It’s time for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags again! And today, the spotlight is on Heffy Doodle! So the team and I are joining Tracey McNeely, to show off some really lovely Christmas tags, all featuring Heffy Doodle products.
You know how much I love making interactive cards, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn my tag into a shaker. Isn’t it fun?
Mrs. Claus and her bakery are from the Santa’s Village stamp set. I pieced the sentiment on the front together using stamps from Whatcha Saying Now? and Ad-roar-able Lions. TO and FROM are stamped on the back, using stamps in Interactively Yours.
I cut Mrs. Claus out with the coordinating die. Then, I die cut the bakery scene with the solid tag in the Tag Along Dies. I cut another solid tag from acetate for my window, and one from red cardstock for the back layer (it adds color and hides the Copic bleed through). I used the same die to trim the outer edges of a stitched hillside, so it would line up perfectly when layered together. I cut the frame from red glitter cardstock, and a pair of white hole reinforcers using dies in the same tag set. The sentiment was trimmed down with dies in the More Strips of Ease set and the solid tag die for a perfect outer edge again.
As you can see, I’ve been practicing no-line coloring again. (I stamped out images from a dozen different sets in Warm Glow ink, and I’ve been Copic coloring them as time permits. You’ll probably be seeing no-line coloring from me for at least the next few cards). My trick for the black outline on the sign was to keep the stamp in my Misti, and after coloring the panel, I placed it back in the Misti and masked off the area around the sign on the stamp itself. Then, I was able to ink up just the sign and stamp on top. (Make sure to remove the masking paper on the stamp before stamping. I have ruined a project or two over the years by forgetting.) To avoid warping from heat embossing, I stamped all of the words with Shark Tooth White ink.
Assembly was easy. I glued the bakery scene to the solid red tag. Narrow Scor-Tape adhered the acetate to the glitter frame (double stick tape tends to hold acetate better than wet glue). The stitched hillside was sandwiched between thin strips of foam, then adhered to the scene. I added double thick foam tape around the rest of the perimeter (to match the height of the foam tape on the hillside). Before I attached the top window/frame, I taped clear thread to the back of Mrs. Claus and stuck it to the foam tape with a little slack in the line (this will allow her to wiggle around, but not tumble upside down). I added a sprinkle of clay embellishments that look like peppermints and gingerbread cookies too. Once the frame/window was attached, I glued the hole reinforcements in place, and tied on ribbon and twine. The sentiment on front was attached with foam tape.
I love the way this tag turned out. And I love that the sprinkles can hide behind the hillside layer until you shake it up; it’s a sweet surprise! (Not that they cooperated for the photo shoot…)
I’d love to know what you think of my tag. Let me know in the comments below. When you’re ready for more inspiration, head on over to Tracey’s blog to see! You can catch up on the previous days’ tags, as well as enter to win some fabulous prizes!
Shameless plug in 3, 2, 1… This year, I’m sponsoring a prize too, so make sure to enter!
Thanks for stopping by today. For those of you in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ll be back after the holiday with more fun cards to share.
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