Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Tag

I admire anyone who can make something Simple and Beautiful. I never know when to quit. The more stuff, the better for me. But simplicity is an art in unto itself in my book. You can study for years and still not be able to make it "simple."

So here, I tried to make a "simple" small tag. Just for fun. You know, make it in a few minutes...ha...never happens for me. I over think and overdo most everything.

But I came away from this, liking it a lot. The pic shows a more tar looking effect on Santa's jacket, but in real life, it is just shiny embossing. Trust me!


I started with the small Manila tag from Ranger. I used Tim's Mini Holiday's stamps through all this. Stamp randomly with Embossing Ink and use Clear Embossing Powder with the Branch. Then ink around the outer edges with Forest Moss and Bundled Sage distress inks. See how the snowy branches appear?

Then the cool part is spraying the green inks with the Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Heat set. IT IS SO COOL! And it sticks to the embossing. The picture is taken without a lot of light to show how gorgeous the Mist shows up on the tag.

Stamp the Santa and more Branches with Black Archival Ink.

Stamp the Merry Christmas with Fired Brick Distress Ink and clear emboss.

Distress the edge of the tag, add Fired Brick ink, clear embossing powder and heat it up!

Use a gold cord to tie a bow (simplicity). Add 3 Burgundy dots of Stickles in Santa's hat and it's done.

I added a few black ink pen strokes to the hat and the bottom of Santa's jacket, just to fill in spaces....never can just leave things alone. And black pen to shadow the Merry Christmas. Makes it pop!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It is a gorgeous Christmas Card outside our window today. We got about 2 inches of snow and the evergreens are just beautiful!

Next, wrapping presents............ and mailing off Laure's Prize!

24 comments:

  1. Lovin' it! And it looks easy enough you could do it in not too much time. And I think all the little add-ons really make this tag sing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Very nice Linda. My fave color is green BTW.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your simple, small tag is STUNNING, Linda C! It's so elegant. Way to step outside your comfort zone!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Well done! And I bet this took a lot of self control....not to embellish, I mean... lol...really gorgeous, love those colors!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Gorgeous tag Linda. I love the colors you chose.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a totally gorgeous tag that has no need for additional embellishments. The popping of Merry Christmas gives the whole tag great depth.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a beautiful tag! Love that sparkle colour, it's on my wish list for santa. I haven't even bought a present yet, let alone started wrapping them, am so behind this year!

    ReplyDelete
  8. gorgeous tag, linda! love all the wonderful details. thanks for sharing :)! have a wonderful Sunday! *hugs* steph :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. totally delish looking tag, I love shinny....
    hugs

    ReplyDelete
  10. I agree, simple looks easy but just isn't and I can't do it either!! However I LOVE your tag.....it appeals to my "need things to be full" eye!

    ReplyDelete
  11. wow thats a terrific tag with a great Santa Linda. Loving your tag. Annette x

    ReplyDelete
  12. oh wow hun this is one stunning tag that santa is brilliant,loveing all the coulrs on this too hugs cheryl xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the tag! I just got a bottle of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist in the mail. Figured it was close to Gold. It was one of 2 colors I ordered and my first foray into the line of mists. OMG - It's beautiful. I'm spraying everything in site to see how it reacts! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm off to create...

    ReplyDelete
  14. Karen in Canton, MIDecember 5, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    What a gorgeous tag! Thanks for the inspiration and instructions!

    ReplyDelete
  15. This tag is beautiful! It is so simple but just beautiful, nonetheless. I love it!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. beautiful!!!! thank you for sharing. i love the effect of the clear embossing. i used to just throw the clear powder aside but now i am going to start using it. thanks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Cute and quick. Been working all weekend on tags and calenders for Christmas gifts. Almost done. Enjoy your winter wounder land.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love your tag, Linda. It's beautiful and you're so right...sometimes simple is much more striking and elegant. But, I'm like you, I like "the stuff"! haha Thanks for sharing! It's a beautiful tag!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your tag is gorgeous! fabulous job!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm a more is more kinda gal myself! Gorgeous tag Linda!

    ReplyDelete
  21. WOW this is just so stunning! Gorgeous tag!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. They all mean a lot!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...