my inspiration tag...
I love how Tim changes the creativity each and every day. Of course, I think that is the definition of creativity. Yesterday the tag was all about transparency and what is going on in the back of our tag that shines through so that we see in from the front. It was a favorite of mine thus far. But today he focused on what is happening on the front - gaining a new color dimension with paints, dry emboss, then clear heat embossing...a simple element for the embellishments and it still amazes me on the results. I remember back around 20 years ago or so, I stood over my electric stove embossing 100 Christmas Party invitations ( I should have asked for a heat tool for that year's Christmas) ...When the powder turns that brilliant almost glass like look, time and time again, it still makes me think -"Oh, wow there it goes." I changed a few things from Tim's original but that is the nature of creativity and inspiration. Here are my tips and switches....
*Instead of Paint dabbers, I used alcohol inks. This was due to 2 reasons, as I was getting the dabbers out, many of them had dried out :( and of the ones I did have, the colors were not "Christmasy" -the inks worked out great!
* I used my stazon after I sanded some of the color away.
* I used grungeboard to make my letters and then painted them and added stickles and silver brads.
a close up of "JOY"
As I was embossing the tag, I thought of how that powder doesn't look like much, in fact it looks like it will just disappear but when the heat comes close, we see those powders become clear, brilliant and then add depth to that which is already there. It reminds me of those that uplift us by a kind word, a nice gesture or yes, even a huge undertaking to help us and bring out the best in us. I thought of the refining process of our faith that Peter writes about in 1st Peter. As we are refined like gold, we reflect his love, his nature. I love that the Lord brings us light and life. It is his light, when poured over us, reflect all goodness and grace. It reminds me of the love God has for me. I am again reminded of a song perhaps not so lofty as yesterday but appropriate none the less--
"'This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine..." -- Are you singing along with me... I hope that your life reflects his light and that it brightens and lightens someone's else load. When Jesus, the King of Kings, chose to bring us light, it began in the manger. What a JOYful time of year this is.
"When a King's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in Spring."