Friday, November 22, 2013

Merry Christmas to All ..

Another Christmas tag to share with you all.   For this tag, I tried a technique shared by Anna-Karin a few weeks ago.  Take a look at the  Wax Paper Resist Tutorial she did on her Layers of Ink blog.

I started by die-cutting a tag out of some vintage newsprint cardstock (using Tim Holtz's Tag and Bookplates die).  I then die cut some wax paper using Tim's Townscape On the Edge die.  I followed Anna-Karin's directions and ironed the wax paper die cut onto my tag (thus transfering wax on to the tag in the shape of the townscape).

Instead of going over the tag with Distress Ink, I used some watered down Black Soot Distress Paint.  I wanted a night scene and used the paint to get a little more opacity.   I then misted water of the wet paint and used a soft paint brush to brush the paint off of the waxed townscape image.  I dried the paint with a heat tool and outlined the townscape image with an archival ink pen.  I painted the windows with a paint pen and then went back over them with a Martha Stewart gold glitter pen.

In the sky above my not-so-sleepy little town, I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp Santa and his sleigh.  I embossed the image with American Crafts ZING embossing powder in Brown Sugar.  This really looked boring, so I grabbed all my glitter, paint, alcohol ink, and gel pens and went to work coloring over some of the embossed image.  I think it turned out pretty great.  I added some tiny paint dots and tiny star embellishments to create a starry sky for Santa.

On another piece of vintage script pattern paper, I stamped a small Christmas tree with Pine Needles Distress Ink.  I then clear embossed the tree.  I fussy cut the tree and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added some gem embellishments for lights and another star gem on top.   The tree was adhered with to the tag with a foam adhesive square.

Finally I cut out a banner from the left over vintage newsprint pattern paper and gave it a paint wash using Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I stamped it with Santa's "Merry Christmas to All" salutation.  This was edged with Barn Door Distress Paint and added to the tag using more adhesive foam squares.  The tag was topped with a candy cane ribbon bow and voila ... I have another Christmas tag!! I'm leaving you with another shot of the completed tag (this one without all the glitter glare :)). One more Christmas tag completed ... and now "to all a Good Night!"  -- Mary Elizabeth


barbarayaya62 said...

MAry this tag is fabuolous! Here in Italy we don't have wax paper .... but the technique is absolutely interesting! Beautiful tag! BArbarayaya

butterfly said...

Wow, that is so gorgeous! I love the little houses with that text just hovering there. Thank you for the link - I'm usually an avid follower of Anna-Karin's but I've been falling behind, and hadn't seen this one. Hope you've been having a lovely weekend.
Alison xx

die amelie said...

This tag is so charming, Mary Elizabeth!

I love those little houses and the warm cosy feel of your make! Perfect for the advent season!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my blog today. They really mean a lot to me! It is wonderful to know that you are understood, isn't it?

Big hug,
Claudia x

Dagmar said...

oh - it´s so wonderfull - the row of houses is so great staged and lit by the proof the whole thing looks very homey.

Many thanks for your warm comments on my blog - I I have so very happy about it - it makes me very proud if other bloggers like my works .

Unfortunately, my English is not very good but Google Translate helped me ;o)

Big hug, Dagmar

Anita Houston said...

LOVE this card! The whole Christmasy scene is wonderful! Love the banner and houses!