Monday, 12 November 2012

Wiry 3D Christmas Tree Tag

I've been away from my crafty desk this week, with everyday life getting in the way of my crafty mojo-ness!
I'm practically rocking back and forth, going crazy not being able to use my distress inks and stamping.

Well I'm back I tell you, back where I want to be, with dirty inky hands, long may it last!
I've got a new camera too, so I'm just feeling my way around that. I could do with a lesson in using my digital SLR, I've forgotten everything I learned at college about photography. 

I'm really enjoying using these new stamps for the Creative Expressions design team. The ones below are the Let It Snow stamp set. I just love that Christmas tree and the reindeer. 


I started off with a tag I had inked up with blue distress stains and Cosmic Shimmer mists, hence the lovely blue drippage, then I splatted it all with white gesso. It really looked Christmassy at this point. But I wanted more colour!


Then I stamped it with TH crackle stamp using a green metallic acrylic paint, distressed the edges with Rusty Hinge DI,  and darkened the edges more with Black Soot DI. I used a stiff dry paint brush with a bit of white gesso on it to run streaks up and down the tag, which gave it a weathered beach kind of effect. 
Loved this with the blue and the rusty hinge colours.


I used the Let it Snow stamp with Picket Fence Distress Stain and stamped that around the tag, then stamped some flourishes here and there too. I pleated some music Tissue Tape along the bottom of the tag, for a nice little frill not thrill!. 
I've added some sparkly gold texture from the Cosmic Shimmer mica flakes too, they are gorgeous, love them!

I used blue and green alcohol ink on the numbers, the pin and the Christmas token to match the green wire on the tree and the baubles.


I made the tree using Cosmic Shimmer Bronze lustre embossing powder. Stamp both sides of a tree shape 3 times then cut it out. Then do another one without one on the other side (this is your base). Fold the other 3 in half. Cut one  in half, this is your centre one. Use the other 2 folded trees to glue (down the centre only!) to your base and glue the centre one in and leave to dry. Once dry you can bend all the layers into the right position. I used a poky tool to make holes to thread the wire through the layers of the tree. Don't forget to add some beads while your threading to make little baubles.
I am well and truly into the Christmas spirit now, especially as the Coke Cola Christmas truck advert was on the TV on Saturday, now I know Holidays are coming!.
Michelle x

27 comments:

Caroline said...

WOW I love this tag Michelle the colours are gorgeous and you have decortated it beautifully. Caroline xxx

thekathrynwheel said...

Oooh this is gorgeous, I just LOVE the 3-D Christmas tree :-) Great idea.
Yup, as soon as bonfire night is over the Christmas adverts start ...
Lucky you getting a new camera. I did a course with Kirsty Wiseman to learn how to use mine - I can recommend Kirsty - she puts it all into idiot-friendly language haha!

patcrafts said...

Lot of work gone into this tag you must be making up for all you missed. Beautiful & very creative xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

a srunning tag! perfect harmony and ARTSY!

Karin said...

wow a stunning tag, love the christmas tree on it and the colors are gorgeous!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Michelle, love your Christmas tag, great colours and background and the dimensional tree is lovely as is the added wire. Good luck with the new camera. Tracy x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, that's a fabulous tag, the Christmas tree looks great.

butterfly said...

Colour, life, fantastic texture and layers - fabulously festive... You can see all your pent-up creativity released with such joy onto this amazing tag, Michelle! So glad you're back at your desk, and the photos are really great too...
Alison x

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, Michelle, that is spectacular! I was ogling all your transformations of the metal but then I spied that tree and couldn't take my eyes off it. Absolutely gorgeous!

inkypinkycraft said...

The tree is fab fab fab, love the colours you have used and the dimensionis wonderful! A fab make buddy ! Trace x

Chris said...

Wow, what a fabulous tag. Love all the inky layers, they give the tag so much depth and your 3D tree is stunning.

Thanks for leaving your lovely comment on my blog.

Meggymay said...

Fabulous tag, so many wonderful things to look at.
Yvonne

Gillian .... said...

Ooooooo how cool, love love love the inky/painty background and all the neat little touches, the wire tree is brilliant. x

Anesha said...

Stunning tag, love all the textures and the tree. Thanks for the lovely comment. :)

Wendy Fraser said...

Love, love, love it! Just stunning xx

Sandy said...

Michelle you will never know how much I love this tag! It has so much texture and depth and beautiful colors. I don't know how in the world you come up with such ideas but I am saving this post to try some things. Oh how much I love visiting your blog!!!
Sandy

Jackie said...

Wonderful creation, love that tree :o)
Jackie xx

Shary said...

Gorgeous tag Michelle,loving all the glitzy sparkly bits.x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing, what a fantastic effect you have achieved on this tag! Thank you for visiting me and I notice you live in Stockton - my husband is from Stockton. Off to have a mooch at the rest of your blog now as if this is anything to go by I will love it!

Lucy x

Henny said...

Hi Michelle, thank you for visiting my blog. And as curious as the Dutch are, I want to know my new follower...
I saw your blog and I loooove it!
What a great tag you made with the christmas tree and I love the Halloween pumpkins. So I follow you too and I'm looking forward for your new projects.
Have a nice day,
Henny

Netty said...

wow your tag is gorgeous, loving the 3d elements and fab design. xx

Kathy Eddy said...

Love your Christmas tag! That tree is too cute! Love the dimension. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you'll be back!

Helen said...

WOW!!! This tag has everything and is just so ..... gorjamalicious! Love how you've done the Christmas tree and the colours on "25" are brilliant.

julie case said...

Awesome tag, Michelle!! I love all of your colors and layers, and that tree is just brilliant!

Terry said...

Wonderful 3-D Christmas tag! Love all the colors and beautiful layers. Enjoy!

Sandra said...

ohhh this tag is amazing! Love the bright happy colors! and that christmas tree is stunning! Thank you for all your lovely comments you left on my blog. Did a little snooping around on your blog as well and you make very pretty stuff. I'm your newest follower! Hugs, Sandra

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous glittery, colourful tag! I love how it's instantly Christmas but very modern too. The dimensional tree is totally fab and I love the wire through it too. A beautifully tactile piece.
Juliax

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