12 tags of christmas…day 6


supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, distress ink/weathered wood/tumbled glass/forest moss/vintage photo/walnut stain/fired brick/frayed burlap, paint dabbers/gold/aqua, super fine detail clear powder, heat tool, mini mister, glossy accents, #8 tags; (idea-ology) word sticks, adornments, tissue tape/symphony, mini fasteners, grungeboard, trimmings, journaling tickets, jump rings, sanding grip; (sizzix alterations) texture fades/tall pines/snow flurries, reindeer flight/branch tree bigz dies, vagabond; (stampers anonymous) fabulous flourish stamps, mini holidays 2 stamps, speckle stamp; (tonic) scissors, paper distresser, craft knife; pine, ribbon, foam tape

let's get going: lights, camera, action…

(step 1): working on craft sheet, paint grungeboard reindeer with paint dabber and let dry.

(step 2): sand over raised embossed design with sanding grip to expose grunge.  scuff around edges with sanding grip as well. *the sanding grip will allow you to sand just the raised areas becasue of it's design.  sanding with just a piece of sandpaper and your fingers will sand off the color areound the design as well and we don't that for this technique.

(step 3): ink over reindeer with frayed burlap distress ink using ink blending tool to stain exposed grunge.

(step 4): mist cloth with water from mini mister.

(step 5): lightly wipe over grunge exposing paint color and blending stained grunge.

(step 6): next you're going to die cut the branch tree from grungeboard.

(step 7): ink a portion of the tree with distress ink and snip off a couple of branches….wait for it….

(step 8): oh yes…i designed the branch tree to work as antlers for the reindeer flight die – i honestly did.  makes the perfect antlers wouldn't you agree?

*and if you snip the branches from the other side of the tree, they fit the second deer on the die.  if you don't have this die yet, i'm just sayin' wait until you see what i'm going to show you with it next month…and you thought the rickety house was cool?

now it's time for another video step – i love this next one!

(step 9): how cool was that texture fade stamping technique???  ink the embossed tag with distress ink using using blending tool.  i started with a light blue like tumbled glass.

(step 10): add some shadows with a deeper tone of distress ink.  i used weathered wood.  *it's okay that the trees are now blue…

(step 11): ink the raised areas of the trees with forest moss distress ink using an ink blending tool to highlight the trees.  isn't it cool that the flourishes appear to be behind the trees?

(step 12): ink the trunks of the trees with vintage photo distress ink using an ink blending tool.

(step 13): drag a paper distresser along the edges of the tag to tatter.

(step 14): ink the edges with walnut stain distress ink using an ink blending tool.

(step 15): apply gold paint dabber to speckle stamp.  *i told you i love this stamp!

(step 16):stamp the speckles on to the background of the tag.

*this creates flecks of gold on the tag!  create nostalgic effect…

(step 17): remove the red/green striped journaling ticket.  *i'm using a journaling ticket because i like the colored lines for this holiday tag.  you can use whatever paper you want for this next step.

(step 18): stamp the mini seasons greetings with fired brick distress ink on to ticket.

(step 19): apply super fine detail clear embossing powder over stamped text.  *remember from tag #2 that distress ink is an embossing ink so no need for red embossing ink!

(step 20): heat emboss with a heat tool until powder melts and you have a glossy red text.

(step 21): cut ticket to size.

(step 22): ink the edges with distress ink and ink tool.

(step 23): fold the end of the tissue tape back on to itself sticky side to sticky side about 1/2".

(step 24): press the tissue tape on to the bottom edge of the tag leaving the folded/non-sticky part hanging off the edge of the tag.

(step 25): begin pleating and gathering the tissue tape across the bottom of the tag – it does this with ease.

(step 26): fold over the opposite end of the tape about 1/2".

(step 27): snip the ends of the tape with your scissors with create a "v" tail.

(step 28): pinch various areas of the tissue tape to give it dimension.

*now you have a vintage tissue tape music banner on the tag – another great use for tissue tape!

(step 29): cut about 2" of mini pine garland (this stuff is like chenille stems/pipe cleaners only it looks like pine).

(step 30): wrap into a small wreath about the size of a quarter.

(step 31): slip it over the head of the reindeer and slide down around the neck.

(step 32): flip the deer over and tack the back of the wreath with a glue gun.

(step 33): tie a tiny bow with ribbon and adhere to wreath with glue gun.

(step 34): apply glossy accents to the back of the deer – be sure to get the legs.

(step 35): adhere the deer to the tag and hold in place to dry.

(step 36): apply glossy accents to back of grunge antlers.

(step 37) adhere in place.

(step 38): attach seasons greetings to tag with foam tape.  *i attached mini fasteners to the corners of the text, but this was very tedious so attempt if you dare!  tie trimmings to top of tag and attach word stick and adornment star with jump rings.  we're done…

*in the details: where do i begin on this one?  there are so many cool details about this tag, like that tricky stamped texture fade background…  then the embossed grunge reindeer with those antlers…  then that mini pine wreath that really sets it off… adding the tissue tape banner, the embossed ticket sign, and the metal trinkets to the top just makes it…

now i just had to share this one i did for a card:  this one uses the holly stamped with forest moss distress ink and merry christmas texture fade on white cardstock.  then i inked with antique linen distress ink, and accented with fired brick distress stickles.

