Monday, December 24, 2018

"Wise Men Still Seek Him" - Day 12 Christmas Tag for The Crafty Scrapper

I'm back with my last project for Christmas and for the year, which happens to be Day 12 for The Crafty Scrapper's 12 Days of Christmas Tags. A big thank you for having me Guest Design for this special event Carolyn and Crew...I'm so honored to be asked again. Carolyn asked me to do a mini version of my Starry Night Wisemen canvas that I just taught, and I was happy to do it as the new Wisemen Thinlets Die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix is my favorite from the last release.
I cut a piece of navy colored cardstock to fit the 8 inch Tim Holtz Mini Etcetera tag from Stamper's Anonymous, that Carolyn requested we use, as a background tag.  I applied Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, and Faded Jeans Distress Oxides from Tim and Ranger, to a glass media mat and misted the inks with water, and then swiped the tag through, drying between layers while swiping through again. Once I liked the look I gave it a thorough drying.
I applied Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and drops from a Picket Fence Distress Reinker to the glass mat and misted those with water, and swiped the cardstock tag through one more time, to mimic the Starry Night look, and dried that.
I flicked droplets of Fossilized Amber and Picket Fence onto the tag for more of a starry look.
I painted the edges of the Etcetera tag with Black Soot Distress Paint, and cut another tag a little bigger than the blue cardstock tag from silver Metallic Kraft Stock. Then I die cut the blue tag with stars from the Snowy Stars, Swirling Stars, and Wisemen Thinlets sets, trying to get the Starry Night look. I misted the tag with Wendy Vecchi's Mica Spray in Pearl for a more cosmic look. Then came more die cutting with the actual Wisemen using more silver Kraft Stock.
After I mounted the blue tag onto the silver and added the Wisemen, I decided the tag needed more bling. I stitched around the sides and upper edges of the tag with silver metallic thread. BUT, I thought it needed even more bling, so I die cut another Wisemen from black cardstock, and glittered them up, as well as the edges of the Etcetera Tag, with Tim's concoction for making colored glitter...a cup of Clear Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink mixed very well.
I loved all the sparkle from the's just what the tag needed.  I added the glittered Wisemen slightly left of the silver Wisemen for a shadow look, and then mounted the tag onto the Etcetera Tag base. I painted the hole of the tag with my new favorite DecoColor Premium Silver Leafing Pen from Marvy, added that on, and then tied a bow with starry ribbon. I had manger and star charms in my stash so those went on with a jump ring. Then I pondered a sentiment, but one that wouldn't cover up much. I decided on computer generated words, appropriate I think, and mounted them on more silver Kraft Stock, and added them to the finished tag.
And with that I bid all of you a wonderful and happy Christmas! May you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year as well, with a wealth of creativity!!! Thank you truly for a year of support and encouragement. Mwah!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. A great mini version, the wise men design is fabulous and I love how you’ve used it. That night sky is gorgeous.
    Yes it’s the big day tomorrow! Wishing you and your family wonderful festive celebrations and a joyous new year. Huge hugs xxx

  2. Merry Christmas Anita. Thanks for all you shared with us this year, the best gift all year long.

  3. I do love the wise men images, it is so beautiful, and so is your wonderful tag! Wishing you Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. I absolutely adore this tag Anita, that image of the wise men and how you have used it here is just brilliant!!

    Happy Sunday and all the best for a happy healthy and above all creative new year!!

  5. Such a perfect final Christmas make Anita! Really beautifully done. Love that little manger charm! Hope you have had a super Christmas. Wishing you and yours a most happy, healthy and adventure filled 2019. Nicola x


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