I was going through some stuff looking for extra grungeboard and came across a background I had done. It was for a class I taught on alcohol inks last spring. The background technique was taught to me by a friend who is a calligrapher. I have been wanting to do something in nontraditional Christmas color and loved the green, gold and pink background I'd done on this tag and decided it fit the bill as nontraditional.
Tim Holtz Tag #7 from his 12 tags of Christmas was one of my favorites. I used Tim's technique for making the holly with the kraft glassine paper and I liked the layout he used for his tag http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-7.html but after that it is pure me.
Heavy black Watercolor paper
Pieces of heavy card board cut it into a scraping tool with different tips and widths
Alcohol inks at least one metallic
Alterations holly die
Alterations mini flourish
On the Edge border die
3 gold bells
Gold embossing powder
Assorted ribbons, twill
Angel button with back cut off
Stamp with saying.
I found working on long strips of paper seems to give you more freedom of movement. So I would have my black strips of paper at least a foot long and about a 4 or 5 inches wide. You can cut it into several tags after you are done. Paint gesso onto the black paper with a sponge brush in a thick layer. Before it dries take the tool you have made and drag , swirl, and zigzag through the gesso on the paper in a free flowing movement. When you are satisfied with the results set aside to dry.
I put the metallic on last and just do minimal swipes with it. Like all metallic if you use to much it will over take your other colors. Hit it with a heat gun to make sure it is dry.
I had some gold paper that I adhered to some grunge paper and cut out the mini flourish by Alterations. I sanded it and then distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Using an On the Edge border die cut an edge and paint gold with the gold dabber. Sand paper it and then take Vintage Photo with a handle and foam and go over the edge.
Make your Holly using Tim Holtz technique in Tag #7.
Stamp your saying and emboss with gold embossing powder and cut out, set aside.
Put 3 bells on a wire and wrap it around the tulle and ribbon . Cut the wire in the back. Since I want everything to really stick I used a glue gun to put it all together.
You have a beautiful Christmas tag.
As I have been making tags I have been hanging them on my Christmas tree to enjoy for a short time. Next week I will be putting them in envelopes and mailing them to people.