I started this tag with a black cardstock background. I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp the three Wise Men (from Tim Holtz's Joyful Song stamps set) and a partial miniature blueprint star (from Tim's Mini Blueprints 2 stamp set) on the background. I then used a Perfect Medium pen to create some "rays" shining out from the blueprint star image. I could do this all at one time because the Distress Embossing Ink doesn't dry as fast as other inks. I then added Ranger's Antiquities embossing powder (per Tim's tutorial) to all the images. I then grabbed my chalk and went to town!! So much fun :) I took a small damp paint brush and went around some of the edges of the Wise Men image to emphasize some of the amazing details you can still get with this technique. I also used some extra chalk to shade in some sand dunes in the background.
I took another small piece of black cardstock and stamped the mini blueprint star with Distress Embossing Ink. I repeated the chalk process and then cut out the star. I adhered it to the tag (on top of the partial star already on the tag, offsetting the image just a little) with adhesive foam squares.
Next I used some of Tim's Chitchat Stickers to say "do you see what I see", which refers to the Christmas carol of the same title. Since this is a question, I decided to add a stamped question mark at the end with black archival ink. I was surprised how well it turned out considering I stamped on chalk. Just a note, the chalk does make it a little difficult to add stickers to a tag, so I used a little extra glue to put on the chitchat stickers. You can see that some of them are lifting up a little around the edges.
I wanted to add a gauzy tag tie, but didn't have exactly what I wanted in my stash. Then I remembered a few fellow crafters used dryer sheets for various projects. I found one up in my laundry room, cut it in short strips, and added these strips to my tag through a Joy ring charm. I attached a crown charm (in honor of the King that the Wise Men were seeking) to the tag tie with a brad.
Here is one more shot of the tag. I'm sorry the tag is a little curled at the end. I was trying to take advantage of the sun today for this photo; however, it was very cold this morning (14 degrees F when I looked at 8:30 a.m.). I'm afraid I gripped the tag a little hard as I came out the door. It was too cold to take the time to straighten out the tag any more. BRRRRR!!!
Hope you hope you have a warm and restful Sunday. Thanks for dropping by! -- Mary Elizabeth