Friday, 16 December 2016

Painted Merry Tags

Hello Crafters.

Two years ago, I was still making my Christmas cards on 23rd December and I said "Never again!" Ever since then, my cards have been ready by the beginning of December!

Yesterday, I finally posted all my Christmas cards and I said "Never again!" will I leave posting my cards so late! In future I'm going to make sure they are all posted during the first week of December!!

Today's card is very similar to yesterday's card but has a lot more detail in it. I die cut the reindeer bauble from the Merry Tags Framelits, using Whisper White Cardstock (CS). 

I used my Wild Wasabi Marker Pen to paint the foliage on the trees and then the Soft Suede Marker Pen for the tree trunks. 

I chose the Crumb Cake Marker Pen to colour the reindeer and gave him an eye and a nose using the pen end of the Soft Suede Marker Pen!

Then I used my now-retired two-way glue pen and painted the snow bank, the bauble frame, the tips of the branches, the antlers and part of the reindeer's body, and dipped it into my box of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. 

The result is quite stunning, with the snow bank looking so much like our Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. It never fails to amaze me how close the glitter looks to the Glimmer Paper!

To make today's card, I started with a card base of Night of Navy CS and adhered a layer of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I took the top layer of Night of Navy CS and dry embossed it with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

I wanted to paint the bobbles of snow with a white gel pen but found the shapes didn't stay partcularly round because the pen tended to slip off the bobble during painting!

I decided to try the debossed side instead and this looked so much nicer! By painting into dips, it kept the pen, and therefore the ink, controlled!

Once I was happy that I'd painted into all the visible dips within the frame of the bauble, I adhered the bauble in position over the white snow using Tombow. 

I die cut JOY, which is from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and adhered it in position, again using Tombow.

I found the three white Dazzling Diamonds stars already die cut and in my Dazzling Diamonds storage Ziplock bag - there are just so many die cuts in there just begging to be used! LOL!

I'm not 100% certain, but I think they were die cut using the strip of stars that's in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. 

The Bow was punched out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch but I think this bow needs to be stamped and punched for it to look it's best. The next best look is to add an embellishment to the "knot" of the bow. 

I found a small eight-pointed star die cut from the Starlight Thinlits Dies, and trimmed off the top and the bottom taller "spikes", curving the cut from side to side to fit the curve of the bow.

In the absence of better terminology, I hope you can see what I mean in the second to last photograph!
I adhered the top Night of Navy layer to the Glimmer Paper layer using Glue Dots. I liked yesterday's card until I made today's card, which has put the first one in the shade, somewhat!

Yesterday I adjusted the lighting and re-photographed yesterday's card to see if I could get it to look more like it's real colour, Island Indigo!! I'm not sure it's made any real difference!

That's about it for now. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 



  1. This is a beautiful card. I really like the night of navy as the background. The dazzling diamonds glitter really pops. Thanks for sharing and Happy Christmas. Kathy Sinnamon

    1. Hi, Kathy. Many thanks. I think Night of Navy comes into it's own on a card like this, too. Merry Christmas to you, too. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.