Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Tag and Get Your Free Digital Stamp

This is Number Eight of The 24 Christmas Tags at Gecko Galz!  Please visit the site HERE to see this tag and all the other tags the design team members have made.

Our 24 tags of Christmas:  Each day we will feature a new tag, starting on the 2nd of December , with amazing techniques on the Gecko Galz Blog site. And each day we will give away a FREE digital stamp just for visiting and following our design team member who is featured that day....but wait there is one more little fun twist to this each week --we will do a random drawing for everyone who took part that week i.e. followed the blog and requested a stamp and that lucky person will win a fabulous prize of the week as part of our Christmas spectacular!

And I'm linking up to Unruly PaperArts blogozine Twelve Days of Christmas Link Up Party.

I have a personal collection of nesting dolls so I was unable to resist making a tag with this image from this month's From Russia With Love collage sheet. 

From Russia With Love collage sheet
Large tag 10.5 x 5 inches (I cut to size a piece of Crate Paper "Restoration Collection: Fringe")
sentiment stamp (I used a rubber stamp from Artistic Stamper "Snowy Woods" plate.
black ink Sharpie marker
foam tape and/or foam squares

The technique I'm showcasing is paper layering.

Crop doll from collage sheet and resize four times.  (My largest doll is 4 inches tall.) 
Print dolls.  I printed the second doll twice.  I printed the first and second roses twice.
Fussy cut dolls and extra roses.
Edge dolls and roses with black Sharpie.
Decorate the background of a large tag or cut a tag from patterned card stock.
Using foam tape on back of largest doll, adhere to tag.  Adhere a rose with foam squares.
Using foam tape, adhere remaining 3 dolls.
Returning to second doll, adhere a second doll with foam tape.  Adhere a second rose with foam tape.  This image now has 3 layers and "stands out" from the others.
A side view will demonstrate the layering.  The dolls literally "pop" off the tag.

Stamp a sentiment.
Add trims.  
To add interest, I fussy cut the top of my tag along the scallop pattern and added trim to the bottom to "anchor" the dolls.
I chose trims that I felt matched the heritage of fabrics and materials from this part of the world.

I'm entering these challenges:

All Crafts Challenge for Dec/Jan:  Not a card
Craft Hoarders Anonymous:  Celebrate the Season due Dec 14

Disclaimer:  I've had a couple of comments about my coloring.  I want to clarify that these images are from Gecko Galz and I did not color them.  I have not mentioned coloring or use of markers in my description but felt I should address this misconception since I entered this in some challenges.


glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

What a beautiful piece you have created! I love your coloring and and the pretty background! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Wendy said...

Fantastic tag Helene!

TangledBlueRose said...

I love your art Helene! It is always so wonderful! This tag is no exception, it is perfect, brilliant bright colors, adore it:)

Donna Idlet said...

Nice coloring Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

christi said...

love this. my husband just came back from a visit to Russia. he would love this. you made and excellent card and grat job fussy cutting. i'm not so good at that.

Kelly_Deal said...

Adorable tag!

DonnaMundinger said...

Fabulous tag, Helene! The gorgeous colors you chose for the tag look so festive with the adorable images. Love the dimension and your staging, too. xxD

Michele said...

i so love this darling tag and i also love how you've displayed it with your real life collection. just lovely. happy 12 days of christnmas at UPA! xo

Julie Short said...

What a treat to see an amazing card and a collection of beautiful dolls too!

lost coast scrapper said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

Danie May said...

What a sweet tag Helene, beautiful in color and design. Love you Russian Doll Collection too! xx

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Helene, I've always loved these stacking dolls...and your workmanship is just amazing in this project! Love this so much! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Gloria Stengel said...

I love that technique for creating dimension! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

wendipooh13 said...

oh my gosh just LOVE This and all the fun color in the dolls!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

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