A very warm welcome to the Ellen Hutson 12 Days of Christmas. Thank you so much for joining us in kicking off the holiday season!
I am honored to be able to create with my dearest friend Ellen for a few weeks and share my passion for paper crafting with her amazing customers. Becky and I are having much too much fun behind the scenes creating to our heart's delight.
Without further adieu, let's get right to the first tag...
I began by cutting this adorable pair of angels out of the Ode to Joy 12 x 12 sheet (Graphic 45) with my sharp tip detail scissors. Using a good pair of scissors makes all the difference when cutting out detailed images.
It's very important to have a non-stick surface such as the Ranger Craft Sheet when applying products like Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Any paint or ink wipes right up or flakes off when dry. Paint a thin layer of the Rock Candy over the entire surface and allow to dry. This paint cracks like a fine porcelain over these richly colored images. Gorgeous!
Paint the surface of the tag with Tea Dye Distress Crackle Paint, but paint "lightly". Leave lots of open space because we are going to add ink in those areas later. With Crackle Paint, the thicker you apply, the deeper the cracks. This color matches the Christmas Past Collection perfectly. Allow the paint to fully dry. Cracks will appear as the paint dries.
Here is the what the paint looks like dry:
Edge the mini wooden Scrabble Pieces with the Copper Krylon Pen. The trick with these pens is to get the flow of ink moving to the tip. Simply press down repeatedly on the Craft Sheet until it begins to pool. You can create a nice pool on the sheet if you like and just dip the tip of the pen into the ink as needed. Drag the tip around each side of the letters and allow to dry.
Cut a small piece (I like about 2x2 inches) of Cut 'n Dry Foam from the 8.5 x 11 sheet and grab your Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pad.
Load the sponge with ink by pressing it into the pad several times and then ink the tag in a circular motion beginning ON the Craft Sheet and then dragging the foam onto the tag. Add color as desired.
Spritz 3-4 times over the tag and allow to dry or heat set with the Ranger Craft Tool.
Stamp the border from the Floral Tattoo Set (Stampers Anonymous) with Archival Ink. This stamp set will be in the shop soon!
Then stamp the floral spring from the same set.
I wanted to really add some texture below where the angels would sit and chose this amazing cream colored Botanical Paper. I tore the bottom of the piece to get lots of "stringy" bits and then used my ever handy Tonic Non-Stick scissors to cut through the fibers and adhesive underneath.
The Botanical Paper is adhered until the the Angels which are popped up on foam squares.
Attach the "wings" tiles with Red Tape Liner.
Pierce a line of hole in the paper using the piercing template on the Design Ruler.
Use a white gel pen to "Faux Stitch" the border of the tag.
Decorate the berries with Fruit Punch Stickles.
...and the branches with Patina Stickles.
Add small dots of Flower Soft Glue to the Angels' Wings and dust Polar White Flower Soft over the glued areas several times. Flower Soft is much easier to use in a big container once it has been unpacked from the container.
Attach the lace with the Tiny Attacher Stapler. This handy little tool really does allow you to attach all sorts of things and the staples are so stinkin' small, you don't even notice them!
Last but not least, tie a soft and romantic piece of silk ribbon to the tag and voila! A very special tag that someone could enjoy all year round. Oh, I almost forgot...at the last second I realized that the blond angel needed a flower in her hair. Tim's Foliage Hardware was perfect topped with a little bling.
Thank you so much for visiting and make sure you check back as I know Ellen has some giveaways planned!