The past few days, after finishing my Imagine If… Design Team projects and gifts for people, I have been happily working on my 12 Tags of Christmas, inspired by Tim Holtz 2011 Tags, and of course I finished my 12 Tags of 2014 December Tag.
I love this December 2014 Tag, it is soft and twinkly with the glitter. I decided to use a cute reindeer from Imagine If… as I don’t have the die Tim used, I painted him using Distress Paints, then covered him in Distress Glitter Rock Candy. For the words, rather than cutting them I used the Joy & Peace Stencil from Imagine If… that I designed; the leaves were cut from cardstock coloured with Distress Spray Stains, and to finish it off I added a bell from PaperVine Trinkets Christmas Selection, a metallic pipecleaner for the wreath around the reindeer neck, and a mini bell I had in my stash.
Now the 12 Tags of Christmas (see here for my post on tags 1 and 2).
Tag 3 is based around the technique of creating your own custom stamp pad using Ranger Cut n’ Dry Felt and Distress Reinkers. I decided to create two stamp pads with my Basic Grey Merry & Bright Stamps, which I then used on my Christmas Card envelopes too. While the bird is one stamp, the pad I created for it had multiple colours, all based on the colours I’ve been using for Christmas this year – turquoise, red with a little bit of antiquing with brown. For the foliage, I used the Sizzix Bigz Tattered Pinecone Die to cut the greenery with different cardstocks, and the Sizzix Bigz Die – Holiday Lamppost for the holly.
For Tag 4, rather than cutting a chipboard shape, I used the Santa on a Sleigh chipboard from Imagine If… and cut the ’25’ using Sizzix Movers’n’Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25, it did hit the edges in a couple of spots, but it was easy enough to correct with the leftover 25 from a present I was making. After using Distress Paints to colour the santa and sleigh, I painted it with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint, although mine was drying out so the crackles are quite large and couple of pieces have flaked off, which adds to the distressed look! I used Sizzix On the Edge Die – Scrollwork with acetate, then heated slightly to get a curl.
Tag 5 is so simple and so cool! After colouring acetate with Alcohol Inks, I stamped it with Stampers Anonymous Reflections Cling Stamps, giving the very cool clear lettering effect. As I don’t have the die Tim used to create the wreath, I used Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Tattered Flower Garland and some circular stems to recreate my own version. I love using non-Christmas supplies to create a Christmas project!
The effect of Tag 6 is very cool, even if a bit time consuming! I used kitchen foil and a glue stick over gloss cardstock, which this is a bit thin and it did start to come away in some areas, it has worked out fine. After gluing the foil to the cardstock I used the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder Vintage Holiday and then painted with Distress Paints. For the charm, I used a veneer angel, covered her in foil and used the same technique as the tag – I love how she has turned out, what a great way to use veneer shapes!
I think this is one of my favourite of the 12 Tags of Christmas, Tag 7 looks so amazing with the soft holly leaves made out of glassine paper, the paper I had has script on it, which I think adds to the look of the tag. The paper was coloured using Alcohol Inks, then cut out with Sizzix Bigz Die – Holly Branch. I used the beautiful Montarga Joys of Christmas Stamp, and some pearls to finish it off.
I think Tag 8, Christmas Steampunk is my DH’s favourite tag, I love the look of steampunk but haven’t done a lot myself so this was a great tag to have a play. The stamps are from Stampers Anonymous Steampunk Stamp Set, a great set that includes the background stamps, the little stamps and the three men. The background of the tag uses a resist technique with Distress Paint with a stamp and then Distress Ink Pads over the top, leaving the white paint without ink. The diecuts from chipboard are Sizzix Bigz Weathered Clock and Sizzix Bigz Gadget Gear painted with metallic Distress Paints. I handcut the holly for the men’s hats, and the switch at the base is from Prima Junkyard Findings Switches and Outlets (I love the Junkyard Findings!). The other little charms are a Key from Mini Lock & Key Trio from PaperVine and the bronze version of Gadget Gears. The ribbon is coloured with Distress Stain, and ‘JOY’ has been cut from chipboard with my Cuttlebug and then painted. I love all the layers on this tag, builds a lot of visual interest.
So that’s what I’ve been busy doing, another 4 tags and 3 days until Christmas, so I should get them finished!