Friday, December 10, 2010

The 12 Tags of Christmas -- Day 10

I know you've heard this from me before, but I LOVE today's tag.  It may be my favorite one so far.  (Subject to change upon viewing tomorrow's tag.)

The major technique is cutting a tag shape from scrap plastic and then embossing it.  That piece is put on top of the actual tag and it is such a wonderful look.  For Christmas, using the snowflakes folder and with the snowman underneath, it is almost magical.

Tim cut his snowman from grungeboard using his snowman die.  I don't have that (hard to believe, but I really don't own everything Tim has ever created).  Here's how I adapted:


I do have the snowman stamp, and what I did was use a light colored marker to go around the outline of it only (not touching the snowflake decoration on the body), stamping it on grungeboard and cutting it out.   The stamp doesn't have quite the same arms, so I cut those out freehand.  After that, I just followed Tim's directions on painting, distressing and assembling the snowman.  Since the stamp is much smaller than the die, I made a further adjustment so the snowman wouldn't look lost on the tag.  Instead of stamping the sentiment ON the snowman, I did it separately and placed it underneath.

I think my favorite part is the way the scarf comes out from behind the plastic. 

For my Wendified version, I once again used that flower/pumpkin stamp to create two ornaments and glitzed them up with stickles. 


The "strings" from which they hang were done with gold embossing powder, after drawing them with a versamark pen.  Danglies on the bottom and little bows on the top finish off the ornaments.

Instead of the snowflake embossing folder, I used a Cuttlebug one called Victoria.  It felt much more Wendy to me.  I also substituted
Stampin' Up's glimmer brads in black for the regular brad and washer that Tim used (and that I also used on the first tag) as a way to put the two pieces together.

Now, aren't you glad you've been saving your plastic packaging material?



23 comments:

Shelly Hickox said...

Fantastic adaptation! Both tags are beautiful, as usual. :-)

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

I love both of them!! Like you, I don't have the snowman die but do have the mini snowman stamp. I also save all of my pkging from anything Tim that I buy LOL

Alicia said...

Oh Elaine, THIS ONE is TRULY my favorite now as well!! LOVE it! *Hugs*

Tammy D said...

I love it and I'm so mad that I just threw out some plastic that would have worked! I should never throw anything away! Looks like you are having a blast!

Elaine Akers said...

Eileen..both tags are wonderful.

Helen said...

I have got to stamp my snowman too! Your Tim tag has come out great, but I love your Wendy tag - in fact all your Wendy tags have been great! I still haven't done a Wendy style one (yet!)

inkyfingers said...

Eileen,
I love how you've adapted to use what you have got - I need to do the same for this one! Love your Wendyified one too.

Kerry said...

I have to admit that this one is my favorite and I do have the snowman die! I just grabbed my plastic from the trash can, I'm definitely going to try this tag. I love your tag and I really love your Wendy tag - love the colors and your interpretation. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Excellent job again!

SusanK said...

Great interpretations!

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

Awesome, awesome tags today! I really love how you adapted the design to fit what you had. You Wendy tag is beautiful, I really love how it turned out. GORGEOUS - both tags!

Elaine Allen

Dorothy said...

Two very adorable tags Eileen!!!

Fi said...

Hi Eileen, I love all your tags and your adaptations of Tim's tags. YOu definitely deserve your smiles on faces award cause your posts always put a smile on mine!
Thanks for your humour and inspiration!

Vic said...

They're both great! I'll be doing mine later this evening.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH WOW!! Love your tags, Eileen!!! :)

Sandra said...

perfect - just perfect!
Sandra

Lynn Stevens said...

Two Gorgeous tags and you did them both proud! What you don't have everything of Tim's? I'm shocked LOL
Me either, doing these tags I'm finding out how much I Don't have!

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for all the details as a way of providing pointers. I always struggle with the "cord" on ornaments and totally forgot about the versa mark "pen" as an option. You saved my day!

Heidi Bound said...

I love this look. I can't wait to try this out. I don't have any packing material sitting around. I wonder if acetate will give the same look?

Kathy Eddy said...

Wow, you are amazing! Can you part the sea too? So clever!

Lori said...

Love both of these, too. Love using the Wendy stamp as ornaments, that was a stroke of genius, I must say. Looks wonderful!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh Eileen.....these are SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I met a lady at our local scrapbook store who was telling me about this very tag today and she too was raving about it!!!!

Erin Glee said...

You did it again, Eileen! Fantastic as ever : )