After being energized from making the first set of tags, I decided I wanted to make some more and went with making a few sets for the 12 days of Christmas - for one of the swaps I am currently in. I came up with 4 different sets, each one numbered for the 12 days, for each of the 12 items I am crafting/sending.
Unlike the first set, these were all double-sided, with the same design on either side, so they could be hung - and I added a mini tag for any brief note I want to add. Again the base was a large manila shipping tag.First set - the Joy...
These were all started with a wash of silver acrylic paint across the paint, then I experimented with embossing on top of embossing. There was a bit of a challenge with embossing over itself, or on a two sided item - namely you have to hold the card up as the embossing on both sides will heat up and you will mar it if you lay it down to heat.
I clear embossed the JOY on so that the silver wash would show through, and then green embossed the tree over it. Then I inked a variety of greens over the tag, except I blocked the tree off so that it would still allow the silver to gently show through - it made the background seem to glow a bit.
I die-cut the numbers and decorated them in different styles before numbering the tags.Second set - Oh dear!
Again, this was playing with embossing on two sides and embossing on top of embossing, with multiple colours. I did the snowy background again, with the clear embossing of the snowflakes on a swirled white background. Then I embossed the tree on in green, and the deer on in a metallic copper.
I was happy how this turned out - it was more a winter scene than "Christmas" per se - and probably one of DH's favourite because he loves the nature theme.Set three - seeing red...
The next was done because I wanted something very visually different from the others I made - so I went with red.
So I did a swirl of white acrylic over a small portion of the tag, where I stamped the sentiment, then added embossed ornaments in gold. I inked the entire card in red, with a bit of black/gray along the edges. Fourth set - back to the beginning...
I went back to the original tag design I had made before, and made a few little changes. Namely I added a bit more texture with the acrylic white swirl - less blending, and tried to leave a bit more manila showing at the edges as the bare paper absorbs the ink differently. I tried. Also, the original does were die cut from aluminum foil that was inked. I added dimensional mod podge for a clear coat to those and they looked nice. I die cut some of the numbers and the does here from the inked aluminum foil, but added some crackle medium, then played a bit more with it - which lead to couple of different looks.
I really like the texture of the crackle, and how it made the pale blue numbers look icy.There are some complications to crackling on the metallic tape - but I figured out ways to make it work for me - if anyone else is interested in trying this technique to make your own metallic/metallic crackle stickers, I posted about it on my blog as a separate post.