the holidays are in full swing and the studio is buzzing with festive creativity. i hope the final tag of the year will inspire you to take time during this busy holiday season to give these ideas a try. we start by transforming plain burlap into a colorful patterned masterpiece, then layer punched paper shapes into yuletide evergreen, and finish everything off with a few findings and a splattering of distress to create a winter wonderland. here’s wishing you all a creative and magical christmastime…t!m
- surfaces: textured surfaces/burlap, #8 manila tag, kraft core
- embellishments: jingle brads, chitchat stickers/occasions, crinkle ribbon, mirrored stars
- distress ink: ground espresso, walnut stain
- distress spray stain: fired brick
- distress paint: picket fence
- alcohol ink: mushroom
- punches: pine, juniper, laurel
- die: decorative strip bow tied
- tools: layering stencil/THS032, distress splatter brush, sanding grip, ink blending tool, craft sheet, tiny attacher, scissors, vagabond
- adhesives: hot glue, glossy accents
- misc: pencil, sewing machine, power punch, paper towels
step 1: start by cutting a tag shape from a sheet of textured surfaces burlap and punch a hole through the top using a power punch (or crop a dile).
step 2: place just the burlap tag shape on a paper towel and position layering stencil over the top.
step 3: ink over the stencil using distress spray stain – do not use too much stain or it will seep through the stencil.
step 4: place a dry paper towel over the stencil to blot off the excess stain before removing the stencil.
step 5: lift the stencil off of the background to reveal your patterned burlap and let inks dry or dry with a heat tool.
step 6: remove the adhesive backing from the burlap (my favorite thing about textured surfaces is that they are all adhesive backed).
step 7: adhere the “printed” burlap to the manila tag.
step 8: ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 9: select several colors of kraft core cardstock for the greenery and bow.
step 10: sand the kraft core (on a surface other than your craft sheet) using a sanding grip.
step 11: punch one design per color of cardstock. note: if you alternate the punch you can get more punched from a strip.
step 12: lightly ink the edges of all punched shapes with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 13: trace a circular shape on the burlap with a pencil.
step 14: gently scrunch and crumple the punched shapes to give them dimension.
step 15: start at the bottom center of the circle and adhere your pieces with hot glue.
step 16: layer each piece by slightly stacking it over the previous one working your way around the circle.
step 17: repeat the same process for the other half of the circle changing direction of the shapes.
step 18: once you’ve made it to the top of the wreath, leave a gap for the bow.
step 19: die cut the smallest bow and center strip from the bow tied die.
step 20: ink the edges of cut pieces with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 21: accordion fold the bow on the small areas using your fingers and hold in the center as shown.
step 22: secure the center with a single tiny attacher.
step 23: once the bow is secure, gently pull the ends of the bow down.
step 24: wrap the center strip around the middle of the bow to cover the tiny attacher and glue the ends in the back.
step 25: give your paper bow character and shape by indenting the edges with your fingernail. adhere the bow to the top of the wreath.
step 26: cut the ends off a few small jingle brads (i know kinda defeats the purpose right?).
step 27: adhere the bells to areas of the wreath with hot glue.
step 28: for a snowy effect, add some white distress paint using the distress splatter brush.
step 29: select a festive quote from the seasonal chitchat stickers, cut the quote in sections, and snip one end of each into a flag.
step 30: sand the edges of the stickers to reveal the white core.
step 31: adhere the stickers to the burlap tag using glossy accents.
step 32: proof that i figure things out as i go, i decided to add some stitching to my tag using my sewing machine (at least this way it was definitely more random which i like).
step 33: tint a mirrored star by dripping mushroom alcohol ink over it and blot off the excess with a paper towel.
step 34: adhere the perfectly vintaged star to the burlap with hot glue.
the details: hard to believe this tag started as plain burlap and some strips of colored cardstock. i love the patterned background and the amazing dimension paper punches give this tag.
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