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”

  1. Oh my! Love love love all three tags!! I think that this has become my new favorite technique!

  2. Wow, what a fabulous tag with an amazing background… I can’t wait to try that technique, it’s really stunning and I can picture it in so many great colour combinations… ack, too bad I won’t have time to create until next week!

  3. Donna says:

    Just beautiful! Love how you worked this tag! Mr & Mrs Stampers Anonymous sure did you and themselves proud on their tags! Better watch out tim!

  4. lauren says:

    Can’t wait to wake up tomorrow to make some amazing backgrounds!!! Love it love it love it!!!!! Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

  5. Deb Hickman says:

    Wow, another fab tag. I love the double embossing technique, I’m off to try it out now. Deb xxxx

  6. Mary M. says:

    Love this very cool technique! Can’t wait to try it. And thanks to tonight’s extra special guests for making 2 awesome bonus tags! =)

  7. this is so stunningly beautiful!!! the background is amazing, cant wait to try this one!! glad you all had loads of fun in the studio, stuff of memories! thanks so much for all the inspriation, really loving all the tags xxx

  8. Frank Garcia says:

    The embossing technique is so amazing and clever really love the look of it, I love the colors and I simple love the flame on the candle so detailed and beautiful another winner for sure Tim!

  9. PPS says:

    Tim this tag is absolutely stunning! I love this embossing technique!
    Thank you!!!

  10. Julie Howard says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! i love the background!
    I also love love love Ted’s tag – the lamppost is one of my favorite stamps!
    Love the details on all three tags. Thanks!

  11. linda says:

    Love the candle idea … I never cut up my pieces 🙁 ..I feel sorry for them I guess:) But after seeing this I’m going to have to do that.
    Also love the last tag ..you can almost hear the carolers!!!

  12. Tara says:

    Gorgeous! I’m so in love with the details on the candle, especially the Glossy Accents and the Rock Candy Stickles (which I need now too!). Thanks for sharing, Tim!

  13. Sara Jansen says:

    I am so blown away….I tried the metal tag tonight…what a hot mess until the ink and embossing phase. How in heaven’s name do you think of this stuff? I am having just the BEST time with all of these. Thank you thank you thank you. I’ll be busy trying out the ideas for weeks!

  14. sveta-albert says:

    Wow, what a beauty! Love it!

  15. Pam Perry says:

    How fun to have Ted and Michelle there crafting along! Their tags are great! Yours, on the other hand, is Marvelous as always! Love the candlestick!

  16. Terri says:

    Quite lovely and nostalgic. Thank u for all the great ideas. Like little Christmas presents for us all! Happy Holidays!

  17. All of these tags are fabulous!! Really love those papers and when you use the sanding block. Awesome!!

  18. Tran Polizzi says:

    Wow! Very bold! I like it! 🙂

  19. Sid says:

    Another superb tag Tim !! Love the colours in the background and it looks altogether classy !!

  20. Bobbi Beech says:

    Of flourishes, I am going to love doing this one, but then have loved doing all of the ones I have done so far….such fun!!

  21. Jery says:

    great tags!! love the orientation of Michelle’s tag and the way the red pops out. Beautiful work by all 🙂

  22. Gail Bales says:

    Love all 3 tags. Was a hoot with Ted and Michelle playing along. Love the BTS.
    Gail in Oklahoma

  23. Johnna Moore says:

    LOVE this tag! I don’t have the candlestick but I bet it will work with the mannequin die, super! Keep up the inspiration!

  24. kath says:

    now you’re talking tim…Hero Arts and you are a match made in heaven…great job michelle and ted…when are we going to see mario’s tag…hugs kath xxx

  25. Vicky Schultz (MI) says:

    Love the way you used the candle holder to make more of a Christmas look. Great Tag. Love the other 2 also! – Vicky S.

  26. Perfect…they just keep getting better everyday…thanks Tim.

  27. Kerry says:

    I love it when you show other ways to use the Halloween stuff. When I see a Halloween die, I see only one use. You see a multitude of possibilities!

  28. Kotlyarova says:

    I love this embossing tehnique, it’s one of the most using ))
    Your friend created wnderfull tags Tim! Want to repeate the one with cardinal 🙂

  29. Nancy Aper says:

    Oh my, the candle is soo pretty! I must say I miss the BTS! Too bad for me! Indeed crafting with dear friends is superfun, happy to hear Mario is such a BFF! Great tag! Hugs, Nancy, scrapoochi

  30. Lisa B says:

    Beautifully bright and festive love it.

  31. Leesa Harris says:

    Stunning tag again Tim!! I love the colours in the background, the candle holder and the festive greenery (3rd time you have used this die, it’s now on top of my MUST HAVE list!!)

  32. Amanda Christina says:

    Wow I love this it is so vintage and elegant. What a fantastic new technique. I am totally loving that every single day I am learning yet another technique to add to my stockpile of skills. Just wonderful.
    PS I have posted with both Amanda and Amanda Christina (not sure if that effects the last day stuff same email addy though)

  33. Tammy Spencer says:

    Love the tags Tim. Merry Christmas.Thanks for sharing all your genius with us and inspiring so many to make such wonderful tags also. I am really enjoying the links to all the other tags and the BTS with Mario.

  34. octlove says:

    Tim – One more night of not going to bed at my scheduled time…why you ask…’cause I just needed to see your latest creation…boy oh boy…you do not disappoint:)

  35. Now THAT is STUNNING!!!

  36. agraywolfe says:

    way to cool. you did it again amazing

  37. Gloria Contreras says:

    Love the candle you made. So Tim, just love your style. Please send me a little of your creativity lol. Gloria Contreras

  38. Helen says:

    That is so pretty!! Can’t wait to get home and play again. Yesterday was my favourite – but this comes close!

  39. Shirley says:

    I was thinking I would be seeing your tags much later in the morning but I just woke up and saw the time and here I am! I just love them all! Congratulations to the winners! Thanks again to Mario for wonderful BTS and also to Ted…it was so great having him join the fun.

  40. Lisa M.Pace says:

    Awesome tags! All three are wonderful.

  41. Jennie says:

    Fab tag as always.. you do light up my days!

  42. Spike says:

    Oh TIM!!! I love the green and red. This is another one of my fave tags!! How do you keep coming up with gorgeous tags?? Love, love, love it!

  43. a perfect tag for a still night… thank you!!

  44. kaz says:

    AWESOME!!! Love this tag the colours are amazing! great work Tim xx

  45. Jen Clark says:

    OMG – the candle and the embossing – and the lamp post – all totally awesome!!

  46. Elise says:

    Holy MOLY! These are smoking hot – FANTASTIC techniques – and now, I’m singing! Such happiness! Thanks, you MACHINE you, these are FABULOUS! Yee HaW!

  47. Chelle says:

    holy moly!!! love that background…and the candle!!!

  48. OMG! That background takes my breath away!

  49. Joy Kennedy says:

    thanks boo for posting all 3 tags. Love them all… fo shizzle!

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