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 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 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 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 12): ink the trunks of the trees with vintage photo distress ink using an ink blending tool.
(step 14): ink the edges with walnut stain distress ink using an ink blending tool.
(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 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 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 27): snip the ends of the tape with your scissors with create a "v" tail.
*now you have a vintage tissue tape music banner on the tag – another great use for tissue tape!
(step 31): slip it over the head of the reindeer and slide down around the neck.
(step 34): apply glossy accents to the back of the deer – be sure to get the legs.
(step 36): apply glossy accents to back of grunge antlers.
(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.