Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas...Day 7

Another day, another fantastic tag!
Here is the tag the Tim shared with us today:

And here is my version :

I am having fun rooting through my stash each day to come up with these tags!! I didn't have the kraft glassine papers today (but I was kicking myself, because I had them in my hand the other day and set them down because I wasn't sure what to do with them), so I had to do my leaves for my tag a little differently. First, I cut the tag itself out of a smooth cream colored cardstock using the free shipping tags SVG file from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I pressed Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress Ink pads onto wax paper and dragged my tag through to distress it, then spritzed it with sand Glimmer Mist and homemade marshmallow mist, then dotted on some moonlight white Smooch. I dried a little bit with my heat gun, then I crumpled the tag and lightly touched it to the Old Paper ink pad, then smoothed it out and recrumpled and touched it to the Tea Dye ink pad. Then I smoothed out the whole tag and dried completely with my heat gun.I distressed the edge of my tag with scissors, then took my ink blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, and then I "ghost-stamped" a floral flourish from Tim's Flights of Fancy stamp set with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
The leaves were all cut out of kraft cardstock, then I inked them with alcohol inks-Stream, Citrus, and Bottle, and then I took a paintbrush and stippled on a bit of gold Perfect Pearls in a random fashion. I then coated with a thick layer of Rock Candy Crackle paint. I dried them mostly with my heat gun, partially air dried. When it was dry, I bent and shaped them with my fingers and sponged on a bit of Peeled Paint Distress Stain, which I dabbed with a napkin to remove the excess. I cut the branches with SCAL and my Cricut out of kraft cardstock. I cut 3 copies of each, and layered to get the 3-d effect. I inked the bottom of the branch to create a shadow, and touched the tops with my Pearl paint dabber, and added Frosted Lace Stickles to the top for a snowy effect.
I made the plaque with kraft cardstock, Graphite Brilliance ink, a fancy frame stamp from Autumn Leaves and a "Joy to The World" sentiment from some Walmart holiday stamps I got a few years ago. I stamped the stamps and heat embossed them individually with black embossing powder from Ranger.I then inked the edges with my ink blending tool and Tea Dye Distress ink.
I made the bow with a bit of cream lace that I pulled with my fingers to give it a tattered look, a bit of silver tinsel wire, and some pearls that I inked with Watermelon and Terra Cotta alcohol ink.
I attached the plaque with double stick foam tape, and attached the leaves, branches, bow, and "berries" with hot glue.
I finished the tag off with hand dyed shabby seam binding, and some little bead and jingle bell dangles that I made.

Here are the challenges that I am linking up with:
The Paper Variety -Christmas Song Inspired -"Joy To The World"
Cricut Cardz- Cricut cuts (the tag, holly leaves, and branches)& Christmas Song Inspired
Simon Says Stamp Challenge- Christmas Photomontage inspired ( I think this tag is very reminiscent of this photo:
The Kraft Journal- Christmas Tag & Kraft
Die Cuttin Divas- Tags
Tuesday Throwdown- Celebrate The Season
Terrific Tuesday-Christmas


  1. Beautiful tag! I've been so busy I haven't visited the TH blog yet. Shame on me! I love the way your holly turned out.

  2. Gorgeous! I love the way your leaves turned out. TFS!

  3. It's always fun to see how someone modifies a project with their own take. :-) I really like how your holly leaves came out. Don't feel bad. I have some kraft glassine that I haven't figured out what to do with either. LOL Thanks for sharing your project with us this week at The Kraft Journal!

  4. i love the holly and berries

  5. Love it! Great colours for this one.

  6. Gorgeous tags, Margie! Love the embellies. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie TT DT

  7. Beautiful way to make what you have on hand work for you! Lovely tag!


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