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633 Comments to “12 tags of christmas…day 6”

  1. Ukka says:

    It is really amazing!Your tag is very Beautiful – Wow! Your tag is spectacular and the ornament…..WOW!!!!You ornament is adorable and I love the deer!

  2. dani beckman says:

    Another fabulous dose of technique candy. I am learning so many fun ways to use and reuse products that I don’t know where I am going to start when I get home tonight!

  3. Marcia Livingston says:

    I LOVE double purpose items, and the branches of the tree as antlers for the reindeer is GENIUS!! I also have to agree that today’s tag is my favorite so far! Thanks Tim for all of the wonderful ideas! X

  4. Cheryl Locke says:

    This is a gorgeous tag and I love the technique with the texture fades. I can’t wait to try it, wish I did not have to work today so that I could “play.” Can’t wait to see what you have planned for tomorrow!

  5. wow, guess I need to start buying up some more of your dies and texture fades. thought I had all I needed, obviously there is no such thing lol

  6. Stephanie says:

    Oh WOW! This one is awesome and my favorite…well so far…lol! I love how you did the stamping on the tag along with the embossing. Thanks so much for showing the extra ideas with the 2nd video…that was sooo cool! I love that the tree can make antlers for the deer! Love what you did with the tissue tape on the bottom and putting the wreath around the deer’s neck!!! Absolutely gorgeous and so much to try!!! Thanks so much!

  7. Stella in Texas says:

    thank you for sharing your talent with us all

  8. Jill says:

    Ok this one is my favorite so far. I love the reindeer. Oh and of course the speckle stamp.

  9. DolliN says:

    So cool! Can’t wait to try these techniques!

  10. Pat says:

    I knew that SOMEHOW there would be antlers for the new reindeer die cut. I just didn’t know HOW there would be antlers. Antlers from a tree. Who’d have thought? Only your mind works that way! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. This tag is beautiful, Tim.

  11. kathryn young says:

    Just love the reindeer! It’s beautiful! Love the tag! You are Amazing!

  12. Chris Zweigle says:

    Of all your die cuts the deer is my favorite. I love the tag. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  13. Applemimi says:

    wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!

  14. michelle w says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I want to play…but it will have to try the STAMPING technique at work 🙂 Thanks for the idea – i’ve played with the inking on folders/fades but not stamping ON the folder!

  15. ~Tonya says:

    Oh Tim, I LOVE this tag, but then again I think I say that every day! I love the texture on this one. The deer is awesome and love how you added antlers. You are so brilliant!
    I also love the Seasons greetings, looks like an olde sign. Have a fabulous day and I can’t wait until you unveil day 7. It just keeps getting better and better.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Love the tag. I’m confused on the last Merry Christmas one. How is the holly behind the embossed image? Is the Merry Christmas embossed and then cut out?

  17. Kaat says:

    I love it all.
    I love all the tags so far.
    Need some days of to create some of them.
    Really awesome.
    So…..thanks again from Holland.
    Greetings, Kaat.

  18. Ali F says:

    Who would have thought that your tree branches would make antlers?How cool is that. Going to try the texture fade technique today. Thanks for all.

  19. Ange Thraves says:

    Tim, that one is defo my favourite. I love the deer gazing up to the tree. The composition is truly stunning. Chapeau!

  20. Nan says:

    I love this tag..It’s my favorite for today but then again yesterdays was my favorite and the day before…ect…Just great ideas.. I’m sitting with paper and pencil jotting ideas to try.. Thanks Tim….Just like my morning coffee read Tim’s blog…
    Enjoyin the ride… thanks…Nan

  21. Linda Woerth says:

    tree branches turned into antlers, how funny, leave it to you to come up with that. This tag is fabulous. love the texture trick too.

  22. Sara P says:


  23. Debbie Barnhill says:

    Gorgeous, as usual!

  24. Sue Irvine says:

    ToO MuCh FuN!! Learning So MuCH!! MaNy ThAnKs!!

  25. Lila says:

    How cool you thought to use the tree branch as antlers. This tag is awesome!!!!!!! I love it! Second time you used the tree die for somethinv outsidw the box. I’m buying it now. What inspiration. Thanks!

  26. cannycrafter says:

    Love the ideas with the texture fades today, I have a few so will deffo give that stamping technique a try! Thanks

  27. Most impressive as always. I really like the embossed designs and how they so quickly and easily add dimension to the tag. The Vagabond is on my wish list, that’s for sure!

  28. kat eisner says:

    You are so talented!and not only talented but a very nice person too. Your such an inspiration.

  29. Marilyn R-S says:

    your creativity is astounding. I can hardly wait to see what you have done so I can experiment

  30. Kelly S says:

    So many new techniques to try! I don’t think I will find the time until after the holidays, but now I have some fabulous new inspiration for the new year. Thanks for sharing, Tim!

  31. Pamela E. says:

    The inking techniques on the Texture Fades are sooooo clever and give amazing results! Thanks for the amazing tips, Tim!

  32. Jennifer L says:

    Love the detail you put into these. Another great one!

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