Ink Blending + Partial Die-cutting

Hello, hello! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? My husband and I have been hosting some special guests for a couple of weeks now (in other words, I have not been crafting much), and I really appreciate doing holiday shopping with great tips and company! This will be our first ever Christmas celebration in the new home and it’s so exciting!

[Supplies are linked at the bottom of the post.]


While I was not ready to let my mojo – which rarely visits me nowadays – go to waste, I decided to take out my craft supply and got my guests to get their fingers inky. So I went crazy stamping the cute critters from Carnival Cupcakes and Ella & Friends, both by Mama Elephant, on some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb scrap. I used VersaFine Onyx Black and coloured them in with Copic Markers. My guests had fun doodling with the markers, too! (Psst… The Copic Markers are on sale over at Hallmark Scrapbook – that’s more than 30% off! Shop away here!)


I fussy cut the critters with a pair of general purpose scissors. It must had been over fifty of them because I could not feel my fingers after! On another note, I have heard really good reviews about the Precision Scissors by EK Tools – feel free to share your experience down below.

A dear crafty friend recently sent me the Flower Circles Die by Waffle Flower and I thought the flower die in the set would make the perfect shape for a Christmas ornament. Again I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb, ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot and partial die-cut it so I was left with one petal. I punched a hole through the petal, which I would later put a twine through it. I also die-cut extra circles in red card stocks which I later glued to the back of my ornament for aesthetic purposes. Next, I blended some distress inks to form the skies on the tags, using a combination of Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough and Black Soot. For some added interests, I sprinkled some water on the background and dabbed off the excess with a clean cloth. I also die-cut some snowland using Landscape Trio by Mama Elephant to ground my critters.

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I then assembled my ornament, popping the critters up with some double-sided foam tape. I drew some snow in the sky using a white gel pen and added dimensions to the critters using Glossy Accents by Ranger. For the finishing touch, I simply adhered clear rhinestones on to the ribbons created using the Dainty Bow Die by Mama Elephant. Finally, I tied a twine around the punched hole and my ornaments are ready to go up on the Christmas tree! These can also be used as gift tags. I took inspiration from Jessica Frost’s tag for Day 10 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags over at Tracey McNeely’s blog.

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

Hugs, Michelle


This card is also in the following challenges:

Lawnscaping Challenge: In With The Old

Unloved Goodies 11-13

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas

25 Days of Christmas Tags


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