Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#4)


Hello, time for my next Funkie Junkie tag (so behind…).  You can find Linda’s beautiful piece of inspiration here.  I love her Poinsettia theme…here’s my version.


I decided to use papers from last year’s Tim Holtz holiday paper pad which set the tone for the colors.  Of course, Tim’s papers aren’t this vibrant so the pics had to be enhanced a bit, otherwise, it looked so dull- not in real life, though.  Also, as I was just about to download the pictures to my blog site, I decided to add pearls.  I had to take new pics, but there’s a few pics that won’t have the pearls and that’s why.

I decided to cover my entire tag with the plaid and I don’t have the Christmas Mixed Media Thinlits (yet), so I used the Mixed Media Set #2.  Instead of cutting through my tag, I adhered some red holiday deco sheet to scrap cardstock and cut that out instead.  I then used the cut-out as a stencil to put the pieces on the tag – it’s not perfect, but close enough.  It also didn’t take as long as I thought it would.


Since I had space at the top, I did my stenciling there and I didn’t want my flowers to be white white, so I added a little Antique Linen (I think).  I did this over a week ago, but didn’t have time to finish before going out of town for 5 days.  I do remember the embossing paste getting too thick at the end, so it’s not perfect, but acceptable.  I originally wanted to use the Prima Platinum Crackle Texture paste, but it’s just not thick enough.  Has anyone used this?  Maybe I have a bad jar, but I have tried using it a few times and it spreads out too much under the stencil.  I’m not the best at stenciling, but I don’t have this problem with other pastes.  Maybe I should try adding it to one of my other thicker pastes to see what happens.


After cutting out my tattered poinsettias, I inked with Aged Mahogany and, I think, Peeled Paint.  I decided to add some Prima Art stones in the middle and colored them with watered-down Aged Mahogany.  I should have adhered the stones and then colored with my paint brush because I managed to get extra ink on one of the petals, but oh well!  Since I had added some gold foil around the edges (hard to see in some of the pics), I used my paint brush to try adding some gold onto the art stones using an oil-based gold metallic paint marker.  It’s very subtle, as I wanted.


I used the twig die from the Elizabeth Craft Candle die set for some extra greenery and wanted just a simple sentiment.  My daughter went to London last October and brought back the cutest little Xmas stamp above.  I love it and have used it before, but it took me some practice stamping to remember that I have to use it on thin paper – the stamp is wooden on top and the sentiment is metal.  So different from what we use in the U.S., but as I said, I just love it.  I cut out the tag using my tag set by Poppy Stamp dies and then embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  I forgot to mention I embossed the Poinsettia leaves, but some petals aren’t embossed because I used one of my Anna Griffin mix and match embossing folders, which have an open space in the middle so you can choose to insert the sentiment you want to use, and I didn’t add a sentiment.


As I mentioned, the pearls were an afterthought.  I colored those with a Copic marker from a skin tone set I have.  I think that’s it – thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments.  Have a great day!

I’m also participating in the following challenges:

As you like it Challenge:  I have always loved all shades of reds and greens for Christmas













21 thoughts on “Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#4)

  1. Oh, Marty! This IS my favorite Christmas make of the season on blogland, and I want to touch this and look at it all day! I cannot believe you took the time to make that simply mind boggling GORGEOUS background! big round of applause for this! But then those poinsettias are show stoppers, too! A fabulous Christmas tag from top to bottom and it is pinned! Big hugs!


  2. Oh Marty! This is really so lovely! I can’t believe how perfectly you applied that thinlet castoff! What a remarkable result. I have used my cut offs before for alignment, but would never have thought to do this with such an intricate design. What a wonderful result. You have altered and combined these amazing papers so beautifully! This is a star in the gallery. Hugs, Autumn


  3. Oh gosh… This tag is stunning!!!!!! I love poinsettias and they have a very special place in my heart…. I was given a fresh, real poinsettia plant every year at Christmas from my grandpa. He was like my daddy too, he raised me. Well in 2009 when he passed, that was the last that I received my poinsettias. I haven’t had a real plant since. So when I see them, I get very happy. Your tag is unbelievably gorgeous! The colors, the texture and those gorgeous poinsettias truly do come together beautifully. Thanks so much for playing along with us in our “Tag” Challenge at Dies R Us! We look forward to seeing you in the next challenge! Have a great weekend!
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥


  4. Gorgeous tag Marty. I love the poinsettias and all the details of how you created it.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Lou DT xo


  5. Oooh, it’s divine! LOVE the plaid with the beautiful embossing on it. And your poinsettias – wow, are they ever gorgeous. You did an amazing job on this, Marty. So happy you have shared it with my visitors for Week #4 of The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style!



  6. What a gorgeous and festive tag! That poinsettia die sure is put to spectacular use. And the little red designs on em add such a nice texture. Plaid is one of my favorite for the holiday season and this little tag has it all! Wowzers and fantabulous and beautiful details! I’ve never used the Prima crackle but the DecoArt crackle paste is awesome sauce and doesn’t bleed under the stencil because it is nice and thick.

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our “Rustic Glam” challenge. Hugz. ~Niki DT


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