I'm hoping going in the wrong order won't confuse me (there was one year when I nearly missed out one whole tag entirely), but I couldn't wait any longer to play with the "odd one out" folded tag design which Linda had created for Tag 9.
There was a folded tag as part of the 2013 12 Tags of Christmas and my version of it remains one of my favourite ever Christmas makes. If you take a look at that one, you'll see it actually has quite a lot in common with this new one - pine cones galore!
This time, rather than silvery blue we're full-on with silvery evergreen colour tones, and there are even more pine cones - real ones, stamped ones and stamped + painted ones too.
I've stuck pretty closely to Linda's original version on this one, barring the red accents.
I had a lovely time creating this tag, inside and out, plus I've got lots of mop up inky green cardstock, so that will come in handy for cutting future greenery I'm sure.
I love that this one couldn't help but stay within my natural colour palette for these tags... still on course for a nice co-ordinated set by the end of the 12 days, I hope.
For the first time in the challenge, I'm working with a jumbo tag (Linda's favoured size), rather than a regular one, and I started by spritzing Distress Sprays - mine were Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint - and adding Brushed Pewter mica spray just as Linda did.
I had so much ink on my tag I was able to "print" almost a whole extra piece of A4 card with the surplus. It also softened the look of the greens on my main tag.
Then I stamped two different Tim Holtz pine branch stamps all around - some in Library Green and some in my much-loved Olive Archival.
I just love the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't shimmer of the mica.
Inside the folded card, you find one of my favourite Christmas sentiment stamps stamped on some inked and spritzed kraft card.
I drew around the shape of the stamp to guide me as I was cutting it out.
And the beautiful pine cone from the Holiday Wishes set takes pride of place on the centre panel inside. I stamped it twice, semi-masking it to get the second one behind (I couldn't be bothered to cut a detailed mask - time's wingéd chariot is, after all, hurrying near).
I used some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to "colour in" the pine cones. I think Burnt Sienna, Diarylide Yellow and Raw Umber were in the various washes. (Don't worry, it's not your eyes going funny... I did some slightly unsuccessful overstamping, but I'm embracing imperfection!)
I kept the outside very simple. Some more of the rustic twine (on all my 2016 FJ tags so far), and a couple of real pine cones from my hoard.
They're glued on to the top flap, so that you can tie and untie the twine without disturbing them.
And I glued the twine down on the reverse as well so that it doesn't all fall off when you do untie it to open the card.
So there's Tag 9 for you. Unfortunately for me, it's only the fifth one I've made, so I've still got a way to go before the finishing line on December 19th. It is my favourite so far, though.
And I'm loving playing along with Linda's wonderful inspiration. I'm very glad I had the idea that this would get me back in the craft room.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you want to catch Tags 1 - 4, just scroll backwards from this post... you can't miss'em! Happy crafting all.
The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
I'd like to enter this as Tag 9 in the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique