Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

Three More Christmas Tags

I’ve been to North Carolina and back, then to South Carolina and back!  Home now until mid-April and I hope to get some Spring projects done!  In the meantime, here are the last three of my 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.

This technique was pretty cool. We embossed Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape with Sizzix Winter Botanicals embossing folder, painted the whole thing with Snowcap Alcohol Ink Mixative, then colored the depressed areas with alcohol ink reinkers using a small paintbrush. We then sanded the whole tag which took the white off the raised areas and gave it a burnished look. Some red and clear rhinestones on the bottom and a blue ribbon on top finishes off the tag.


This was a very simple tag and we thought it came out looking very elegant! We covered our tag with patterned paper. Then we put clear acrylic on top of that and held them together with the red ribbon. We stamped snowflakes on the acrylic with white Staz-On ink. The "wreath" is the large rosette from Tim Holtz' Sizzix Decorative Strip Paper Rosettes in a coordinating patterned paper with a clear button in the center (we glittered the button up a little). Butcher's twine is knotted through the button.


This last tag is also one of my favorites. I just love using this deer from the Reindeer Flight die. He is covered with pattered paper and a small pearl from Tim Holtz' Baubles is tied around his neck with a silver cord. The kraft tag is stamped with a musical score stamp in red Staz-On on top of a mask of Hero Arts Cling Classic Holly, then swiped with Ranger Picket Fence Distress Stain. The holly is then stamped and colored with watercolor pencils and "Merry Christmas" from Tim Holtz Christmas Memories is stamped down the right side. The deer is adhered with pop-dots and a shirred satin ribbon is added to the bottom of the tag. A green ribbon on top with a star from Tim Holtz' Adornments finishes the tag.

These were so much fun to make – and it gave my sister and I time together!  This year Tim Holtz is doing 12 tags throughoot the year – one each month.  I have done February but need to get back to January and get going with March.  Tags are a great way to be creative!


March 14, 2012

More Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist…

The days go by quickly….didn’t have time to post yesterday to so I’m back today!


Another favorite! I love this little deer from Tim Holtz' Reindeer Flight die. We covered the deer with several coats of Coffee Shop Glitter Mist - you can't tell in the photo but he is very shimmery. The foliage is from the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die, and the banner is the Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die. We stamped snowflakes on the tag with Distress Ink Spun Sugar ink pad and embossed with a holographic embossing powder and then applied Distress Ink Shabby Shutters with a sponge applicator over the embossed snowflakes (also added more holographic embossing powder) and then edged the tag with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. A Tim Holtz Baubles pearl died with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a bow finished the little deer.



The tag on Ellen's site was a lamp post from a Tim Holtz die. We didn't have that die so we decided to to a birdhouse. We just cut the post and house from cardstock and patterned paper and the roof is corrugated with snow on top. A little snowflake in the center and a tiny bird resting on some foliage completes the little house. More snow on the bottom of the tag with some silver german scrap and silver tinsel garland with a red bow on top makes this a festive tag!


This was an easy tag with big impact. The santa stamp is from Tim Holtz' Santa's Wish stamp set - colored with markers and stamped toward the bottom of the tag. A flower made from three flowers cut from Tim Holtz' Tattered Flowers die at the top resembles a poinsettia and a jingle bell was tied on with some gold cord. Green trim at the bottom completes the tag.


Jay and I will be going to North Carolina for the weekend so I’ll post the rest of the tags next week!


March 12, 2012

More Christmas Tags…

Three more of our versions of Ellen Hutson’s 12  Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist tags to show you today!

This was one of the more difficult ones since I had never worked with shrink plastic in UTEE before. The ornaments were cut from Tim Holtz' Ornaments die, put into UTEE to shrink and then embossed with a background stamp while still warm. Pearl Ex was brushed on the ornaments - the colors look really pretty on the black. We used silver acrylic paint for the ornament top and then wrapped the wire around the neck of the ornaments (not my strong suit!) The background of the tag is again the Versamark resist technique.


This is one of my favorites! The tag is a kraft tag which we crumpled up, swiped with a white craft ink pad, then stamped snowflakes randomly on the tag. The chipboard snowflake was painted with Distress Ink Pewter Crackle Paint and let dry, then attached to a small doily. The white Prima flower was adhered and then the stickpins were pushed into the back of the flower. (The stickpins were white pearls - we died them with Ranger Tumbled Glass alcohol ink!) December 25 is a Cornish Heritage Farms stamp that I cut to look like a ticket, then some silver tinsel garland was stuck in for some sparkle.



Another ornament tag with a different twist. The ornaments were punched out of Ranger Foil Tape and adhered to cardboard, then embossed with the Big Shot. We used Ranger Lettuce alcohol ink to color them. Some silver glass glitter was sprinkled on the top and bottom of each ornament. The foliage was cut from the plastic box that housed Tim Holtz' Tattered Pinecone die and swiped with a silver craft ink pad. We then used the heat gun to heat them and it was really cool how the leaves got a little twisted and you could actually shape them. It gives them some "life" on the tag rather than just being flat - really neat technique! If you don't like the way they look, just heat them again!


Three more to show tomorrow!

March 11, 2012

Christmas in March!

My sister Lesley and I have always wanted to do Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of Christmas but have never been able to find the time. We also were impressed by Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist and decided that this year we would block out the time to get together to do her tags.  We set aside 3 days to play with Christmas in March!


These tags are not in the order that Ellen did them and we ended up substituting some products but we had fun trying some new techniques and we like the results!


We used the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecones die for the roses and cut the foliage from the same die using Ranger Foil Tape. The wreath was made with May Road Tulle Pleat trim woven around 20 gauge wire with mini jingle bells interspersed around the wreath.


The background of this tag is very simple, just a damask design stamped with Versamark and then rubbed with green dye ink. The resist is pretty. The wings were from a pattern downloaded from the internet as we didn't have the Angel Wings die, then embossed and sprayed with Glimmer Mist and the edges embellished with gold glass glitter. The angel image was from a collage sheet and transferred onto packing tape, then put on the Ranger Foil Tape and adhered to a Tim Holtz Facet piece. It looks like mercury glass!



This cute one was pretty simple. The background is just acrylic paint let dry and then Ranger Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint dribbled on to make it look "icy." We cut out three "houses" from cardboard, painted with acrylic paint and while the paint was wet pressed Tim Holtz' tissue (I used the musical score)on and let it dry, then trimmed the edges. Snow on the rooftops, then the musical score tissue was crumpled for the bottom trim, swiped with Tumbled Glass Distress stain, covered with a matte gel medium (ModPodge would work)and sprinkled with glitter. Then that was adhered to the tag and butcher string was wrapped around with a tiny jingle bell. The number "24" was used for a little window to signify Christmas Eve - one more touch to add is a little Santa hanging from the ribbon above the houses - he'll be coming in the mail soon and my tag will be complete!


Three more to show tomorrow!  See Ellen’s blog for her tags and instructions.

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