Hi! I’m Elmer the elf and I’m so happy to be guest posting on Plucking Daisies today! I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to make a Christmas Tag with all kinds of fun products from Ranger Ink! I love sharing almost as much as smiling, because smiling is my favorite!
Amy got a package from Inspiration Emporium filled with new Ranger goodies as an early birthday present. Her birthday is right before Christmas! Isn’t she lucky? She gets all her presents at once!
I wasn’t sure how to use all her Ranger products so I started reading this book “Compendium of Curiosities vol. II by Tim Holtz. It’s filled with great tips and techniques! You can find the technique I used to color the big boss (Santa) and my letters on page 54. While your at it stop by one of Amy’s favorite blogs Studio L3 to see more inspiring versions of this technique!
I started by coloring my tag with the new seasonal Distress Stains. Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce.
Next, I misted my tag with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. Don’t you just love Silver and Gold Decorations?
I found this really cool suitcase from Sizzix that eats things and spits them out Christmasy! I fed it a sandwich made with my tag and the Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday print embossing folder.
When the machine spit my tag back out I washed it off with some Watermark ink.
I wanted to make it snowy so I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing powder on it. I tried to make snowballs too, but that didn’t work so well.
To make my tag extra frosty I added some detail with a Picket fence Distress Marker and Perfect Pearls.
Next, I stamped “Be Good” with Stampers Anonymous Mini Cirque Alphabet. I even found a Stampers Anonymous stamp of the big guy!
I made my picture of Santa look vintage with Verdigris Antiquities and perfect pens. Don’t forget to check out page 54 of Tim’s book to see how I colored my images
Doesn’t he look cool? I love vintage…people say I have lots of vintage charm.
To create a background for my images I used this wrapping paper called Kraft Glassine. I decorated it with Alcohol ink.
I found all kinds of vintage ornaments and trims in Amy’s stash (she is a girl after my own heart!). I even found ribbon that looks like a film strip to add to my tag.
I also found a tiny ornament of Santa! That’s a first…”The Big Guy” being smaller than me
I had so much fun playing with Ranger Inks! I’ll be putting in a good word with Santa for Amy, maybe he’ll bring her some Metallic Distress stains for Christmas!
Hope you enjoyed my Christmas tag tutorial! I sure had fun getting crafty!
Have a happy, happy holiday season and BE GOOD….I’m watching you!
Love and mistletoe!
Elmer the Elf
PS To see more of my adventures outside of the Art Studio check out Amy’s post Surviving Elf on the Shelf (Without losing your mind)….I’m putting her on the Naughty list for this one!