Winter Snowflakes Tag

Winter Snowflakes Tag for 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Friends!  And Happy First Day of Winter!  There’s a brand new challenge up at the 613 Avenue Create Blog:  create with snowflakes.  As with all 613 Challenges, it’s anything goes, but if you’d like to add snowflakes to your project, that would be great! I have a technique laden Winter Snowflakes Tag to share with you here today.

This is officially the shortest day of the year…it gets light late and gets dark early, and winter settles in for a nice long visit.  Growing up in Vermont, winter never paid too much attention to the dates on the calendar.  It just showed up whenever it pleased.  Sometimes, as early as October…and it hung around waaaay too long for my tastes.  I remember marching in the Memorial Day parade one year in 8″ of snow.  Now, people, “that ain’t right!”  Thank God, I married a Southern Boy and was whisked away to warmer climes that I happily claim as “home.”  But like every season, winter has it’s own special beauty, and I wanted to try to capture its unique light, color, and sparkle in my Winter Snowflake Tag.

613AvenueCreate01I pulled out a ton of techniques while making this tag.  To begin with, I painted a jumbo manila tag with a coat of “Everlasting” Americana Decor chalk paint.  I spritzed on some inks from the Tattered Angels Turquoise Precious Stones Kit because I wanted to capture the beautiful blue glow that snow takes on at dusk. Next, I inked up the flat side of an embossing folder with Tea Dye ink, inserted my tag partially into the folder and ran it through my machine.  I then ran the other side of the tag through with a snowflake embossing folder.

613AvenueCreate04I went back in with more of the white chalk paint and just dry brushed it onto the trunks of the trees.  I covered the entire tag with Tim’s Frosted Film and carefully ran it back through the folders again.   This added a wonderful icy shimmer to the tag….which is awesome in real life, but hard to capture with a camera…I hope you can see it here because it almost looks like snow sifting down from the branches of the trees.

I created a bunch of Tim’s Snowflake Rosettes out of some Basic Grey text paper that I found in my stash.  These were brushed with more chalk paint and heat embossed with Bridal Embossing Tinsel.  Then I spritzed them very lightly with more of the TA Sprays.  They were stacked and glued onto the tag, and I topped them with a little silver snowflake.

613AvenueCreate05For the deer, I die cut Tim’s Reindeer Flight from vintage music paper and hit it with a little Tea Dye DI.  I cut two more out of lightweight chipboard (old cereal boxes) and glued the three together.  I covered the whole thing with UTEE and heat embossed it.  Then I tapped it with Versamark and embossed it again with the Bridal Embossing Tinsel.  I tied a little silver embroidery floss around the neck and topped it with a wee snowflake.  I have to confess…I love the way this turned out.

I also stamped music notes onto Cream Seam Binding using Ranger Aquamarine Archival ink.  I spritzed the ribbon with water, crumpled it and left it to dry.  Then it was wrapped around the base of the tag and tied in a square knot.  I sanded one of Tim’s Christmas tokens and tied it on with more silver embroidery floss.

613AvenueCreate04aThe little chalkboard was in my stash…and I honestly don’t remember where I got it…a clearance bin somewhere, no doubt, because that is how I roll!  I wrote the quote from Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” using a Sharpie white paint pen. I painted the edges with more of the “Everlasting” chalk paint, then brushed on Crystal Stickles, pulling some down to create “icicles.”   The tree and bird were also in my stash and seemed to fit the project, so I added those, too.

613AvenueCreate02Here’s one last look at the whole tag.  I have to confess…I really like this one!  It reminds me of those dusky, silent winter evenings where the whole world is covered in a glittering blanket of snow.

Be sure to link up your project at the 613 Ave blog.  There are some great prizes this week. You can find out more about them on the 613 Blog.

Also, don’t forget about the big block party that’s coming up in January!  BalloonBorder1This event will be loaded with inspiration and prizes, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Thanks for stopping by today…I hope you were inspired by my winter snowflake tag.  I’d love to hear some of your snow memories!



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13 thoughts on “Winter Snowflakes Tag

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow, Kathy!

    So sorry I missed this one…that won’t happen again, as I’m having your lovely work sent directly to my e-mail in box now! I happened to be checking “It’s All About the Vintage and the Beauty” to see what’s going on there, and saw your lovely tag and that you were deservedly awarded a Top 3 spot! Congratulations! And what a beauty this tag is! I love your background–how inventive to use 2 embossing folders on one background–you did this so well! The colors truly remind me of the color of snow at dusk…from what I can recall, anyway!

    I love all your snowflakes! Again, just that perfect color and topped with those pretty embellishments! Your deer is so yummy–love all the layers, the embossing tinsel, and the use of the UTEE to make this dimensional beauty! The Crinkle ribbon is so pretty and really adds the finishing touch to this snowy scene. And the shimmer on this is beautiful on camera, so I can only imagine how sparkly and shimmery it is in person! LOVE it all, my friend! I hope you get to see how much I love this!

  2. J. Atterbury Creations

    This is super duper amazing…Love the distress effect and the loads of embellishment and layering that you incorporated in this project. Thanks a lot for joining our Challenge last week at Word Art Wednesday. There’s still time to enter more projects in this week’s Challenge so, I hope you come back and join us again. Want to share God’s Word with you found in Psalm 27:14 which says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” A Blessed and Happy New Year to you!

    JO ANN

  3. Karen Letchworth

    This is truly gorgeous, Kathy! The textures are amazing, and I really want to thank you for sharing with us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. smithgfb

    Sorry to be so late to the party! Love your tag cause I’m a tag kinda girl! Lovely elements for sure…I love how the bridal tinsel looks on everything! Well done girl!

  5. Virginia L.

    What a work of ART! This should be displayed for sure! Love the deer and all the elements that you incorporated into this project! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Winter Inspiration” Challenge!

  6. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy! You have knocked it out of the park again!! This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours and those amazing snowflakes! All the glitter and texture, wow! Just popped in to send you many many Merry Christmas hugs! I hope you have a wonderful holiday my crafty friend! 🙂

  7. carol

    Hi Kathy you have captured the whole essence of winter in your tag. Winter can be so beautiful, nature is so beautiful if we look around. Rather wet and windy at the moment in the UK and rather very cold some days and warmer others. Take care. X

  8. Jen

    Oh Kathy, it is 6.30am and as usually having a cup of tea. I thought I’d just switch on to catch up, and wow your tag. I remember a few winters back waking up and finding out that the temperature had dropped to -20. we had installed a 5 foot gate to keep the dog safe (don’t laugh but he is only 10 ins. tall

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