Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Tree Sparkle - Tag Card #4!

Tag Card #4 really brings on the Christmas season with its sparkly little Christmas tree.  I made a few paper and layout changes to this tag, plus added lots of little rhinestones for tree lights instead of leaving them white.  There is a story behind that, of course.  

I tried using Perfect Pearls liquid first.  I just couldn't get all the round dots to be uniform so that I was happy with it.  After the liquid pearls dried, it confirmed that I just wouldn't be satisfied with the way it turned out.  I took my trusty Cricuit spatula and scraped off the dried liquid pearls.   This little Cricuit spatula (looks like a mini pancake turner) is so good for lifting off glued down items...don't know what I would do without it...even though, obviously, I am not using it for the purpose for which it was created.  I was able to get the pearls off and have a flat surface again, but the pearls "stained" the tree's circles red, green, blue, etc.  Therefore, I had to put on rhinestones at least large enough to cover the staining.  I would have been happier with rhinestones the next size smaller.  By the way, I colored my rhinestones with Copic markers to match the color shades in the paper used.

Inspiration from Christmas Tags by Heidi Gonzales -  SU stamps: Scentsational Season (tree), Mixed Medley (snowflake). SU dies: Two Tags Bigz, Holiday Collections framelits. SU Punch: 2-3/8” Scallop, 3/4” circle, 1-1/4” Scallop. Zutter Corner Rounder. SU papers: Cardstocks- Cherry Cobbler base, Marine Mist, Very Vanilla; Festival of Prints dsp stack, First Edition Specialty dsp, Silver Glitter paper. SU Ink: Early Espresso, Gumball Green. Colorbox Chestnut Roan (distressing). SU Rhinestones (Copic colored). Queen&Co. Twinkle Goosebumps-green. Hug Snug seam binding ribbon: Gabardine Green, Spring Green. SU Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.

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