Mixed Media Christmas Tags

I started with Tim Holtz Manila tags, white gesso and the Stampers Anonymous  Music and advert background stamps.

I had never used gesso up until recently and wow its a game changer.

 I inked up the music  stamps with the gesso using my blending tool  and adding the paint right on to the stamp.

Once it was nice and inked up. I stamped the image on to the tag, I did this process twice  as I intended on creating two tags. I set them aside to dry for about five minutes and pulled out some of my ink to prepare for the next steps.


For the first tag I covered it in three different shades of red, festive berries, candied apple and barn door. I spritzed the tag with water; which helped lift some of the ink which allowed the white gesso background peak through, I set it aside to let it dry.

Once it was ready I went in with more ink and then used some white perfect Perl mist to add some shine.  

For the second tag I used mowed lawn, pine needles and lucky clover and repeated the process, the only difference was I added gold perfect pearl to the background. Once both tags were fully dry I went in with a second background stamp and some walnut stain and black soot and stamped on to each of the tags. The green tag, I used walnut stain and for the red I used black soot. ​​    


I was far from done with the tags, with the green tag I went in with a Tim Holtz stencil and lucky clover distress ink and pounced it on to make sure I got it nice and dark. I then went back in with the same stencil and used the Nuvo moonstone glimmer paste and went right over the stenciled image.

I love the shimmer and texture this added.  

For the red tag  I stamped a few more images from the Classic Christmas set onto the tag, first using gold delicata ink and then went in with some pine needle ink.  Then I went over the tag with the Merry Christmas stencil and some more Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste.. 

After that I stamped out the Santa face on to Kraft cardstock using versa fine black ink so I could get a really crisp image.  I fussy cut it out and used my prisna colors pencils to fill in his beard, hat, holly and little bit of his  suit    


I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment three times, first with gold foiled and then twice with 100lb card stock. I used my stick it adhesive to make this more manageable. I added it to the card stock before running it through the die cutting machine.  Too pull it all together I used black soot around the edges of the tag, Santa and even around the sentiment die. I popped the Santa on the tag with foam tape and added the sentiment.  To finish off the tag I went through my ribbon stash and grabbed a few that I thought would work. 


For the second tag, I decided to go more detailed. I pulled out my largest wreath die set from Lawn fawn and ran it through my machine a few time using, green, silver and gold card stock.  While I was at my die cutting machine I die cut the Merry sentiment three times as well, twice with white and once with the beautiful red. 

 I then took time to adhere all the branches of the wreath together. I started with the silver and then popped in the green and gold sporadically to fill in all the empty gaps.

 I will definitely be making more of these wreaths in the future. I stamped the Christmas sentiment on to vellum with versa fine black onxy ink and added clear embossing powder on to it and then heat set it.

Finally I adhered the wreath on to the tag using foam squares, I added the sentiments using matt medium as it dries clear. I added some nuvo shimmer on to the merry sentiment. Lastly I found some beautiful satin red ribbon and threaded that through the top. 



Thank you for staying with me for the process. I am sorry it was a bit winded.

I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. 

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