supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/frayed burlap/iced spruce (winter seasonal set), distress embossing ink, embossing powder/white, paint dabber/snow cap white, ink blending tool, glossy accents, glue n' seal, distress stickles/rock candy, heat tool; kraft core; dies/vintage noel/tag & bookplate/tattered pinecone/festive greenery/tattered banners, texture fades/snow flurries, vagabond; baubles, jump rings, trimmings, lost & found paper stash, sanding grip; paper distresser, scissors; glitter, toothpicks, glue gun
what i wanted to share on this first tag more than anything was a tutorial on how to use my tattered pinecone die. i would have to say, next to the paper rosette, it's my most favorite die from my alterations line so far. i thought the best way to share the tips and tricks was with a video - so...lights, camera, action...
step 1: die cut a #8 tag using the tag & bookplate die from kraft core (color no.14) and adhere both reinforcers to the front and back of the tag with glossy accents. also die cut the vintage noel from plain grungeboard.
step 2: die cut festive greenery from various colors of kraft core (color no.10, no.11, no.12, no.24). i like to save time and only die cut once, so i cut chunks of paper in various colors to cover the areas of the die i want that color.
step 3: just like the trick i shared in the video, while the die cuts are still in the paper, place on a scrap chipboard sheet and sand over the cardstock using a sanding grip to expose the kraft core around the edges of the die cuts.
step 10: this next step i've done many times (although it still freaks people out), but i love to slice my embossing folders. just place them on a cutting mat, and using a sharp craft knife, slice the fold of the folder leaving about 1/2" on each end un-cut. *if things go wrong, you can always tape it back together with packing tape.
another idea: like i showed in the video, this die doesn't always have to be used to make pinecones. these little dried roses work perfect in this frame i picked up for $1, distressed it, added some background paper, and then stamped the word LOVE on another piece from the tattered banners. i finished it off with a bird charm from my adornments pack by attaching it with a memo pin. great gift idea i think...
whew! so day one...done! what did you think? are you inspired to create? i sure hope so. remember that even though the holiday season can get a bit chaotic, take time to enjoy the festive journey - you'll be so happy to did. be sure to post a comment on the blog for a chance to win a prize! i can't wait to see your projects using the tattered pinecone die so please be sure to follow the instruction below to upload your finished tag, card, or whatever you create. i sure love this time or year, don't you?...t!m