Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas 2011 Tag 5 - Alcohol ink resist on acetate

What a fabulous technique on Tim Holtz' tag 5! My good friend Lee sent me some white card diecut tags to play with (thanks Lee!!), and I was able to use one here.

"Tag 5"

Adirondack alcohol inks were applied to the back of a piece of Simpla-Film I found in our stationery cupboard (must have been there for 20 years - I've been using it for acetate windows, but it took the inks beautifully). I didn't have Tim's reverse sentiment stamps, so instead went for a blue colour palette and used snowflake and reindeer stamps for the background. I did try using the brayer method to reverse a normal sentiment, but couldn't keep the archival ink wet long enough for the resist to be entirely successful. (You can just make out "Merry" near the top of the tag behind the tree).

"Silver embossed reindeer"

This reindeer was diecut from cat-food box covered in silver embossed card. The two were just stuck together with PVA and allowed to dry before diecutting. After mounting on the tag with a piece of foam tape, an eye & nose were added with tiny drops of glitter glue (well, it just had to be Rudolph!).


This corner decoration was a piece of silver card diecut with one of the Spellbinders Elegant Post dies and trimmed to fit a corner. After fixing to the card with glossy accents, it was edged with holographic glitter glue for an icy, sparkly finish.

"Ribbon and tree charm)

A piece of matching blue organza ribbon was threaded through a tree charm and tied to the top of the tag as a finishing touch.

Entered for the following challenge:
Cupcake Craft Challenge - DIY (make your own backing paper)
Lawnscaping Challenge - Tags
Ribbon Reel Challenge - Anything goes & use ribbon


  1. Your background turned out to be just gorgeous. I was thinking of doing a tag in shades of blue and yours shows me just how fabulous the blues are going to look. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tag.

  2. This is stunning! Glad to view your blog!

  3. awesome! LOVE your reindeer! Beautiful job!

  4. Maddy as always, you never cease to amaze me. I love the alcohol ink colour and your reindeer looks brilliant. Lee x

  5. Amazing tag, I love how you have done it and the reindeer is fab.
    Becky x

  6. This is a really elegant and stylish tag. I love the colours together too. Thanks for joining in with our DIY Challenge at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

  7. Stunning tag, such an elegant design! Thanks for joining in with us at Cupcake this week and good luck :) Donna ♥ x

  8. Very eye-catching. The silver against the blue really POPS! Those colors look amazing together.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Lawnscaping!

  9. Oh, I like the tag a lot, it's a real stunner if you ask me, thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

    Warm hugs

  10. Wow! How lovely - thanks for sharing your creation & this cool technique. Thanks for playing at Cupcake this week x

  11. Gorgeous! Love the crackled background. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Lawnscaping. :)

  12. Fabulous tag!!! amazing technic! Thank you for playing at Lawnscaping Challenge :)

  13. This is STUNNING! That background really makes this tag shine! Fantastic! Love all the techniques. So glad you joined us at the Lawnscaping challenge this week!


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