12 Tags of Christmas…{day 11}

Tag11

supplies: craft sheet, distress inks, ink blending tool, rock candy distress stickles, distress embossing ink, black embossing powder, mini mister, heat tool, sticky back canvas (ranger); plain grungeboard basics (idea-ology); itop brad maker, itop brads, itop templates (imaginisce); flowers (prima); rub-ons (hamby); scissors, craft pick (tonic); fabulous flourish, reindeer flight stamps (stampers anonymous); ephemera (twistedpapers.com); #8 tag, ribbon, foam tape
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step 1: to create your own custom brad with the itop opens up so many options on what you create.  maybe it's a matching accent for a layout using scraps of paper?  maybe it's from a snippet of vintage books?  or maybe you want to go all our and create custom canvas covered brads?  the itop can do it.  so let's start by printing out a variety of holiday images using twisted papers holiday cd vol4. printed directly on to sticky back canvas.  you simply run this stuff through your ink jet printer just like paper.
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step 2: the itop creates 3 sizes of brads from small to large and offer a couple of different "options" to cut out the shape you need for the brad.  they have punches available in all 3 sizes, but i work mostly with either the standard small or medium brads/punches.
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step 3: they also sell templates where you simply trace the design and hand cut it.  since we're working on canvas which cannot be punched, using the template to trace the shape is the perfect option.
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step 4: place the select size template over your canvas image.  you'll notice a variety of notches around the outside, these will be pleats that fold into the brad.  make sure the design you want for the top of your brad is in the center.  trace around the template with a pen.
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step 5: cut around the circle shape first with your non-stick scissors.
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step 6: cut out the notches you've drawn with your template. *this really doesn't have to be exact.
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step 7: next get your brad top and brad post ready. *remember this is all based on the size of template we've used.  for this project, i'm working with the medium size brad.
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step 8: remove the backing of the sticky back canvas as shown.
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step 9: place the round part of the brad top on to the sticky side of the canvas in the center.
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step 10: following the manufacturers directions (which you'll get with your itop) place the brad top on the metal base of the itop tool as shown.
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step 11: squeeze the handles of the itop together which will force the brad top up into the rubber tip.
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step 12: the ends of the tool swivel out, so turn the rubber tip out.
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step 13: fold in all of the tabs with your finger.  the sticky back canvas sticks to the inside of the brad top.
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step 14: place the brad bottom into the metal end of the tool.
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step 15: there is a hole in this top so the post of the brad slips right into it.
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step 16: turn the rubber tip of the tool back so it is above the metal base as shown.
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step 17: squeeze the handle of the itop tool once more to finish the brad.
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step 18: swivel the rubber tip back out and remove the brad.  because this is rubber, you can peel it back to expose the brad.
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step 19: check out your custom made canvas brad!  so cool… make several for this tag!  *these also make GREAT gift toppers!
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step 20: stamp the reindeer on to a piece of plain grungeboard with distress embossing ink.
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step 21: apply black embossing powder over the image and replace excess powder into jar.
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step 22: heat emboss image.
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step 23: cut out image with scissors.  *remember because it's grungeboard it's easy to cut all of the detail without ruining your image.
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step 24: ink over the entire deer with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  because the image was embossed, the black resists the distress ink.
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step 25: apply various colors of distress ink on to your craft sheet.  i used pine needles and peeled paint.
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step 26: mist the sheet with water from your mini mister to create droplets.
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step 27: press the tag face down into the ink.
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step 28: turn the tag over and dry the ink with a heat tool.
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step 29: repeat the previous steps until you're happy with the results.
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step 30: stamp the flourish with aged mahogany distress ink.
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step 31: stamp the snowflakes with pine needles distress ink.
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step 32: ink several prima flowers with various colors of distress ink.
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step 33: apply rock candy distress stickles to the flowers.
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step 34: spread out the distress stickles with your finger creating a thin layer.
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step 35: heat the distress stickles to dry.
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step 36: stack flowers on to tag and pierce through center with craft pick.
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step 37: insert the custom itop brad through the hole and secure.
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step 38: repeat with various itop brads and flowers. *how cool are these?
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step 39: attach foam tape to the back of the grungeboard reindeer.
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step 40: remove the tape backing and secure on to the tag.
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step 41: embellish tag with rub-ons and ribbon.

in the details: the vibrant green colors mixed with the distressed flowers and custom canvas itop brads are classic christmas at it's best.  just think of all of the possibilities this tool has…t!m

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540 Comments to “12 Tags of Christmas…{day 11}”

  1. Evelyn says:

    Tag has that hint of 70’s about it for some reason. Not my favourite but I enjoy the techniques and the step by step of the machine….

  2. Jean Rowell says:

    I am in love with all of the tags so far…I’ve seen the sticky back canvas & the ITOP in th store but really didnt know what to do with it. Thanks for sharing this information….I’m heading off to buy this today … Happy Holidays to you, Mario and your families Tim.

  3. Sarah says:

    the itop looks like a little tiny Badg-A-Minit button maker, but cooler. Love the tag, love the itop intro. Need one…

  4. Susan G says:

    What a fun tag this is, but I don’t have the i-top yet. Looks like something to ask Santa for.

