12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 10

I am in love with the color scheme and vintage feel of Tim’s tag.

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But I have square and rectangle fragments instead of round and oval so I went another route.

This is one of my favorites for sure, and I’ve already used the technique Tim featured.  Too much fun!

This is the last of my tags this year.  While I did love the last two Tim crafted, I have a big project that will take every ounce of my spare time until Christmas.  I’ll be sure to post pictures when it’s completed!

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12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 8

Tim decided to do this tag using elements he really enjoys.  Steampunk!

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I love it!  But rather than try to duplicate each piece, I mimicked the idea:  Making it my own.

Love the gears for a bit of an edge, but the softness in the pearls.  The calendar is a leftover scrap from paper I used in this year’s Christmas cards.  I can’t imagine using the original paper as a full sheet, but cut up and used bit by bit it was perfect.

12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 7

Surprise, surprise, I’m digging the neutrals!

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The ghost-stamping technique is brilliant and I see myself using it again, and again, and again, and again…

I started out loving my tag.  Then added a stamp to the bottom center that WAY too small for the layout and didn’t balance at all.  So I covered it with a rosette.  Not my favorite finished product, but I do like the elements individually.

12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 5

Oo lala! Enough said:

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Who doesn’t love alcohol inks? And, more importantly in my case, Alcohol Ink Blending Solution? 🙂 Yeah, my tag was redone a few times without having to find more usable plastic packaging.  Totally worth the fumes:

This is Mr. M’s favorite so far, simply because he is amazed by the technique.  I have to admit that with every set of bells I scratched off, I did hope I might win the lottery!  Fun fact:  I covered those chipboard numbers in paint dabber and glitter days ago and finally found the perfect use for them.

12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 4

The cool tones of Tag 4 quickly reminded me of a snowy winter, something I am (almost always) thankful to no longer experience but remember fondly.  The crackle effect instantly brought ice to my mind and I was eager to give it a try:

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I tried quite a few new ideas (Crackle Accents, tulle, buttons) and am only “okay” with today’s tag.  Regardless, it was a lot of fun and I will try, try again (and again, and again)!

I get the impression that distressing and adding Dusty Concord to the edges would greatly enhance the entire tag. When in doubt, distress some more!  I do love the bow at the top and the semi-dangling stamped plastic and would love to use the ideas again.

12 Tags of Christmas – Tag 3

Day 3 of Twelve Tags proved to be classy Christmas at it’s finest.  I adore the vintage look Tim came up with:

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 My creation process varied greatly, and it took a long time for me to figure out what ribbon to add, but I am so pleased with the results:

I chose favorite Christmas hymns as the words and stamped them one letter at a time using individual inks.  I wanted to use the multi-color look, but don’t have the supplies to make my own custom stamp pad.  I then used my “Noel” stamp, added a little holly, and embossed with a folder to give texture.  Vintage Gold Perfect Pearls Mist is an easy favorite of mine and the ribbon was dyed to match the holly for the final touch.

12 Tags of Christmas – Day 2

Well, it happened.  I took one hit from the 12 Tags series and I’m officially addicted.  Completely obsessed is more like it.  After putting the kids to bed last night, I didn’t see my husband until he came up to our room and crawled under the covers.  By this point I was covered in ink and paint dabber, but it was all for a very good cause.

Tim’s inspiration of Tag 2:

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I loved the idea of using a tiny wreath and I have a set of three that have been sitting in my stash for-ev-er.  So I knew my entire tag would center around the use of one of those wreaths.  I don’t own the majority of the things Tim used this time around, but I have enough other tools to make do.  However, nothing seemed to fit with those wreaths.  So I did a little brainstorming about places I’ve seen wreaths and it hit me with a big fat “duh!”:

That door is the most in depth thing I’ve ever crafted from paper.  The entire door started out as plain white cardstock.  I used an Espresso paint dabber to create the wood grain, then used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to fill in for color. I cut out the two panels and colored them in as well.  I painted the hinges, sanded brads, and attached.  I used a snap for the handle and the stuck the wreath on top.

The tag itself was inked to create a smokey look, dry embossed, and inked again with multiple colors to look more like brick than checkerboard.

The “snow” was a bit disappointing.  After doing a little research I find I would have gotten a better effect if I had applied paint dabber first before adding color to the tag. Oh well, there’s always next time.  And I’m certainly not complaining 😉

Bring on Tag 3!