I was thrilled to learn that last year’s premiere issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors Gifts issue was a huge success. No wonder, the projects featured were just so darn inspiring. I made some fun ICE Resin ornaments that people could use as jewelry, or use as ornamentation for their gift-giving presentation.
When the esteemed Cloth, Paper, Scissors Editor Jenn Mason asked if I’d like to contribute another project to this year’s Gifts issue, I immediately said, um…Heck Yes! I had a great time making mixed-media tags for the 2011 CPS Gifts issue, which is available for pre-order right now.
Even though it was summer time and 90 degrees outside, I gathered up some of my vintage Christmas paper books and ephemera and resined up lots of yummy papers to use as a base in my tags. I show a step-out of how to resin paper in the article, so if you haven’t ever made resin paper before, be sure to check it out in the magazine.
Once the papers dried to the touch, I got out some plain vanilla shipping tags, my Distress inks from Ranger and a bunch of vintage trim and buttons. I added some stamped images and words, as well as some other found object goodies, like a blingy broken rhinestone pin, a broken watch face and two delicious snowy white buckles. I used Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and glued all that fun three-dimensional stuff on my collage tags.
I gave them a good day to dry thoroughly, gave them a little shake to ensure nothing was coming off of them in the mailing (the worst thing for editors is to receive artwork where bits and bobbles end up at the bottom of the package) and shipped them off to Jenn with a kiss and a wave.
Five months later the finished magazine arrives in my mailbox and I get to squeal with delight about what a wonderful job Jenn and Barbara Delaney and all the rest of the CPS team did to create another inspiring issue.
I’m in love with Jenn’s Journal Jars, and Cat Kerr’s Coffee Cuffs. Also the work from my CHA Designer Member peers Melony Bradley, Laura Bray and Jennifer Swift. My friend Lara Scott has some cute stamp projects in there too using the Teresa Collins Stampmaker. Let’s not forget about the big guy himself, craft guru Mark Montano who made a wintry assemblage. Reading the contributing artists is like being at an art retreat with so many fellow friends and artists.
I’ve given my copy of the magazine a quick once over. I can’t wait for it to get dark so I can get into my pajamas and snuggle under my covers with the issue so I can read it from cover to cover.