Saturday 25 October 2014

Advent in November: Prepare continued

Yesterday I described how I made my 25 numbers for my tags.  And I said I was going to hang the tags from twine or ribbon.  Well guess what!  I've changed my mind.  I told you the planning is far more difficult for me than the actual making.

There are lots of photos today.

I remembered that I was throwing out a board I had previously used for hanging a quilt and so fished it out of the recycling.  It's a piece of Daler board on a wooden frame.

I checked to see if the 25 tags would fit.

And chose the vertical way.

Then I painted the board first with a coat of gesso, then a darkish blue and then with a paler blue acrylic paint.

I glued mini pegs onto the board using Golden Heavy Gel.

Next I played with the tags.  And I mean play!  I had already got the various stamps, stencils etc together and I just randomly did things onto the tags.

I had put some of the gesso that was left on my scraper onto two tags.

I stamped.

I dry embossed.

I put modelling paste through stencils.

I heat embossed using a stamp and a stencil and Ranger Emboss-It Dabber.

I haven't worried too much about the fact that I missed a bit because I can always put the number over it.

I'm calling this side the front and all 25 of the fronts will be on display for 1st December.  I'm making the backs on separate tags telling the Christmas story using the verses that you can download from the Pause, Ponder & Prepare blog.   Each pair of tags will then be stuck together using double-sided tape.

I have made a second set of numbers for the backs.   I printed out the numbers that Diane designed on copy paper.  If I did them again I would print them on card!   I coloured the paper with Distress Ink.

I used embossing ink over each number and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used a punch to cut out the numbers.  I cut circles from a piece of cardstock and painted round the edge of each with gold acrylic paint.

I stuck the two together.

To see how each of these tags becomes part of my Advent Calendar follow my blog posts through November, starting on November 1st.

And it's not too late to join in with Pause, Ponder & Prepare.

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