A Happy Hello!!
Remember me? I’m still out here in blog-land but have been very busy making super secret makes and new projects…plus, it’s summer and you know how that goes…I’ve been busy enjoying the warm weather and family time. I can’t hardly believe that the fourth of July is this week already!!! Where is this year going? Anyways…I hope that you all are well and have been busy creating and enjoying your summer.
Today I have a bit of an early Christmas present for you…did you catch the Facebook Live yesterday that Tim Holtz hosted for the new Chapter 3 Sizzix release? HOLY MOLY!! It was jam packed with Halloween and Christmas GOODNESS!!! If you didn’t catch it yesterday, you can watch it through these links…
I was honored to be one of the lucky makers asked to create with the new Sizzix dies ahead of time! I am so grateful and super excited to start sharing what I made!
How Tim and his team can keep coming up with all these fabulous designs is beyond me! Year after year they seem to get better and better…
These are some tags I created using the fabulous new dies entitled Festive Things and Large Funky Festive.
They are the perfect size to combine with the small tag that comes with the Sizzix Sidekick and to embellish Christmas gift bags and treats.
These were all very easy to create… and what was my secret ingredient, besides the adorable new dies? The background papers I created with Distress Oxide and Spray Stains! Easy, quick and they make the tags pop!
Here’s a look at the papers…
and my inky fingers… inky fingers = a happy heart!
p.s.- your hands don’t have to get this inky, I just really get into my inking! 😉
As I mentioned, I started by creating the background papers and used these festive combos that I have pictured below.
Here’s the recipe for each color..
Green- Forest Moss & Bundled Sage Distress Sprays + Pumice Stone DOS & Mowed Lawn DOS + spritzes of water
Red- Festive Berries & Aged Mahogany + Fired Brick Distress Sprays + Fired Brick DOS + Peeled Paint DOS + spritzes of water
Yellow/Gold- Old Paper & Antique Linen (not pictured) + Fossilized Amber DOS & Vintage Photo DOS & Iced Spruce DOS + spritzes of water
I spritzed my Distress Watercolor paper with water first, then spritzed with the Spray Stains. I dried it with a heat tool and then spritzed the Oxide Sprays. After the Oxide Spray was spritzed and dripped onto the paper, I added a very light mist of water over top of the paper to activate the oxide. Super EASY and FUN!! I did this to each individual color combo. Then when I had a good stack of Christmasy colors, I began cutting the layers with my dies.
The backgrounds of the tags were made by stamping 3 different background stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Stripes and Holiday (CMS281), Ornate and Lace (CMS348), and Music and Advert (CMS358).
I added the distress ink to the stamp, spritzed the stamp with a quick spritz of water, then randomly stamped the 3 different designs onto the watercolor paper. This is a SUPER EASY way to get a background made very quickly! Then I cut the background papers into tags and started layering the die cuts. I used a few accent stars from the idea-ology line and some Gold Metallic Paper Stash for the bows and bells.
I used Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss and Candied Apple Distress Inks for the backgrounds. The little phrases came from the Holiday Background Stamp, I just stamped it and trimmed out the phrases that I wanted…easy peasy!
The Holiday Background stamp it one of my favorite stamps, perfect for any Christmas make! 😉
Here are the tags before I blended each of their edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
All that was left was to do was to adhere the pieces onto the tags with popdots and add the ribbons.
The ribbon was made with Crinkle Ribbon, Distress Spray Stain, water and a heat tool!
Look at those yummy Christmas colors!!
And here they all are…all set and ready to be tied onto gifts! Merry Christmas!!
Thanks for stopping by…I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Stripes and Holiday (CMS281), Ornate and Lace (CMS348), and Music and Advert (CMS358).
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Sidekick and Small Tag Die, Festive Things, Large Funky Festive
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/ Idea-ology- Crinkle Ribbon, Stars, Gold Metallic Paper Stash
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Distress Watercolor Paper
Distress Ink- Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss, Candied Apple
Distress Oxide Spray-Pumice Stone, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Distress Sprays- Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany ,Fired Brick, Old Paper, Antique Linen
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium
Your tags are gorgeous. I saw them on Tim’s video. Thank you for sharing how you made them!
Sherry T says
Those are so cute…I knew you guys were busy little makers all hush, hush. Just had to wait until it was time to spill the beans, or should I say spill the ink…LOL. There are so many products and so many amazing projects to go along with them…my head is spinning…looking forward to seeing what else you have to share…always my favorites.
Wow, what a treat to have Christmas in July! Your tags are just beautiful and I can’t wait to try them . Thank you for providing the recipes for some of the papers. Where can I buy the ribbon to dye different colors? Thank you. Sue
These are gorgeous, Stacy! Thanks for the inspiration…go, enjoy the days of Summer! They are fleeting, for sure.
Jillian McA says
Another excellent tutorial – is good to get some Christmas inspiration early as the year is already half over …. to quickly I might add. Thanks Stacy!
Vickie Nipp says
These are sooooo cute!!!!
Freddie Sleijpen says
You inspire me to no end my friend! These are just magnificent!
Juli Riedel says
Fantastic job Stacy! Thanks for listing all the colors you used to make the tags! Definitely going to try those color combinations! Well done girlie!
Love these tags! Thanks for the tutorial.
Rita P. says
I liked the new dies, of course, but you made what appeared cartoonish images so elegant. Brilliant. I am going to look at the dies again with enlightened eyes. Wonderful backgrounds!
A blog posting from you is just like Christmas! I adore these tags.
Karen Bone says
You have been a very busy gal! Thank you so much for sharing the new holiday Sizzix ideas, I am all about Christmas and the new holiday Sizzix releases Tim shared the other day are awesome! I think I will need a much bigger piggy bank! Again, thank you for sharing your talent and fabulous projects!
Sara Emily Barker says
Stacy, you have made Christmas magic in your craft room! I love the vintage feel to the backgrounds and each one of those sweet little layered die cuts (so much work-so much fun!) Thank you for your tutorial and color share–you always have the best combinations! It’s because of your wonderful inspiration that these wonderful dies are jetting their way to my door as we speak! Inky hands? Check! Sending hugs!
Anita Houston says
Christmas in July is always a treat! LOVE the inky die cuts and those fingers! Cute little tags!!!