Monday, January 13, 2014

Gift Tags

We Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th, so while most of the country is over and done with Christmas by now, we’re still basking in the afterglow!  Hence this post on ornaments:  every year, I make paper ornaments for two of our grandchildren, Audrey and Keaton.  My own Mother started this with her two grandchildren and I thought it was such a nice idea:  when the kids grew up and moved out, they were able to take their ornaments with them and decorate their own trees with lifelong traditions right from the start . . .

These ornaments are double layered with the same designs stamped and embossed on both pieces and then glued back-to-back for strength.  The buttons have been stitched on through all layers so they’re there to stay.  I used my favorite gold embossing powder from Ranger as it has the unique ability to cure to a hammered gold appearance instead of the usual smooth and shiny look.  It gives an intricate and handmade feel to projects and I really love the results.

Cardstock:      Beckett Iceberg, Marcos Jute, Generic Black
Stamps:           Stampendous Music Score, Our Daily Bread Sparkling
Inks:                ColorBox Frost White, Black
Emb Powder: Judikins Opaque White, Detail Black, Ranger Gold
Dies:                Our Daily Bread Sparkling Snowflakes, Spellbinders Classic
                                 Scalloped Squares Large
Doo Dads:      Wood buttons, May Arts Jute twine, Stickles Silver Glitter Glue

For some added fun, I decided to package the ornaments in their own box.  Papertrey Ink has made this easy by coming up with the perfect die for this.  They even have a very useful video here to give you the best tips on putting it together.

 Presentation Box:
Cardstock:      Marcos Jute, Generic Red, Green, scraps from the ornaments
Dies:                Papertrey Ink Bulk Mail Envelope, Die-Versions Hint of
                               Lime, Hero Arts Alphabet Uppercase
Doo Dads:      Glossy Accents

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