  5. Corinne Braun says:

    love the buttons and THANKS!

  6. Teresa says:

    I loooove reindeer! And those buttons are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Catherine Dick says:

    What a cool little gadget! Thanks for showing us the possibilities, t!m. I am sad that there is only one more–this has been so much fun! Tomorrow is my daughter’s 7th birthday, maybe it will be my lucky day AGAIN!

  8. Terry Moore says:

    Another beautiful tag. I just realized that checking your site each morning has become a Christmas tradition over the past three years. Thank you.

  9. patti says:

    whatever will i do when i don’t have your beautiful tags to look forward to every morning?! this one is as beautiful as all the others!

  10. Amber Lee D. says:

    cool Brad! lots of fun once again. Makes me think of how my Grandma used to make covered buttons for the dresses she would so for me.

  11. Jackie Hedlund says:

    I have to have one of thoes brad makers!! Reminds me of when I use to cover buttons. I hope Santa is reading this!!!!! Love the tag, reminds me of days gone by………………….

  12. Karin says:

    Wow, this bradmaker really is a cool tool! I love the red reindeer and now I definitely need the pine needles distress inkpad I always thought I don’t need…..

  13. Pam J says:

    Wow! Very cool. Love the I-top tool demo!

  14. Laura Barnes says:

    WOW…another great tag! Happy Holidays

  15. Kajikit says:

    I can’t believe how many people stayed up till the wee small hours to catch your second-last tag! I thought I’d be one of the first ones in at 7 this morning! The brad maker looks like an interesting toy…

  16. Sandy says:

    Your tags are great! I love the new tool! I didn’t think I needed it, but now I see the possibilities!

  17. Cathy N says:

    Cool tag. Only one more day.

  18. Marilyn Cline says:

    I’ve always thought I didn’t need the I-Top – it would be just another tool gathering dust…boy was I wrong! I could have used this back in high school when I was covering all those buttons for the clothes I was making. And I LOVE the reindeer – so glad it made an appearance this year!

  19. Lina says:

    It Just looks Sooooo Amazing!!!
    Thank You for a Great inspiration!!!!!

  20. Nan Edwards says:

    Well Tim 11 tags down and 1 to go. Will you be as sad are we will be cuz it’s over? But another successful year of the 12 tags of Christmas and your only at tag 11. Hope you never get tired of hearing another beautiful tag cuz as long as you make them we will follow!!! Love your inspiration…Nan E.

  21. Celestine says:

    Thank you for sharing:) I love this tag it’s my favorite so far. Cannot wait to see Number 12:(

  22. Carol J. Johnson says:

    Where does he get those fabulous toys?? I’ve got to try this one.
    Thanks T!m.

  23. How come you’ve got a black and white i-top tool? Well, I can’t imagine you working with a pink one. I have one and I love it. I haven’t tried sticky back canvas yet but I have used fabric and sweet wrappers and ordinary paper.
    The tag is great, as usual and thanks for the link to twisted paper.
    Eveline.

  24. Joan Georghiou says:

    Thanks Tim—Another day, another lesson! I Love Tags!

  25. Erica says:

    That iTop looks like a neat tool, I can see many possiblities. Neat tag.
    … I have to admit, I’m starting to have premature Tim/Tag withdrawal, I can’t believe it’s almost over 🙁

  26. Janie T says:

    This is one awesome tag. You make me want that cool tool….I hope Santa will bring me one.

  27. cyn chapman says:

    Having your own brad maker..how wonderful! Great tag tim.

  28. Anke Humpert says:

    wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! Love all your great ideas!

  29. Jeanne Nelson says:

    Another day…another awesome tag! What will we do without “Santa Tim” posting such great techniques daily? Well, we’ll get busy working with all the new stuff we’ve purchased, and learned about here…and wait for his next blog! Merry Christmas Season ~~ Jeanne Nelson

  30. This is just like waiting for the cruise this past October . . . count down! *smiles*.
    Love the sticky back canvas!

  31. Lisa says:

    Uh-oh! Another item to add to my Christmas wishlist. My DH thanks you, Tim!

  32. Maritza says:

    love the button flowers. they make me smile

  33. Christy Q says:

    So cool! Thanks for the info on the iTop since I wasn’t all that familiar with it.

  34. margaret says:

    What a fun tool; thanks, again Tim!

  35. Pamm says:

    How does one mind come up with so many ideas??? Another fantastic tag! Thanks T!m!

  36. luba richard says:

    Can these tags get any better….yes they can!!! Love all the details.Thanks for sharing your sources. Luba

  37. Kajikit says:

    Interesting demo of the brad-maker… another toy to drool over!

  38. Amy Smith says:

    Love the canvas brads and those vintage images! Thanks for sharing!

  39. LauraBean says:

    Thanks for the step-by-step with the i-top! Very cool tool, and I love how you used it here.

  40. Becky T. says:

    brads are by far my fav. scrap accessory. Thanks for showing how easy the itop is. I will add it to my christmas list!! 🙂

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