Festive Handmade Christmas Tag...

Happy Wednesday!
How are you today? 
I'm so glad you're here and we get to spend some time together!

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Yay!
This week I have a quick and easy Christmas tag to share with you!

Here's my project...

I love love love this little birdhouse image, and I'd never had a chance to use it yet! Did you know it's a limited edition that was an add on to the Festive Holly Collection? It was only available through Craft and Create TV however, now you can find it in the Limited Editions section in the Heartfelt Creations Online Store...and it is currently priced as at a special savings! 

I've opted to cut the largest arrow from the Arrows and Banners Die from kraft card stock! I just love kraft and I simply don't use it often enough! I've then chosen some decorative paper from the Festive Holly Collection and die cut an arrow two sizes down to use as a mat on the larger arrow. I've adhered the two together, and as you can see, I've snipped off the point of the arrows to create a tag shape! I've then used a hydra sponge to add some Versamark ink lightly around portions of the kraft tag and sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and heat set it to give it a nice shimmer effect. 

Moving along! I've stamped the birdhouse, one inking of each of the holly images from the Festive Holly and Cardinals cling stamp set that don't contain the cardinals onto a white bristol smooth card stock as I was wanting to try out my new Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. Did you know they can be used straight on the paper and then blended together like Copic markers...or you can use them as a water color marker with a water brush for a softer feel. I chose to do the first option this go round. 

After coloring all of the images and die cutting them using the coordinating die, I die cut two of the snowflakes from the Arianna Lace Die and glittered them using Designer Dries Clear Glue and metal glue tip, along with Rajni Chawla's Frosting Powder! You can't create any Christmas project without that Frosting Powder...it's just not complete!

I then started assembling the decorative elements on the tag. The two snowflake die cuts created the background base....while the bird house image has been popped off the tag using dimensional pop dots. I've then shaped and adhered the holly leaves around and behind the birdhouse.

I then stamped a sentiment from the Winter's Eve Collection onto white card stock using black ink, and then cut it out using the arrow from the Cut Mat Create 1B Die. I finished it with a hint of gold ink around all of the edges and adhered it to the tag!

I went back in with my sponge and embossing powder to add a little gold shimmer on a few places on the birdhouse and also used some Dries Clear Adhesive to adhere some Crystal Transparent Glitter to the berries and holly leaves. Some beautiful Christmas ribbon finished off the project nicely...or so I thought. 

Now I am a huge fan of those adorable tiny clothes pins you can find at the local dollar store. Well, I scored some in some Christmas colors and thought they would be perfect to hold the tag in place on a little gift bag I had purchased! I couldn't resist giving it the Heartfelt Creations touch though...I had to add a mini poinsettia with holly leaves! I think it's the most adorable thing!

I do hope you've enjoyed my share today!
Since I've basically walked you through the instructions, I won't bore you by adding them down below...however I have added links to the items I have used throughout this blog post for you convenience! 

Until next time....

Sending You a Hug...

I'm so happy to have you join me here today!

Have you had a chance to check out the new Buttons and Blooms Collection from Heartfelt Creations?

Here's a little about the newest collection that was released last week...

Beautiful floral fabric, delicate trimmings and charming buttons accompanied by delicate hand-stitch work, and precise patchwork become a most exquisite project in the hands of an experienced seamstress! While sewing may not be a talent gifted to everyone, you can now experience the same stunning results in your paper crafts with the Buttons and Blooms Collection from Heartfelt Creations! An inviting paper collection bound in delightfully vibrant hues of bright blues, happy yellows, pretty pinks and robust reds boast alluring patterns of dainty florals, fun filled polka dots and quilt like patterns which will beckon you to caress them as you would the beautiful bolts of material found in your favorite fabric store! “Applique” cards and scrapbook pages quickly and with ease using the striking yet functional premade card panels designed in varying sizes and patterns! Embellish your handmade creations with a variety of hand-stitched accents found in the gorgeous assembling of cling stamp sets and coordinating dies. Choose from delicately embroidered sentiments, stitched banners, charming patchwork pockets, decorative patches and rick rack trim, all lending that personal handmade touch to your crafty creations! Lastly, “hem” your projects with fetching blossoms that have been skillfully illustrated to give them the appearance of having been cut from patchwork fabric! Designed in three varying sizes, these pleasing posies are ideal for using as flat embellishments, or layered to create wonderful dimensional blooms! So, come along with us…grab your shears, patterned papers and patchwork die cuts and let’s head into the craft room! Bobbins, threads and sewing machines not required! 

