Friday, November 11, 2011

Sleigh Ride Together Tag Tutorial

Well, you guys let me know that you like tutorials! Thanks a bunch for all the comments here and on're the BEST!

As I type this, I just read that it's snowing at the Lizton, IN rest stop where the Morton Band is on the last stop before Indy and the Grand Nationals Competition!!! So proud of you guys!
Knock their socks off!!!

So, here's your tutorial, since you've all been so good!!!

Keep in mind, that some of these shots are at night. so the color difference is there at times.

This is a #8 Manila Tag. I used the Mustard Seed beginning in the middle with at circular motion and a Blending Tool. This gives you your "sunny" area for a good contrast.

Then work your way upward in arcing sweeps (practice on plain paper, it helps) adding the colors Victorian Velvet and Festive Berries. Then Iced Spruce and a touch of Stormy Sky.

I layer colors like a watercolor glaze. This gives a deeper, richer color to your piece.

The lower portion is some more Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough from the Limited Edition Winter  2011 Collection,  and Pine Needles all blended together.

Try to keep the blue out of the Mustard -  it turns it you can see....

All the Texture Fades used here are from the Christmas Background and Borders set. A MUST HAVE!!!

Next I added 2 layers of Icicles Texture Fades, one first and the the 2nd offset. It puts one in the background and one more predominant in the front when you run it through the 2nd time.

Then the Boughs down the side. Only run up to the edge of the Icicles or you'll remove your Icicles!

The Snowflakes are added along the bottom.

 I juggle the last one on the right and only run up to the edge of the folder. If you keep going all the way through the Vagabond or other machine, you will loose all your other embossing. Vagabond...on your Christmas list??????????

Both the Snowflakes and the Icicles are painted with Silver Metallic Paint Dabber paint and a tiny brush.

So now the painting fun begins. I used Forever Green, Forever Red and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls out of the jar mixed with water to form a paint.

Yes, these darker shots are the ones at night...I am a Night Owl.

Be careful NOT to get any brown over the EDGES of your template....that's going to go onto your tag where you don't want it!!! Trust me here.....wonder why?

I used the Artistic Outpost - Sleigh Ride stamp here stamped on Manila cardstock and cut out. Aren't they gorgeous??? Here's their link!

I start with a wet brush and pick up color from the ink Spun Sugar for the flesh color on the faces. I used the Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough on the Sleigh and children's coats.

 I've also added TomBow markers for shading and deeper color in areas. The leggings had to add bright color to the tag, so I used a TomBow there and the Light Grey pen to shade.

Here is the Rock Candy Distress Stickles before it dries. I used a brush to add it into the smaller areas, but my finger over larger sections.

If I get the Stickles to show up in the photo, the metallic colors glare your eyes out! So you'll just have to take my word for the fact that the Stickles are there.

It's hard to see here, but I sprayed red Seam Binding ribbon with Kiwi Perfect Pearl Mists, crumpled it up and dried with the Heat It Tool.

I also added Perfect Pearl powder and water mixed to some areas along the side to denote snow.

The Crystal is from my stash I think I got when I was is St. Louis at RED LEAD! Oh the treasures you can find it!

This is the really cute phrase in the AO set. I stamped it on Manila cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink, then cut it out in a curvy pattern. I added some Iced Spruce to the edges with the Blending Tool.

The kids are layered onto the tag with black pop dots. I added 3 layers to the phrase to make it stand up even higher than the kids.

I trim the manila tag about 1/8" on both sides and 1/4" on the bottom.

This way when I cut out a tag with Tim's Tag die and black chipboard, it fits almost perfectly giving a nice edge of black around the tag.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you enjoy the tutorial and make something of your own.

As I said before, hearing from all of you makes my Heart Sing!!!!

Thanking all our Veterans for their service, my Sailor especially!!!



Debby said...

Wow this is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for telling us how you made this. Way cool!

Helen said...

A beautiful tag, Linda and I love the colours. Thanks for your tut!

Robin said...

Linda - What a great holiday & winter tag. Brilliant yet again. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us Mrs. NightOwl

Pam said...

100% Beautiful, Linda! Great use of color and texture... Wish I had half your talent.

ann said...

I love this gorgeous tag the colours are beautiful thanks for the tut I am defiantly going to give this a go

Elaine A said...

Linda -

Awesome tutorial. I love the depth of color you achieved. This is such a sweet treasure. LOVE IT!

Elaine Allen

Lesley said...

I recently found your blog while blogging and I love new techniques nad tutorials. I am a technique Junkie and I will be back.
Thanks for explaining everything here.

Shelly Hickox said...

Gorgeous tag, Linda!!

Anonymous said...

You always have such wonderful stuff on your blog! I have most of the items you used so I may try something similar to use for tags for special people...

Linda Ledbetter said...

This is so gorgeous it's transcendent. Girl, you've got it GOING ON! I can't stop looking... and admiring!

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

Beautiful tag and tutorial. Just lovely!

Sandy Diller said...

Linda - thanks for sharing, i just love the colors and all the embossing is fab. Your work is outstanding!!!!!

Susan said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial for the beautiful tag! I love all the embossing you did.

cheryl said...

oh wow wow hun this is just fantastic gosh love the colors image and the dimension is just amazing hugs cherylxxxx

Art By Wanda said...

Love this, Linda!!! The tutorial is fabulous... thank you so much for taking the time!!!!!

Diana said...

that tag is unfreakin' believable!! holy moly macaroni!!! LOVE it!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Great tutorial and Love how you used AO stamps! Bravo!
hugs Lynn

Marijane said...

Another wonderful tutorial and what a beautiful tag you've created! Thanks a million for sharing your techniques... I always learn something.

Mo said...

Oh Linda! What a brilliant tag! I can't stop looking at it. I was double excited to see you gave us a tutorial too.
Thanks so much.
I'm off to order the stamp.

misteejay said...

Another super tag Linda - just wonderful.

Toni xx

Kim Dellow said...

Oh that is just stunning! Kim

Sugar Lump Studios said...

fantastic tutorial and gorgeous tag! I love what you created Linda!

Lori said...

Very cool tag! Love the richness of the colors, and the dimension with all the embossing!

Donna said...

Thank you for that wonderful tutorial! I appreciate the step by step process and list of materials to flawlessly progress thru the project! I hope you continue the tutorials-it is so helpful to have your creative perspective on techniques.

2amscrapper said...

I love this!