I was in the Christmas spirit when I sat down to make some tags for a friend’s party. They would go on the bottle we were bringing as a Hostess gift. Since I had been experimenting with inked backgrounds, I used the results of that play session to make the background for one of the tags.
I then used the “Grunge Mirror” from one of our Easy Scraps stamp sets (see our rubber stamps at http://www.easyscraps.com/Rubber-Stamps/Rubber-Stamps-for-Scrapbooks.html if you are interested in buying this set). I stamped the image onto a background I had cut using the Cricut. See below for more information on this. I used VersaMark ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. I decided that I wanted the circle to look like a wreath, so I cut a piece of the left over background using the reinforcer circle shape from Tim Holtz’s tag die. I glued it to the frame and decided it needed a ribbon. I had a tiny piece of hardware cloth sitting on my table, so I snipped a piece, folded it in half and used that as the ribbon, gluing it to the wreath with Zip Dry glue. This glue dries super fast and strong. We carry this glue on our site in the products section. I embellished the wreath with “berries” using Liquid Pearls. I love this stuff- it is super glitzy/shiny and it dries REALLY fast.
I had an image of Thomas Nast’s Santa that I framed with the embossed “Grunge Mirror”. I glued all of that to the tag. The flower at the bottom was cut using the Tim Holtz die, Tattered Florals. I stamped it using a stamp I had created. Look for this stamp to be available soon on our web site!! The bottom border is a strip of paper stamped with that same background and then covered with a strip of Tissue Tape, another Tim Holtz product. I then glued all of that over a strip of Hardware Cloth onto the bottom of the tag. I then cut a very thin piece of the Hardware cloth to also use with the ribbon on the tag.
I love Hardware cloth- it is one of my favorite materials- I stamp with it, use it to create texture on my projects and I embellish with it in lots of different ways. Look for more ideas in future blog posts.
So here is the finished tag- Hope you enjoy it ….
Note that those who buy the stamp set containing the “Grunge Mirror” will have access to the .jpg that can be used in “Make The Cut” or other software that works with the Cricut and allows creation of cutting files from an imported jpg. Or for those who don’t have a Cricut, you can just use it to trace and cut out by hand. You must register thru our gallery and once you buy the stamp we will add you to the proper group. If you have ordered the stamp set before you registered, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address you used to order with, along with your your gallery id and we will update you into the proper group.