Friday, December 5, 2014

CC3C Layering Stencil: Embossing Christmas Tag

Hi everyone, I'm glad you stopped by!  Today I'm sharing a project that I did for Inspiration Emporium and Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by Linda Ledbetter.  I just barely got in on this one!  Challenge number 16 is found on page 50 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume Three book.  If you don't have this great book you can find it here and Tim Holtz will even sign it for you!!!  This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a wonderful $25 gift voucher to give away to one lucky winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew Pick wins a fabulous pack of goodies from Tim and Mario!  Now,here is my take on this "Layering Stencil: Embossing" challenge...Christmas style!
  I started off with a #8 Manila tag using Tim's Layering Stencil Embossing technique, which I can't tell you about! ;)  moving onward...
 I dyed a Tim Holtz Minitree with some peeled paint distress spray stain and wrapped a little tissue tape around the bottom wooden piece (before hand) so it wouldn't get any color on it.
 Now you don't want to waste all that leftover color that's on your craft mat...
 I always like to have a little crinkle ribbon on hand or a tag and just soak up the color and dry, you'll eventually use it.
 I gave my Minitree a haircut so it would lay flat when I glued it down on my tag.
 I altered the color of some fun little jingle bells I had, they started off shiny silver.  I painted a coat of tarnished brass distress paint and dried with a heat tool.  I put my bells on a couple of toothpicks so that I wouldn't get smudge marks all over them while painting and drying.
Start to finish...
 After my coat of tarnished brass distress paint was dry, I went behind with some black soot distress paint wiping off before it dried.  What you're left with is a very grungy-vintagy look that I was really happy with.

 I dyed a mirrored star with mushroom alcohol ink.
 I stamped the sled from the Christmas blueprints 5 stamp set with jet black archival ink and distress watercolor cardstock.   Then I colored with distress ink and cut out.  The little miniature pinecones that I had on hand were white and I actually wanted to give them more of an off-white look so, I painted them with antique linen distress paint.
 I die cut several pieces of holly from some Kraft core cardstock and the holiday greens die.  I misted my holly with a little brushed pewter and tarnished brass distress spray stain and dried with the heat tool.  I attached my bells to a Tim Holtz ring fastener and then attached that to my ribbon.
 I glued my mirrored star to the top of the tree, then glued everything else in place.
Now remember to enter your "Sing, Sing it Loud" themed projects over at Inspiration Journal and one lucky winner will be given a very generous $50 gift credit, to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  You can find all the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - vintagemuse - to save 10% on your order.  I hope you enjoyed my Layering Stencil: Embossing Christmas Tag!   If you have any questions or if there's anything I missed please let me know I love your comments, I appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!


  1. What a GORGEOUS tag! Love the background and the way you've done the tree! Thanks so much for playing along on the Layered Stencil Embossing challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  2. Stunning, my friend, absolutely stunning!

  3. Bobbi, this is fantastic! I love your take on this challenge-- your technique is perfect (as always!) and the composition is awesome! Thanks so much for being part of the CC3C!

  4. This is stunning! Love all the elements on this beautiful tag!

  5. Bobbi...this tag is stunning! I am totally in love with it's vintage quality. Everything just works so completely perfectly together. The blueprint sled is darling! I adore your altered jingle bells to make them looks so aged and how you've attached them to your tag. The holiday knit stenciled background is stunning and so perfect for this tag. LOVE Tim's little woodland tree and the pinecones, too! Perfection! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  6. Absolutely GORGEOUS tag, Bobbi. You inspire us with your eye for color, balance and vintage appeal.

  7. I adore this tag Bobbi! Love the sled!

  8. Wow, gorgeous Bobbi! I love your background and the antiqued bells turned out fantastic! Such a great vintage feel, love it! holiday hugs :)

  9. This looks great! Love the stenciling in the background and your sweet sled and tree.