic and aluminum.

  3. Great use of aluminium duct tape, looks wonderful. Great tag. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  4. wow this is great love it thank you for joining us at crafty catz
    linda x

  5. Well that's an awesome tag, what a beautiful lot of fabulous details!


  6. The background is great, love how the white really makes it look sooooo cold!!!

  7. Hello! Your tag is beautiful! I totally love your technique you used on Tim's Texture Fade. Love the embossing!! All of your embellishments are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  8. Hi Vickie

    A gorgeous tag,thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz

    Hugs Dianne xx

    CraftyCatz DT

  9. wow what a wonderful project, thanks for joining us At the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge xx

  10. Saw your post of ATT ... and WoWzA, this is fantastic! I got a chill just lookin' at its frosty goodness! GREAT job!!!!

  11. So gorgeous and vintagey!!! Love the metal! This is a real beauty!

  12. Fabulous. Great way to use the aluminum tape.

  13. YOur gorgeous tag surely fits our challenge ~ use something not intended for crafting ~ Thanks so much for sharing your super tag with our Crafting When We Can Challenge :)

  14. Beautiful tag and thanks for wonderful inspiration. I've been playing around with all white tags and cards and am loving it.

  15. WOW! This is very pretty. Thanks for the info on it was done.

  16. Lovely tag, esp the finish of the paint on embossed metal.

  17. Stunning!! I love the embossed part! Really resembles the crackle of ice : ) The buttons are fabulous as well!

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  18. Fabulous tag and great use of the duct tape. Thanks for joining us at CWWC this time. Carol DT x


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