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Day 3 – I used my Simon Says Stamp card kit of the month for this tag.  The solid stamp meant I didn’t have to do any colouring – which is good because I used embossing paste, dies, and distress inks with a blending tool to make this “simple” tag.

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I don’t normally “do” solid stamps these days because I like to use my Copics plus I only had mini ink cubes until Simon Says Stamp came out with ink pads.  I was debating the Hero Arts Shadow inks but the SSS ink became available while I was still debating and I liked being about to buy matching ink and cardstock.

Back in February, I treated myself to a year of SSS card kit of the month (I got my first kit in March).  I am not sure if I’ll be continuing once my year is up because I don’t always get a chance to play with each kit before the next one comes out (this is partially geographical…my kits usually arrive the beginning of the next month so I only have about 2 weeks before I start seeing stuff with the next kit and I feel like I can’t keep up).  Having said that, I feel the kits are great value and contain quality product which is well worth the money.

I am getting lots of use out of my falling snow stencil too!  I bought it “after” Christmas last year so I didn’t get to play with it until very recently.  It’s my favourite stencil (not that I have a lot but this one is really awesome!).  I used mini distress ink cubes for the sky and it makes me want to buy more colours…maybe I should ask Santa for a set or two!

The sentiment is from a Whipper Snapper Anna Wight cling set.  I know it’s a bit different to put on a Christmas tag but I do get tired of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays”…

I managed to make one last tag over the weekend so I’ll be back to show you that tomorrow.  Then I have to take a tiny break to complete a custom order and THEN I’ll start thinking about Christmas cards and other little Christmas-themed paper crafts…if only I didn’t have to go to work – I’d get so much more done!

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Day 2 of tag making (I’ll graduate to cards shortly…not quite ready) and I went a little crazy on techniques for this one.

I used embossing paste, wink of stella, embossing powder, my Silhouette, and distress ink for these tags so it was time-consuming but fun.  The hardest part is waiting for the embossing paste to dry.

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I am not happy with the sentiment.  It was very difficult to embossing it over the embossing paste because the surface was quite uneven.  I’m sucking it up though.

Used a fairly new PSS stamp set called A Blessed Christmas.  I’m not particularly religious so a whimsical set like this is just perfect.

Once my stenciled stars dried, I used distress ink to antique the tags.  The angels were cut with my Silhouette and then coloured with Copics.  The wings are covered in Wink of Stella but I’m not sure if you can see that in the picture.  I used Recollections black embossing powder but, as mentioned, it didn’t do a great job on the bumpy surface of the tag…I will reserve judgement on this brand of embossing powder but, thus far, am unimpressed.

The string is hemp that I inked up with distress ink.  I debated adding a couple of clear sequins but I don’t want to detract from the embossed stars.  IRL, these tags have a lot of texture.

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I finally “officially” started making my Christmas crafts for 2014.  I had to put away all the Halloween stuff and rearrange my crafting area a little to accommodate my stash of papers and embellishments. (LOVE making Christmas cards and tags!!!)

To get me in the mood last night (as it was Halloween so it required a bit of a mental shift) I made a few tags as they are fairly quick to produce.

Here was the end result:

cool snowman tags

I used a new MFT stamp set (illustrated by Torico – love her stuff!) but didn’t have the matching die so I cut the images out on my Silhouette (which I have NOT mastered) using my new Pixscan mat.

I don’t do well with the die-cutting machines (as my little-used Cricut can attest to) but I bought the Silhouette in hopes of reducing the amount of space that cutting dies are taking up.  I can’t get into the intense organizing systems that people use to easily find the right die so mine are all in envelopes in a photo box…bit of a logistical nightmare sometimes.  I am still struggling with the Silhouette but will try to get better at it.  I don’t do well with “fiddly”.  Too impatient for that. (Besides, paper-crafting is supposed to be fun and my blood pressure immediately shoots up at the thought of using the die cutter.)

Back to the tags…

I cut out the tags using a PTI die and some PTI red cardstock.  My snowmen were pretty quick to colour (except I used 3 colours of grey in the hat) and I cut some strips of holly patterned paper from a fresh, new paper pad (Loooovvvveeee patterned paper!) and used my corner punch to create the scallop.

I used Hero Arts white ink for the sentiment.  Kind of wish I’d embossed it now but I was going for quick not fussy.

Back tomorrow with a “fussy” set of tags.

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