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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Tag–Joy to the World!

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I took inspiration for this tag from the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

This was one of my favorite tags to make, as I really love working with the metal foil tape. For the background, I used a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Stains (Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky, with a bit of Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence stain here and there). Then I heat embossed (with Ranger Silver) some pine branches and snowflakes from Tim’s Mini Holidays stamp set. I added some snowflakes stamped in Faded Jeans.

The ornament (heavy card stock covered with foil tape) was dry embossed with the snowflakes folder. I used a small brush to paint the raised snowflakes with Denim Alcohol Ink.

The letters for “joy” were covered with Glossy Accents.

The ribbon is seam binding stained with Faded Jeans, accompanied by some of Tim’s new tinsel twine (also across the bottom).

Perhaps the funnest part of this tag was in finding the “Joy to the World” music. Being a pianist, there is no shortage of sheet music in my house. But, I happened to spy one of the little Christmas books I always put out (mostly from years past) at this time of year. This one is called “Christmas Carols.” It is a Little Golden Book, and inside where it says “This book belongs to,” I have hand-printed in primary manuscript “Mark.” (I likely bought it when he was 7; I was teaching kindergarten that year, and that’s when I learned to print manuscript!!) One of the Christmas Carols in this book is “Joy to the World.” I copied the page—didn’t even have to reduce it. So, this tag includes a sentimental memory for me!

Here’s how it looks on the “tag tree.”

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11 comments:

janine stegman said...

love it Barb. have you thought about doing videos? I would love to see you in "action"

janine stegman said...

love it Barb. have you thought about doing videos? would love to see you in "action"

butterfly said...

Love the blue and silver - frosty and glamorous!
Alison x

Scrappin' Stacy said...

Beautiful Tag! I think the idea of a tag tree is brilliant

Barbara said...

Thanks, All! Stacy, last year was my first year to know Tim Holtz techniques,and I did the 12 Tags. At that time, our lower level tree was already up but sparsely decorated. So each time I finished a tag, I hung it on the tree. I LOVED IT!! So, I carefully stored away each of the 12 tags, with acid-free tissue paper between each one. This year, we got a new tree, and I was so excited to put the tags on again--and I've added 12 so far from this year. So, right now it has 24-25 tags on it (more to come). Except for lights and silver balls, the only decorations are tags. This tree does not have gifts under it (our main tree is upper level), so I brought in some of my teddy bears and dolls to the tree this year, and will ad my husband's new electric train set when it comes. I love the look! Makes me feel all Christmas-y nostalgic!

Beverly Sager said...

Wow, wow, wow! Another awesome tag - I truly love this one with the blue & silver. Just gorgeous!

Barbara said...

Thanks, Janine. I have not thought about doing videos. Probably not a great idea. Although I was a teacher for my career, when I craft, I fly by the seat of my pants. It would be hilarious but frustrating to try to follow along!

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful! Love the colors and that sweet bit of tinsel under the music.

Anita Houston said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Every single bit!

Sharida Havens said...

So, this is my 2nd favorite now. Can't wait to see them all on the tree in a few weeks!

Sharida Havens said...

So, this is my 2nd favorite now. Can't wait to see them all on the tree in a few weeks!