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The Elf On The Shelf Gets Crafty

by Amy Bowerman

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!

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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!

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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!

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I started by coloring my tag with the new seasonal Distress Stains.  Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce.

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Next, I misted my tag with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  Don’t you just love Silver and Gold Decorations?

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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.

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When the machine spit my tag back out I washed it off with some Watermark ink.

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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.

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To make my tag extra frosty I added some detail with a Picket fence Distress Marker and Perfect Pearls.

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Next, I stamped “Be Good” with Stampers Anonymous Mini Cirque Alphabet.  I even found a Stampers Anonymous stamp of the big guy!

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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 :)

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Doesn’t he look cool?  I love vintage…people say I have lots of vintage charm.

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To create a background for my images I used this wrapping paper called Kraft Glassine.  I decorated it with Alcohol ink.

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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.

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I also found a tiny ornament of Santa!  That’s a first…”The Big Guy” being smaller than me :)

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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!

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Hope you enjoyed my Christmas tag tutorial!  I sure had fun getting crafty!

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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!

 

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1 malia December 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hilarious! That last pix with the elf lying down literally made me LOL!

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2 Michelle Marks December 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Very cute tutorial …Elmar is quite the crafty little elf isn’t he?

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3 Erin S. December 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Conversation between my 5 and 7 y/o while reading this post.
“See, I told you it was real!”
“Wow, he’s really making it!”
“Look, he can really do arts!”
“We should set some stuff out for Gladys (our elf).”
…and they’re setting it all out on the table now!
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4 Amy Bowerman December 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Erin,
Elmer and Gladys should get together for a crafting session….who knows what two elves will come up with when given free reign of craft supplies! That is so cute about your kids…seriously made my day! :)

Amy*

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5 Janel@nelliebellie December 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Cute post!! And that elf is crafty, crafty!
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6 Bonnie @ Uncommon December 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

this is fabulous! I smiled the entire post!! ;)
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7 MCatherine December 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Darling post. Merry Christmas!

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8 Paula@SweetPea December 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

What a cute post!! I smiled the whole way through reading it.
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9 Laura / The Shed / Pet Scribbles / Socks for Sandy December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Only you could come up with a cool way for Elmer to show up, yet still create a gorgeous Christmas tag! Never knew Elmer was so crafty – that smile had me fooled. And Happy Early Birthday – I’m loving the gifts you’ve been receiving AND seeing what you are – and will be – creating with them! Go you! Go Elmer!
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10 Jane December 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time!! Well done!

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11 Lisa H December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

This is great!!! I love the post (and the tag!) =) merry Christmas!!!

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12 anne v December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Elmer-you are just too cute and creative! Thanks for sharing the wonderful tag!

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13 Susan McMenamin December 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

My two favorites- TH products and elf shenanigans!! Love the design and colors on your tag.
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14 Lori December 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

This is soooo cute! I love your project and just love the way you incorporated your “Elf on the Shelf” into it. You did such a great job positioning your Elf in the photos. Sooooo fun!

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15 Julie Case December 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Amy, this is so cute! So creative and clever! Tell Elmer I love his tag :)

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16 Stacy December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Such a cute post!! The tag is fabulous as well
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17 Carol December 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

Too funny! Nice tag too.

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18 howdyheidi December 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Incredibly creative in so many ways!

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19 Lorna December 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

That is ADORABLE!!! And I love the tag too :)

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20 Janj December 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Oh Amy, this is the most darling presentation of Ranger Products! Oh what fun…thanks ever so much for creating and sharing!
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21 Tammy Tutterow December 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

So seriously fun! Hands down the best Elf idea ever! I re-tweeted and pinned it on the Sizzix accounts for you!

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22 Amy Bowerman December 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thanks so much Tammy!

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