December 05, 2018

12 Tags for Christmas 2018 - No. 6 & 7

I'm doing a look-back to Christmas tags of the past (see previous post) and this one was inspired by a crackling technique Tim demonstrated on one of his early tags.

I was probably listening to the Nutcracker Ballet when I thought of the design 😏 and, with a very limited amount of crafting supplies back then, I found a pattern for the ballerina and cut her out of card stock by hand.

The background stamp is the classic Tim Holtz Flourish and I may have hand-drawn the numerals. The snowflake sequins were dabbled with paint and glitter and a ribbon was used for the ballerina's tutu.

I am sharing this next tag for a remarkable feature that looks excellent in person but impossible to capture in a photo. Let me explain.

Santa's face is a clip-art photo that was printed onto a transparency (used with an overhead projector in the "old days" for business meetings). Then I placed the image in front of a sheet of metallic silver paper before I set it into the frame.

The effect is truly astonishing and the image takes on a vintage quality similar to that of mercury glass. It's hard to describe but I highly recommend trying this technique so you can see what I mean.

I'm linking this post to Simon's Monday Challenge Blog ("B is for Ballerina").


  1. I love the tags and the flashback to other years. The ballerina is gorgeous and completely captures "sugarplum fairy-ness!"

  2. Both beautiful tags love the vintage Santa but the crackle ballerina is absolutely gorgeous
    Carol x

  3. Beautiful tags, I love a lot your ballerina, a very elegant tag, hugs.

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I love the non traditional Xmas colors and your soft pink tag is brillant with the crackled ballerina! Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  5. Love love love both gorgeous tags! I especially adore the vintage soft color scheme on the first one! Such a wonderful design! :)

  6. I've been missing the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas and have given myself my own private winter art journalling challenge instead... Clearly I'm not the only one missing that nudge of inspiration! Lovely to see these tags from the past (having missed them at the time)... the crackled Sugar Plum Fairy is enchanting, and I'm really tempted by your mercury glass technique description.
    Alison x

  7. I love the crackled pink ballerina and the transparency effect is wonderful, Two great tags.