This collection is so pretty, filled with bright colors and gorgeous illustrations! I couldn't resist taking a few hours out of my busy day to play with it! 
...here's a peek at how my project turned out...

These bright and cheerful colors remind me of a gorgeous quilt...you know the kind Grandma had for you to wrap yourself up in when you came for a visit! I thought the "sending you a Hug" sentiment from the Cheerful Notes Sentiments was perfect...because that is what you would do...wrap yourself in a blanket like it was giving you a hug! The sentiment is perfect for so many different occasion..."thinking of you", "get well", or "just because".

I've antiqued the card with a hint of brown ink everywhere to give it an aged and vintage style feeling...including that fun patchwork pocket!

I've used the vines from the Classic Rose Collection as background foliage, and opted to use real buttons from my huge button collection as flower centers. I thought some decorative lace like accents would be perfect to go with this sewing themed card...so I chose the border from the Sweetheart Borders Die, as well as one of the eyelet rectangle frames for the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die.

I do hope you've enjoyed my share today!
I encourage you to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the uber talented design team have come up with for your creative inspirations!

Until next time...
Project Supplies & Instructions

Other Products Used: paper trimmer, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, scissors, white card stock, assorted colored buttons, dimensional foam tape, scor tape, scissors

Fold an 8 ½” x 11” piece of white card stock in half to create large card base. Select a background mat color you wish to use and trim it just slightly smaller than your card base. Ink all edges with Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee, and adhere to card base as shown.

Select another decorative paper to create a long center mat as shown. Ink all edges using a Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Coffee. Next, die cut two of the decorative strips from the Sweetheart Borders Die from white card stock. Adhere the two decorative strips together, overlapping one full scallop, using a dries clear glue. Measure to coordinate with the side of the center mat, snip to size, and adhere to center mat side as shown. Adhere to card base.

Using the Eyelet Rectangle and Basics Die, trim out the 4 ¼” x 5 ½” frame from a dark blue patterned paper from the Buttons and Blooms Paper Collection. Next, trim out the larger rectangle stitched frame from the Hand-stitched Accents Die from a light blue patterned paper also from within the paper collection. Ink all edges with Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee, using stack and store dauber. Adhere matting panels together and adhere to card base using dimensional foam tape.

Select a premade card panel from the Buttons and Blooms Paper Collection with a small rounded rectangle image in the center. Using the Cut Mat Create 1A Die, cut out the center image. Ink all edges using Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee, and adhere to layered mats on card base.

Die cut the largest decorative eyelet rectangle frame from the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die. Adhere to center of matted card base as shown.

Stamp the patchwork pocket and hexagon images onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Ink – Manganese Blue. Color pocket using stack and store dauber and Ranger Archival Ink – Manganese Blue. Color the decorative patches using Ranger Archival Ink – Leaf Green, Sunflower, Carnation Red, and Manganese Blue. Die cut using coordinating dies, and adhere three patchwork accents to the upper corner of design as shown, and two to the opposite lower corner.

Stamp each size of blossom, as well as button images, onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee. Using stack and store daubers, color largest flowers with Ranger Archival Ink – Buttercup, mid-sized flowers with Ranger Archival Ink – Carnation Red, and smallest flowers with Ranger Archival Ink – Cactus Flower. Die cut using coordinating dies. Ink all edges of the largest flowers with Ranger Archival Ink – Sunflower, the mid-sized flower edges with Ranger Archival Ink – Vermillion, and the smallest flower edges with the Ranger Archival Ink – Majestic Violet. Color buttons as desired.

Stamp two inkings of the swirling vine illustration from the Classic Rose Vines Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Ink – Leaf Green. Color with stack and store daubers using a combination of Ranger Archival Ink – Leaf Green and Vivid Chartreuse. Die cut using the coordinating die. Shape slightly with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Trim each foliage die cut into two pieces.

Next, stamp arrow image onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Ink – Manganese Blue. Stamp sentiment onto arrow using Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black. Die cut arrow using coordinating die.

Adhere pocket die cut to card base using dimensional foam tape. Arrange and adhere flower clusters as shown, along with small button images as shown. Adhere sentiment to design using dimensional foam tape. Adhere real button centers to flowers as desired.

Lastly, apply a thin layer of Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to each of the flower petals and glitter using Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear.

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