Dawn of WPlus9 posted a very cool idea on her blog yesterday. She used the Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers to create some holiday shaker tags. I was totally inspired by her idea and decided to give it a try. Mine aren’t nearly as beautiful as hers. I went a bit overboard on coloring my watercolor panels, but I was pleased with how the general technique worked overall.
To start my tags, I took a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper and cut it in half. This gave me two 2.75×4.25″ pieces of watercolor paper. I ultimately decided that was a bit wider than I wanted, so I trimmed them down to 2.5×4″ pieces instead.
Next, I added some Sugar glitter paste from BoBunny to my paper. I used the Circle Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp for this step. I liked the kind of swirling pattern it left on the paper which reminded me of swirling snow.
While the glitter paste was drying, I created my shaker pockets using a stamp storage pocket from Simon Says Stamp. I made each pocked about 1/4″ wider than my watercolor panel to ensure all the shaker bits would have room to move around and everything wouldn’t be too tight. I trimmed mine a bit close to the Fuse line, but thankfully nothing seems to be falling out from my finished shakers. Definitely be sure to leave a bit extra around the edges though as that helps prevent splitting the seal.
Once the glitter paste was dry, I added some color using my watercolor set from Close to My Heart (CTMH). When it was dry, I decided the color was a bit softer than I really wanted, so I did some ink blending around the edges using Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.
To fill my shaker, I added some chunky glitter and some Christmas Glitter Shapes from Recollections. I bought them at Michaels last year, but they’ve since been discontinued. On the blue tag, I added Christmas bulbs and snowflakes. On the red tag, I added Christmas trees and snowflakes. Just be sure not to overfill them or the won’t shake around very well.
To finish up my tag, I sealed the top with my Fuse and then added an eyelet in the top center of each using my Crop-a-dile. I’ve had the eyelets in my stash forever, so I’m not sure who made them — Makine Memories, perhaps?? Since these tags are pretty large, I added some random ribbon from my stash instead of using twine and that was it.
I didn’t take a photo of it, but I adhered a small rounded rectangle cut from white cardstock on the back side of the completed shaker tag using some Scor-Tape. Before adhering it, I stamped a To and From using stamps from the Winter Gifts stamp set from Lawn Fawn. On the blue tag, I stamped them using Sapphire ink from CTMH, and on the red tag, I stamped them using Topiary ink from CTMH.
As I said, I really loved how these turned out. I will definitely give this technique a try again in the future!
Until next time …