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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

...Is it Christmas yet? Sept new stamps day 6


Firstly, I am so enjoying all the 'no ironing' tips that folks are leaving in the contest post here! You have just got time to enter before I close the contest on Wednesday night!!

I'm taking a break from Peace and Plenty and Blessed by You to show you a couple of Christmas samples that I made with another new stamp set due for release on the 29th - Seasons of love - Tags.

As the name suggests this set was primarily designed to make tags, but it turned out to be one of the most versatile sets I've ever used!!! I seem to be on the quest for the perfect tag this year but it's the thing I make most of for Christmas, yes, even more than cards. There are folks on my list for whom I sometimes don't get round to making a card but at least their presents don't get sent out 'undressed'!!

I styled this set after the Very Vintage Christmas set, I so loved the detail and design in that set that I carried it forward into two new tag designs and a bundle of matching motifs and sentiments.

Today's samples feature the star tag. While this stamp co-ordinates beautifully with the largest star die from the Spellbinders nestabilities star die set, you certainly don't need the die to use the stamp, the straight sided star is easily cut out with a craft knife and metal ruler or by hand with scissors.

In case you are wondering I have no affiliation with Spellbinders, it just makes sense to me to ensure that my stamps are easily used, and If I can match up with a popular die or punch, so much the better and easier for us all.


To make this first tag, I stamped the star tag image (Memento - Rhubarb stalk) and then cut it out using the die mentioned. I sponged around the edges and coloured in the filigree with a light tan copic marker. I wanted my sentiment to pop up on another layer and so I stamped a small scroll motif (Seasons of love - Tags) twice in Distress ink, Antique linen, and then the sentiment on top in Memento Rich Cocoa. I punched this out with a wee circle punch (just under 1.5" in diameter) and popped it onto the center of the star, perfect fit!


Above the reverse of the tag - you can see the wee scroll image much clearer here under the To/From. The reverse of this tag is another star stamped and cut out, with a little more copic colouring! I then stuck the stars together, back to back before punching the hole for twine.

Do you notice how the stamp has a place built-in for where you need to punch a little hole for the string/ribbon? ( I use a making memories anywhere hole punch, the largest hole punch is 3/16ths of an inch, but anything up to around 1/4 inch is perfect) In my second tag you can see tat this also makes the perfect place for a little button, or other accent, just thread your twine/string through the button and then pop the string through the hole!


I used a similar process to make this tag, but I cut out an extra star from dark red cardstock and stamped it with the chequerboard stamp from Off Beat Backgrounds, before sandwiching it between the two stamped stars. For the reverse of this tag, I cut a star from plain cream cardstock and stamped it with some of the motifs also included in Seasons of love - Tags.



For my third tag, I sandwiched a circle of green card, stamped and gold embossed with the larger scroll design from the set. The main star image is stamped in Encore metallic ink - Honeydew, which has a lovely soft green tone. The snowflake, also from the set is stamped in a pale green ink, and the sentiment, 'Joy' is gold embossed.

Take a peep at the reverse, see the little journalling lines? these are included as a separate stamp in the set so's you can use the star and the other tag shape as little journalling note shapes in scrapbooks/cards etc! more on this tomorrow!!


Hope these tickle!

Pop by tomorrow to see how you can use these stamps to trim the tree, make cards and much, much more!! Also tomorrow night I'll be picking a winner for thecompetition mentioned at the start of this post, and on Thursday I'll be giving details of my next competition to win the MONSTER prize!!!!!!!!!! Lol!

27 comments:

  1. Everytime I see a post from you I think the same thing: Genius!!!! You are so smart Claire! I love this!!!!

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  2. Oh Claire this is a beautiful set! I agree with IamDerby...Genius! What fantastic tags and images. Great work!!!

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  3. Yep, gotta go with both commenters already -- G-E-N-I-U-S! I LOVE the way your mind works!!! This is so fabulous & there's more to come??? I can't wait!!!

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  4. OOooooh... I love making tags! I especially love the third tag with the circle of green embossed in gold. Just gorgeous.

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  5. gorgeous -- you will have the best dressed gifts this year, no doubt! classy, elegant, and FABULOUS. :)

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  6. I just LOVE this star Claire!! and all your great ideas on making many different tags - just super!!

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  7. It's very nice! I love christmas-time.

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  8. Wow, these are beautiful, each and every one.

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  9. I agree with the other ladies... GENIUS GENIUS GENIUS!!!! You deserve all the success!

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  10. I am loving each and every one of your peeks. I can't wait to see the stamps in full!

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  11. Lovely tags, especially the sandwich ones! I'm still loving the checkerboard background! Looking forward to tomorrow!!

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  12. Claire, I am just loving all your sneek peeks I can't wait until the 29th. Best of luck Sandra

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  13. These tags are great, especially double-sided. I love the folk arty,
    homespun look and lots of my Christmas decor is handmade so can't wait to see how you trim the tree.

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  14. These are gorgeous Claire - they look very Victorian and opulant but modern at the same time. Really looking forward to the release - HURRY UP!!

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  15. Love all of your designs! Just a gorgeous set...

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  16. These are so beautiful!! I love the Christmas set from last month and the first thing I thought when I saw the preview of this star was that it must be a companion set... YAY! it is!! I love how easy you have made it for us to create some FUN tags
    THANK YOU for sharing.

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  17. Claire, these are so fantastic! You come up with the most wonderful ideas! And it looks like they are a nice size too! Just checking your blog makes every day seem like Christmas!!

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  18. This is such a beautiful and elegant set. I love all the attention to detail and can't wait to see it in its entirety.

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  19. I just love your work! I can't wait for this release because I want it all! It's as if you are designing with me in mind.

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  20. Claire, you are AMAZING! Absolutely AMAZING!!!! Stunning set!!!!!

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  21. These are fantastic Claire! I love the coordination with the other Tag set, yet so much more! Super!

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  22. This set looks amazing - and so do your samples!

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  23. Claire, your star tags are just gorgeous!! WOW!!

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  24. Oh, I love these, Claire! They are so detailed and I love the colors and design. Gorgeous tags and I love the ornaments, too!

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  25. Claire I love this set, its so beautiful.

    Anke

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