Creating personalized tags for this Christmas has been on my list to create the past few months and I finally got them finished! If you follow my blog regularly, you know I create personalized tags for various holidays for my daughters, nephews, and some close family friends. It has definitely become a tradition! My plan for my girls tags is to get them into scrapbook albums with pictures celebrating that year. I do have some pages done, but I have some catching up to do too!
So on to this year's tags...
This year's tags when through a few phases. I brought them with me to a scrapbook crop at a local craft store where I did the stamping and coloring. My featured stamp set this year? Winter Snow Globe, of course!
Phase 1: I stamped the circle, inside images, and then colored them with Copic markers. After everything was colored, I stamped the "snow" in the globe with Classic Kraft ink.
Phase 2: All of the images got punched out with a 1 3/4" circle punch and then embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE.) With UTEE, you need to emboss a few layers to get the thick clear coating. While the UTEE was still warm, I sprinkled glitter onto the image and then heated everything one more time to set the glitter.
Phase 3: The next phase happened back at home in my craft studio. I die cut the snow globe bases from Smokey Shadow cardstock and embossed the bases of the snow globes with silver embossing powder. I attached the snow globes to the bases using Scor-tape so I know everything will hold together.
Phase 4: Die cutting the names for all of the personalized tags. I ran white cardstock through my Xyron machine on both sides. Glitter will be attached to the front and then the letter will stick right onto the tags. Fun fact - the letter I had to die cut the most often? a.
Phase 5: I die cut the tag bases with the largest Mat Stack 6 die from kraft cardstock and then inked the edges of the bases with Fresh Snow ink.
Phase 6: Is not for the glitter faint of heart! I glittered the letters with a chunky glitter and then dipped them into a fine glitter to fill in the gaps where the adhesive was still exposed. I did run a line of silver stitching over the letters once they were attached to the tag bases to make sure they stay secure - and who doesn't like a bit of silver stitching? The snow globes are attached with foam squares so they pop up a bit from the tag base.
Phase 7: I stamped a few snowflakes from the Winter Penguin set onto the tag bases withe Fresh Snow ink and added a sentiment to each tag from the Winter Snow Globe set with True Black ink.
Phase 8: Attaching jute twine to one end of the tag to attach it to gifts.
The tags turned out so glittery and fun! I will add them to gifts next and look forward to giving them during this busy holiday week.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
2012 Christmas Tags
stamps: Winter Snow Globe, Winter Penguin
ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Classic Kraft, Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Versmark (Tsukineko)
cardstock: white, kraft, Smokey Shadow
other: Winter Snow Globe die, Mat Stack 6 die, Black Alphabet dies, Copic markers, silver embossing powder, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Ranger), 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success), glitter (American Crafts), jute twine (My Minds Eye), silver thread (Gutterman)