It's Thanksgiving week--the family is beginning to arrive and the food shopping is underway as I'm gathering the supplies to begin making pies. This year the family Thanksgiving feast is being hosted by my youngest brother, Scott, my sister-in-law, Michelle, and their teen son and daughter, Casey and Kelly. My contribution is the pumpkin and chocolate cream pies; the chocolate pies are a special request from my nephew, Casey. I hope your Holiday preparations are proceeding calmly and stress-free.
Last year I participated in the Royal Blog Tour and featured the Christmas Collage background stamp. You can see the projects I made here and here and here and here. I used Glossy cardstock for all the projects I made (with the exception of two of the boxes) and the results were bright and shiny. When I was asked to demonstrate a product based class project for Stampcation, I decided to revisit the Christmas Collage background stamp but this time using Naturals White cardstock. The next few blog posts will feature the results.
We'll start with the stamped and colored image.
The background stamp was inked with Staz-On Jet Black ink and colored with Watercolor Crayons and the Blender Pen. The colors used are:
Holly Leaves: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler; Bells: More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist; Silent Night Lyrics: More Mustard; 25: More Mustard; Poinsettias: Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, More Mustard
Using Naturals White cardstock gives the image a more vintage look than the Glossy cardstock, so I found myself looking at simpler and less fussy embellishments than those used for last year's tags. We'll begin with the upper left corner of the background image focusing on the "Joy" area.
The image was punched from the Naturals White cardstock with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch. A 2 1/2" circle was punched from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. A length of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon was folded over at the top and adhered to the Cherry Cobbler circle with Sticky Strip. The rest of the ribbon was left to hang below the circle. Five Mini Jingle Bells (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) were sewn to the hanging ribbon using Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine and a large-eyed sewing needle. The punched scallop circle was centered over the Cherry Cobbler circle and adhered to the circle with Stampin' Dimensionals. The holly leaves image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was inked with Old Olive ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper and a second time on a piece of Naturals White cardstock. The image was centered in the punch window of the 1 3/4" circle punch, punched out, and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler circle using SNAIL. The "To:"/"From:" were written on the circle using pen tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.
While I was sewing the mini jingle bells (and they really ring!) to the Cherry Cobbler ribbon, I was reminded of a row of sleigh bells. Having grown up in Florida, I've never been on a sleigh, but I remember holding a leather strap festooned with large jingle bells that I rang during a Christmas program in the 4th grade.
Now we'll look at the Silent Night song lyrics at the center right of the image.
The song lyrics were centered inside the punch window of the Decorative Label punch and punched out. The image was matted with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks. You can find directions to create the mats for this punch here. A piece of Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon was folded over and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler mat with Sticky Strip. The Holly Leaves image was inked with Old Olive ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper and a second time on a piece of Naturals White cardstock. The stamped image was centered inside the punch window of the Decorative Label punch and punched out. This image was matted with Old Olive cardstock and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler mat (tag front) with Stampin' Dimensionals. The "To:"/"From:" words were written on the back of the tag using the pen tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker. A piece of Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon was made into a bow and adhered at the bottom of the tag front using Mini Glue Dots. [To create the bow, bring both ends of the ribbon up into loops (bunny ears), cross the loops and push one bunny ear into the hole created by crossing the bunny ears and pull the bunny ears to tighten the bow.]
Aren't these tags just adorable? They are so cute they really should be classified as ornaments. If you know a young couple who are celebrating their first Christmas together, making a few of these tags would be a great way to help them decorate their Christmas Tree or a banner for their fireplace mantle.
I'll be back after Thanksgiving with a couple more tags. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends!
Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage; Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Marker: Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White; Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells, Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blender Pen, Watercolor Crayons (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, More Mustard, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Decorative Label punch; Non-Stampin' Up!: Large-eyed sewing needle