Saturday, December 14, 2019

A Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag and Gift Card Holder for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 1

Hello and welcome! Today, we are changing things up a bit at The Funkie Junkie Boutique for our regular Saturday Showcase feature. Each Design Team member is presenting a holiday tag featuring some of their favorite  products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so you will have plenty of ideas to complete your holiday crafting. I hope you'll pop over to see their holiday themed tags and visit their blogs for details on how they came together.

For my tag, I've used Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper, Sizzix Radiant 3D Impresslit, and Fanciful Snowflakes Thinlits die set, all by Tim Holtz. Not only are these products perfect for Christmas crafting, I can use them for projects throughout the winter season.

 I'll share some close ups with you and then we'll get to the tutorial.

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Here's how it came together; I did manage to snap a few photos before assembling.

1. Apply gesso to small Etcetera tag edges, front and back.
2. Trim white card stock to fit tag and emboss top and bottom with old Tim Holtz Snow Flurries Texture Fade.
3. Swipe gesso randomly over embossed surface with credit card. Dry.
4. Blend embossed card with Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky Distress ink. Apply Stormy Sky direct to paper, by dragging pad downward over panel. Dry.
5. Apply Distress Opaque Texture Paste through the snowflake stencil from the Mini Layering Stenciling set #45. Do this on random 'empty' areas around the edges of the panel. When dry, blend over the stenciled snowflakes with Stormy Sky. Spritz with water and dry again.
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6. Using the Stamp Platform, ink snowflake portion of Holiday Greetings image with Faded Jeans archival. Dry ink and clean stamp, but leave in place on platform. Ink sentiment portion in Versamark and heat emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.
7. Stamp flurries from Into the Woods with Picket Fence ink and heat emboss with Flurries Speckles powder. Heat tag in this area with heat tool and immediately sprinkle very lightly with a mixture of Flurries and Frantage Shabby White powders. The heated surface will allow the powders to stick. Heat just enough to melt.
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8. Adhere panel to tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte. (I used this adhesive throughout project.) When fully dry, trim and sand edges. Blend edges with Faded Jeans Distress Archival ink.
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9. Adhere Christmas Worn Wallpaper to Collage Frame. When dry, cut oval out with kraft knife and sand all edges. Blend edges with Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap inks and some random areas on the paper to age. Adhere collage frame to tag.
10. Ink deer from Great Outdoors stamp set with Versamark and heat emboss with Liquid Platinum powder.
11. Using stamp platform ink tree from Into the Woods set with Shaded Lilac making impression on a scrap of card. Clean the stamp, leaving it in place on the platform. Re-ink randomly with Stormy Sky and make a second impression. Clean the stamp again, and randomly ink with Faded Jeans Archival, again making an impression. Clean the stamp thoroughly and using Versamarker Pen, apply ink to just the tips of some branches. Heat emboss with Frantage/Flurries powder mixture.
12. Fussy cut tree and deer and blend with Pumice Stone ink.
13. Using the Radiant 3D Impresslit, cut/emboss the large and smaller 'stars' from white card. Color with Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone inks. Apply HS pad directly to raised areas. I applied Prima White Gold Metallique Wax just to the ridges with my finger.
14. Die cut smaller of the two Fanciful Snowflakes Thinlits from water color paper. Spritz with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Spray, spritz with water and dry with heat tool, shaping while drying. I love that these snowflakes are dimensional (a surprise to me!); they fold up quite easily using the score lines included on the die. Blend with Shaded Lilac ink and blend edges with Pumice Stone ink.
15. Adhere snowflake to larger star with a foam pop dot to maintain dimension.
16. Color 1/2 pearls with Smolder Alcohol Pearls and let dry. Adhere to star, snowflake and tree.
17. Assemble tag.

Here's the reverse side of the tag. I made a smaller, removable tag that hides a gift card and slides into a pocket. The tag was made from two cards from last year. I glued them together, facing inward and rounded the corners. I dipped each side of this tag into leftover sprays in my spray box (I line my box with waxy palette sheets that I can use over and over again).

