Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 tags of 2012 December + pop-up card

Today I am sharing my versions of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2012 December. Tim made two tags, and I tried to incorporate aspects of both on my projects. I ended up making two tags and one pop-up card, because I needed more Christmas cards and wanted to use more of the Christmas Blueprint stamps.

I used Barn Door, Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains for the background, love the deep red with the added shimmer. After drying them, I swept them through another pool of the Tarnished Brass stain, to add some more festive shine. Water was splattered on top for more texture. I thought the snowman would look cosy under a lamppost, which was cut from grungeboard covered with tissue tape and inked with Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.

I backed the lamppost with a little piece of mirror sheet, but got some glossy accents smeared on it. To cover that up, I tested what would happen if it was coated with Crackle Accents. Pretty cool isn't it? Crackles started to form, but didn't go all the way in, and the accents also pulled just a little bit of the blue ink from the lamppost.

This stamped and embossed ticket comes from one of Tim's 12 tags of Christmas from two years ago (tag 2). He made a custom inked stamp pad. At the time, I made one for this ticket stamp and stamped and embossed a whole lot of them. I found them in a scrap box and thought they would fit well on this project.
Instead of using markers to colour the snowman, I used Distress Inks smeared on my craft sheet, lightly misted and applied with a paint brush. For me it is easier to control the ink this way and get the result I want (I got some harsher lines when trying it with the markers), perhaps because I am more used to it. Instead of using Rock Candy, as Tim did, I used Star Dust Stickles, for a bit more sparkle.

There wasn't space for a large Poinsettia here, instead I made one with three Mini Poinsettias.

I wanted to make a pop-up card too, and inked a #12 giant tag (the largest size from Ranger), with the same mix of stains. Folded in half it makes a great card. I stamped the toy soldier twice on watercolour paper, coloured with Distress Inks and water and just used the hat from the second soldier.

I love the Tattered Poinsettia die, if you want to, have a look at the tutorial I posted yesterday for a dimensional Poinsettia magnet. The Poinsettia here was made in the same way as Tim did, but instead of using tissue wrap, I tore and glued old book paper to grungepaper before die cutting the Tattered Poinsettia flowers, also adding a Mini Poinsettia. I used Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw to ink it and then coated with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

On the inside I used Karen Burniston's fun Raising Platform die, as well as the Fancy Frame die. The raising platform is a perfect place for a special sentiment. Check Karen's video, to see how to assemble the raising platform. The background was stamped with a music stamp, with Barn Door ink.

A strip of green kraft core cardstock was embossed with the Poinsettia Pattern folder, to fit with the Poinsettias on the card. I sanded-it and then misted with Biscotti.

The red label was inked same way as on the outside of the card, and the frame was die cut from Specialty Stamping cardstock and inked with Tarnished Brass. I also used some kraft-core cardstock, coordinating with the colour of the toy soldiers hat.

I had some left-over Poinsettias and placed them on the inside of the card.

I also made a second tag, because I wanted to make one with the tree Blueprint stamp. I coloured the tree as well as the baubles with Distress Inks and water and glued them to the tag, after having stamped the stamp on the tag too. I used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the tree.

On the tree, I used a bit of Antique Linen Distress Stickles, for a vintage gold look.

I die cut a star from a mirror sheet. Stamped a sentiment on top and adhered it above the tree (where there is a smaller star on the stamp). Love this stuff.

Another grungeboard and tissue wrap Poinsettia.

Thanks so much for looking!

Happy crafting!


Embossing folder: Sizzix Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Christmas Blueprint, Christmas Time, Holiday Wishes, Odds and Ends; Hero Arts Holiday Sayings
Surfaces: Ranger manila tag, Specialty Stamping cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungepaper and grungeboard, Composer tissue wrap, Mirror Sheets; Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Chipped Sapphire
Stain: Distress Stain Barn Door, Fired Brick, Tarnished Brass
Glitter: Distress Stickles Rock Candy, Distress Stickles Antique Linen, Stickles Star Dust
Mist: Biscotti Perfect Pearls
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Silver Tinsel Twine, Crinkle Ribbon, Tissue Tape
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents


  1. Beautiful!
    Love your style.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Sandra ltb

  2. Hi Anna-Karin, the red on these tags is very striking and such a wonderful backdrop for the snowman, tree and soldier. Love the lamppost combined with the snowman. Beautiful. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year. Take care. Tracy x

  3. So much to love with these. Have used that mix of glossy/crackle accents before and it happens everytime! The mirror card is very much top of the wanted list in the New Year - you have shown beautifully how to use it for impact. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, hugs Jenny x

  4. Bright holiday coclors! fantastic projects!

  5. LOVE your combination tag - the snowman looks just wonderful against the warm red background, and the lamppost and ticket look gorgeous... Love your additional card and tag too, but that first one is really something special!

    Thank you for so much extraordinary inspiration this year (well, for the six months I've been doing this!). Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Alison xx

  6. These are beautiful Anna-Karin. I love everything about each of them and those extra large tags! To die for!! I just bought one the other day and I must have more!
    My favorite is the snowman but I just love snowmen, always have. Fantastic work!!

  7. So festive! Love them all. Thanks for all the details.

  8. beautiful! I find the colours so amazing!!
    beautiful combine.

  9. These are wonderful. I love the lamppost and the seems like they could be dancing. No wait, I'm gust remembering that Gene Kelly's 100th birthday would have been a few days ago. Anyway...these are lovely. Nice work.

  10. Such amazing pieces you created. Love how you used the mirror sheets in the lamp post for one. It is such a cool look. Your poinsettia is just lovely as is the tree with the Joy star on top.

  11. I wish I was talented and patient like u. You can get more patterns about custom pop up cards on the website. View more designs from them.


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