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Dec 17, 2009

Tags for Christmas

Hello Everyone!

If you haven't seen Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas 2009, then please take a look at the post below!

Here are a couple of attempts of some tags that I made...and just in time for Christmas! Bear in mind that I don't own all of the products required to make the tags to be just like Tim's, but I did my best with what I had on hand!

The first one is based on tag #5. Tim uses the larger tag #8, which measures 6 1/4 X 3 1/8. I couldn't find any in town without having to buy 1000 at a time (and they were out of them anyway), so I made mine out of a file folder, and used reinforcements to add strength to the hole for the ribbon.

I used gold paint for the flourishes, and a "writing" stamp for the background (with Staz on). The ink colors are vintage photo distress ink, and Close To My Heart cranberry ink, which I found worked quite well. Please double click on the photo to get a closer look. You can use your back arrow to bring you back to this page.

For the Fragment charm photos, I used a rub on, a photo, and a stamp with some background ink. I attached them with Glossy Accents glue, then cut the excess off and sanded the edges. The ornament tops were made using foil tape. I used some floral wire to attach them to the page (they're taped down on the back of the tag).

I didn't have any stickers for the top and bottom, so I used a Close to my heart stamp (Lovely Lace) stamped with versamark ink and antique gold embossing powder, then cut them out and glued them on with glue dots.

The next one is similar to Tim's tag #1. Now I have to admit...it does not give anywhere near the intense joy of Tim's tag...but I was using what I had on hand. It turned out okay...but next time I will definitely use Tim's crackle paint for the ice effect on the background. I am not quite as impressed with the one I had. Live and learn.

For the background, I didn't have any spritzers, so I used wax paper and stamped with broken china distress ink, and close to my heart blue ink (moonstruck)...then I sprayed some pearl glimmer mist on it in place of water. I took the tag and rubbed it around, dabbed it dry and let it dry the rest of the way on its own. I stamped the snowflakes with Jet Black Staz on ink. Once it was all dry, I put the crackle paint on and let it dry while cutting out the snowman (Inkadinkado Filigree Snowman) which I had stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock with the Staz On ink and spritzed with pearl glimmer mist. The chipboard swirl is Maya Road...I painted it white with acrylic paint and added some stickles.

The top of the tag also has stickles on it made to look like icicles. There is also stickles on the scarf and hat. I covered the snowman with some Glossy Accents to give it a bit of strength so that it would not rip.

So, there you have it. I don't think I'll do anymore tags for a little while, although I'll be looking at them again next year. Christmas is just around the corner, and I'm enjoying the smell of baking shortbread while I'm typing this. There's lots of company coming this year, and I have lots of other things to do, and hope to get some more butterflies made. I'll get that etsy shop going yet!

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  1. Carmen, Ur tags r so pretty!! That snowman is so cute!!!
    The chipboard letters on my lo r Prima, they come like that, The flowers r also prima.
    Hav a great evening!!! Toni

  2. Wow, they are so amazing! I love the colors on the first one and that snowman is adorable!


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