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A Trio of Christmas Tags


Hi, it’s Jill here with three stamped tags to share.  I just love making Christmas tags and in creating this trio of tags, I experimented with some new techniques.  I took some photos along the way so let’s get started!

Begin by stamping your favorite Christmas images. I used three images illustrated by Mo Manning for Penny Black.  Stamp the images off the edge of the tags, so you have plenty of room left to play around with some background techniques.  Color the images with Art GRIP® Color Pencils. Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Light Flesh 132 to color skin tones, adding shading on top with Art GRIP® Color Pencils. Oh, and don’t forget, it’s easy to go back and add highlights to your image using the White 101 Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.


Next, using a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, color directly onto your stamp, remove some ink by dabbing it with a baby wipe and stamp onto your tag.


Now use Gesso, which is like a watered down white paint-perfect for toning down a stamped background, and paint over the background stamping.


Add some paint splatters by coloring with a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen onto an acrylic block, adding water with a paint brush, and flicking the ink onto the tag.  Next, paint over the entire tag using Mod Podge or any other decoupage medium.  This step is crucial as it takes the porous surface of the paper tag and “converts” it to a nonporous surface.  This will allow us to easily blend the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens to color the background.


Color onto the tag background with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and blend the color with your fingertip.  The color easily moves over the Mod Podge background, but once it dries it will be permanent.


Continue adding and building up color with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and even Gelatos™.


Now you could stop here if you wanted a lighter background with some of your background stamping showing through, but I decided to add a bit more coloring with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and some Gesso along the right hand side, painting it on with a paint brush and then patting it with my fingertip to blend.  (Gotta love an excuse to finger-paint; right?)


Add Chocolate Gelato™ around the edge of the tag, blending with your fingertip as you go.  Finally, add the stamped sentiment, twine and ribbon. 


Follow the same steps to create more coordinating tags!  Wouldn’t these be fun to add to Christmas gift bags or presents?


Art GRIP® Color Pencils, Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Ivory 103, Warm Grey IV 273, May Green 170, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Cobalt Blue 143, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Orange Glaze 113, Permanent Green Olive 167, Light Flesh 132, Cold Grey III 232, White 101), Gelatos™ (Red Cherry, Chocolate, Blueberry), Gesso, Glaze, Black 199 PITT® Artist Pen

Penny Black Stamps:  40-175 Christmas Kiss, 40-171 Ragged Santa, 40-172 Joy Filled Christmas, 40-164 Christmas Story, 40-170 Harmony, 40-169 Diamond Pattern, 30-0135 Silent Night, 30-139 Mouse Deco

Other: Mod Podge, Twine, Canvas Fringe (Canvas Corp)



Jill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 


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I Love these tags!!!! Please tell me the source for your stamps I would love to make some of these for the holidays!!!!
Hoping all is well with you...Hugs, Colleen

Jill Foster

Thanks so much Colleen! All of the stamps are Penny Black--40-175 Christmas Kiss, 40-171 Ragged Santa, 40-172 Joy Filled Christmas, 40-164 Christmas Story, 40-170 Harmony, 40-169 Diamond Pattern, 30-0135 Silent Night, 30-139 Mouse Deco


these are simply STUNNING!!! like totally simply STUNNING!!
i am so new to using these products and you give me yet another reason to play!! thank you!!


Beautiful tags! Really love the technique you have demonstrated.

Barb Glasier

these are wonderful and love the step by step directions


These nare really beautiful.

Darlene DeVries

Jill, you just keep outdoing yourself. Not sure how that's possible, but you do.


Brilliant design, Jill! I love that technique and I plan to give a try today...thanks for the inspiration!

Vivian K

These are soooo gorgeous, Jill! Thanks so much!

Jeanne Kelly

These tags are amazing!!! I love your use of colors and backgrounds - thanks for the inspiration Jill!!!

Anita Kouwenberg

ohhh you made something beautiful this is just great!!
Anita Kouwenberg

Larissa Heskett =)

OMG!! Jill you are AMAZING!! I LOVE the FUN techniques you used on your tags!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Bonnie Irvine

Love the effect of the layered background behind these sweet images. Thanks for the step out photos.

janet aka swanlady21

Unbelievable!!! Works of art!


Another 3 master pieces, love them! Will have to try this out! Thanks michelle


OMG Jill these are all gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the steps!

fotografo matrimonio matrimonio :-Battesimo,dove trasmettiamo sempre quelle emozioni uniche attraverso le immagini che rimarrano per sempre impresse nella memoria di tutta la famiglia,e dove i bambini stessi possono rivedere qualcosa di importante della loro vita e avere come ricordo per sempre
Pre-Wedding PhotoShoot

alexandra sirugue-macleod

Absolutely Stunning Jill!
Thank You!!

Jeanne Dudgeon

You continue to ROCK!!! Gotta find me some Faber C (auto correct is killin me) products this weekend


hi jill could you make a video of the tags please
cheers susan from australia

Laurie L

What a fantastic lesson...and insight on how an Artist works her magic! these are lovely.

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