Jingle Bell WOW!

Happy Friday!!  I’m sure there’s the sound of crickets out there (in the U.S. especially!) with everyone out and about shopping, shopping, shopping!!  Well, I’m at home crafting, crafting, crafting at the worktable and recuperating from the Thanksgiving day of cooking and playing and eating!!  The weather even allowed us to traipse about the property yesterday and look for our Christmas tree!!  We’ve tagged 4 of them and will make the final selection this weekend 🙂

I’ve got a Christmas themed tag I made for two challenges, one of which is a ‘new’ one for me to enter; Fashionable Stamping Challenge and my ‘early’ entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at Studio L3!  At FSC Challenge #86 is to make A Christmas Tag and it’s challenge #16-Layering Stencil Embossing at CC3.  I’m going to try to turn any challenge makes into a card or tag for Christmas, so that I stayed motivated and multi-task with getting Christmas cards made!

There are FABULOUS sponsors and prizes to be won at both challenges!  Fashionable Stamping Challenge has a $20 gift certificate from their sponsor, Flonzcraft!  Very Cool, indeed! (I’ve got a couple of their Vintage Fashion sheets of stamps) CC3 #16 is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree at Linda’s store and then there’s the coveted prize-bonanza, donated by Tim & Mario, that’s awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  WOO-HOO! 🙂


In keeping with the rules and such with the CC3 challenge, I’m working from my copy of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 book-page 50, and not sharing the technique.  But, I can share the details of what I used to bring this tag together and how I used the Layering Stencil Embossing technique.


So, here you can see some of the items I’ve gathered to concoct this tag–I’ve got a #8 manila tag, some DIs in Broken China & Evergreen Bough & Scattered Straw is in there, too.  Of course there’s my copy of Tim’s CofC #3 and two of Tim’s Layering Stencils that I’m going to use.


I’ve been working with Tim’s Christmas Blueprints #5 and this is the jingle bell image from that set.  It’s fun and playful and a chance for me to go ‘non-traditional’ with color.  Here, I’ve stamped my focal image onto the tag with black pigment ink, then I heat embossed with black WOW embossing powder.


 And just like that–I’ve got layers of color, stenciling and embossed stenciling!!  I layered my DIs on the tag first-Scattered Straw, Broken China & Evergreen Bough and heat dried.  Then I used the Stars LS with Broken China DP and heat dried.  I used the Layer Stenciling Embossing technique with that last layer of blue stenciling!  Isn’t that fun?!  I love that blue embossing!! 🙂


Before I embellished, I flicked Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and Picket Fence DP over the entire tag with a round paint brush.  The label & sentiment is from the Simple Sayings set.  I stamped the label image onto manila stock with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Cornflower Blue EP from Wendy Vecchi.  I love that blue!


I did spritz one more layer of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist spray over the tag!  I really was in a spritzing mood–it’s totally fun to do! Once I felt I’d done enough spritzing, I heat dried everything.  After all of that, I wasn’t about to smudge any of it!!  I positioned my collection of mirror stars and set in place with matte gel.


Here’s the backside of the tag–spritzed with Peeled Paint DS (from a mini-mister) and White Linen Dylusions ink spray through the Christmas LS.  I heat dried the sprays and blended a little bit of Broken China DI over the surface and rubbed Vintage Photo DI over the edges.


And yet, more spritzing!!  I stamped the jingle bell image with Distress EI onto manila stock and heat embossed with Silver EP.  I colored the bell with Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DI’s and heat set.  Then I spritzed the bell with Sunflower Sparkle & Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists.  I fussy cut it and adhered to the tag with adhesive foam.


I used Chit Chat & Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to form ‘jingle all the way’.  I distressed the stickers a bit with Tea Dye & Black Soot DIs.  I attached them to the bell and tag with little strips of double-back tape and mini foam dots.  I tied a little bow out of silver cord and attached to the top of the bell with matte gel.


OH–I love these little itty bitty bells!  I have these silver bells (leftover from Christmas card creations past) strung on a piece of silver cord that I tied into the ribbon that tops the tag.  Now, the tag makes a little jingle noise when it’s shaken 🙂


 I’m really happy with how this tag came out.  Those little shadows of white stars in the background, with the shine of the mirror stars in the foreground could be my favorite parts of this tag…but I’m not biased or anything!! 😉

So, “Jingle all the way” over with me to Studio L3 for CC3 #16 (this challenge ends Dec 5th) and FSC for Challenge #86 (this challenge ends tomorrow, Nov 29) with your creations!  I’d love to see you there, too!!

I’ll be back soon with my 1st Eclectic Ellapu Design Team post, that I’m really excited about!!  So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Christmas Blueprints #5 & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paint & Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Cornflower Blue EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist Spray (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars, Chit Chat Stickers & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Silver Cord; Tiny Bells; Satin Ribbon
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares & Dots; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Mini Mister (Ranger)

22 thoughts on “Jingle Bell WOW!

  1. This is so cool, Shari! All the detail is fabulous, thanks for the tutorial. I love “non-traditional” color at Christmas, too. I’ll be using some of your technique in my art journaling today. Thanks for sharing your tag on CC3C, I always look forward to your art!

    • Thank You, Cheryl! I don’t craft anywhere near the level you do and for you to say that you’re going to use some of my tag techniques in your art journaling–WOW!! I’m giddy with such a nice compliment!! 🙂 🙂 You made my day!! XO-S

  2. What a fun and fantastic tag! Love the layered bell, the added starts and your choice of stencils. One down, how many more to go?

  3. Shari…I really like your Christmas tag and how you’ve combined so many of Tim’s products on it! The frosty blue and cream is a different color combination but I like it! Nice job on your design. I like the stenciled background words and then the blueprint bell with “jingle all the way” attached to the right. That is so cute! I also like the mirrored stars! They add that perfect touch of glitz and silver! Thanks for sharing your tag with us at CC3C. ❤ Candy

    • Thank You, Candy!! You always say the nicest things and just make me sooo happy!! 🙂 This is such a great TH technique and really makes the whole tag come together–I just love the versatility of Tim’s goodies and the inspiration that you derive out of his style, too!! I wouldn’t be making any of the things that I’m creating now if it weren’t for artists like you!! And that’s the truth!! XO-S

  4. Such a great title post 🙂
    Shari, this is a tag which is brimming over with details and who could resist the addition of the wee jingle bells.

  5. Lovely to have the chance to catch up a bit… this is such a fab tag – love the glossy lettering and great work with the bell, and I always love a bit of spritzing!
    Alison xx

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