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here's how I got started...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

celebrating with The Crafty Scrapper...

hello friends and 
Merry Christmas to you...

today I'm a guest over on 

Carolyn invited me to participate in their 12 tags of Christmas posts and since I've experienced their southern hospitality many times, 
I was happy to play along...

PS...there are PRIZES!!!



if you're in the Waxahachie, Texas area, 
I'm certain that Carolyn has all the supplies needed to create this tag & you'll also find tons of inspiration in the store...
she also has a GREAT helpful staff...
and

their new location is fabulous!
(I just MIGHT see you in the classroom in 2016)


since the holidays are fast approaching & time seems to be flying by, I wanted a simple tag that really can be a quick creation...

this same concept would make a fun card too...

I started with a #8 manila tag, cut to 5 ½ inches tall...

I inked over the tag with these archival ink colors...
then added shading with potting soil...





in the photo below, you'll see that I have added washi tape to my distress sprayer...
this is my reminder that this sprayer contains rubbing alcohol...

my sprayer without the tape is plain water...
I use that with distress inks...

ok...
I misted the alcohol onto my craft sheet & pressed the old wood floor background stamp into the alcohol, just once, then stamped over my tag...



you'll see that the rubbing alcohol lightens and removes some of the archival ink...

(water will not work, since archival inks are waterproof)


next, I stuck the industrious sticker frame right onto to the craft sheet and swiped 
 over it to change it from silver to a gold-ish finish...
once dry, it's on there & doesn't rub off...

BUT...
if you change your mind, rubbing alcohol will remove the color  and you can easily change the color to another one...
M A G I C!



next, I used jet black to stamp the sentiment right under the reinforcer and then added the frame below it...



I used the blending tool with 
I'll be using these trees for non-holiday art too...

they're only a Christmas tree, if you want them to be...
otherwise, they're an everyday green tree...



I used the ground espresso distress marker to color the tree trunks...



I used potting soil to stamp the polka dots over the large tree...



and the potting soil again, but with the vintage text background to add interest to the 2 small trees...




to add some bling, I misted over them with sunflower sparkle perfect pearls mist and dried them...




to age the mirrored stars, one drop of

you can see the sparkle on the trees in the photo...



oopsie...
I forgot to take a photo, but you'll see that I added my white embossing paste to the bottom of the tag and while the paste was wet, I sprinkled on rock candy distress glitter...
it makes the perfect snow bank & the glitter is firmly attached to the white embossing paste...


now the paste is dry and I can work on the top of the tag...

here's another way to use the spatter stamp from the faux graniteware starter kit...

lightly rub the mini collage glue stick over the stamp, then stamp randomly over the top of the tag...
 sprinkle on the rock candy distress glitter while the glue stick is wet...

clean the stamp with water & no harm was done...



this makes the best tiny glitter snowflakes...

and it's another way to use the spatter stamp...



I  love to use the tarnished brass distress paint dabber to add an edge to tags...
it's a nice/simple/quick/easy finishing touch...





I used multi medium to add the 2 small trees directly to the tag...
and I used the black adhesive foam to add the larger tree...
I LOVE this stuff...
it's a very strong adhesive, with the bonus of a little dimension...




I created a tiny twine bow...
but the light color got lost in the snow...



and now I have a bow that stands out...

the spray stains can change ribbons/twine to any color you need...
cool stuff !



a little multi medium holds the bow in place...

I added a little pen stitching detail to the tag edges and here's my finished tag...

seriously,
the longest part is waiting for the paste to dry!



thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Carolyn for the invite!

pop over to their blog for more Christmas tag inspiration...
and to enter their giveaways...

I hope you have time to...
make art!
wendy

WAIT...
leave a comment and I'll send this tag plus a "little something" to a random commenter.
I'll give you until 7am on Tuesday (Chicago time) and then Rick will choose a winner...



61 comments:

Sue said...

Love this holiday tag! You always share the best ideas!

Suze said...

Awesome tag - got to make a bunch! Thanx Wendy for - sue

Debby said...

I love your tag! Really nice design. I like that you colored the trees differently too. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

Helen said...

that's so gorgeous!! and Happy Birthday! xx

lostartcreations said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Love how you stamp with straight alcohol to create texture in your background.

LaNell said...

This tag is so elegant. Thank for the tutorial!

SusanK said...

What a delightful and oh-so Wendy way to celebrate the season!

Jane Thebo said...

You are such a treasure! Thank you for sharing these wonderful treasures with us!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful tag Wendy, love the snowbank and fabulous idea to use the splatter stamp to stamp the glue for the rock candy snowflakes! Thank you for sharing it and for your generous giveaway, Deb xo

Jean said...

This is so pretty! I love all the details and thank you for showing us all the steps!! It is just perfect for the season!

Debbie said...

I love this tag. It's beautiful. I look forward to making one or two for myself and a friend. Thank you for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas. Hugs..

Jane said...

What a magical Christmas tag Wendy I always love your techniques with archival ink....so unique....not long to go now until the big day...hugs xx

Linda Priest said...

Love this tag! Beautiful but simple.

Lisa said...

Oh wow, absolutely stunning!! I love seeing how you put your amazing projects together!! Love this!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Diane Swanson said...

I love you tag! It's beautiful! You make it so special with all of you little details! Happy Birthday again!

Rita said...

Love this Tag Wendy. The colours are fantastic and the trees against the background makes to interesting. Love it. Hugs Rita xx

Marci said...

