Well, I’ve spent the last 12 days in total awe of the creative talent of Tim Holtz. Every year he does a 12 Tags of Christmas series on his blog. It is like getting an online art course! I’ve learned so many new techniques and tricks from this. I wanted to share a favorite.See those little hanging tags? The picture doesn’t do them justice. They really are like charms. Here’s a closeup.It was a bit time consuming but so worth it and fun. Here’s how it works in my simple terms. You adhere clear packing tape to an image, then soak the tape in warm water. With your fingers rub off the paper until completely gone. This leaves you with just the image. Glue this with a clear drying glue to a plastic or glass facet and let dry. Add a piece of adhesive silver to the back and burnish down hard. Use an exacto knife to trim edges. Sand the edges, and finally poke the hole with a piercer. Is this as clear as mud? Well, your in luck because I’ve linked for you Tim’s tutorial here. So, go check it out. The possibilities with this technique are endless. I’m thinking jewelry!
“Look at these old canning jar seals. They look like Christmas ornaments.” That’s what started this project and now that there are done, I’d like to share how I made them.
Materials you’ll need: new or old canning jar seals, red ticking material, miniature trees, jute, and a hot glue gun.
First tear your material into a strip about an inch wide.
Next, secure the strip to the seal with hot glue.
Now, wrap the material around the seal.
Secure the end with glue. Cut jute to about 24 inches, fold in half and tie a knot about 2 inches down.
Glue jute to the ornament.
Take one strand and begin to wrap around the seal, gluing to secure it in place. Trim jute as needed.
Do the same with the other strand.
Put a dab of glue on the bottom of the Christmas tree and secure to ornament.
And there you have it! Of course other material and objects could be used to create a totally different look. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.