Monday, December 20, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - #5

Much like yourselves, it's been a very busy holiday weekend around here for us. Three Christmas parties, a full day of baking, finishing Christmas cards, shopping, and wrapping. It's crazy, but fun for sure!

The only problem was there was no time left to create in my studio. I kept thinking of my two tags left of the 12 Tags of Christmas inspired by Tim Holtz. I just couldn't find the time.

Finally today I got around to Tag #5. But let's back up and take a look at Tim's tag first...

Great, right? Be sure to go to Tim's blog and check out his step-by-step photos and techniques for this tag. Lots of good stuff there.

Now here's my "tag" which is actually a pennant which will string together with the other 11 tags to make one big holiday banner.

I'm using Maya Road's scallop banner kit for my "tags". Two layers of chipboard make each one and I layer them together to make a thick, dimensional pennant. (Oh! I just noticed that I forgot to add my jingle bells. I'll add those later.)

I had to make some slight alterations to my pennant since I didn't have some items Tim used. For example, I didn't have the green crackle paint so I tried a couple things. The first thing I tried didn't work and made the grungepaper label look like shiny frog skin. Tossed that one out. Then I did this one you see here by first applying Pearl Paint Dauber to the grunge, then inking with green distress inks, then Walnut Stain, then a final rubbing of green distress Stickles with my finger for some added texture. 

I didn't have Distress embossing powder either, but I did have regular green and gold embossing powder, plus some red tinsel embossing powder. It's amazing how this stuff still works on metal. I never knew!

For Santa's beard, I opted to use my Snow Marker instead of the flocking stuff Tim used. (Sparkly Fluff, I think he calls it.) The Snow Marker worked great! Just write, dry, heat and it puffs lightly. Cool!

For the metal numerals, I did just like Tim did and painted them white, then added Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to get that thick, clear coating. Rather than ink-distressing with black, I chose instead to use some brown Staz-on on my finger and just rubbed it here and there, including the brads after I hammered them.

Here's another quick look at my Tag #5. I had the little bells like Tim used, but when I went to get them, I discovered these little Christmas light bulbs that I had picked up from the local craft store a month or so ago.

I love these guys, don't you?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for my final tag in the 12 Tags of Christmas series.


  1. Simply amazing!!! I really love the look of this banner piece....thanks for sharing-I love how you are still achieving Tim's look with out his products.

  2. I love it! I can't wait to see the next one and to see the finished project! :)

  3. Annette, I love all your tags. This is going to be one amazing banner!

  4. I love the light bulbs! they finish it off so nice. Can't wait to see the finished banner


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