'Tis the Season...

'Tis the Season...

Morning all!

Having a late August birthday has usually coincided with Christmas arriving in the retail world.

And well, I'm woefully behind on my plan to make a Christmas card each week in order to avoid panic nearer December.

So, I set to work making a total of eight cards using the Avery Elle Santa Tags die set and coordinating stamps.

Unfortunately the stamps have just gone out of stock (you can register to be notified when they do come back into stock), but for this project it's easy enough to draw on the eyes, nose, and smile with a black pen, and add some blush to the cheeks. Or for a really fun Santa, you could always add goggly eyes!

The sentiment I've used for my cards also comes from the coordinating stamp set, but the die set also includes sentiments that can be used to cut into the tags for a negative die-cutting effect, or to cut out the words and stick them onto your tag or card.

What really brings this Santa tag to life is adding something like white puff paint or Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff above the face.

I didn't want it to be totally obvious that this Santa was originally intended as a tag, so I punched some 1/4" circles from white card, stuck them over the tag holes, and added more Fluffy Stuff to look like the bobble on his hat.

Once you have assembled a bunch of these Santa tags, you can use them as a focal point on your cards. They go great with festive papers and I even managed to match the 'Tis the season to be jolly! sentiment to some Fa-la-la-la-la background paper.

Christmas card production is finally back on track and as we enter autumn it's time for me to ramp up my Christmas projects. And boy do I love a bit of Christmas crafting (in a more appropriate season!).

Until next time, happy crafting!

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