Sunday, August 2, 2015

Christmas In August

Hello blogging world!  Bet you're surprised to hear from me, huh?  It's hard to believe that I haven't updated this blog in so long, but sometimes real life just gets in the way of the virtual one.  In my case, it's been REALLY in the way.  But that's a story for another day.

Today, I want to talk about tags. Specifically Tim Holtz and his 12 tags annual project.  Those of you who know me know that I embarked on the journey of finishing all five years of the Christmas tags, and while I'm not done yet (close though) - it occurred to me that it might be fun to see if I could put a Christmas spin on his tag of the month for this month.  Here's the link to Tim's project … 


And here's my spin on it.  


I love Tim's creative brain, and I really love how simple he makes everything seem.  His techniques aren't really complicated, his instructions are super easy to follow, and he encourages you to use the supplies you have and gives you an opportunity each month to try out a new product or technique. 

I used my Christmas Holiday Words Die to create the die cut background, and then backed it with some Merry Christmas word paper that I had lying around in my stash.  I think I may have found a new favorite product - this Multi-Matte Medium is pretty amazing stuff!  It was a snap to use and the drying time was really amazing.  I expected to have to wait for it to set up for hours,  but just a matter of minutes and it was ready to go.  

I inked up with Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles Distress Inks.  The Distress Ink palettes are really such a super line - the colors are rich and vibrant and so vintage it's hard to pick a favorite!  

I am blessed to have a whole stack of vintage Christmas cards dating back to the 60's - thanks to my grandparents' saving habits.  I used the multi-matte medium to adhere the Santa image from one of those cards to some white card stock, then fussy cut and adhered him to the tag with more medium.   The Book came from and old K&Co Yuletide package that's in my 12-tags stash drawer - adhered with more Multi-Matte Medium.  Same with the cut out words.  

I went with Walnut Stain Distress Pen and Ink instead of the Black Soot to finish the edges.  The brown just seemed a bit softer for what I was trying to accomplish here.  

The holly is an old Kaisercraft product, the red buttons are from my vintage button box, and the alphabet stamp is from StampinUp.

I'm really happy with how this little tag turned out.  I'm planning to add it to my Christmas Tag Garland - which is probably going to have to have another panel put in this year.   Thanks for peeking in on my little project.  This was kind of fun, this getting back to my virtual world.  Maybe I'll do this again soon.   I'm going to finish the Christmas Tag project this year for sure!  I'm on a roll!   



16 comments:

sue jones said...

Fab tag- great use of your christmas words :)

Chary Deiling said...

This tag is Gorgeous!!!

Sue said...

Love it! Awesome tag!

Tam said...

Found the link through Tim's website. I absolutely LOVE your tag!!!!

Bonnie Staten said...

Your tag is gorgeous, I love it. You've given me an idea and I think I will make some Christmas tags too....TFS....xx

Anita Houston said...

Congrats on your win!!! LOVE the Christmas theme!!!

Sue said...

Love this tag! Congratulations on your win!

Judy Cantrell said...

Love your Christmas Tag! Congrats on your win!

Team Clark said...

What a darling Christmas tag! I just love this, the image is perfect for this background and these colors! Congrats on your win!

Rea' said...

I love it ! Christmas, colors are so pretty... Great inspiration too !

Mary Elizabeth said...

What a fantastic Christmas tag Pat!! Love the vintage cards and your holly is wonderful! What a great take on Tim's tag. Congrats on your win on Tim's blog. -- Mary Elizabeth

Chary Deiling said...

This is a great tag!! Love the Santa!!

Deborah Fleming said...

Wow! Christmas in August! This is fantastic! Congratulations on your win on Tim's blog!

Karen Garrard said...

Wow what a beautiful Christmas tag! CONGRATULATIONS! Karen.x

Kharen Spence said...

Congratulations on winning! Love Santa's!

Mylissa Stout said...

Love your Christmas tag.......FUN...and Creative spin on his August tag. GREAT JOB! AND CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN!!!!!