Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Reindeer Crunch, Part II (& Blog Hop Congrats)

A couple of weeks ago, Trudy Sjolander created two adorable projects for a "Try It Different" Tuesday post using 10941SC Reindeer Crunch Clear Set:

Normally, I wouldn't repeat a stamp set so quickly for this series. But when Marie Oberg came up with such completely different creations, I thought it would be fun to share them with you before the holidays.

First, she made this week's card on our main Inky website:

This tag-on-a-card idea is so much fun! You can learn more about how Marie made it by clicking here.

Of course, you can make gift tags galore for packages, too:

Each of these tags is a mini work of art, so I decided to photograph them individually. You can click on any picture for a close-up view to see Marie's fantastic details. For example, used a metallic calligraphy-tipped pen on the outer edges of several tags, including this one:

If you look closely, you'll also notice the metallic gel pen accents on the reindeer's scarf (including tiny gold dots!) and birdie's hat. Here is a similar tag, but with dangling snowflake charm:

On the third tag, Marie used the same colored pencil blending technique with Gamsol as before, but she substituted kraft cardstock:

What a cool change, huh! That little birdie charm is a whimsical touch, and did you notice the tiny highlighting dots on the reindeer's eyes and nose?

Here's another tag with kraft cardstock, except now it's used as the base:

The highlighting dots in the eyes have been repeated, but Rudolph's nose and birdie's hat have been touched with red glitter. This time, the reindeer was "colored" with paper piecing (i.e., stamping the image on different types of cardstock and/or patterned paper, cutting our different sections and reassembing them onto the main image).

Tag number five illustrates the same technique but with different colors and a repeated holly embellishment in the lower right and on the bow:

On the last tag, the paper rosette was accented with ultrafine glitter for additional sparkle (besides the nose and hat again):

I love all of these tags and would find it extremely difficult to pick a favorite. Which one do YOU like best?

By the way, as long as we're on the subject of tags, I've got two related items to mention:

1. We're halfway through Tim Holtz's "12 Tags of Christmas," which we're featuring on the Stampers Anonymous website with updates every day and easy shopping links. On his blog, Tim shows a variety of amazing techniques that you can apply to your stamped projects. It doesn't matter whether your stamping style leans more toward "artsy" or "cute"...there are some neat tricks that everyone can use.

2. What to do with so many tags? Why, use them on your gifts, of course! Our next blog hop starts on Thursday, and we'll be showing you several ideas for wrapping those presents.

Finally, congratulations to Theresa, whose name was randomly drawn as the winning entry for the 11058SC Snow Birdies Clar Set:

Theresa said...
Marie is one of my favorite stampers. Her work is just so incredible. I totally love her candy cane box and card. The images are just fabulous.
December 4, 2011 5:03 PM

Theresa, please email me with your address so I can send out your stamp set.

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing and visited us today. Hope you'll join us again on Thursday for our "Wrap It Up" Blog Hop!


Anonymous said...

Love the little reindeer...he is too cute. So many looks with just one stamp. Nice job! Robin B.

Dee in N.H. said...

Those tags are fabulous! I love them all!

True :) said...

Great projects!
That stamp set is sooo fun! :)