Sunday, November 22, 2015

Greetings at Christmas Tag

Hello again! I have been really inspired by Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas event, and I had to get in the Closet and make one more tonight. I just can't seem to get away from a snowy theme this Christmas season, and so here it is again!


For my background I embossed a Ranger #8 tag with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade.  I've thrown out the packaging so I don't know the name.  I embossed twice--once at the top and once more toward the middle and bottom of the tag, using just the pine needles portion of the embossing folder. I only used two Distress inks on this--Evergreen Bough and Ground Expresso just around the edges.



 To get this variegated background, I applied gesso with a credit card and this left some areas uncovered. When dry, I blended on the inks. I wiped the raised areas with a damp wipe. Before drying, I flicked some water on to create a snowy background. Next came Ranger's Embossing Dabber and a sprinkle of Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the branches. (You might pick up just a tiny bit of the sparkle in this photo--this is very difficult to capture on my little camera phone without the benefit of sunlight.) Lastly I flicked on some watered down Picket Fence Distress paint.



I heat embossed my Vintage greeting (Flonzcraft) with Wow Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder using Versamark ink. I used my Ranger Embossing Dabber around the edges and heat embossed using the same powder.

I cut the Tim Holtz Woodlands tree from white card and inked with Evergreen Bough and Ground Expresso.  I lightly painted the branches with Liquid Pearls in White Opal and flicked on more Picket Fence.


The greenery is Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die, cut from white card and colored with Distress paints, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce, dried, then dragged through a puddle of watered down Pine Needles Distress ink.  I sprinkled with Ranger's Sticky Embossing Powder, heated and sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. The metal snowflake charm is from my stash, and painted with Picket Fence and Pine Needles Distress paint. The seam binding is hand dyed with Tarnished Brass Distress paint. This color is really lovely and shimmery in real life.

I hope you like my Vintage tag!  I've had so much fun making it, I may just have to fashion all my Christmas cards after it this year! Please remember to click on any photo for a detailed view.


I would like to enter my tag into the following inspiring challenges:


Thank you for dropping by and for all your wonderful comments!  I read and appreciate each and every one of them! Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

UPDATE: Thrilled! Honorable Mentions

  

33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tag, love the design and colours!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is gorgeous Sara!! LOVE your background with all the texture from the stenciling and gesso --- wow!! The gold embossed sentiment and edging really do give this a vintage look even though your die-cut is more modern. It's a great combination of elements ... and would make amazing Christmas cards. :) Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous tag at my event.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh ara, such a fantastic background on this wonderful tag and the tree finishes it off to perfection. Love that gorgeous colour tone too, a real beauty!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oops, meant to say still, thanks for adding your tag to our challenge at MMM, but just so you know, one of our rules is that you have to include our badge to qualify.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooops! All taken care of...thank you for letting me know of my oversite!

      Delete
  5. What a gorgeous tag Sara!! I am so into the blues this year and your blues are just stunning! I really love how you used the embossing folder (called Pine Branch btw) to create the background. It almost looks like a tree far off that's been buried in snow! Love it! hugs :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gorgeous tag Sara, in such pretty color combo! Love the embossed sentiment and rustic snowflake...
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is beautiful! I just love it all, and I bet it was fun to make-- inking all the embossed edges... adding snow...

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Sara! I love the gold seam binding at the top, really adds a good contrast. I agree, I could go on and on with this color palette - it's my favorite!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the embossed edges!! The background looks amazing!! The colors are so beautiful!! What a stunning tag this is, Sara!! Love it!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sara, I have been away (unexpectedly!) but have returned to Blogger! Your projects are spectacular beyond words. Sometimes I just don't know what to say, aside from how inspiring you are. This tag is stunning and unique and is a gift in and of itself! The texture is fabulous and I adore the golden edges. You are amazing. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautiful, Sara! Love how you've used the embossing folder, and detailed it with gesso and (just two!!) inks. Serene and lovely.... as I hope your holidays will be! xxx Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  12. What!?! You used that EF 3 times? How'd you do that? Okay, I am coming over sometime during the summer to see your creative brain in action. This tag is stunningly gorgeous and awesome sauce! That tree die is very interesting. Love the colors you have used and the shimmer and sheen. I sure do hope you make some Christmas cards like this tag! Just remember to mail mine. Lol! Hope you have an amazing Turkey Day! Happy Thanksgiving doll! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin PS-you can write anything you want on my blog and answer anything as well. :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow! What a stunning tag! That background is amazing!! Love that beautiful tree too!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  14. My gosh... this is just a winter beauty! I love this!! Hun, this is gorgeous. I had you pegged as the queen of Halloween but you can do it all... amazingly talented!! Ca' wait to see what you do next xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. This snowy tag has me dreaming of a white Christmas! I love that you shared how to make it but I am sure that even if I followed to the letter I could never create something as beautiful as this! Hugs, Chrisx

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am so happy you went back in the closet! lol
    Your tag is absolutely gorgeous my friend!!
    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you- I am so grateful to have met you and to call you a friend! xo

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful - I love that tree die, and it's so lovely with the embossed background. Fabulous snowy look.
    Alison xx

    ReplyDelete
  18. WOW!! Sara, this tag is absolutely glorious. Love the colors and all the subtle nuances. It's one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. The colors just work so beautifully together and I just love your use of the Gesso. Fabulous!

    Thank you so much for joining us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. xo

    ReplyDelete
  19. Absolutely stunning tag Sara!! It's another WOW WOW WOW!! Love the blue - really gorgeous. The tree is amazing too!! You really did an outstanding job in creating it. Thanks for sharing with us at the Mixed Media World Challenge this month and so looking forward to what you create next month.

    With smiles
    Laine K
    DT MMW

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous tag, I love the color and the embossed background. Thank you for joining our blog challenge at Sweetstamps.com.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I LOVE this tag!! I love the background and the awesome vintage feel, and that background texture - ah-mazing! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow, i love this, the effects are gorgeous, loving the colours too, fabulous!!!
    hugs Liz xx

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your tag is like walking into a snowy forest! Love the effect of the double embossing of the pine tree, and the Evergreen Bough & Iced Spruce together - so soothing to the eye.
    Also just want to say "thanks" for the nice comment you left on my blog. Stamping Hugs, Sharon

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh Oh OhhHHHH ohhhhhhhhh AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I want to just go and lay down under that tree in the middle of your luscious pine needle background Sara. Oh my my my..... just the most peaceful, enchanting scene EVER. Truly in love with this creation. STUNNINGLY ELEGANTLY FABULOUS. j.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love all the textures you achieved in this tag with just a few colors. Really beautiful! Pinning for card ideas for next year!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, KAT! It made my day to see your comment!

      Delete
  26. When I saw this tag last year, I can't tell you how many times I revisited it! Since I've been captivated by your design and fantastic use of color, thought I'd stop by and comment! This is SO well done and so creative! It's just gorgeous and I know this won't be my last time visiting it! Love the techniques and thanks for describing your process!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Nancy, for coming back and leaving this sweet comment! I tried to return the favor, but I'm not sure how Google +works. It makes me happy to know you like my tag! Can't go wrong with that die!

      Delete
  27. Incredibly beautiful! Thank you for sharing how you made your wonderful tag.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Daria! I appreciate your sweet comment; it totally made my day!

      Delete
  28. Thank you for sharing. Not many share with instructions. Love the tag.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving your comments...they mean so much to me.