Welcome friends and visitors! I've finally gotten started on on my tags for Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style! I totally blew it on getting started early with this challenge this year. Last year I didn't get started until December 9, so I guess I'm a little ahead of the game! I'm starting with week 5. For those that haven't heard about this challenge it is a 12 week challenge to make a winter or Christmas themed project inspired by Linda's 12 weekly tags. This is the 5th year that the sweet and talented Linda Coughlin has hosted this challenge, and it is generously sponsored by her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. A huge Thank You to Linda for hosting and sponsoring this challenge!
Here's Linda's tag for week 5, and it's obvious I drew inspiration from her use of the Mixed Media Thinlit Holly Leaves, baubles, and her fluffy bow. I pretty much just copied her lovely design, but changed my colors, and used some different products. Isn't Linda's tag just beautiful?
The Holly die cut layer is Evergreen Bough spray along with a misting of Perfect Pearl mist in Heirloom Gold. I tore the paper and edged in Frayed Burlap. I added Stickles 'berries'. Like Linda, I also stamped my holly cuts as well as foiled them. I embossed a Flonz Craft greeting in gold, and added a back panel embossed with a sparkly gold powder.
My baubles are not Tim's, just some from my stash, and either my gold mixative is old and not working, or the baubles don't take the color like they did on Linda's. The gold looked really flat, so I added Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink. Still not 'gold' enough, so I added some leafing to these baubles, too. This was not easy! The red baubles are actually pearls, and I used Watermelon alcohol ink on them. Looks like a good match for my Candied Apple stained crinkle ribbon! I just love the look of the stained background with the stamping layered with this delicate Mixed Media Thinlit die cut.
Perhaps a better look at the gold leafing on the baubles. It's hard to capture on the camera. In fact, I couldn't see it at all on the smaller baubles on my camera shot, but trust me, it's there, and I worked hard to get it! I'm afraid I don't share Linda's love of leafing--perhaps it's the brand I have in my stash (Martha Stewart), but I don't find it works too easily, especially on the baubles.
These baubles don't look this bad in real life.
And by accident, I found mt tag lights up quite nicely in the glow of my desk lamp! This gives me an idea to make a lantern. If you look REAL hard you can see my scribbly handwriting on the back. I had to write my personal greeting on the back before adding the dimensional elements to the front.
Products used that can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: Tim Holtz Christmas Mixed Media Thinlits die; Ranger Mini Collage Glue Stick; Ranger Multi Medium Matte; Candied Apple Distress Stain; Distress inks in Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap; Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist, Stickles Holiday Assortment-Joyful Red, Ranger alcohol inks-Sunshine Yellow, Watermelon, and Gold Mixative, (additional products from my stash listed in text)
I am sharing my tag with the following challenges:
Stamps and Stencils-Tags, Bags and Boxes It's been a long time since I've got to play along at this inspiring challenge!
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #117- 'Tis the Season-Autumn or Winter I used a Flonz Craft sentiment and a Hero Arts background stamp.
A Gem of a Challenge #182 Use Ribbon and Bling My first time visiting this challenge blog!
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Anything (Christmas) Goes My first time visiting here, too, and I'm sure I'll be back!
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Hugs and Blessings!