 Using Tim's Sparkles & Christmas stamp set, I heat embossed one side of the tag with the sparkle image and white embossing powder. The other side is embossed with the greeting image and Winter's Mistake powder (very elusive from the camera). Using the Radiant Impresslit, I cut and embossed two of the large stars from gold and  silver Metallic Kraft Stock. I glued these together  and to the top of the tag to make a pull for the tag. I used Liquid Pearls to make the center on the silver one and to dot some of the embossed sparkles.

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You can see in the photos above I've used Tim Holtz Christmas Mini Paper Stash to back the tag and to create the pocket.  Using scraps to make a V folded hinge on either side of the pocket allows a bit more room in the pocket. Just adhere one side of the hinge to the pocket edge and the other side to the tag.  Glue along the bottom and you've got a nice roomy pocket. Thanks to my good friend Kathy Clement for this easy, handy tip.  Be sure to check out her blog - Kathy By Design; not only does Kathy make the most wonderful cards, folios and journals, but she always gives freely of her useful tips and ideas. I finished off the bottom of the pocket with an old Tim Holtz Industrious sticker updated with Smolder Alcohol Pearl.

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I hope this has given you some ideas for using your Christmas papers, die cut sets and embossing folders or maybe tempted you to add one of these products to your Christmas shopping list. Remember, there's still time to play along with our It's the Holidays challenge which is open until December 17th, 2019. Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
These supplies were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Radiant
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Fanciful Snowflakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper -  Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Frames
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Into the Woods
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Holiday Greetings
Tim Holtz Etcetera - Small Tag
Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set #45
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone, Shaded Lilac,Stormy Sky
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans,  Wilted Violet
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Kit #2
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Embossing Speckle Powders - Flurries
Ranger Embossing Powder - Liquid Platinum
Ranger Embossing Powder - White Super Fine Detail
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Tim Holtz Ideaology Mini Christmas Paper Stash
Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
VersaMarker Watermark Pen
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabair-Metallique Wax - White Gold
Emerald Creek Embossing Powders - Winter's Mistake


  1. Beautiful serene wintry tag! I Love the blues and the gold accents! Those gold stars are fabulous! Wishing you and your family a very merry holiday and a blessed New Year!

  2. Loving all the layers and the snowy features. You and I were on the same wave length with the colour palette and all the snowflakes - great minds I would say. :) Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  3. I love the blue/cream/gold color scheme of this frosty winter tag, and all the fun layers and embellishments you added!

  4. Wow! Love this tag! A lot of work went into it!

    A very beautifull card nice and vintagy, thank you for sharing with the DT from WE love to create Hugs Terry xxx (DT)

  6. Inky, this is stunning! I love the worn wallpaper images, I've added this to my wish list 😉 ... and gold embossed images and wording look so beautiful too 😁. This is so amazing, I'd be happy with just the holder forget about the gift card 😁. Wishing you a happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  7. A fabulous tag (love the pocket idea), it almost seemed a shame to cover it up but the overlay is very pretty too. The snowflakes are beautiful and I love those gold stars! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Very nice creation, thank You for so many images.

    Thank You for joining us at Do Al(l) Kretaives Challenge. DT Ella.

  9. Love, love, love your vintage tag! The winter scene you created is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

  10. GORGEOUS, Sara Emily! I cannot wait to use my Radiant Embosslit now! xoxo

  11. Amazing christmas tag! Love the papers you combined.
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck. Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives{#36 – Shabby Chic / Vintage}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge{#36 – A little present for you}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  12. I see vintage Wedgewood blue china with delicate gold leaf painted stars in this gorgeous tag Sara Emily! There are so many places I would have been tempted not to add further layers but then when seen together they shine more beautifully. I love the clever way of hiding the gift card at the back of the tag. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas. Happy holidays! xx

  13. This is really beautiful Sara Emily, I love the icy feel and the wonderful layers. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a very Merry Christmas, Sue xx

  14. OMG.. this is just amazing! I love the colours and all the lovely details! It's so wonderful and I really like it!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Merry Christmas and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days

  15. Absolutely stunning - there's a beautiful blue & white china look to this, or perhaps intricate damask cloth - and I am completely in love with it!
    Alison x

  16. Fabulous project, Sara Emily! Love everything here!
    Thank you for joining in with our December challenge over at Country View Challenges!
    Happy New Year!


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