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Christmas Prep-Bonus Post-Tags!

Surprise! I ended up with a bonus post to my Christmas Prep series. I found some time to play with the Hero Arts November kit and wanted to share them with you. This post won’t be so photo intense as the last, and I even have a couple of tips as well. What a way to kick off December!

Let’s start off with the ornament shapes first. This was the shape  I played with the most.


The first one on the top left was simple stamping, but with Delicata ink, in Ruby Red. This ink is a gorgeous, bright red with a shimmer to it. It doesn’t photograph well, but it’s beautiful in real life. Then again, red is my favorite color…

The next one, bottom left, is the same as above, only stamped with Gold Delicata ink, and on one of the maroon precut tags that came with the kit.

Next I used the ornament die to cut out the shape from Christmas patterned paper. I also used embossing powder to heat emboss the top of the ornament (and the previous two) to give it a metallic topper, like a real ornament would have. I actually picked this up from a card I saw on Pintrest, but I can’t remember who to give credit too (I am sorry)!

I did this by coloring the top of the ornament die cuts with a clear ink embossing marker, and then dipping the top of the ornament into embossing powder. I used silver on the red ornament, and gold on the other two.


Did you think I was going to get through this post without a shaker tag? Especially with the nested dies included in the kit? For the next tag, I cut the ornament shape from blue glitter paper, and also used the oval shape to cut out a opening in the glitter for a window. I also cut the ornament shape out of acetate and plain white paper.


I added the acetate to the glitter piece with Scor-Tape, and then added 2 layers of foam tape. I used bright blue jewels from Lucy’s Cards Bright Rainbow jewels for the shaker, and then added the white ornament die cut piece to the back. I did stamp the “to:” and “from:” on the back of the white piece before I assembled the shaker. On a side note, I somehow lost the little tiny “to:” that came with the kit. I got lucky and found one in another stamp set.

On the last tag, I cut the ornament shape from blue foil cardstock. Then I used the center die from Concord and 9th’s Ornament die to create the pattern. I layered another ornament shape, cut from silver glitter paper under the foil. The glitter cardstock has a weird back that makes it difficult to stamp, so I added one more layer of white to the back, to finish off the tag.

For the last two tags, I topped the ornaments with cut cardstock instead of embossing. I did this by laying the die on the edge of the cardstock I wanted to use, and ran it through my die cutting machine. For the shake tag I used silver foil cardstock. I used glitter on the last tag.


I spent most of my time playing with the ornament shape, but I did make a couple of tags from the other shapes.


For the tree, I stamped the different garland stamps from the kit and heat embossed in gold. Then I carefully colored the tag in with Copic markers. I added a white die cut to the back to cover up the bleed through.

For the star shaker, I used the same technique as above. The only difference is I only used one layer of foam tape, and fewer jewels.

On the last tag, I used one of the pre-cut snow flake tags, and stamped the pattern stamp with the Silver Delicata ink. This too has a really pretty shimmer that does not translate well in pictures. I added the stamps on the back as well.


I plan to make some more tags, but nothing too fancy. I think I’ll make a bunch using the patterned stamps in the kit. They are gorgeous on their own!

As a bonus to my bonus post (lol it’s Christmas time, why not), I have a card for you!


I used Concord and 9th’s Sunshine Turnabout with Candied Apple and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink for the background. I made the star shaker tag just like I described above, and used the same Lucy’s Cards jewels. The sentiment is from the November kit as well, and is stamped on MFT’s Stitched Fishtail Sentiment  Strip, layered on the larger strip, cut from red glitter paper. Cherry Jewels accent the card, and the card base is MFT Cherry Red.

So, I really think that is the end of my Christmas Series. I never thought I would say this, but I am a bit burnt out on Christmas cards. In the middle of all of this I have some new products that I haven’t really played with. I got my hands on the Concord and 9th Flower turnabout, which they are retiring…and I didn’t even get to post about it. I think I will share it anyway, as it’s gorgeous.

Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me!



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