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Monday, December 1, 2014
Welcome friends and followers! I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving - I did. Had a lovely day with my mom and dad, brother, daughter and DH. Our weather has been chilly but dry and sunny - totally a blessing. And welcome to December and tag #10 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style! Yes, that's right - it's December and Christmas is officially upon us. Yesterday I cleared alway all my fall decorations and put up Christmas decorations all around my house - everything but the tree. We don't get our tree until about one week before Christmas.
If you are new to my 12 Tags of Christmas challenge and want to play along, you can find all the challenge details and requirements in the Week #1 post. At the end of the 12 weeks, I'm doing a drawing from the participants and giving away three gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Plus everyone who properly completes the challenge will receive a 10% off shopping coupon. There is still time. You just need to link up 12 tags, cards or other artwork by December 21st.
I finished another Christmas tag for your inspiration. Thank you so much to everyone who is playing along and a special welcome to the new players this week! I have another style that I played with this week. You might recall that I mentioned how much fun I have trying so many different styles with my tags. A couple of weeks ago, it was homespun. Last week it was black and gold elegant and this week it's a little on the grungy side. I have to say that I am totally captivated by Astrid McLean's work with texture paste and spray inks. If you haven't visited her blog, Astrid's Artistic Efforts, you should! Every time I go there, there is more amazing artwork to ogle!
I wanted to try something along that line so I selected a pretty filigree stencil from Prima and grabbed my Ranger embossing paste. But first, I stenciled the Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil on the entire tag with Pine Needles distress ink. Then I stenciled on the embossing paste and let it thoroughly dry. I got out some spray stains and lightly misted it. I don't even remember exactly which ones I used, but I know I started with Tarnished Brass over the entire tag. I added a few squirts of Vintage Photo and there may have been a quick pump or two of Walnut Stain in the texture paste area.
I cut a heart out of chipboard (didn't have a die the right size/shape) and gave it two coats of Wendy Veechi's Red Geranium embossing powder and while it was still hot, I inked up Tim Holtz's Fabulous Flourishes stamp with gold ink and stamped into the hot EP. I embellished the tag with a piece of the Trellis die cut, embossed with Queen's Gold EP as well as the holly from Holiday Greens likewise embossed. The gumdrops from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (not Tim's, mine are a little smaller) were colorized with Red Pepper alcohol ink. The sentiment panel was gold embossed on vellum.
That's it for week 10. Have you thought about planing along. You can be inspired by anyting or everything from my week's tag. Thanks again for stopping by!
These products used to make the above tag are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tom Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.