Friday, November 25, 2016

Tag, Day 25!!! and a Card

Day 25 (!!!) of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! I have a generous selection of Christmas gift tags to choose from when I eventually get around to wrapping presents... of course, they have to be bought first. 
Today I was inspired by Kat Benjamin's kraft and polka-dot tag. Here is my version: 

I had nothing similar to the polka-dot paper tape that Kat used, so I stencilled a thin layer of embossing paste on a manila tag, instead. (I actually sponged white ink through the stencil first, but didn't like the look.) I used some die cut pieces to embellish it as well as some sheer green ribbon. 
I also have a card! Jingle Belles' last challenge of the year is a beautiful photo inspiration: 

I took inspiration from the white fireplace hung with stockings and the quatrefoil rug to get this: 

Making this card was a bit of a comedy of errors; there were a couple of times when I considered being inspired by the rack of wine bottles beside the fireplace and forgetting about cardmaking! The photo immediately reminded me of this fireplace stamp set that I ordered but didn't get in time for last year's cardmaking. I started by stamping the fireplace and the extra mantle, only to discover these were the two images that didn't have dies! Being used to the Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, I fussy cut the fireplace very closely to the outside lines. Then when I cut the stockings and evergreen garland, I discovered that these dies leave a white margin. So I stamped and cut another fireplace. (By this time, I had decided I didn't need the separate mantle piece.) The background panel comes from the pattern of the rug in front of the fireplace. 
I may just take the day off tomorrow! Besides, family obligations beckon. 😊

Supplies: (tag) manila tag, Kaiserkraft Turtledove die cut pieces, Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, May Arts green ribbon; (card) white cardstock, My Mind's Eye All is Bright, Echo Park Be Mine & (?) patterned paper, Stampin' Up Festive Fireplace stamps & dies, Versamark smoky gray & Colorbox evergreen inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, watercolour pencils, Spica silver glitter marker, Spectrum Noir clear glitter marker, fun foam

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Barbara Godden said...

Nice job on the tag, I see there is one more teehee. Fab. job on the inspiration card for the jingle belles.

SmilynStef said...

I love those sweet little stockings ... so very glad you joined us for our final Jingle Belles prompt of 2016 ... hope we see you again in 2017.

lauren bergold said...

hehehe... i think we've all had cardmaking days like that, BUT... you totally pulled it off in the end and i love the way you've used the elements in the pic, but totally made them work with your vibe and the supplies you had on hand! thats EXACTLY what photo inspiration is meant to be imo, and you nailed it! so pleased to have this in our JINGLE BELLES gallery! <3