Monday, November 23, 2015

Quick & Easy Christmas Tags - The 25 Days Of Christmas Tags Ellen Hutson & A Blog Candy Giveaway

Hi everyone!  I'm back again with another treat for you.  I've created another Christmas tag for The 25 Days Of Christmas Tags event.  This time, I'll be featuring supplies from Ellen Hutson LLC, including some fabulous stamps from their exclusive Essentials By Ellen line.  I'll be giving away the Santa's Flight stamp set and Poinsettia and Pine die set that I've featured in this project.  Be sure to check out the details below.  If you want more information on The 25 Days of Christmas Tags, be sure to visit Tracey's blog.

This tag project is quick and easy and can easily be mass produced.  I'm using a pre-made tag to make this project even quicker!  The Santa's Flight stamp set and Poinsettia and Pine die set are fabulous...they don't need much embellishing.  I've done some quick stamping and die cutting to create the main elements of this card.

I started by heat embossing my focal image and elf seal of approval.  I saved a little time by prepping both of my surfaces and inking up both of the stamps at the same time.  Maybe it's genius, maybe laziness (maybe a bit of both).  I used a super fine detail embossing powder on the images so that my words didn't turn in to blobs.  And you can see in the photos that even the small words embossed beautifully.

I found that the elf seal of approval works perfectly with a 1 inch circle punch!  Score!  This allowed me to quickly punch it out.  I added a 1 inch epoxy dot over the top of it to make it feel more like an embellishment.  It gives it shine and dimension.

To create my holly leaves, I'm using the Poinsettia and Pine die set.  To give these leaves a modern twist, I cut them in some bright greens as well as some We R Memory Keepers Clearly Bold striped acetate.  When layered together, it gives a traditional holly leaf a fun and funky twist.

I added some patterned paper and a small strip of gold glitter card stock to the bottom of the tag.  This was a great way to bring a bit of pattern and sparkle to the card.  It also balances the tag out because it creates another area of interest opposite the holly leaf cluster.

To repeat the gold element toward the top of the tag, I added a messy nest of gold twine behind my holly leaf cluster.  I attached this by adding a glue dot to the tag.  Once I got my thread to the perfectly messy state I wanted it in (yes, I even want to control the disorder), I smooshed it on to the glue dot.  This added some sparkle to the top of the tag.

I attached the holly leaf cluster to the tag using some foam adhesive.  This gave the tag just a bit of dimension and pop.  Love these holly leaves!  And I love that there are so many traditional feeling elements combined with some modern elements.

I've created a video tutorial walking you through the creation of this quick and easy tag.  You'll find that below.  I've also linked all the products used in this project below.  You'll find all these products at Ellen Hutson, LLC.  I always get such wonderful customer service from them!


So let's talk about that GIVEAWAY!  Ellen is so generous, she's allowing me to give away the Santa's Flight stamp set and Poinsettia and Pine die set to one of my readers!  In order to enter, you must use the Rafflecopter widget below.  Entries will close at 11:59 PM PST on 12/30/2015.  If you are under 18, please get your parents permission before entering.  Good luck!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I really hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tag project!  I had a great time creating this one.  I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving as well.  We all have so much to be thankful for!  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Glitter Snow With The Marvy Uchida Snow Pen - The 25 Days of Christmas Tags With Pretty Pink Posh

Hi everyone!  Welcome back!  I have something a little different for you today.  I'm participating in The 25 Days Of Christmas Tags event and today is Pretty Pink Posh Day!  It's lots of fun and each day a different company is featured.  Be sure to check out Tracey's blog In My Creative Opinion for more details.  You won't want to miss these fun and inspiring projects.  I just may have another one up my sleeve for this event as well. ;)

Today I'll be using a few dies from Pretty Pink Posh along with the new Holiday Pals stamp set.  This stamp set is so much fun for the Holidays, but also has images that can be used year round.  

To create my tag base, I used the Stitched Banner Duo 1 die.  In order to make the tag longer, I did a little partial die cutting.  This is a technique I use a lot.  It really goes a long way for getting more use out of your dies.  I cut the tag from Neenah Solar White card stock and I also used a layer of craft-a-board from Ellen Hutson.  The craft-a-board really gives the tag some stability.

I knew I wanted to create a glitter snow effect on the trees.  I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers (I've linked all the supplies used below).  I did some very simple Copic coloring for these trees.  Because the Marvy Uchida Snow Marker is a water based pen, I knew I needed to use Copics to color my trees.  A water based ink, like my Zig Clean Colors, would just muddy up the white of the Snow Marker.

Once the trees were colored and die cut using the coordinating Holiday Pals dies, I added the snow.  I added a thick layer of the Snow Marker to the bottom of each of the tiers of the tree.  While it was still wet, I added some Prisma Glitter to the top of the wet paint.  Then I heated it with my heat tool.  It doesn't take long for this product to puff up and by adding the glitter to it, it sparkles too!  It's such a fun effect.  I also added this glitter snow effect to the hills I created with the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1 die set.

I used the Hero Arts Joy Stamp and Cut set to create my sentiment.  I heat embossed the "to the world" portion of the greeting on some vellum that I cut with the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Labels dies.  Because this portion of the sentiment is so fine, it's important to use a super fine detail embossing powder so your sentiment doesn't turn in to a blob.  I used the coordinating Joy die to cut some SILVER (crazy right?) glitter card stock.  I attached the embossing label behind the joy die cut. It's bold and beautiful!

I added lots of tiny presents around the trees to bring in some bold pops of color.  These presents are also from the Holiday Pals stamp set.  I stamped them and colored them with Copic markers.  These really added a lot of color to the tag.  And by using a mixture of tape runner and foam adhesive, it really added lots of dimension to my scene.  And to make them sparkle, I added some Wink Of Stella over the top of the gifts.

And what would a Pretty Pink Posh tag be without some Sparkling Clear sequins?  These added just the right finishing touch and extra sparkle to the tag.  I used a variety of sizes, 6mm, 4mm and 8mm and sprinkled them on the tag.  I also like tucking some of them behind elements, like the banner.  This is kind of fun and unexpected.

Don't forget, there's a video tutorial below walking you through the entire creation of this tag.  You'll see how I put it all together as well as get some tips from me along the way.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I really hope you enjoyed this tag project.  It's kind of fun to create something a little different than a card once in a while (although card making will always be my true love).  Keep your eyes peeled.  I'll likely be back next week with another tag for The 25 Days Of Christmas Tags event.  Until then, I hope you have a fabulous day!

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