Whew...I'm tired. The last two weekends I have been hosting my annual Christmas card class. Doing this class with Thanksgiving and family events in the middle has been a bit of a challenge, but lots of fun. One of the great benefits was that my sister-in-law, who lives in Colorado, was able to attend one of the classes. It was so great to spend the extra time with her. I'll begin showing you the Christmas cards on Friday.
Today's post is the third installment of the Christmas Tags that I presented at Stampcation at the end of September. These final two tags are actually my favorites of the six tags that I presented.
Here's the starting point for all the tags. A piece of Naturals White cardstock was stamped with the Christmas Collage background stamp using Staz-On Jet Black ink. The images were colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the Blender Pen. The colors used were: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, and Marina Mist.
We'll start with probably one of the easiest and quickest tags to make.
We begin by using Paper Snips to cut around the outside edge of the "25" circle at the left center of the background image. The "25" was placed faced down on the tabletop and pieces of Sticky Strip were adhered along the edge of the circle. Two pieces of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (Riding Hood Red and Early Espresso diagonal print) were punched with the Lace Ribbon Border punch. These pieces were run through the Paper Crimper multiple times to loosen up the fibers in the paper pieces to make them more flexible.
The end of the first piece of punched paper was folded over and placed on the Sticky Strip so that about 1/4" of the paper was inside the circle on the Sticky Strip and the rest of the paper extended outside the edge of the circle. Using a fingertip to push the paper into place, push and fold the paper up and then press a fingertip of the paper into the Sticky Strip. This process was repeated all the way around the edge of the circle. [You may find that a single 12" length isn't quite enough to complete the circle. So when the first piece of paper is almost used up, leave about 1/4" of the end that is NOT pressed into the Sticky Strip folded up. Then begin the second strip by folding the end and placing the end onto the Sticky Strip under end of the first piece, place a small piece of Sticky Strip over the start of the second piece of paper and press the end of the first piece into the Sticky Strip.] To finish off the finger pleats, cut the paper approximately 3/8" beyond the starting point. Fold the end of the paper over slightly. Place a narrow piece of Sticky Strip in the valley just beyond where the paper began and press the end in place.
The back of the tag is a piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch. At the top of the circle the Crop-A-Dile was used to punch a 1/8" hole. A piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded through the hole and knotted. The "A Merry Christmas" image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was stamped on a piece of Naturals White cardstock using Riding Hood Red ink. The stamped image was punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch. The "To:"/"From:" words were written above/below the stamped image using the pen tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. The 1 3/4" circle was adhered to the center of the 2 1/2" circle. The front and back pieces were adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals.
For the final tag, I went back to the Silent Night song lyrics.
The song lyrics were punched from the cardstock with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and adhered to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch. Pieces of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (Old Olive and Early Espresso diagonal stripe) were punched with the Lace Ribbon Border punch and run through the Paper Crimper a few times. The paper was adhered to the back of the 2 1/2" circle using the same process utilized for the "25" tag. A piece of Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim was folded and the ends adhered at the back center of the 2 1/2" circle using Sticky Strip.
The back of the tag was created by cutting two 2" strips of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (all over postage stamps of Christmas images). Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, make score lines every 1/4" along the 12" length of both pieces of paper. Punch a 1/8" hole at the center point between all the score lines, then fold along the score lines creating mountain/valley folds. [If using the Crop-A-Dile to punch the 1/8" holes, you can place a number of the folded pleats into the punch slot at one time--a bit of a time saver.] Thread a length of Whisper White Baker's Twine through all the 1/8" holes of both pieces of paper and carefully cinch the thread to create the circle and knot the thread. Use a stapler to join the ends of the paper pieces together from the back of the pleated circle. A 2 1/2" circle of Naturals White cardstock was stamped with the "A Merry Christmas" image using Cherry Cobbler ink. The "To:"/"From:" words were written above/below the stamped image with the pen tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. Sticky Strip was placed along the edges of the back of the Naturals White circle. The pleated circle was placed face down on the tabletop and the 2 1/2" Naturals White circle was placed, centered, on top of the pleated circle. The two halves of the tag were adhered together using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked three-high.
I really enjoyed making these tags to present at Stampcation. I was concerned that because I made tags from the Christmas Collage background stamp last year that I wouldn't be able to come up with something different this year. Thanks to the beautifully detailed images on this stamp and the wonderful variety of papers, punches, and embellishments that Stampin' Up! has to offer, it was fun and easy to create a lovely selection of tags pretty quickly.
So how would you use these? As tags or ornaments?
Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage; Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Staz-On Jet Black; Stampin' Write Marker: Old Olive; Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Riding Hood Red; Designer Series Paper: Letters to Santa; Embellishments: Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile, Simply Scored Tool, Paper Crimper, Crop-A-Dile, Blender Pen, Watercolor Crayons (Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard), Lace Ribbon Border punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch; Non-Stampin' Up!: Stapler