A Little Christmas Project……

Hi Everyone,
apologies for not blogging in a couple of weeks, lots of things happening in the family didn’t allow time for blogging 😦
I want to wish everyone a wonderful day today and lots of festive fun; Peace, Joy and lots of crafting time in 2013!
If you are like me, you will find you have some time on your hands over the next two weeks (kids happily playing with their new toys / gadgets), leftovers in vogue and everyone is in holiday mode :-).  Anne and I are planning on having some creative fun and of course i will blog about it.  To get us started the lovely Anne has made a gorgeous Christmas Tag (tutorial below) and I have also attached some other pics to get the creative juices flowing.  As you know tags are a great way to express your creativity and the finished pieces look great on a card, in a frame, hanging from a light fitting (or Christmas tree) or as a gift tag!
Merry Christmas and keep an eye out for our next project,
Kate and Anne x
Christmas Tag
Christmas Tag Tutorial 2012
Tim Holtz didn’t do his 12 Tags of Christmas this year but he has all his previous years Christmas tags archived on his blog. They are a great source of inspiration and the following Christmas Tag Tutorial uses some of my favourite of Tim’s techniques.
-Start by die cutting one of TH’s Holiday Ornament from chipboard or mountboard. Paint this with a thick layer of Brushed Pewter Crackle paint and leave to dry. (It took almost 5 hours for the paint to dry and ‘crackle’ so do this well in advance.)
-Cut a tag (18cms by 9 cms) from a sheet of cream cardstock. Spray with water and colour with China Blue and Stormy Sky Distress Stains. Dry with a heat gun and stick a few layers of Washi Tape along the bottom edge.
-Stamp the crackle stamp from the Tim Holtz ‘Joyful Song’ stamp set all over the tag with the Snowcap Paint Dauber. (Clean your stamp immediately.) Repeat stamp the music stamp (from the same set) over sections of the tag using Coffee Archival Ink.
-Using the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die, cut a lace strip from gold mirror card. Glue to the bottom of the tag using Glossy Accents. Emboss the whole tag with a flourish embossing folder. Blend Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edge of the tag and lightly rub a Stazon Timber Brown Ink Pad over the tag to highlight the embossed areas.(You can use Walnut Distress Ink for this step but the parts of the tag covered in washi tape don’t take the ink.)
-When your holiday ornament is dry and crackled, colour it with alcohol inks using Red Pepper and Watermelon with a hint of Raspberry. Glue it to your tag. The Brushed Pewter paint and alcohol ink gives a fantastic effect, like shattered stained glass.
-Colour a strip of cream cardstock with the China Blue Distress Stain and cut out the word ‘rejoice’ using Tim Holtzs ‘Once Upon A Time’ die. Glue to the ornament. Using Barn Door Distress Stain and the Tim Holtzs ‘Alphabetical’ die, cut the words ‘in the season‘. Glue to the tag and add red stickles to some letters.
-Use a white pen to create a snow effect on your tag. When dry, go over snow with Crystal stickles. Add red gems, a metal embellishment, some ribbon and fibres and your tag is finished.
Anne x
Tag_Feb2012 tim tag day 8

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