Sunday, December 9, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas! Days 7, 8, & 9!

Happy Day!
I spent most of the day in my studio and it was fabulous! The end of the week got a bit crazy so I had some catching up to do on my tags. :)
I love working with tags because it allows you to really play with different techniques.
Day Seven: 
Day Eight:
This tag is a bit backwards... as you see.... But this tag is special to me because this year things have been... well, bad, crazy, upside down, just have had to go through a lot. I know that it is making me stronger and I will be better because of it... so this tag for me symbolizes that no matter how backwards things get, I will always have my wishes and dreams. ...and Christmas Wishes are always the most magical.
The ribbon stands off the tag:
Day Nine:
This has to be a favorite... I love playing with zippers!
I took two tags...
The top layer I cut a slit in to accommodate the zipper....
I hope you have a very happy Monday. I am off to play with my next tag... it has been drying, I pulled out my black Gesso... oh boy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 6

Happy Day!
I am on such a pink kick this year. It is my favorite color and I have had so much fun incorporating it into my tags. I was so excited when one of the new Distress Colors was Pink! ...and it is such a beautiful pink too! Picked Raspberry! Love it!
Another product that I used for the first time, (I am ashamed to say I have had it for quite a while but haven't played with it til now....) is the Distress Stain Metallics. Oh so pretty! I used the Brushed Pewter on this tag. 
Another first was using the new Rosette Die from Sizzex by Tim Holtz... absolutely love it!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Five

Happy Wednesday! I have been creating away on my tags and my hands are covered with ink & glitter... needless to say, I am a happy person.
For this tag I pulled out one of my old favorite tools... a paper crimper!
The Details:
I inked the tag up first with various green Distress Inks. Then I ran it through the paper crimper. Using an Ink Blending Tool I inked it up a bit with Festive Berries Distress Ink. I smeared Glossy Accents on the edges and then sprinkled glitter.
I colored the stamp with my Copic Markers and inked the edges with Distress Inks and then used
Pop-Dots to adhere it to the tag.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Four

(Sorry, I'm so late with this post...)
Wow! It's December 4 and so warm where I live... weather in the 65-70's! (not normal!) I bought a pink & zebra stripe Santa hat yesterday and it just felt strange because of the unusual temps!
Here is Tag 4... I love my embossing folders and couldn't wait to use them on a tag...

The Details:
I used lots of fun products on this tag!
I started my coloring my tag with the various stain colors. Once I embossed it with the embossing folder, I went back and inked up the raised parts with Festive Berries using an Ink Blending Tool.
I then inked the edges with Pumice Stone.
Using the Epiphany Punch I made my "Unto Us a Child is Born" embellishment. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Three

A poinsettia kind of Christmas... Last year I was on such a poinsettia kick. I think that I probably bought 5 or 6 different poinsettia stamps. I used one of my favorites on today's tag:
The Details:
I started this tag using a background stamp and Distress Inks. Using the Ink Blending Tool, I inked my stamp up using my Distress Inks. I wanted to use multiple colors on my stamp, and had more control using the blending tool to ink up the different areas of the stamp. 
The result:
I then stamped my poinsettia on white cardstock... 

...and then I stamped a background stamp on top of it... 
I then mixed Perfect Pearls with water to color in my image...

Waa-la! I did this one, and then I did just the smaller leaves so I could cut them out and pop-dot them on to my tag. 

I hope you have a wonderful Monday. Take time to enjoy the little things this Christmas season and take time to create a little too!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Two

Happy Day. I hope that the Christmas spirit is finding you in all things... creating especially! I have been out of my studio too much this year.... stress and circumstances have "stolen" my creativity. Playing with these tags have helped in so many ways.. Creativity heals. It is truly therapeutic. 

With all that being said, here is Day Two... I really had fun with this tag!

The Details: 

 I pulled out the Melting Pot & UTEE for this tag. 

First, I inked my tag up with Distress Ink. Then I poured the melted UTEE onto it and stamped into it while the UTEE  was still melted. THE IMPORTANT THING is to protect your stamp. I inked my stamp up with Versamark before stamping into the UTEE. Once the UTEE cooled, I inked it up with Staz-On ink and then Perfect Medium so I could brush Perfect Pearls over it. 

The trees are cut using a Sizzex Alterations die by Tim Holtz. One is cut from metal paper and the other from Grungeboard. I inked the Grungeboard up with Distress Ink and then brushed it with Perfect Pearls. I used Snowflake Embossing Powder by Ranger to create "snow" on my tree. 
Happy Creating!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1

Merry Christmas! 
I can hardly believe that December is here. I am really excited about what I have to share with you today. As most of you know, Tim Holtz decided this year to not do the 12 Tags of Christmas anymore, but instead do a tag each month. I was so sad when I learned this because the 12 Tags have become just as much a holiday tradition as putting up the tree! So I decided to do my own 12 Tags this year! ...and I have had so much fun playing. 
So without further ado... 
Day 1! 

The Details:
I used Archival Black Ink to stamp my background. Then with Salty Ocean & Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, I inked up my tag. 

I then stamped using Perfect Medium and added Perfect Pearls.

This was the first time that I used Mirror Paper. It's awesome! I cut the snowman, the snowflake, & the snowflake border out of this awesome stuff! 

Using Alcohol Inks, I inked up the snowman. Here is a great video about Alcohol Inks

The snow is made from Stampendous Mica Fragments. I added some glitter for the snowman's hat and Tinsel for his scarf. 

I hope that you have been inspired to create a Christmas tag or two this season. Please come back tomorrow to see Day 2's tag...