Thursday, August 30, 2018

Winter Wonder And Snow Time Tags For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's time for another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey!  Tag Fridays occur every month that has five Fridays in it and the Creative Guides get to make anything that they'd like on a tag substrate. For this month's Tag Friday I made a couple of hang tags, starting with this Winter Wonder hang tag.

Yes, I know it is still August but I've been working on Christmas designs for over a month now so had lots of Christmasy bits and bobs on my desk that came together to make my tags.  No step outs photos I'm afraid as I was making them in between working on other projects but here are some close ups.

For the Winter Wonder tag, I started with a #8 gesso'd tag and inked it with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink with some Iced Spruce DOX smooshed here and there.  Stamping with Brushed Corduroy DOX and a fine script stamp followed and then I stenciled it with Tim's Snowflake layering stencil and Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture paste.  I then got impatient and tried to dry the texture paste with my heat gun which caused major bubbling.

The tag had also curled up terribly so I layered a piece of tin foil over the tag, ironed it and when I peeled the foil back most of the texture paste plus the underlying DOX came with it, leaving the ghosted stenciled Snowflakes.  I love it but don't know if I'll ever be able to repeat it LOL!

Tim's Paper Mosaic Grout was applied along the top edge and sprinkled with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter when it was wet.  Bits of Sanding Grout were also added here and there on the face of the tag and glittered to simulate snowflakes. Gold Metallic Trimmings ribbon and some other gold tinsely (is that a word?) ribbon from my stash were added for a tie and a gold Deco Foil Dimensional Star die cut was adhered under the snowy top edge.

A Mini Retro Ornament Mover & Shaper was die cut from white card, painted pink (a combo of Dina Wakley Media Blush and White acrylic paint) and lines of Platinum embossing powder were added to the painted die cut along with a stamped Holiday Drawing star embossed with a white sparkle embossing powder from my stash.  I toned down the stamped snowflake with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and added some around the edges of the ornament as well.  The gold bow was die cut from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock and then the ornament was 'hung' with a piece of button thread painted with gold acrylic paint.

One of Tim's Christmas Typed Tokens was inked with Caramel and Gold Mixative Alcohol inks and when dry the 'wonder' word enhanced with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The Token was hung with more button thread.

Tree Line trees were die cut from cardstock, inked with either Antique Linen or Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and then finger painted with Glossy Accents and sprinkled with the coordinating colours of Distress Glitter.  The trees were then cut and layered and added to the bottom edge with a snowy bed of sanded texture paste and more Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter over top of them along the bottom edge.

And that was it for the Winter Wonder hang tag.

I still had lots of die cut snowflakes on my desk along with a faux chalkboard sentiment I'd been playing around with so decided to make another tag.  I'm calling this one Snow Time, don't you love those wonderful Christmas Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz?!

The background for this tag was much more conventional, white acrylic paint stenciled through Tim Holtz's Snowflake Layering stencil with layers of blue Distress Inks over top.

A line of hot glue icicles were added across the top and white cardstock Mini Paper Snowflakes were finger painted with both Pumice Stone Distress Glitter glue and Star Dust Stickles Glitter glue and added here and there over the background.  A Vintage Ice Skate and Mini Vintage Snowflake charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies were coloured with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and tied on with white thread.  I also coloured the blade of the ice skate with a silver gelli roll pen.

The hot glue icicles were created by laying a line of hot glue onto my craft mat, pulling the icicles down with a pin while the glue was hot and then sprinkling it with some Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry glitter.  Once cooled, the back of the icicles were painted with white acrylic paint before adhering them to the top of the hang tag.

The faux chalkboard sign was made by scribbling chalkboard chalk onto black cardstock and then rubbing some of it away with my finger.  Tim Holtz's Mini Doodle Greetings sentiment was stamped onto the cardstock with Distress Clear Embossing Ink and embossed with fine white embossing powder.  More chalk was added here and there, the sign cut to size and adhered to the tag.

The ice skating Christmas Paper Doll was lightly coloured with Distress Markers, think I used Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky.  A sanded white texture paste was added along the bottom of the tag and sprinkled with more Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter but the paste started to flake off after it had dried ... that's what you get for using cheap texture paste (definitely NOT Ranger!).  So I had to glue it back onto the tag with Glossy Accents and added more Rock Candy glitter.

The little Candy Cane charm and brad were also inked with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and the brad sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter while it wa still wet. The Candy Cane was then further coloured with Stonewash Alcohol ink and the Alcohol Ink Blending Pen (I know candy canes aren't normally blue and white but red and white wasn't going to work on this tag!).

And that was it for my Snow Time tag, hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

And I also hope that you will pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made for our August Tag Friday and that you will be inspired to join in with a tag of your own.  We will have an InLinkz link up for you to add your tag and we will choose our favourite tag and showcase you in our next winners post, so hope you will join in the fun.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. What a gorgeously glamorous winter colour palette on the first tag - those golden trees look amazing. And I love the crunchy sparkly snow and genius glue gun icicles on the second tag, and the chalkboard sentiment looks great for winter.
    Alison x

  2. An early Christmas treat you are sharing today , Deb. Both your tags are fabulous and hold some really wonderful wintery/ christmasy touches. Loved hearing about how you 'saved' your 1st tag - clever thinking and like you , I love the effect . Tfs some Christmas inspiration - I haven't even started !!

    have a lovely weekend x

  3. Both tags are fabulous Deb x Love the soft colour on the first tag and the background details, with those beautiful baubles x The trees and snow really add dimension xx The second tag has a lovely background and the snowflakes really stand out x
    Love the Ice Skate sweet ! The papers doll looks amazing and adds to the happiness and anticipation of Christmas

    TFS and hugs
    Annie xx

  4. Two stunning tags Deb!! Great Christmas crafting! And yes those Christmas paper dolls look super!

  5. Two beautiful tags Deb! Love the pink and gold color mix on your first lovely ornament tag - and the stark black sentiment against the blue/cream background with that sweet vintage skater on your 2nd tag!! Julia xx

  6. Oh wow Deb!! Not just one but two Christmas delights! I love the non traditional colours on the first tag and the gold Christmas trees are fabulous. The cool colours on the second tag really suit the lovely paper doll boy and I am in love with the fabulous ice skate charm! Two gorgeous tags! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Two fabulous tags Deb! You have managed to create a bit of winter wonderland in the heart of the summer - well done! Jennie x

  8. Two festive and gorgeous tags, Deb! You make me want to get my Christmas crafting goodies out and create! I especially love your happy accident in the first background, and I'm going to give that a try! Your effect is incredible, and was the first thing that caught my eye on this tag! I love the way you made the ice on the second tag with the end result being a gorgeous icy tag! Love them both! Hugs!


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