This is one of the 28 tags I made for the annual Christmas Alphabet Tag Swap that the Canadian Stamp Talk Yahoo Group holds each year. Each one was just a little different as I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over. This fits well with the sketch this week for Challenge #67 at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challange.
I made the ornaments using the Burnished Velvet technique. The base is one of the Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornament dies. I covered that with Sookwang double-sided tape, then applied various masks made from the tape's peel off liner. With masks in place, I sprinkled one colour of glitter, then removed some masks, sprinkled a second colour of glitter, and then removed the last masks and sprinkled the third colour. I used my finger to burnish the glitter into the tape and it became smooth as velvet but also incredibly sparkly. Click on the photos to see the glittery goodness!
I cut the masks with dies, such as Tim Holtz's flourish, and border punches. I used punchinella (sequin waste) on a few as I discovered it lifted cleanly off the tape so could be used as a mask.
I got the Letter X in this swap. I decided to use the Joyeux Noel from Waltzingmouse Stamps Very Vintage Christmas stamp set and highlight the X in the word. The boughs were stamped in various green inks to create a background.
Here are a few more individual shots of various tags:
I made a few little acrylic fragment tags for the swap hostess. I have hosted this swap in the past and know the incredible amount of work involved. I really appreciate the effort, and each Christmas it is so much fun to receive a ring with everyone's tags on them.
It's amazing what people come up with to interpret their assigned letter. I have many years' worth of these small "booklets" now and they fill a basket at Christmas and are fun to leaf through. Even non-stampers enjoy seeing them.