Friday, November 20, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas-Believe

Hello everybody!

Thanks to Pamellia, I heard about the party going on over at Stamping At Loll's  where Loll  is inviting us to make a Christmas tag in a mixed media style. Here's my last minute entry.

I used a Ranger #8 manilla tag, to which I applied three coats of gesso, drying between coats, pouncing the brush at the bottom to get some snowy texture.  I swiped my brand new Blueprint Sketch Distress ink pad on my craft sheet and spritzed with water until I got a good puddle, then dragged my tag through it.  I dried and repeated, then blended Blueprint and Tumbled Glass inks on with blending tool.  Before it dried I spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  There were some barely visible droplets left on the mat, so I flipped my tag over into that to get a little more visual texture.

I inked up a Tim Holtz image from his Merry Christmas set with Archival ink in Watering Can and rolled the stamp on the background to get a faded look to the trees. While they were still wet, I sprinkled on Frantage and heated from below to get the snowy look.

I die cut plain white card using my not so new, but never used Tim Holtz Woodlands Thinlits die. I dabbed the branches with Ranger's Embossing Dabber and sprinkled with Frantage, again heating from below to melt the powder.

The Ideaology Mirrored Star was dabbed with Snow Cap Mixative, and then lightly dabbed around the edges with Black Soot Distress paint.

The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Mini Handwritten Holidays set, inked with Archival, Watering Can, then embossed with Ranger silver Embossing Tinsel.

I hand died Crinkle Ribbon using Blueprint Sketch ink, and the grey seam binding is vintage from my stash. I dabbed on a little texture paste for "snow". The star and tree were adhered using Glossy Accents.

Here's one more look at my Christmas tag. As I was making it, I was remembering winters when I was a child and lived up north.  We used to get such wonderful snowstorms.  I'm sure it was hard work for my father, who was a dairy farmer. But for me as a kid, it was beautiful, and the pine forests were a magical place to be with the snowflakes floating down and resting on their boughs!

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:
-Use Your Stuff Challenge #200 and a Blog Hop Celebrate I am celebrating Christ's birth with my Christmas tag! Thanks for inspiring me to use my old stuff:  mirrored stars, stamp image and sentiment, vintage seam binding, frantage.
Stamps and Stencils Remember, Remember See my text for my memories!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! You are so inspiring! Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

UPDATE:  Honored to be chosen for Christmas and Mixed Media challenges


  1. Gorgeous tag Sara. Love your winter snow scene ... it does look chilly there with the icy blue --- so pretty! Great design ... love the trees in the background ... and your die-cut tree. Frantage is so beautiful for falling snow. Thanks so much for sharing at my tag event.

  2. This really is a fabulous tag Sarah! We are expecting snow this weekend, but it hopefully won't last! This is a beautiful scene and would fit in well at TIOT this time too! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Chrisx

  3. This is pure gorgeousness Sara! Love the blue silver and white combo! The snow is fabulous - amazing! Hugs, Autumn

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, Sara!! I love the blue background with the trees!! It looks amazing!! The thinlet tree is so beautiful!! What a stunning tag - perfect winter scene!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Very pretty tag Sara! The star stole my heart!
    Have a great weekend my dear!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. So beautiful. It has a really frosty icy feel with the great blue background. Love the die cut tree and the frantage. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers.

  7. Beautiful soft feel to this tag, really elegant xx

  8. Wow Sara!!! This is so stunning, we are both in blue mode aren't we, haha!! Love the frantage snowy background and I'm so jealous that you have Blueprint Sketch, you sure put it to good use here! Love that tree die too! I'm so glad you played along with Loll's Christmas Tag Event, what a beauty! You are going to make it very difficult for Loll's son to pick winners!! hugs to you my friend :)

  9. I LOVE Blueprint Sketch, it is just perfect for a cool Christmas scene and boy have you used it beautifully or what! This tag is stunning... I going to go and brush the dust off my tree die and use it now - thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Thank you for sharing your memory with us at Stamps and Stencils. This is a beautiful winter scene tag.

  11. Sara, I ADORE the shade of blue you used on this tag! It shows off the gorgeous tree beautifully! Thanks for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  12. What a fantastic use of your Blueprint Sketch ink! I am completely amazed by this absolutely beautiful Christmas tag, my friend! That Woodland die is definitely on my wish list now! Bravooooo, my friend!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  13. You are more than welcome to come visit during a snowstorm anytime you want Sara Emily! I might head your way at the same time! heehee
    The depth of this tag is fabulous and it is so beautiful! This would make a lovely Christmas card! Do you want my address? heehee Just saying....

  14. wow this is one amazing tag. The colours, background and that die cut tree really add dimension and sparkle to your project. Thanks for joining us at Natalie and Amy this month. Hugs Sheryl DTmember xx

  15. An amazing tag, right down my alley! Please don't forget to join our blog hop at UYS for a chance to win a great prize from Emerald Creek Crafts'!

    DT Majo

  16. Wow, Sara - this is stunning! I love your use of Frantage - so perfect here! And I will definitely have to breakout the Blueprint color - it looks fabulous here with all the white accents. xxx Lynn

  17. Very elegant tag.. so many elements to look at.. it's almost like looking at a snow globe.. gorgeous...Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge LesLee xx

  18. How did I miss this? I swear I left a comment on this beaut! Fanfreakintastic tag you have designed here. Those blues are brrrrr-utiful! And your use of the snow flakes and flicks and sprinkles-amazeballs! What a wonderful tag to share and such a festive atmosphere! Loves it! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  19. I love this tag ..... beautiful wintry feel to it and I love the die cut tree. Thanks for playing along at the HLS Mixed Media challenge. Linda xx

  20. The unusual tag MixMedia! I am very impressed.
    Thank you for joining the challenges of the November HLS :-)
    BozenA DT HLS

  21. Fantastic snowy shimmer - the white tree looks amazing!
    Alison xx

  22. What a lovely scene you've created on this gorgeous tag. Thanks for joining us at the HLS Christmas and Mixed Media Challenges this month. Carol DT x

  23. So pretty and original - I love the tree coming off the tag.
    Wonderful color and what a great idea using the die cut tree!
    sandy xx

  24. This tag is awesome! This is the first that I've heard of Frantage. I looked it up and it sounds amazing. Which one did you use? Is this the shabby white? Thanks for your help! Merry Christmas!

    1. Oh, I'm so sorry! I missed your comment! It is shabby white. I tried to contact you but ran into a dead end!

  25. Beautiful tag. Thank you for explaining how you made it.


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