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.

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101