Welcome to my last Christmas post for the year. Aren't you glad?!! Today, I am bringing up the rear, day 12, for The Crafty Scrapper's 2016 series of the 12 Tags of Christmas. Don't forget to go to The Crafty Scrapper site and see Days 1 - 11, with Guest Designers like Wendy Vecchi, Dina Wakley, and Paula Cheney, and of course all the design team's tags. Okay so, I went a little overboard, but I've had this thought for a few years, so it was time to bring it to fruition. Here are Santa's nine Reindeer, and their stories as never told before...hey, don't judge me!!! Parental guidance is suggested as there is adult humor in this Real Reindeer of the North Pole, and grab some eggnog as it's long, and you will want to keep reading. They have their trials and tribulations just as all of us do. On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, on Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen...and don't forget Rudolph!
|To make all the tags, I used Translucent Yupo paper from Ranger. I pounced, dripped, dotted, and layered on the Alcohol Ink in greens, reds, blues, and metallics. The wonderful thing about Yupo is, if you don't like it, then you can remove it with Alcohol Ink Solution and start again. I also stamped the backgrounds with Black Soot Archival using the Christmas Words Holiday stamp from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous. Then I trimmed down the Yupo and mounted them onto Tim's new Distress Mixed Media Heavystock Tags.|
|Using the Heavyweight Cardstock, I die cut Holiday Knit pieces from Tim and Sizzix, and most of the deer using every deer die I could find. I also die cut Metallic Kraft Core with the Dimensional Stars dies, which I added more gold on top with Ranger's Paint Dabber to give it texture. NOTE: I kept all the pieces from the Holiday Knits to use on the tags.|
Dasher: Dasher, the original number one before Rudolph, is the fastest and most fit of the reindeer. I mean this reindeer is buff, and he knows it. He lead them all when they went out on Christmas Eve, except for the year he got put on the 'no fly' list when he had traces of steroids in his system, and Santa had no choice but to look for another, and that was when Rudolph entered the scene. Dasher was so embarrassed, and he never did that again, so all was forgiven. That has not exactly made Dasher a fan of Rudolph, and of course jealousy has ensued. When not working for Santa, Dasher runs a gym, Dasher's Dumbbells, and he regularly puts all of Santa's team through rigorous workouts. He is married to Dancer.
|I stamped the reindeer from Reindeer Flight onto Gold Metallic Kraft Core, using Forget Me Not Archival from Wendy Vecchi. Then I embossed it with a mixture of Cobalt Antiquities and Forget Me Not powders. Then I cut him out, mounted him on Silver Cardstock, and inked over with Distress Embossing Ink, and heat embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. He looks like a piece of metal...so cool.|
Dancer: I know what you are thinking...Santa only has male reindeer...wrong! Santa has two female reindeer on the team, and Dancer is one of them. She is full of spunk and character, and of course loves to dance. She runs her own dance studio, Dancer's Delight, which adjoins Dasher's gym, and the two work regularly hoof and hoof. She has all her dance wear designed by Donner, and is thinking of starting her own line. She also loves to plan parties, and helps Blitzen do that occasionally, but her crush on him has kept her away recently.
|She loves dance clothes and tutu's, and this green one is her fav.|
Prancer: Prancer is of course Santa's first and most favorite reindeer. He is the Mayor over all the reindeer at the North Pole, and is hugely respected. He is the oldest and wisest of them all, and he knows it all...been there done that kind of guy. He is still absolutely handsome and in great shape, Paul Newman is his inspiration, and struts his stuff wherever he goes. He is batting fourth in the reindeer line on the sleigh...think grandslammer of course...and plans out all the routes for Santa on Christmas Eve along with Comets help. He is currently with his 3rd wife, Vixen.
|Prancer is the golden child, so he was embossed with Ranger's Gold Embossing Powder. More bits were used for his eyes.|
Vixen: If the nine reindeer were the characters on Gilligan's Island, Dancer would be Maryanne, and Vixen would be Ginger! Vixen is Santa's second female on the team, and the envy of all reindeer ladies and desire of the males. She is an actress, and does all the commercials and movies at the North Pole. She is beyond glamorous and elegant, but at times a little snobby. She has written a book, "How To Be Confident, Poised, and Sexy in a Reindeer World", and guest speaks at many of Cupid's Relationship Seminars. Donner loves designing for her, and says she has the perfect body and pelt of all the reindeer. She is thinking quite serious about starting an antler and fur care line. She is currently married to Prancer, but has a secret crush on Blitzen.
|After die cutting with the Distress Heavyweight Cardstock, I pounced on Silver Mixative, and then a lot of Currant and Poppy Seed Alcohol Ink. I love how dark and deep the colors are.|
|I embossed with the Snowflakes, and pounced Classic Cherry Paint on the raised portions using the Alcohol Ink Tool foam. I colored her rose with Alcohol Ink as well.|
Comet: Comet is the brains of the team, although quite quiet. He studied at MIT, and astronomy is his thing. He regularly contracts out for NASA and the National Weather Service. He keeps mostly to himself working and eyeing telescopes, when not flying around the Earth. He loves the band Kiss, and has tattooed his eye and a few places on his body Paul Stanley style. He is currently unmarried, but has been rumored to have fathered a few illegitimate reindeer.
