Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 11

It's Day 11! One more day until the jouney of tag creation comes to a close! It's been a blast and I hope you've enjoyed seeing the tags and hearing about the techniques. Don't forget to visit Tim's blog for full and specific details on the techniques.

Today's tag features resist embossing. (On Day 11 Tim created his own custom stamps using his dies, left over packaging, and stamp foam. It's amazing! Check it out here...) I opted to simply use a big snowflake from the Grunge Flakes stamp set.

I started by attaching a dictionary page to the tag. I used Zip Dry to attach the page and then sanded the edges for that vintage look. The snowflakes were added by using embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Once the embossing powder was set I sponged purple and blue ink over the tag, revealing the snowflake image. (I really liked using the purple on this tag!) Brown ink was added to the edges.

The pine tree was cut using an Idea-ology die and was embossed with Distress Embossing powder. This was the first time using the distress powder and it is very interesting as it creates a rough, almost sandpaper-like, finish. I then added distress Stickles to a few of the tree branches to mimic snow. A piece of twine was wrapped around the tree trunk and a sentiment, from Tim's new Odds and Ends stamp set, was attached to a metal bracket. (Tip: I always had a hard time finding a way to attach a piece of paper behind the metal brackets because there's such a tiny spot for glue on the bracket. I found that using Glossy Accents was the perfect solution! Just a dot of Accents is all you need to firmly hold the paper in place on the bracket.) A few metal embellishments, a star on the top of the tree (which is really a metal flower) and a bird on the ribbon, finished off my tag.

Enjoy and be sure to check back tomorrow for the final tag!!

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