December 02, 2015

12 Tags for Christmas - May

Adding texture with burlap and paste, learning how to tint photos with ink, then telling a story with ephemera and text--that's what Tim's tag for May was all about and it was one of my favorites this year.

My holiday version features a Found Relative photo (Occassions), Remnant Rub text, the Schoolhouse stencil and some Idea-ology vellum ephemera. The holly was stamped, cut-out and glitter-fied and I'll tell you about the happy-accident that became the frame.

The photo was thick as it had previously been mounted on heavy cardstock (an abandoned idea) and I didn't like how high it sat on the burlap. To fill in the gap, I applied a black line of 3-D Scribbles around the edge then used a toothpick to poke bumps in it (a lesser-known Distress technique ☺).

After it dried, I dotted red glitter glue over the top leaving spaces for the black to show through. (To see the detail, click the photo to enlarge it.)

I'm linking this tag to Simon's Monday blog challenge where this week's theme is Gentlemen. I can't think of a more "gentle man" than Santa!


  1. I really liked TH's tag too. Yours is a great holiday take!

  2. I totally admire that you have taken the commitment to create art and not just create art supply piles! Ha! Great use of your on hand supplies. This vintage tag is so fabulous!

  3. Love your Gentle Man Tag! Beautifully composed both in thought and design.

  4. I'm crazy about the polka-dot frame-- zooming in was worth it!

  5. Love this version! Every detail is perfect in this composition! the polka- dot frame is brilliant! thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbarayaya

  6. This is wonderful! I love. The burlap. And I will have to remember that poking technique! Thank you for sharing your project with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I have been absolutely horrible the past few weeks and have gotten so far behind in my comments. Please forgive me! ~Michelle