Friday, December 23, 2011

Sparkly Christmas Tree

My Christmas shopping is done and I’ve finished baking cookies so I guess I can relax.  Maybe with a few cookies and a cup of hot chocolate.  And since I’m all caught up on the holiday preparations I thought I should share a project I made a while ago but neglected to blog.

This is another tag inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  I loved how he embossed a piece of metal tape, added paint and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I didn’t have the metal tape but I did have some thin sheets of metal coated paper from QuicKutz that did the trick.


The metal sheet had adhesive backing so I applied it to a piece of white cardstock and trimmed to size before running it through my Big Shot using a Basic Grey embossing folder (by Sizzix).  I only have two paint dabbers… a green and a white one so I painted the embossed metal with those and heat set.  Once dry I used a sanding block to remove paint from the raised portions.  To finish I smooshed an Antique Linen Distress Ink pad over the entire piece and while still wet I heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.  Fun!


I layered the metallic piece on Early Espresso cardstock and decorated using some pretty twine and ribbon and a few small wooden buttons.  I used the Winter Wonderland stamp set and matching Trim the Trees die set from Taylored Expressions to create the paper pieced tree embellishments.  I added little rhinestones to the tree so it would look decorated.


The tag base is just a regular sized manilla tag that I sponged with Juniper Distress Ink (this is one of the 3 limited edition Holiday Distress Inks).  To finish I added a bit of ribbon through the eyelet and tied it in place using a bit more of the twine.  Me likey!  Hope you do to.

I also hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Stamps: Winter Wonderland (TE).
Paper: Manilla Tag, Early Espresso (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), kraft (PTI), designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers, Antique Linen and Juniper Distress Inks (Ranger).
Accessories: Trim the Tree die set (TE), Basic Grey embossing folder (Sizzix), ribbon (May Arts), twine (Doodlebug), foam dimensionals, clear embossing powder, buttons, Tiny Twinkles (TE),


  1. very cool, Danielle! looove how it turned out. Merry Christmas!

  2. Totally terrific tag, Danielle!

    Thank you for the continuing inspiration - love the metal embossing and all of the goodness of it!

    Merry Christmas!


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