It's the weekend, and I hope you have "holiday tag-making" on your to-do list! It's Day 6 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, and if you've been playing along, you should be seeing those festive tags starting to make a nice little pile, ready for gift-giving! For all the details of this fun event, check out the main post and link-up.
Today we are welcoming guest and sponsor Avery Elle!
Avery Elle has tons of cute stamps, whether for the holidays or year-round use. And while normally I'm drawn to the cute side, I decided to challenge myself a little, too, by picking the more rustic Alpine set. I also chose it because I thought the sled would make a fun shaped tag, so that is what I did:
The sled is a two-step layering stamp, although I may have defeated that purpose a bit by stamping both the outline and the woodgrain in the same ink. :D I tried lighter browns for the filler stamp, but couldn't find a combination I liked. I also shaded the sled with a light brown Copic. As I was doing this, I realized a properly rustic look would be better achieved on natural, rather than bright white cardstock. Note to self: don't automatically default to white ALL THE TIME. :D Anyway, after colouring, I also stamped the wreath and coloured the berries using red glitter glue and a toothpick. I trimmed the sled closely and punched two holes at the top for my red cord.
Of course, then I had to try the sled on some non-white cardstock:
Which is when I discovered that using white cardstock for the first one was not such a bad idea after all - even with quick and light Copic shading, on the thinner natural cardstock there was bleed through to the other side. But that meant I could put this one on a festive red tag and add a sentiment! For added variety, I used an evergreen bough and a bow instead of the wreath.
My talented tag teammates, Carol, Joyce and Kim, as well as members of the Avery Elle design team and of course Tracey herself, all have delightful tags to kickstart your creativity! I hope you'll join us - you might just win a prize!
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Supplies: Neenah white, Stampin Up ruby red & (?) natural cardstock, Avery Elle Alpine stamps, Memento rich cocoa & bamboo leaves, Catherine Pooler rockin' red & Simon Says Stamp extreme black ink, CUTplorations manila tag die, Copic markers, Recollections red glitter glue Twinery cappuccino twine, scrap ribbon & red cord, foam tape
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