Tuesday, November 26, 2013

♪♪ it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas...♪♪

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I'm up on the Creative Inspirations blog today with a project that will get you in the holiday spirit!

I can't believe Christmas is only a month away.  It seems like Summer was just yesterday! 

Tags are one of my favorite, 'no-brainer', easy projects.  I could spend all day creating one tag after another.  They are so fun and so easy, they are a great way to try new product or experiment with new techniques.


I started my tags with an ombre painted effect, using a favorite star stencil.  Starting with my darkest color on the top of each tag, I used 4 greenish hue's to complete my background. 
{Hint:  I used a cosmetic sponge to apply the paint to the tag.  Lots of control and you can cut the end off when you are done with one color to use on the next.}


Once my paint was dry, I layered holiday themed die-cuts, tags, and fun embellishments.





I also love to color my embellishments to match the colors of my project.  I have colored my ribbon with stains and inks in the past, but wanted to see if it would work with CI paints.  It did!  Beautifully!

I sprayed my ribbon with water, then dipped my fingertips into the lightest color first.  I randomly rubbed the ribbon with this color, then repeated with 2 additional colors.  Once I was happy with the color, I crinkled the ribbon into a ball and dried with my heat gun.  Once it was dry, the beautiful shimmer from the paint looked gorgeous on my new custom-made ribbon.  I will definitely be trying this technique again!


That's all for today!  I hope this inspired you to create something for the holiday!  I'd love to see your creations!

8 comments:

Keri said...

Love the idea of ombre through a shaped stencil, the effect turned out awesome! And love the vintage look you got by hand-dying the trim, paired with the PLS goodies. Gorgeous!

Connie Mercer said...

love the retro look ~ beautiful tags Tina!

Annette Allen said...

aww these are amazing.. i love those little images.. very creative and super cute..

Ashley Horton said...

Love these tags Tina, and those ombre stars are so awesome!!

Annie Claxton said...

Where HAS this year gone?! Love the vintage feel of your tags Tina and they look great against those books. Very cool idea to do the ombre effect like that, I'm going to try that - thanks for the inspiration :o)

Leanne said...

Oh. My. Word!!! Love those ombre tags! with stars!!! Love them..x

Kerryn said...

Came across your blog from the lovely Leanne Allinson :). These tags are totally gorgeous!!!

Sanna Lippert said...

beautiful!! especially love the ombré stars BG!!

8 comments:

Keri said...

Love the idea of ombre through a shaped stencil, the effect turned out awesome! And love the vintage look you got by hand-dying the trim, paired with the PLS goodies. Gorgeous!

Connie Mercer said...

love the retro look ~ beautiful tags Tina!

Annette Allen said...

aww these are amazing.. i love those little images.. very creative and super cute..

Ashley Horton said...

Love these tags Tina, and those ombre stars are so awesome!!

Annie Claxton said...

Where HAS this year gone?! Love the vintage feel of your tags Tina and they look great against those books. Very cool idea to do the ombre effect like that, I'm going to try that - thanks for the inspiration :o)

Leanne said...

Oh. My. Word!!! Love those ombre tags! with stars!!! Love them..x

Kerryn said...

Came across your blog from the lovely Leanne Allinson :). These tags are totally gorgeous!!!

Sanna Lippert said...

beautiful!! especially love the ombré stars BG!!