Cupid: Cupid, well really, Dr. Cupid, is a practicing psychiatrist, and of course love therapist. His practice and office, Cured Conundrums by Dr. Cupid, is booming January through November, and he takes December off each year to get ready for the Christmas Eve journey. Last February, he was so overworked that he employed the services of Dr. Ruth, which turned him into a global success. They are now considered best friends. He has been unmarried all these years, and instead enjoys helping others to couple up. However, with Vixen's help during seminars, he has developed feelings for her, and is seeking help himself with Dr. Phil.
|I cut two deer, one from heavystock and one from ribbon. I adhered the ribbon onto the top of the other. I used the trees from the Holiday Knits bits to make antlers, and also cut off some of the branches to make an arrow.|
Donner: Donner, Mrs. Claus's favorite, is the clothing designer and tailor for the whole of the North Pole, and his lines run from regular to couture. He has tried for years to get Santa's team to don a uniform, but to no avail. Only Dancer was for it. He knows the reindeer call him Donner Versace behind his tail, but he secretly loves it. He makes Santa a new suit every year, and Mrs. Claus is always draped in his work. He is also about to launch a home design line as well, with bedding, pillows, and tableware, in conjunction with Ralph Lauren. The sweater seen below that he is wearing, is from his Donner Noir couture line, and runs for $450.00. It is almost sold out, as a new oil pipe line through the North Pole, has deepened the pockets of elves and reindeer alike. He and Mrs. Claus travel several times a year to Paris, Milan, and New York City, and are always sitting in the front row for Fashion Week. Donner is unmarried, but is man crushing on Blitzen at the moment.
|I covered the Maya Road Deer with Gold Paint Dabber for great texture. Then I stamped the Holiday Knits, trying to get the deer pattern, using Silver Paint Dabber. I traced around the deer to make the sweater, and cut it out and adhered it.|
Blitzen: Blitzen, almost every reindeer's secret crush, is the town party animal and party planner. He is the Brad Pitt of the reindeer world, and every teenage reindeer has his poster on their wall. His golden tufts of fur are like no other, and he keeps them very long around his head. No one puts on an affair quite like Blitzen's Blitzed Out Bashes...his company. He was even on Oprah's Favorite Things list in 2015, and that really skyrocketed his business. He has worked for every Hollywood A Lister out there. However, he has a hard time keeping away from the Eggnog, and is regularly seen side prancing. He has gone through Cupid's detox program twice, but he always shapes up come December 1st, to be ready for Christmas Eve. Santa would never tolerate drunken flying! He knows every reindeer wants him or wants to be him, and that really makes his green eyes shine with pride, but also drives him to drink more. He is busy all the time, but tries to find time to fly...when sober... down to California, Hawaii, or Australia to surf, his favorite thing to do. He is the most eligible bachelor deer at the moment, but doesn't really fancy anyone but himself for the time being. He is having too much fun being single.
Rudolph: Rudolph is the newest on the team, and also the most famous. You know the song! If he wouldn't have saved foggy Christmas the year Dasher couldn't fly, children all over the world wouldn't have gotten their presents. But going from rags to riches and fame over night really took a toll on him. He hasn't been able to handle it all, and not only is he having a hard time glowing, he has become somewhat of a recluse. People only see him out and about right before Christmas, or when he is at the pharmacy to pick up his Glowagra...a medication to help him make and maintain a glowy red nose...but his bodyguard keeps them at bay, so autographs are rare. His agent and best friend, Blitzen, try to keep him busy doing commercials and movies. It's not that he needs the money or anything...he makes $.05 every time 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and 'Run Run Rudolph' comes on the radio...it's just Cupid advised Blitzen to try and have him around as many reindeer as possible to overcome his anxiety. He is trying hard, and is actually getting better, but writing him letters of encouragement really might do the trick.
|I inked over the whole deer with Red Geranium Archival and then heat embossed with Red Geranium Embossing Powder. I used the bits from Holiday Knits to make his eye and design sparkles.|
That's it for a bit everyone. I WISH you the most wonderful Christmas ever!!!
Supplies All Found At The Crafty Scrapper:
-Ranger Yupo Paper: Translucent
-Ranger Alcohol Ink: Red Pepper, Watermelon, Poppy Seed, Meadow, Currant, Pitch Black, Citrus, Limeade, Turquoise, Patina, Stream, Gold, Silver, Snow Cap, and Pearl Mixative
-Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator
-Ranger Alcohol Ink Solution
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival: Black Soot, Ground Espresso
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Stripes and Holiday, Reindeer Flight, Holiday Knits, Scribble Woodlands Christmas
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavyweight Cardstock: Tags #8
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets: Dimensional Stars, Holiday Knit
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Dies: Dashing Deer, Reindeer Flight, Prancing Deer, Ornate Frame #2
-Maya Road Wooden Deer
-Ranger Paint Dabber: Gold, Silver, Java Bean, Classic Cherry
-Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core: Metallic
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fade: Snowflakes
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Sky Blue, Forget Me Not, Red Geranium
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder: Cornflower Blue, Red Geranium
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Cobalt Antiquities, Weathered White, Frosted Crystal, Gold
-Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Embossing, Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Mini Ink Tool
-Ranger Matte Medium
-Ranger Glossy Accents
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
-Ranger Enamel Accents: Black Tie
-Ranger Stickles: Gold, Shamrock, Christmas Red, Cinnamon, Platinum
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Paper Punch: Large Pine, Large Branch
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tinsel, Jingle Brads
-Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
-Various Ribbons, Sequins, Rhinestones
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!