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« on: October 23, 2013 05:10:26 AM »

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.

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013 10:06:36 AM »

These are gorgeous! 

« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013 03:06:11 PM »

And you have made more! They are lovely, too! You put so much thought and energy into them.

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013 08:19:55 PM »

Oh WOW these are gorgeous..  man, am I excited to be swapping cards with you in the Holiday ATC Swap!  Cheesy

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    « Reply #4 on: October 24, 2013 04:11:15 AM »

    Thank you - I hope I meet your expectations for that swap - it makes me a bit anxious.  But I felt this would be good practice working on backgrounds and such.
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