Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Twelve Tags of Christmas ... Day Three

Hi everyone.  Welcome to Day Three of my "Twelve Tags of Christmas" Event.  Each day, for twelve days, I'm posting two mixed media Christmas tags (one made by me; one made by a friend).  We hope our tags inspire you!  Come join in the fun and link up your Mixed Media* Christmas tags below.

* For this event, Mixed Media is defined as stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension.

Tag #3

Here's how I made Tag #3:

Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique was used for the background (see my video tutorial for this technique HERE).  The tag (2 1/8" x 3 5/8") is sponged all over with Shabby Shutters Distress ink and then the edges are sponged with Forest Moss Distress ink. The poinsettia is cut from red cardstock and coated with red glitter glue.  It was shaped using a mat and stylus, and a silver bead was added to the center.  I added glittery pine sprigs in-behind for added sparkle.  The "Christmas" word die is three layers thick, with frost white pearl paint added to the top layer for more sparkle.  Seam binding ribbon was dyed with Forest Moss ink, misted with water, scrunched up tightly and left to dry overnight ... love how the ribbon adds so much texture!

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Today's special Guest Designer is Shirley.  She is a constant source of inspiration to me (and many, many others).  I love her fun and free-style mixed media cards ... and always find her blog posts entertaining.  I can't remember when I first "met" Shirley, but it was a few years back.  I saw her cards through some of the challenge blogs I was following and was drawn to her style of card making.  I started following her blog and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Check out her blog, shirley-bee's stamping stuff ... so many fantastic projects and cards to see ... you'll be sure to stay a long while.  Shirley is currently on STAMPlorations design team and she is on the design teams for the following challenges - Mixed Media Card Challenge, Seize the Birthday Challenge, and Take it Make it Challenge.  I've saved the best for last ... Shirley has now launched her own line of stamps through STAMPlorations ... called "The Bees Knees" --- I hope you'll check out Shirley's wonderful line of stamps.

For details on Shirley's beautiful tag below, please click HERE.

Here's Shirley's tag ....

Fab tag Shirley ... thank you!!

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I hope you'll join us and link up your mixed media Christmas tags below.

Here's how to play ...
  • Make a Mixed Media Christmas tag (any size)
  • Upload to your blog or favorite gallery (Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers, etc.)
  • Include a link to this post on your blog or gallery
  • Add your link below to join the event
  • Enter as many times as you'd like --- new creations only please (no backlinking)

The event is open until Nov. 16, so there's lots of time to play along.

Prize:  $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations for Top Tag

Everyone who enters a mixed media Christmas tag(s) is eligible to win. The Top Tag will be picked by an independent judge.

See you tomorrow with another Mixed Media Christmas Tag and special Guest Designer!

Come join our mixed media Christmas tag party!


  1. Love your faux-mother-of-pearl in the gorgeous greens, Loll! That stacked sentiment looks wonderful too! Shirley's tag is full of frosty goodness! Wonderful background and sparkle!

  2. Love your beautiful background, gorgeous popped up poinsettia and die cut sentiments. I loved reading your description too.
    Shirley's Vintage beauty is amazing. I read and commented on her full description on her blog...Wow!

    TFS sharing both gorgeous tags my friend.

  3. Your die-cut poinsettia is AMAZING, Loll! And I thought the "Christmas" is modeling/embossing paste -- I love the how you made it look like that with the frost white pearl paint!

  4. Oh, and I'd already commented on Shirley's tag on her blog but thought I'd say it here too: I love the soft blue and the Brushed Pewter Distress paint. I'm in love with the hammered handmade paper she used to die-cut the snowflakes.

  5. These are amazing :) I am loving all the fabulous tags u created. Love the wintery look of Shirley's tag too

  6. Stunning tags! Yours is beautiful with the traditional colours, gorgeous look! Love the green shaded edge! Shirley's is beautifully wintery! Stunning design! Xx

  7. Thank you for the fab intro, Loll, I'm blushing! I love the contrasts on your tag: the gorgeous shades of green against the red poinsettia, and the fine detail of the Merry against the bold Christmas. The frosty leaves add such depth, too. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this fabulous event.

  8. What a fabulous poinsettia and a gorgeous background for it! So much sparkle and interest!

  9. Beautiful greens on your tag today Loll with the wonderful red splash of your poinsettia and pretty die cut sentiments! and Shirley's tag is just lovely in the blue and white with gold touches - beautiful fibers at the top too!

  10. Beautiful tags! Love the gorgeous background on yours Loll, off to visit Shirley too, Cathy x

  11. Awesome tags..and a fun challenge!

  12. Stunning tags again, Loll! So incredibly beautiful, both. I'm thrilled that you're including 'how to' details, because I WILL be casing these. Too gorgeous not to try...

  13. I'm inspired to try the mother-of-pearl technique - such a lovely background for the gorgeous sparkly poinsettia. And Shirley's tag is beautiful with its frosty background and edge of that fabulous Frantage ep!

  14. Gosh, these tags are just amazing!!! I love your traditional red and green tag Loll. That poinsettia is just beautiful and I love, love the background you did. Shirley's tag has such a frosty feel to it and just makes you think of Christmas! Hugs, Brenda

  15. I love how you did your bg on this tag Loll. Wow. Shirley's tag is gorgeous.

  16. Amazing background, Loll .. the subtle shimmer is fabulous ... as are the wonderful rich colours! Such a great contrast to Shirley's tag's frosty crispness! Anita :)


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