I've just discovered a new Christmas challenge going on at Tracey McNeeley's "In My Creative Opinion" blog: the 25 Days of Christmas tags. Lots of prizes and inspiration going on there, so check it out if you get a chance!
Starting out with Day 6 of the challenge, and hopefully will have time to get to all 25 days. For Day 6, I was inspired by this tag from Debbie Marcinkiewicz of Paper Sweeties:
I loved the black background with the white lettering and the holly and the black checked ribbon. For my tag, I used Cricut diecuts for the words and the holly. The words were cut from white vinyl, just for the shine.
I think this tag might go on a shelf with other items as part of a Christmas display.
Now that Halloween is past and it's November, the time will fly by until Christmas, so it's a good time to get serious about those Christmas cards! This month I made two cards using a faux cross-stitch technique.
I used the cross stitch die from Paper Smooches to get the background. (You could also use paper made for cross stitching, or similar dies from other companies.) I used actual cross stitch patterns, but instead of thread, I used markers and drew in the cross stitches. I used Tombow markers, but you could use Copics or other brands. One hint: I've found that the brush tips don't work as well for this technique as the fine tip markers.
The "stitched" images were framed with cardstock or patterned paper. I added a sentiment to the stocking card and some tiny crystal stickers to the snowflake card.
I hope you like this technique. It's a nice way to get the look of cross stitching but with less time involved. Please join us at Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog this month - we'd love to see your creations!