supplies: craft sheet, distress stain/picket fence/frayed burlap, distress ink/winter seasonal/peeled paint/vintage photo, glossy accents, metallic paint dabber/gold, sticky-back canvas/natural, perfect pearl mist/pearl, #8 manila tags; seasonal kraft resist, seasonal muse tokens, trinket pins, trimmings, jump rings, long fasteners, sanding grip, texture hammer, design ruler, grungeboard, adornments; sizzix dies/reindeer flight/on the edge ornate; scissors, paper distresser, craft pick, scratch tool; pine stem, burlap, double-stick tape
step 9: once the picket fence stain has absorbed into the paper and you begin to see the background designs, you can dry the tag with a heat tool. *note: the piece on the right shows what happens if you immediately heat the picket fence stain - it turns bright white since it didn't get a chance to soak in.
step 14: this parts a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it's cool...hold your fingers around the top and sides of the mister, and as you press down, squeeze the sides basically causing the mister to "splatter" the mist vs. misting it.
step 22: place the inked, canvas-covered, grungeboard deer on a scrap of chipboard and using my retractable scratcher tool, scuff the edges causing the canvas to fray as if areas were tattered and torn. i use the scratch tool on the edges of die cut fabric all of the time to give it that torn look (especially on my tattered florals).
step 29: place the tag on a piece of cork or foam and set the design ruler over the grunge strip (the side with the holes through the ruler). the neat thing about this side of the ruler is that it also has a centering point, so you can center "0" in the middle of your tag which i've done. *note: i have video showing the features of the design ruler here.
step 30: using a craft pick, i pierce a hole through the center hole of the ruler into the grunge (but i don't try to pierce all the way through at this point, just enough to make a mark). then i'll be able to evenly space my other holes on each side just by counting the squares to whatever you want.
step 35: continue until the desired look is achieved...i absolutely love using the texture hammer on brads since i think it makes them look like little weathered nails. i also use it over craft metal and even staples to dent. (sorry to say the texture hammer has been discontinued earlier this year, but i won't stop using it because of that. check your local store or online if you want to get one before they're all gone). *note: i have a video showing the features of the texture hammer here.
step 36: to embellish the deer, cut a piece of small pine stem and bend into a small wreath for the deer (these are like chenille stems or pipe cleaners you can find at some craft stores around christmas time - not easy to find though).
the details: remember this gingerbread idea from last year? i had to make another one, but using this new kraft background (several in fact since it's the coolest way to give giftcards). check out the video here if you forgot all about it, it's using the brackets movers & shapers on the base tray.
isn't picket fence distress stain over brown kraft paper for christmas the perfect match? have fun with this one, i sure did. can't wait to see the tags you share - happy "krafting" everyone...t!m