12 tags of christmas…tag 9


supplies: leaf & floral stamp, distress ink (winter seasonal/vintage photo/wild honey), paint dabbers (pitch black/snow cap), ink blending tool, clear embossing powder, craft sheet , heat tool, glossy accents, distress stickles (rock candy), #8 manila tags; grungeboard, sanding grip; dies (candlelight fright/festive greenery/upon a time), vagabond; kraft core; tulle, gems

step 1: stamp image with distress ink (evergreen bough) on tag.

step 2: immediately cover with regular clear embossing powder. *note: remember distress ink is an embossable dye ink!

step 3: heat emboss with heat tool until image is shiny and dimensional.

step 4: once cool, ink entire tag with distress ink (festive berries) using ink blending tool – make sure you ink the entire tag with the blending tool.

step 5: immediately cover with regular clear embossing powder. *note: yep distress ink is still an embossable dye ink even when blended so the entire tag will be covered in powder!

step 6: place tag over a box of trash can and “flick” the back of the tag to remove some of the embossing powder.  don’t flick too much, but definitely flick the tag until you see powder come off.  you can also use your finger to remove some of the powder around the edges of the tag.

step 7: heat emboss with heat tool until entire tag is shiny and dimensional – do not overheat this step!

step 8: now ink the entire tag with a brown distress ink (vintage photo) using the ink blending tool by really pressing the blending tool into the tag.

step 9: what’s so cool about this double-distress rusted enameling technique, is the fact that even though we’ve embossed our entire tag with clear embossing powder to get a dimensional look – we’ve actually embossed our stamped image with 2 layers of powder which makes it more raised and dimensional than the rest of the tag.  also by flicking the tag to remove some of the second layer of embossing powder before we heated it, some of our tag was left exposed and the brown ink seeps through to create a rusted enamel effect.

step 10: die cut the candlelight fright die from grungeboard – love this die!

step 11: snip the 2 outer candles off of the center one creating a single candlestick.

step 12: paint the candle and base using paint dabbers (don’t paint the flame).  let dry.

step 13: sand and scuff the candle with sanding grip.

step 14: ink the sanded areas with distress ink (vintage photo) using ink blending tool to create a worn look.

step 15: ink the flame with distress ink (wild honey) using ink blending tool.

step 16: apply glossy accents to the candle part of the candlestick.

step 17: apply rock candy distress stickles to the flame.

step 18: die cut festive greenery form kraft core and sand and distress.

step 19: adhere candlestick and festive greenery to tag using glossy accents.

step 20: die cut word from upon a time die using kraft core.

step 21: adhere letters to tag with glossy accents (i also added the extra flourish from the festive greenery).

step 22: apply glossy accents to letter and flourish, add a few bling gems, and let dry…you’re done!

the details: the worn floral background on this tag using the double-distress rusted enamel technique, gives such a great vintage holiday look.

the details: creating the candlestick from an uncommon “christmas” die, and embellishing it with festive greenery and a tulle bow gives this tag the perfect accent.

bonus tags!  yes like i said, my friends mr. & mrs. stampers anonymous (ted & michelle) each created a tag of their own using this embossing technique.  check out the cool and clever ideas they had, and the amazing tags they made…

michelle’s tag: i love the fact that michelle loves bright fun colors.  here she used broken china, shabby shutters, and dusty concord distress inks to create this winter tag using the grunge snowflake stamps.  she then cut the branch tree and trimmed off a few limbs to create her own branch.  next she die cut the mini bird and simply added a little bit to the top to create a cardinal.  the ornaments were added that she made from my type charms that she ties on the branch – i love it…

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ted’s tag: of course ted used the festive sounds and holiday wishes stamps for his background.  then he die cut the holiday lamppost die and festive greenery to create a seasonal centerpiece on the tag.  the detail and layers on this one is the true work of mr. stampers anonymous.  (of course his new-found twitter fame had him quite distracted)…

so i hope you enjoyed today’s technique and the use of a stamps to create a textural background.  the clever ideas to use your die cuts in different ways is also so fun to share.  i hope you have fun playing around with these ideas – as always, i can’t wait to see what you all share.  thanks again to hero arts for the chance to work with one of their new stamps, and thanks to my special guests for today’s tag…t!m

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2,845 Comments to “12 tags of christmas…tag 9”

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  6. Cool bunch of designs you have here. Don’t you have any sample which fits for any occasion?

  7. Velma says:

    I like the Old fashion Christmas look of this tag and the others that were posted too. Thank you for sharing.

  8. New to all this— but — loving it! JAN

  9. Sherry Lesiak says:

    Great tags and interesting techniques.

  10. Wow! Some of the best work I’ve ever seen.

  11. Jackie says:

    Awesome tag. Inspiring idea.

  12. Annie says:

    Love it!

  13. Agata says:

    Gorgeous! And some fab technique, too!

  14. WOW, all the amazing tags. Thanks for great tips and instructions

  15. Janie T says:

    Another awesome tag. Thanks.

  16. X says:

    Love your imaginative use of techniques!

  17. Debbie English says:

    Yikes, you have done it again…WOW

  18. mamichelle says:

    Wow, another fantastic set of tags!! Do you dream these up at night?! You are amazing.

  19. LOve love love this technique.
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  20. Mary Beth says:


  21. Tejal says:

    Fabulous tags!!!Thanks for the wonderful wonderful inspiration!

  22. Nichol says:

    Love the background technique used on this tag!

  23. Carmen Lucero says:

    I didn’t realize you were part of the Hero Arts blog hop until I went to their blog, ha!Thanks for the chance to win some hero art stamps!
    Carmen L

  24. Kathy says:

    Must have this stamp! The creative possibilities are endless!!
    Thanks tim!

  25. wowzer98 Wendy W says:

    Great tag Tim! I love the texture look of the tag base.

  26. Barbara From NJ says:

    Ove this, well, I love them all!

  27. Jan m says:

    the Hero arts team sent me back!!

  28. Pam C says:

    These tags are totally amazing!! Can’t wait to try this.Love your inks so much—-Thanks

  29. Diane M says:

    Another tag that rocks!

  30. Shawn Wenrich says:

    I just continue to be amazed and impressed with your talent, WOW!!! You constantly inspire me and I feel like I know some of these techniques to much better since taking Jennifer’s class. Thanks Tim! ***Pleae consider an online class. I know you do a lot of sharing here but a class project would be so fun.***

  31. Ruth Marie Ian says:

    Fabulous! Great techniques!

  32. Heather Beasley says:

    You 3 are awesome! Just keep the inspiration coming!

  33. Lois R. says:

    I am loving the tule…and what you did with the PEACE! Your amazing!!

  34. Mimi R says:

    Wow! All three tags are beautiful! I just can’t pick one tag that I like better than any other so far.

  35. Aundria B. says:

    So many new things to try – I am always inspired by what you make and am excited that there are always new techniques and products to learn about!

  36. g says:

    Great technique. Thanks to all for posting and sharing there tags.Awesome.

  37. Melinda T says:

    awesome card! love the texture!

  38. Pai says:

    seriously, how do you keep coming up with all these awesome techniques?

  39. Paige Homan says:

    I love it. I am a fan of Holly on everything for Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and the crew. Hugs ♥

  40. Lilie says:

    Great tags!!

  41. Louise says:

    The tags look like such fun to make!

  42. I learned so much from your tags! I guess there are still a lot for me to learn!

  43. sam says:

    wow, so much inspiration in just this one post – love the Hero Arts stuff, and LOVE LOVE LOVE your tags each year – I always print all your instructions for each one and put them in a book for reference!!

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