12 Tags of Christmas…{day 8}


supplies: craft sheet, distress inks, distress embossing ink, black embossing powder, ink blending tool, archival ink/jet black, heat tool, mini mister, glossy accents (ranger); grungeboard basics/plain, hitch fastener, word keys, jump rings , metal corners (idea-ology); scissors, craft pick, craft scratcher, paper distresser (tonic); festive sounds/lamp/music, fabulous flourishes santa's wish/holly (stampers anonymous); #8 tag, vellum, glue stick, bells, ribbon, foam tape
step 1: stamp music on a piece of vellum with archival ink.
step 2: dry the ink with a heat tool.
step 3: generously ink the vellum with old paper distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 4: this is the step that changes the pliability of vellum into the crunchy feel of vintage parchment paper. – i use this technique all of the time – just be sure to do this in a well ventilated area, not for any fumes, just smoke…he
at the inked vellum with your heat tool.  the paper will start to smoke which is the distress ink basically being baked into the paper – don’t worry.  once the ink is dry, let the vellum cool.
step 5: tear around the stamped image – you’ll notice the paper is pretty rigid at this point.
step 6: ink the edges with a dark brown distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 7: ink tag with antique linen distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 8: ink random areas of the tag with frayed burlap distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 9: spray water in your hand with a mini mister.
step 10: flick the water droplets on to the inked tag.
step 11: dry the water droplets with a heat tool.  you'll notice that the water droplets will react with the distress ink and create a faux bleach look.
step 12: drag a paper distresser along the edge of the tag to tatter it.
step 13: drag the scratcher tool across the front of the tag to make random scratches and wear out some of the background paper.
step 14: ink the edges and front of tag with dark brown distress ink using an ink blending tool.  check out
the scratched effect!
step 15: stamp portions of the fab.flourish on the tag.
step 16: stamp the lamp post on plain grungeboard with clear distress embossing ink.
step 17: apply black embossing powder over the image. replace excess back in jar.
step 18: heat emboss the image with a heat tool until the image becomes shiny.  *grunge will curl slightly and that’s okay.
step 19: cut out the design with sharp scissors.
step 20: ink the edges with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 21: stamp holly image on grungeboard with distress ink. heat ink to dry.
step 22: cut out image with sharp scissors.  *i cut the holly apart to use 2 pieces.
step 23: ink the edges of the holly with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 24: shape the music paper by curling the bottom end by rolling it towards the back.  repeat this for the top going in the opposite direction.
step 25: apply a light application of glue stick to the tag.
step 26: press the middle section of the vellum to the tag leaving the curled edges free.  *i use a glue stick since it’s a drier adhesive and won’t show much through the vellum.
step 27: apply foam tape to the back of the lamp.
step 28: remove the backing and press it on to the tag and adhere the holly pieces to the lamp with a small amount of glossy accents. *embellish the holly with ribbon and bells if desired.
step 29: place a word key next to the lamp to determine placement.  place a hitch fastener above the key for placement as well.
step 30: using a craft pick, pierce a hole through the tag where you want to attach the hitch fastener.
step 31: create a larger opening with the craft pick for the screw of the hitch fastener as shown.
step 32: insert the screw post of the hitch fastener through the bag of the tag through the hole.
step 33: screw on the top hitch of the fastener.
step 34: attach a small jump ring though the word key.
step 35: attach another small jump ring through the first jump ring as shown.
step 36: holding both sides of the top jump ring, press it over the top of the hitch fastener.
step 39: with pliers, squeeze the open jump ring closed.  * embellish the tag with ribbon and metal corner.
in the details: i really like the look and feel this faux parchment paper creates on the festive sounds tag.  accented by a word key that can actually hang off of the tag from a hitch fastener really sets off the entire look.  the grungeboard lamp ties everything together…t!m

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538 Comments to “12 Tags of Christmas…{day 8}”

  1. Kim in UK says:

    Wow Tim another stunning tag and that parchment effect is stunning I HAVE to try that!!! Thanks for inspiring HuGs Kim 🙂

  2. Sheree Kuhn says:

    Loving the music… this one is looks like it is right out of a musical. BEAUtiful

  3. Claudine says:

    Everyday is such a good surprise to discover your tag. I love this time of the year. Claudine.

  4. Tammy Eberhard says:

    Oh my, another fabulous tag.

  5. Jillian says:

    I have always loved this lamp stamp! I was hoping you’d do a tag with again this year! That holly is stunning too!!
    Another stunning tag I can’t wait to dig into!

