14 December 2013

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 9

Hi everyone. Phew, just finished watching the Strictly semi final and some amazing dancing. It feels like a lifetime away since I tripped my way around the dance floor as a teenager. Happy memories. Enough with the reminiscing and down to business. As the big day grows ever nearer I've been pressing on with creating cards inspired by Linda Coughlin's 'The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas', sponsored by the awesome online store that is The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Today I've gone out of turn again and present a card based on Tag 9.

At first glance it doesn't look like the original, but the whole point of Linda's tags is that you can take elements from them rather than just copy them.

I loved the silver glittered embellishments so echoed this in the stars (initially stencilled using translucent paste then covered with Distress Glitters). A further glittery piece, the tree, was die cut from some of my Mum in Law's wrapping paper from last year. As it is quite thin several layers were stuck together to make a more substantial shape.

The background looks different from every angle. I began by recreating Tammy Tutterow's 'Weathered Stain Background' using Picket Fence, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Tarnished Brass. Then to give that silvery glow seen on Linda's tag I smooched it in Brushed Pewter.

Stencilling over all of this and then using an embossing folder added even more texture. I used a silver liner pen and a Distress Marker to draw along some of the embossed score. Adding vertical and horizontal lines always adds more structure to a design I think.

Having Linda's design to refer back to has really helped me get over some of those mid-completion blocks, you know the ones where you can't quite see design fully formed in your head and might otherwise put it aside until inspiration hits again. I already had some chipboard trees dipped in Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains, and noticing the music score on the original gave me the idea to stamp over the top of them. To finish I layering everything together, including strips of left over plaid paper and those die cut numbers mentioned in yesterday's post.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on the previous cards. I hope you like this one as much.
For now take care of yourselves and... keep dancing!! Jenny xxx


  1. Jenny I love this as much and more. You always create the most amazing backgrounds and add elements that have been carefully thought through to give added texture, dimension and that wow factor; the glittery stars, tree and 25 definitely do this.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. I too love Strictly Jenny. Not sure I ever danced like they do, me thinks I just floated my bones and literally tripped.

    Love how you have presented each element, such an elegant card.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  3. wow how beautiful. I love the shimmery metallic effect - really frosty and so pretty
    Claire xx

  4. Love what you do Jenny :)
    Suzi B x

  5. Another wonderful card with a beautiful background and a peaceful feel to it

    Love Chrissie x

  6. Another gorgeous one, Jenny
    Rosie x

  7. Another absolutely gorgeous card Jenny, I just love the embossing in the background, the sparkly tree is gorgeous and the stars give a magical quality to the card. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Love the texture you have created here Jenny. Your card is truly beautiful. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  9. How Stunning and so beautiful Jenny. I just love everything about it. Hugs Rita xx

  10. Outstanding...can't stop scrolling back and forth and back and forth and back and...well, you get it! Sensational rendition yet again :D

  11. Love the subtle shimmer of the background, and the cool grays of the palette. The vertical brush strokes and horizontal embossing give almost a tartan effect - and I love that that is echoed in the glossy 25 - fabulous!
    Alison xx

  12. I think that is wonderful Jenny. All the layers and the embossing. The trees are fabulous and the lines are perfect. Superb card! <3 :D xx

  13. It is astonishing to hear you say that you have blocks!!! The idea of making tags into a card really appeals to me and you have made some gorgeous ones. What can you say when something is this pretty - I certainly don't need to repeat back all the elements but at the same time, it seems you did so much to make this one of a kind. Bravo!

  14. Gorgeous - love that background colour and the way you made it! Chris

  15. Absolutely gorgeous Jenny! I love the embossed texture of the background and the colour palette. Beautifully frosty look! xxx

  16. Gorgeous and so vintage! I love how you did the background and then added the sparkle to the trees and stars. Looks fabulous!
    Merry Christmas,

  17. Fabulous, Jenny. This has to be one of my favorites of yours this time around. I really love the background - the colors are yummy to me and I love the embossing. The embossing paste/glittered stars are fantastic and I love those trees. I wanted to work them into something again this season but haven't that the opportunity yet - thanks for the inspiration. Your 25 is wonderful too! Glad to see that you are moving right along on this challenge!



Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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