This is a darling tag! I love it!

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Hope said...

Love the warm colors to give a fresh twist to usual holiday colors.

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...

I was just there, last week! Yes, MA'AM! I can vouch for Carolyn having everything anyone might need! (I sure hope you DO come back for another class!!!)

Team Clark said...

Gorgeous design! Love the subtle shimmer and the framed trees!

Nox said...

That is a really cute tag. I love the use of blues and browns together. Great idea of using the tape to identify the sprayers, I am yoinking that idea for my own use!

Redanne said...

A truly beautiful tag, from the background to the gorgeous trees - the Distress Paint makes a wonderful finish to the edge of the tag too. I hope you are having a lovely birthday. Anne xx

Tona said...

I love everything about this tag! I'll also be spraying my twine when needed from now on too.

egg said...

Oh, what a charming tag! And, it looks easy enough for even ME to do -- ha ha! Thanks so very much for sharing with us! Jani Howe

Danielle Dietz said...

Beautiful tag with so many details going on. Thanks so much for the step by step details!

Dorothy said...

Happy Birthday!!
Thanks for this lovely visual on your tag! I just love it!!

Julia Aston said...

Lovely techniques on this wonderful Christmas tag Wendy! I'm going right now into my craft room to work on one! Julia xx

Carol H. said...

I really love your tag! I think it's really cool how you support small businesses. Even down here in Texas! I've lived in this area all my life and just recently discovered The Crafty Scrapper. I took my first class there last month and it was just fabulous! I hope you will be back to this store in 2016 and that I'll be able to take your class! Your tag really shows me how to use my stamps in different ways! Beautiful!

Mufflet said...

How do you always manage to make everything look SO easy ??? I read your tutorials and, by the time I get to the end I'm all like, "Okay, I can do that." You can't put a price on THAT. Thank you for all the inspiration, AND for the opportunity to win !!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for the fun step by step. I love the tag. You make it look so simple.
So many pretty layers and colors. Enjoy a lovely week.

Jane Kimball said...

Wendy, this is so great. Thanks for teaching us.

cghundley said...

So pretty and great
technics used.
Carla from Utah

cghundley said...

So pretty and great
technics used.
Carla from Utah

Vic said...

Simple, sweet & perfect. Thanks for the steps.

PamSpradlin said...

I haven't worked with the paste yet. It makes perfect snow though. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rea' said...

Oh so cute ... gotta try that background trick and the snowflake trick; awesome touches !!

suzieq23 said...

Great tag Wendy! I would love to win it and any other small prizes you have in store. Happy Holidays and wishing you a wonderful New Year. Sue
suzschultz23@aol.com

Shelly Mortensen said...

I just love how you deliver inspiration and education in your posts, along with tips that I can use over and over to "fix" my goofs. The tag is just lovely!

Christi Conley said...

You constantly amaze me with how you use your products - I would never think to use the trees as anything but Christmas Trees, and your color choice inspire me!! Thank you SO SO SO much!

darcydaydream said...

Love your Christmas tag. Great inspiration as always. Thank You Wendy.Happy Holidays to you and yours XX

Irene said...

I am always inspired by your unique style. Thanks for all of the detailed instructions and photos...lots of great ideas!!!

Kijo Guyer said...

I'm completely hooked on your embossing paste. I love to sprinkle a little holographic embossing powder over top for a shimmer. It makes such lovely snow

april dawn said...

What a cute tag and I never thought of spraying twine or ribbon to change its color. Such a great tip.

jan metcalf said...

Just love all the creative ideas you have for all the little details Wendy! It makes you art special and one of a kind!

Kristy Tyra said...

Love the trees nestled in the 'snow'.

Diane J said...

This is a gorgeous tag. Absolutely love the color. Where do you come up with the ideas?! Thanks for sharing your talent.

Annie said...

Thank you for another fun and information full project. I am always excited to see a newsletter from you in my mail box. I get so inspired and always learn something new.

Jane said...

I love your tag. It is raining here today, and feels more like it should be snowing, so a good day to get back in my craft room! Thank you for the inspiration.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous Wendy tag art! I'm inspired to make a tag and try out the faux granite technique on something! Woo Hoo I have the Wendy stuff to do it with too!! Maybe some granite trees would be pretty!!

Janie said...

Beautiful tag. Love your stuff.

Patty O'Malley said...

I love the details on this beautiful tags, Wendy! So many wonderful tips! Thanks for a chance to win this amazing tag.

Linda Knox said...

Love the tag; just perfect. Thanks for the great instructions.

Judy said...

I love seeing all your wonderful projects Wendy. I especially like how you have all the instructions and pictures to help us recreate these things ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Shrader said...

The tag is absolutely gorgeous. I really love it. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Your posts are the best. Thanks for the chance to receive this wonderful tag.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

OMW, what a gorgeous tag! I love the, spatter stamp rubbed with glue stick and then sprinkled with rock candy glitter technique. It looks awesome. Thank you so much for your detailed step by step. Gorgeous tag!! Merry Christmas.

FOTAT said...

Christmas tags so full of cheer. Make me merry every year

designdetails said...

Wendy the tag is awesome, of course. Love the way you made your snow. I always learn something from you! Merry Christmas beautiful!

craftyscrapper said...

Thanks Wendy for the awesome tag and joining us for the 12 tags!

Claudine Criner said...

This is beautiful, I love how it turned out, like a perfect snowy scene. Amazing