We invite you to join us by creating your own project using the technique or product featured, upload it to Linda's site here, and thus be entered to win one of two fabulous prizes! We LOVE being inspired by you! You can read all the details at the end of my post, and remember, there ARE rules so read those carefully.
OKAY, on to my creations for the challenge...
Christmas tags. I know I could have spent days on some masterpiece, but the truth is I NEED TAGS and Christmas cards for the fast-approaching season. And I'm all about necessity and function. These are small but not tiny. I used the Tag & Tie die, so that means they're 4 3/4 inches tall. I love this size because they can easily be added to a card front, or the perfect size for a gift, bottle of wine, or to affix a gift card to the back side. (Great idea for my high schooler's teachers!)
While I can't give away the technique here (that's for you to explore on your own) I can share one additional step I took before the technique, and that was stamping on the tags first. I cut the tags out of Ranger's manila card stock, then stamped with archival inks. This music note background is stamped with Watering Can by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger. I pulled out all my Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz holiday stamp sets I own and used a few images for backgrounds.
After stamping backgrounds, I did the "Layering Stencil: Embossing" technique. (I eventually re-stamped the fourth tag with brown ink instead of gray and re-stenciled it with Fired Brick instead of Festive Berries.)
Then I inked the edges first with Vintage Photo generously, then just the outer edges with Walnut Stain. I always edge distress with this combination. (Click to view this close up.)
I cut some die-cut images from various Movers & Shapers dies in my stash. I used the same manila card stock, but you could use grungeboard, grungepaper, chipboard, etc. I decided to use Distress Glitter to cover them. Glitter just has a vintage Christmas feel, doesn't it? And it goes so well with the shiny embossing.
Okay, so I usually ink the die-cut with the same color as my glitter first, but I was in a hurry and forgot, so this is what sometimes happens, right? You have those open spaces with no glitter, and if you try to go back in and fill them with glitter, then you get weird blobby, irregular spots.
So instead I grabbed my Vintage Photo Distress Stain spray and gave it a few blasts over the whole thing. Worked beautifully! And the combination of the glitter with the stain sprays give it a cool, variegated look.
I adhered the glittered pieces onto my tags, stamped a sentiment on the "bread tie" as I call it (using various Close To My Heart stamps in my stash) and adhered those close to the hole in each tag.
My tags each got some colored seam-binding ribbon at the top; colored of course with more Distress Stains.
And just 'cause I've been taught to be frugal with the leftover stains on my non-stick craft sheet, I swiped some regular-sized tags through them and put these aside for later. Double-duty, baby!
Shimmery and shiny, just like the holidays.
Remember to try stains with your glitter. It's pretty cool.
Now it's YOUR turn to give this technique a try... GO!
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You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here. The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...
We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!
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