Monday, December 30, 2013

12 tags of 2013 December - Luminary

Hello everyone! In the last minute, my version of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2013 December. I started making this on Christmas Eve, but didn't get a chance to finish until after Christmas. I normally make tags for the 12 tags, but I wanted to make a winter luminary and thought this was as good opportunity.
Both Tim's Frosted Film and Wendy Vecchi's Modeling Film are favourite products of mine, and I actually combined them in much the same way as Tim did on his December tag on a project I made last year for Simon Says Stamp. I loved the result and thought it would work perfectly for a snowy project.
I also used Frosted Film for the windows of the luminary. Earlier this year, I made an autumn luminary inspired by a tutorial by Tammy Tutterow where she made a transfer on frosted film. I really like the frosted transfer luminary windows and repeated it here again. For the transfer, I used papers from Tim Holtz Mini Seasonal stash, two snowy patterns and two music patterns. When the transfers were done, I backed them with acetate to make the windows stronger.
Tim's Luminary die is so much fun. I die cut it from manila cardstock, you can also use thin chipboard, but thick materials won't work since it has quite a few folds. You need to die cut four sides and two roof pieces. The paper was inked with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Stain. When it was dry, I used a dot stencil to sponge Frayed Burlap and Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I also stamped it with one of my favourite script stamps, using Archival Jet Black ink, and holding the cling stamp in my hand instead of mounting it on an acrylic block.
Frosted Film was adhered to clear Modeling Film and I die cut snowflakes and small pine trees from it. The blue snowflakes and trees were inked with Blue Cornflower and French Ultramarine Archival Ink. I felt that I also needed some white, and the white pieces were painted at the back with Picket Fence Distress Paint, not aiming for perfect coverage.
I love Modeling Film and use it a lot, it is so versatile and keeps its shape perfectly once cool. Here are some examples of other projects using modeling film: Joy to the World, Jumbo Tattered Florals Shadow BoxButterfly Post, Globe Card, Circle Frame, Metal-ology Tag, Flying Butterflies tutorial, and Fly to Paris Pop-Up.
Because the film keeps its shape, some of the trees were placed on the 'shelves' in front of the windows, creating more dimension.

I attached the modeling film pieces with brads or mini staples before assembling the luminary. The luminary was also splattered with paint before assembly. Loved the snowy effect. I had to add a tiny bit of water to the Picket Fence Distress Paint before it would splatter well. All the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs.

When the luminary was assembled, I squeezed out some Glossy Accents here and there and sprinkled it with mica flakes, to add one more snowy effect.

The snowflakes were layered two together.

I also added some mica flakes on the roof.

The dimensional effect of the Frosted Film/Modeling Film pieces is great and since they are translucent, it looks fabulous also when the luminary is lit with a battery-driven tea candle. You can of course not use real candles in a luminary made of paper.

Here you can get an idea of how the luminary looks in the dark with a battery-driven tea candle. Very cozy!

Thank you so much for looking!
Happy Crafty Year 2014!
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Frosted Film, Seasonal Collage Mini; Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous Clearly For Art Modeling Film
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Classics #9
Ink: Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Weathered Wood; Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue, French Ultramarine, Jet Black
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood
Paint: Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Stencil: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Dot Fade
Embellishments: Stampendous: Pearlized Mica Flakes


  1. Your project hit me a lot! It is the most beautiful Christmas luminary project that I've seen on the web! fantastic as all your works, but this has a special place in my heart! I like everything, really everything, every detail is perfectly in place, everything is in perfect balance! Really beautiful!

  2. It's me again! Best wishes to a wonderful 2014 full of creativity!BArbarayaya

  3. Sooo beautiful, Anna-Karin - I adore the music parchment, and wonderful neutral colours - just gorgeous! Hope you are having a lovely Christmas, and wishing you a wonderful 2014!
    Alison x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Gail in Oklahoma

  5. What a glorious winter luminary!

    Best wishes for 2014


  6. Such a beautiful version Anna-Karin. Love the way the mica flakes really twinkle and the use of Seasonal Stash papers is inspired. Jenny x

  7. FABULOUS Anna-Karin!! One of the best luminaries I have seen this season. The colors you used are amazing. Thanks for sharing your work.

  8. Hello Anna-Karin,

    Just found your luminary on pinterest... Made me come over immediately to see more details! I've been working on a luminary the whole evening and it's almost done... I'm quite pleased with it, but when i see yours i feel completely inspired to add more:)

    Love all the different techniques and materials you used: they all add so much more interest to the whole project. Really, really love it !

    Greetings from Belgium

  9. Wow, helt otroligt vackert! Jag har läst din blogg ett tag, men tror att det är första gången jag lämnar en kommentar. Vill bara säga att jag beundrar alla dina skapelser. Du är alltid en stor inspiration. Gott nytt år!

  10. This is beautiful!
    I recall your earlier luminary being so very pretty. How in the world did you manage to top yourself? Amazing!

    P.S. You're making me long for that die.

  11. Gorgeous creation, Anna-Karin. I always love your beautiful project. Wish you a happy new year. :)

  12. Stunning! You have outdone yourself!

  13. So pleased you won with this Anna-Karin. Jenny x

  14. It's a stunner!! Well deserved win Congratulations!!

  15. So Beautiful! You have inspired me to figure out my luminary die and make a winter wonderland! What a perfect little project you have created! Love it!

  16. Love your luminary! Congrats on your win x

  17. Love your luminary! Congrats on your win x

  18. A fabulous project with wonderful panels and snowflakes.
    Congrats on your win.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  19. Wow!! This is fabulous. Congratulations on the win .... well deserved! xx

  20. OMG. This is just fabulous! Congratulations on your well deserved win. I'm definitely pinning this.

  21. Just gorgeous! Great to see your interpretation of Tim's theme!

  22. Awesome Anna-Karin! Love your use of the Art Modeling Film. Perhaps the making of a new luminary will become an annual tradition for you! Congratulations on winning Tim's December 12 tags of 2013!

  23. Oh, My dear Anna-Karin. Congrats on your win from Tim. He is so lucky to have anything of his showcased by you! I am inching more toward that luminary die because of you. So, this Christmas rendition is stunning, my friend! Well done!


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