Hello and welcome! Today I am given the honor of being Guest Designer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. If you are a regular follower of the challenge blog you know the current challenge is Tag It. Lucky me; an easy challenge and so timely to help me get a jump start on my Christmas crafting!
First, here are some close ups each of my swing tags. I will share some easy tips for quick holiday tags near the bottom of this post.
The Sparkles background stamps is one of my favorites, and this time I've stamped in Black Soot ink and heat embossed in clear. A dot of Liquid Pearls adds more shine on the berries.
* * *
And now for a few quick tips to make your holiday crafting fun and time-saving. After all, don't we have plenty to do this time of year? Start by rounding up your favorite Christmas papers, stamps and dies.
1. Set your things up to work in an assembly line fashion. I approached my tags from die cutting/embossing my snowflakes first and worked back from there, choosing scraps that complimented each snowflake, then stamping and die cutting all my 'main' tags. Then I die cut my foliage and Gift Tags. Then blended all my pieces with ink, then glued and assembled.
2. Use designer paper scraps for background panels. Not only does it save time, it adds color and prevents waste. Most of my saved off cuts were just the right size! All you have to do is punch a hole and blend the edges with a dark ink.
3. Choose a central theme and or color scheme; I decided to use my new to me, but already discontinued Snowflake Impresslit as my common denominator and chose a traditional color palette.
3. Personalize your tag with additional tags using lighter colored premade backgrounds--you know those ones you saved when you were trying out your new sprays and inks. Or you can make some quick tags by stamping white or cream card with a favorite background stamp like I did. I just stamped one large sheet and then die cut areas of the card with Stacked Tags dies.
4. Make your tag extra special by using up those little die cuts you have from previous projects and adhering them to a shaped tag. Or even simpler, stamp your smaller shaped tag with a festive image--there are some great ones in Tim's Holiday Things.
Thanks for stopping by! Wishing all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving a blessed day with family and/or friends! Sara Emily