It’s holiday time and it’s also technique time as I have a little die-cutting fun! It’s actually a double technique and it’s really cool and just a little bit of a trick on the eyes.
I wanted to create something unique and cool for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Hosted by Tracey McNeely, this is a great way to inspire you to create for the holidays and have a little holiday fun each day. And there are sponsors!!! That means giveaways! So be sure to stop by and check it out as it’s a win-win situation.
I’m featuring product from Ellen Hutson LLC and in particular, the new releases from the Essentials by Ellen line. I always love each new release and these products as exclusive to ellenhutson.com. This design is actually a very large rectangle tag although you could totally use it as a card front.
Quick Tip: Tags can be created from any shape or size. Simply punch a hole in the top of the creation and you have an instant tag. And just so you know, a large tag looks fun and fab on a big present!
To create this tag, you’ll use two techniques paired up together.
- The first is inlaid die-cutting where you combine the positive and negative shapes together in one layer by fitting them together and adhering onto a backing to make one flat surface. I’ve done that here twice by die-cutting both the red and pink panels, adhering them onto some scrap card stock and then fitting the positive shapes into the negative ones. The largest panel is the one that forms the main layer of the card and uses the red as the negative shape and the pink as the positive. You’ll use the Joy Peace Love sentiment die for both these inlaid die-cutting layers.
- The second technique you’ll use is spotlighting where you highlight an image or a portion thereof. I’m doing that here by using the reverse color scheme of red words inlaid into a pink background. This layer will be die-cut AGAIN using the Leaping Deer die. You want to make sure that every little bit of this layer is adhered well to the scrap card stock base before die-cutting or you may be searching for little pieces to put the puzzle back together. I like to do this over a clear and clean work area just in case. That way it’s easy to find any scrap that may have before dislodged and repair it. Once the Leaping Deer is die-cut, adhere it with foam squares directly over the opposite inlaid areas lining up the words. That way you can still read the sentiment for a really cool look!
To finish things off I’ve adhered the focal layers onto white and pink card stock layers that have been die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I’ve also stamped a portion of a sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink from the Merry & Bright stamp set. I kept the embellishments super simple with sweet little paper flowers, & mini jingle bells. The Tinsel Twine adds to the icy festive look and also serves to tie the tag onto a gift. All supplies are listed below for your convenience.
And before I go…one last reminder to get hopping and stop by the the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Hop! Good luck!
Have a creative day!