Tami here with you on the Clear Scraps Blog today. It's hard to believe it is December already! I'm not ready for it! LOL! But it's here, so it's time to get moving towards the Holidays.
Tomorrow, my hubbie and I will be setting up the tree and decorating all by ourselves for the first time in YEARS! Our youngest moved out recently, and it's just us this year to get our tree and house decked out for the holidays. No short order since I own about 15 totes FULL of vintage Christmas Decorations from the 1920's through the 1950's. Its fun each year to go through my treasures to see which lucky ones will get selected to be used and which ones will be safely stored away to wait their turn.
I love most things vintage, but vintage Christmas holds an extra special place in my heart. I love the soft, pop colors from the 50's especially. So when I craft for Christmas, vintage styles inspire me.
Clear Scraps introduced some new Chipboard Tags. The tags have an extra piece that can be embellished and added on top of the tag...
Here are my finished tags...
I started by printing out vintage Christmas sheet music scaled to the size of the tags. I printed them out on white cardstock, then whitewashed them to soften the design.
Clear Scraps Sanding Stick makes it easy to remove the excess paper from around the tag. I did line up the music with the left edge of the tag, you don't need to cover the shaped portion of the tag with the music paper.
Then I painted the shaped portion with white paint.
For the embellishments, I inked the pieces brown, then backed them with white cardstock. Next, I used watercolors to color the designs.
Once everything was dry, it was time to embellish.
I added the ribbons and trim along the bottom of the tags, then adhered the embellishments, Next I used a bit of brown watercolor to distress the edges of the tag. When that dried, I added a little bling around the edges of the tags and to the areas I painted pink.
All that was left was to repunch the holes and tie them with ribbons and trim.
Here's some closeups of the details...
I like the color of chipboard, so I left the backs plain to add the "to:" and "from:". I think the tags are pretty enough to be hung on the tree after they have done their duty of identifying whose gift is whose. You could paint the back or cover it with cardstock if you like.
You can use all kinds of things for the embellishments, you could back them with foil, fill them in with glitter glue or maybe back them with different tone on tone printed papers.
Please come back soon and see what other Holiday inspiration the design team has to share with you!
Other: Vintage Sheet Music, White Paint, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Clear Snap: ColorBox Palamino Dye-Stress Ink and Frost Smooch Glitz, Watercolors, Ribbons and Trims