I'm starting to get ready for Christmas and here is the first of many tags that I need to make. This is my variation on the Satin Damask Background tag that Tammy Tutterow had on her blog this week.
I started by putting some Broken China stain on my craft mat and dragging my manila tag through it. I covered the entire surface of the tag with the stain and then dried it with a heat tool. I took some of my snowflake stamps (I have several) and stamped on the the stained tag with Distress Embossing Ink. I this with clear embossing powder. Next, I put some white acrylic paint on the craft mat and misted it with water to make a white wash. I applied this mixture to my tag with a sponge. I quickly dried this with a heat tool. I grabbed some Perfect Pearl mist and sprayed it over the entire tag. I let it sit for a few seconds and then I blotted some areas with a paper towel. I then heat set the tag. Now I have the base for my tag's background. Here is where I somewhat diverged from Tammy's tutorial. I not only inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, but I basically covered the entire background (this gave some of my snowflakes more definition and gave the tag a more vintage feel). Since this tag went into a vintage direction, I am entering it into the Vintage Stamping Challenge #14: Traditional Christmas Time. I concentrated the ink in some spots (like around the snowflake at the bottom of the tag). Next I spritzed and flicked water on the background, waited a few seconds, and then dabbed blotted with a paper towel. The white wash comes through and really made it look like snow flying in the background. The perfect pearl still gives a sheen to the overall background. It's really pretty.
Next I used a Sizzix snowflake die and die cut a snowflake out of some Nostalgic Collection Core'dinations paper. I used coffee archival ink to stamp some script on to the snowflake. The edges were barely hit with Cracked Sapphire Distress Ink. I adhered it to my tag with adhesive foam squares to give the tag some dimension.
Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas paper stash and found a piece that had some distressed triangles in white, Broken China and a purple. The white triangles reminded me of icicles. So I covered them with Crackle Accents. When that had dried, I inked the top of the crackles with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. This was glued to the tag with Glossy Accents. I then added some Tim Holtz tinsel that I colored with Caramel alcohol ink and "shriveled" with a heat tool to give it a very vintage look. I glued the tinsel at the top of my "icicles' with some quick drying glue.
Finally I used Cobalt archival ink to stamp "Let It Snow", a couple of snowflakes, and some "stitching" onto a piece light green cardstock. I inked over this with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I used a Martha Stewart punch to give a lacy edging to my sentiment. I distressed the paper with some sandpaper and then hit the edges lightly with Walnut Stain. This was also glued on with Glossy Accents.
I stamped some light blue ribbon with snowflakes (Coffee archival ink) and grunged the ribbon with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink. Finally -- a finished tag. One down and ... a bunch to go :) -- Mary Elizabeth