Happy Saturday to one & all. It’s almost four in the afternoon, I’ve got a cup of Earl Grey tea beside me & I have finished tag #3 of the 12 Tags of Christmas, presented by my crafting hero, Tim Holtz. I actually got to meet Tim earlier in the year, which I must tell you about sometime. He is as lovely in person as you would imagine him to be.
You can see his tag here the technique he used is great – and totally beyond me. But I remembered the magic words; “Use what you have” & off I went to search my Christmas stash.
Here are the ingredients:
- Tag cut from Kraft card
- Core’dinations Core & Whitewash
- Elusive Images/Chocolate Baroque word stamps
- Distress inks – Gathered Twigs, Broken China, Evergreen Bough, Crushed Olive, Festive Berries, Fired Brick
- Perfect Pearls – Heirloom Gold
- Sizzix Embossing Folder – Dots Trio
- PaperArtsy & Marianne Design Creatables dies – leaves, swirl
- My stash – adhesive gems & pearls, ribbon, string, bells
I began by stamping the words on to scraps of paper in various layouts, before making a final decision. After I had distressed & inked the edges of the tag, I had the first disaster. As I didn’t have Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom. I had the brainy idea of brushing the tag with HG Perfect Pearls powder, then misting with water. HA!! I overmisted, the distress inks ran everywhere & I ended up with a mess.
So, attempt #2. Hmm, let’s try a manila tag now. Stamped, distressed, inked. Another brainy idea: I have other mists somewhere………Ten minutes later, what did I find?? Oh yes, a bottle of Perfect Pearls mist in…..HEIRLOOM GOLD. Memo to self: an inventory of crafting stuff would probably be a good idea in January.
Anyhoo, back to the tag. I sprayed with HG & disaster #2 occurred. I sprayed too close & ended up with huge splatters all over the tag. If I’d an empty space big enough on the floor, I would’ve thrown a major tantrum. Deep breath & on to tag #3…………
Kraft card again & this time, no disasters. Yaay!! I remembered to keep lots of distance between the mist & the tag – I even put the tag in a cardboard box, so no splatters everywhere. Go me!!!
After embossing the tag, I left it to one side & die cut the various leaf shapes & swirl. After cutting the PaperArtsy oak leaves, I cut them into a sort of holly leaf shape. The words “sort of” are very important in that sentence. 🙂 I used the red gems to symbolise holly berries & the white pearls indicate mistletoe berries. A length of string with bells attached by jump rings was threaded through the ribbon & tied in a bow. Tim has a great tip for the string on his blog, don’t forget to check it out.
I am taking the rest of the evening off & I’ll be back tomorrow with tag #4. In the meantime, thank you for visiting & enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Love & light