12 tags of christmas…tag 10

supplies: facets, seasonal paper stash, long fasteners, alpha parts; distress ink (brushed corduroy/forest moss), archival ink (jet black), perfect pearls mists (heirloom gold), paint dabber (gold/snow cap), metal foil tape, #8 kraft tag, glossy accents, craft sheet, craft scraper, clear embossing powder, heat tool, ink blending tool; dies (tattered banners); CMS095, scissors, craft pick; clear packing tape, jute *bonus: flip-pal scanner

step 1: select paper ephemera to create your embellishment with.

step 2: place sized facet over selected image you want to use.

step 3: cut out paper slightly larger than your facet.

step 4: cut a piece of clear packing tape the size of your paper.  *note: the clearer your tape looks on the roll, the better this technique will work.

step 5: apply clear tape over paper.

step 6: burnish the tape to the paper really well using your fingers.

step 7: trim off any excess tape.

step 8: place taped paper into warm water.

step 9: begin rubbing the wet paper using your thumbs.

step 10: continue rubbing the paper in a circular motion.

step 11: rub all of the paper off of the packaging tape until your thumbs begin to “squeak” on the back of the tape.

step 12: place your finished custom “transparency” on the craft sheet and blot excess water with paper towel.  pretty simple and cool huh?  *note: do not dry with heat tool!

step 13: cut a piece of metal foil tape about the size of your transparency.

step 14: remove paper backing from foil tape.

step 15: press adhesive side of transparency to the sticky side of the metal foil tape and burnish with your fingers.  *note: check out the vibrancy of your transparency.

step 16: apply glossy accents to the back of the facet.  *note: use only a SMALL amount of glossy accents, a very SMALL amount.

step 17: spread out the glossy accents using the tip of the bottle as shown.

step 18: press the facet on to the foiled transparency and apply pressure.

step 19: allow facet to set for a few minutes and trim excess with scissors.

step 20: allow facet to set for another 30 minutes, and use a craft scraper (or plastic card) and slide along the back of the foil tape to remove excess glossy accents trapped under the tape.  wipe away with paper towel.

step 21: pierce a hole through the foil tape using your craft pick – be sure to pierce from the back of the facet.

step 22: for the tag, stamp the music as a background using jet black archival ink.  dry tag with heat tool.

step 23: stamp the holly with forest moss distress.

step 24: apply clear embossing powder over stamped image.

step 25: heat emboss with heat tool until shiny.

step 26: ink edges of tag with distress ink (brushed corduroy) using ink blending tool.

step 27: drag paper distresser along the edges of the tag.

step 28: shake perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold) and mist tag.

step 29: dry tag with heat tool.

step 30: die cut tattered banner and ink and fold the largest banner.  adhere to tag with glossy accents.

step 31: swipe paint dabber (snow cap) across top of banner to antique.

step 32: tie twine/jute through tops of each facet and tie in knot.

step 33: apply foam tape to back of each facet and adhere to tag.

step 34: secure excess jute to top of tag with long fasteners through top of tag.

step 35: remove letters from alpha parts and trim excess plastic.

step 36: dab the tops with gold paint dabber and let dry.

step 37: adhere letters to tattered banner on tag.

step 38: apply glossy accents over tops of the letters and set aside to dry.  embellish tag with ribbon and findings and we’re done!

the details: the look of these reflective, translucent faceted crystals is so incredible in person.  they resemble the worm timeless look of mercury glass – love it!

the details: changing the color of alpha parts is easy with a little paint.  adding a top layer of glossy accents really creates and even more dimensional glazed effect.  the finishing touch was a couple of true vintage mercury glass ornaments.

so i get asked all of the time where i find my ephemera to create my papers and stamps.  i honestly search all over the world for just the right vintage papers, postcards, graphics and more.  my most favorite tool to capture these?  the flip-pal scanner…. seriously you will NOT believe how cool this little time saving gadget is.  it is simply the most convenient way to capture them.  this little hand held (yes hand held) scanner runs on batteries and does not need to be hooked to a computer ever.  it comes with it’s own sd card and card reader ready to go.  just see it for yourself here and watch the video too.  it’s just incredible!
GREAT NEWS!  flip-pal is offering a discount code for 10% off a flip-pal if you click the link and use code HoHo11A here.  (*this coupon is good from december 5-18, 2011 or while supplies last).


well i hope you try this technique out.  as you can tell from the simplicity of today’s tag, it’s really all about creating these wonderful accents.  i’m already picturing creating vintage inspired charms from photographs, nature ephemera, vintage text and more.  i think these would make the perfect holiday gifts my simply adding some ball chain and perhaps a bauble or two.  so what ideas do you have in mind?  can’t wait to find out…t!m

as many of you know, my friends mr. & mrs. stampers anonymous (ted & michelle) have been visiting the past couple of days, and yesterday and today they’ve joined in the creative chaos of 12 tags by making their own tags using each days technique.  so check out their creations below:

ted really loved this technique as you can see by his faceted festive fan-fare tag!  by incorporating lots of details like layering the car, adding a die cut tree tied down, made a mini rosette, and layered it all with fluffy sparkle!

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michelle wanted a test of the wild west (maybe a little time in arizona has inspired her?).  by layering the rodeo stamp on to patterned paper, adding a big festive banner filled with holiday greenery, and an ode to a holiday movie classic!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101