  6. Cathie Schumaker says:

    Fabulous! I love learning how you use all of the tools. So many great ideas. Thanks for sharing. CS

  7. Winnie says:

    Tim: I love it. I especially love the aged parchment look..thinking of all the possiblities with that techinique.
    As for music: I love the holiday music..Currently I am bobbing around to the band Straight no chaser..They do a fun songs and if you need a laugh look them up on youtube. Their 12 days is hysterical and I love “Who spike the egg nog!” passing something on to you for a change. I think they are out of Indiana or something..But fun!

  8. alison hall says:

    Another beauty! Must dig out the xmas music to play as I catch up with my tags today! Need to make 5 to catch up!! :oS

  9. Mel Connell says:

    I just love that lamp post stamp! I use it all the time. xxx

  10. Joanne says:

    oh, that heart key makes my heart sing! Love this tag Tim.

  11. Natalie Briney says:

    Love the curled vellum look – vintage at it’s best!!
    Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s tag 🙂
    Natalie B
    Western Australia

  12. Daine Rainas says:

    A NIG congratulations to all the winers so far. Now for this tag..AMAZING. It has such a classical ole time feel to it. I am loving that lamp post. Now off to search for another stamp 🙂 Great tag once again!!

  13. Janet says:

    Awesome tag!

  14. Jennifer Clark says:

    Awesome tag, the black embossing looks fantastic on the grungeboard. I know what I’ll be doing tonight…! *Fa-la-la-la-la*

  15. Chrystal says:

    All I can say today is “Wow”. I love this tag!

  16. Angie A. says:

    Christmas music is definitely a great “mood maker.” Love this tag as and techniques as well. Have a great day!

  17. Carol says:

    This one if fa-la-la-la-labulous! Thanks for all you do and congrats to all the winners – hope to be among you soon!!!!
    CP in Indiana

  18. Renate says:

    Nice tag.

  19. Diana W. says:

    Another way cool tag!

  20. Vicki Hawhee says:

    LOVE the velum music sheet. I am going to need some more grungeboard because obviously I just don’t have enough! Thanks again for another great tag. Vicki

  21. Becca says:

    It would be cool to create the music on some mica, also. I love what you’ve done – I’m now a total Tim-a-holic!

  22. joy says:

    The lamp post is one of my favorite stamps. I love that you used it again this year. Great tips for makig the vellum easier to work with. Love all the details that make each tag special!

  23. Vicky says:

    My favorite part of the tag is how you created the lamp post & holly on the grunge, elegant and dimensional. Also, love the music & vellum; your background music scenario made me smile!

  24. Karin says:

    Love your stamps!

  25. Aissa says:

    Really like the vellum paper. My wish list keeps growing. Thanks so much. All the tags are great.

  26. christine says:

    I love that lamp post. It is one of my favorite stamps. You have outdone yourself again. Thanks for so many great ideas.

  27. debvk says:

    love the look of the “aged” vellum! this is so striking and has the feel of old-time christmas (“it’s a wonderful life”-y). thanks for yet another beauty. off to shop for supplies today!!

  28. Katherine says:

    I need to keep my mouth closed until the final day – because each day, I love the tag better than the last. 🙂
    Awesome – thank you!! xx

  29. Melody Reynolds says:

    What a great tag!!! I too love Christmas music and start early in the season playing it. This is another terrific technique! I will be finding my vellum and heat gun!!!!! Thanks so much, Tim.

  30. jean Keller says:

    I have a thing about lamp posts so this has to be at the top of my list. Very olde worlde.

  31. Chris Aiton says:

    Another stunning tag – thanks for the inspiration

  32. Lori Dziuba says:

    Great Tag! They just keep getting better and better. Love the look of this one, Lori Dz

  33. Julie S says:

    I love this tag Tim…I’ve so been coveting that lampost stamp, it reminds me of my childhood and the lamp on the street where I grew up. I’m having a blast making the tags everyday Tim…thanks for the memories!

  34. Denise says:

    Another awesome tag…thanks Tim!

  35. Ah Tim, you’ve hit on a right up my alley design!!! Very Christmas but classic and a bit subtle really. I ADORE the faux parchment technique. Thanks so much for helping to start my day off right…I needed this so much today.

  36. Luz MIRANDA says:

    very nice & fun tag…love it !!!!

  37. Terry Moore says:

    Tim, I think this one is my favorite so far. Love being able to put my scratcher tool to use. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

  38. Mari says:

    That vellum trick looks awesome! I think I’ve done that (by accident) and gotten scared of the smoke – looks like I’ll have to take it a little further!
    And yes, I too love Christmas music. I often hear ‘comfort and joy’ rattling around in my brain this time of year. But I’ll *know* it’s Christmas when The Bells takes up residence in my head – it’s my all time favorite. 🙂

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