Monday, November 27, 2017

Holly Jolly Gift Tags

Tis the season to be jolly, Holly Jolly.

We decided to have a diy Christmas gift tag class at the studio in December as a way to bring in more interest for mixed media.

After talking about it, I felt inspired to make a few of my own tags to showcase some examples for the attendees.

The thing is, I'm in NY and I don't have the resources I do at the art studio. Hmmmm.

I almost always travel with an overstuffed craft carry case. With some rummaging I could possibly come up with something.

I pulled out some Apple Barrel Barn Red and 
Red Apple.

I did run over to Walmart and buy some plain brown  tags.

I had no real plan here and just swiped on one color at the bottom and one on the top. Next I cut a heart shape from a piece of paper and used it as a stencil to begin to add some background and some texture. 

Next I sponged on some gold paint to try and bring it all together and it worked. 

Yes, I keep these little sponges in my travel craft kit.They help add color quickly and easily.

Now, I knew I wanted to print out these vintage gingerbread men onto old book pages, that I just happen to have stashed in the carry case. 
 I cut my little buddies out and adhered them with some matte Mod Podge applied to the back. Use a brush and a very light coat of matte Mod Podge because you run the risk of having the ink bleed through if the paper becomes too wet with the podge. 

I created a page filled with the words "Holly Jolly"in a variety of fonts. You can copy this one if you right click on the photo and save as. Print and cut and glue with Mod Podge. Try and play with layouts to get different looks. 
Using a fine thin paint brush I added some accents to the tag. You can see I used paint dots around the perimeter and I outlined the words. I also outlined the gingerbread man and some of the hearts. 
I swiped on some clear glitter paint and added some bling to add a little glitz.

In the end, they pulled together nicely. 
You can also see I tried to print out and play with a vintage Santa image but he just wasn't as sharp as my little man.

Thanks for reading along. 
Stay Jolly.


Coastal Bohemian

Here's a list of links to Link Parties I join during the week.

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