Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas Tag Tutorial for The Kraft Outlet

If you're looking for my Papercraft Star Challenge #55 post for today, please go here, and I have a for fun card posted here also.
     It's my turn again this week to bring a tutorial for the Kraft Journal readers so I have taken a step by step look at creating a special little holiday tag.
     For the first step I used a Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag and sliced off the fringy top at at angle.  I then used a decorative edge punch along the cut edge to create a cute tag pocket.  Since the bags are so thin, make sure you really squeeze your punch hard or you might even try adding an extra layer of plain paper to add a little thickness for punching.
     The large Grungy Prim Tags fit perfectly in these little bags.  I trimmed a small amount off of the bottom for my project.
      Next I stamped a Christmas tag stamp onto the Grungy Prim Tag with some sepia ink.
     I wanted to dress the tag up a little bit so I masked off the stamped area and used Versamark and embossing powder to add some snowflakes to the perimeter of the tag.
     To make the snowflakes pop, I sponged on a little Aged Mahogany Distress ink and then Vintage Photo and wiped the excess ink off of the embossing.
     To add some interest to the Buff French "Carte Postale" Postcard Shipping Tag, I used some gel medium to add torn pieces of Vintage Dictionary page to the tag.
     As you can see, some of the gel medium leaked out from under the Dictionary page, but I really like how it looks.  I inked the entire tag with Vintage Photo and then used Black Soot Distress ink to give it a singed look.  I stamped a postmark stamp using Fired Brick Distress ink in the corner.
     Time to put the tag together with all the little extras!
     First I added the punched pocket and tag.  I tied some Red Bakers Twine around the pocket.  Next came the little bear image that I matted on some Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock.  On it's left, I tucked a little lace under the edge and glued on a Christmas Epoxy Brad which I broke the prongs off of.  The ticket was printed on my computer using a digi that my sweet friend Dana has for free on her blog here.  I just added the sentiment in Photoshop, printed it out in red onto some Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock, trimmed it, and used a ticket corner punch on the ends.  I added a piece of Twill Tying Tape through the postcard tag hole and last, but not least, some punched holly leaves complete with berry pearls that I colored with a Copic marker to match.  All the pieces were edged with Vintage Photo and Walnut Distress Stain inks.
      I'd like to enter James the bear into the following challenges:

Winter Wonderland--holly and/or ivy
Polka Doodles--Christmas in July
Class Act Insider--Christmas
Sugar Creek Hollow--tags
Stamptacular Sunday--pockets
Creative Inspiration Paints--inspired by Christmas
Creative Inspirations--Christmas in July
iCopic--anything but a card
Pollycraft Monday--Christmas in July
A Spoon Full of Sugar--tags

Hope you found something to try in the tutorial. Have a great week!

Kraft Outlet Supplies

Buff French "Carte Postale" Postcard Shipping Tags
Vintage Dictionary Pages

Twill Tying Tape
Grungy Prim Tag
Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag
Red Bakers Twine
Brown Kraft Coverweight cardstock
Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock
Christmas Epoxy Brads

Supplies from my stash that can also be purchased at Kraft Outlet

Vintage Photo Distress ink
Walnut Stain Distress ink

Other Supplies

Paper:  Copic X-Press It Blending card
Stamps:  Lili of the Valley "James Bear in the Snow", Recollections "Snowflake", Making Memories "Passport', Inkadinkado "Christmas Tag Wishes"
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Black Soot, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany Distress inks
Copics:  BV29, E02, E41, E43, E47, G82, R24, R46, R59, YG67
Tools:  Martha Stewart Holly punch and Eyelet Lace edge punch, Stampin' Up Small Ticket Corner punch, Marvy Uchida heat gun
Miscellaneous:  The Paper Studio pearls,  Stampendous White Opaque embossing powder,  Liquid Applique, Claudine Helmuth Studio Matte Finish Multi Medium gel, Diamond Stickles, lace from my stash


FerrellGraph-x said...

I love how the snowflakes really popped out after you aged the tag. And that little bear is so cute and cuddly! Was it puff paint or flocking on his hat?
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Nancy said...

Fabulous Tracy! I was thrilled when you punched the top of the angle cut paper bag! lol I had no idea what was coming! Gorgeous tag! I should try something like this for my next Teddy Bear! :o)

heidy said...

Oh Tracy what a great tutorial!
Hugs Heidy

Unknown said...

You hardworking girl! Look at what you made again, thanks for the tut! It's absolutely divine!!

Unknown said...

Fabulous card! I need to start my xmas cards!!only 5months to go!

Joey said...

Oh my gosh Tracy thankyou for showing me how to do that! this is one gorgeous creation, love it, thanks for joining us at pollycraft. Joey x

♥Jan♥ said...

wow wow wow

Linda Breedlove said...

This is so great... just absolutely amazing! I love the use of the different tags and the embossed snowflakes with the Distress Inks! This is all GORGEOUS!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

This is absolutely darling as can be, Tracy! Really cute & very well done! Thanks for the step by step tut! Love it!
Huggies ~

Anne said...

What a gorgeous tag Tracy, brilliant tutorial, thanks, and I love that bear. Thanks for joining the Creative Inspirations Challenge.

TYJ419 said...

Gorgeous tag Tracy. TFS!

Unknown said...

I just love this.. Sooo cute...

Audrey Pettit said...

I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE this project, Tracy! So, so gorgeous, and so creative, and amazing use of all these fabulous Kraft Outlet goodies!!

Nina said...

Wooaaw, so amazing and beautiful tag!! Love the motiv and wonderful details.

Great soloution at our "Hot Pockets" challenge to :)
Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week.
Hugs, Nina.

Céline said...

fab project! thanks for the tutorial!!!
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday.
Céline SSC Dt

lis-m said...

Thanks for a great tutorial , i want to try this for myself..
thank you for sharing it with us over @ polkadoodles
Hugs x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Tracy

What a fabulous make and great tutorial to go with it too. Love all the details you've put into this its great!

Thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Inspirations and good luck.


Sarah said...

Tracy, this is just pure perfection! So many gorgeous details! Thanks for joining us at CI Paint. Have a blessed day, Hugs,Sarah

Patti P. said...

What a gorgeous Christmas the little bag and your tutorial is wonderful, need to store this in my memory bank! I love all of your beautiful details and am so glad you could play with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week, please come again.

Patti SCH/DT

marsha said...

This is such a yummy Christmas tag! I simply love all the distress inks and layers plus the cute teddy! Great tutorial and a reminder to start my Christmas cards! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge!

Debbie said...

THis is just FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE new projects.. and I definitely what to give this baby a try... Love it...Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.


Mary J said...

Wow, really fabby Tracy! Thx for linking it up to Pollycrafts Monday!

Mary J x

Colette said...

Gorgeous tag, love all the techniques you used, glad you could join us at Polkadoodles this week. Good Luck! Colette xx

thescrapmaster said...

Soooo cute!! Love your book! Thanks so much for playing with iCopic!

Gingerbread Gal♥ said...

Too cute! Love it!