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JOY Christmas Tag Using Gelatos

MargieHiguchi 600WM JOYChristmasTag


Merry Christmas~!! I am honored to be here today to share my Christmas tag with you. Hope you are enjoying your time with family and friends! I choose the JOY sentiment because it is the wish I like to extend to all of you during this holiday season :)


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step1


To start, we will color the tag die cut with a combination of Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in Boysenberry, Snow Cone and Metallic Blueberry colors one side of the embossing folder. Mist two or three times to wet the colored surface. Place the tag on top, close the folder and emboss through the machine.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step2


I embossed twice. After the first tag was embossed with color, there were colors still left so I did another tag. Don't waste - LOL! I will use the lighter one for another project. For the tag I will be using I layered more color for a deeper color.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step3


Next I cut the JOY sentiment with thin chipboard and trimmed to use only the word.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step4


I covered JOY with Gesso. After it dried, I colored with Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in Silver Ice and coated it with Glass Bead Glitter Gel. It will go on white but will dry clear - it's a beautiful effect!


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step5


While the gel was drying, I outlined the sentiment with Journaling PITT® Artist Pen in Silver. The pen is made from odorless India ink that won't bleed through and it is waterproof, light-fast and archival plus it matches with other colors in other mediums!


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step6


I used my Layered Poinsettia set to make one big bloom. I colored with Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in Bubble Gum and Passion Fruit colors. I used two colors to create dimension and shading with the help of the mister. I colored directly with the Bubble Gum Gelatos® to highlight the petal's embossed designs.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step7


The leaf was covered with Texture Luxe™ Pearl that was tinted with Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® Double Scoop® in Green Tea. It brings shimmer to the color. I also colored direct with the Green Tea Gelatos® to highlight the embossing.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step8


Assemble by layering the blossom die cuts. Adhere each layer with small glue rounds. Leaves were adhered at the bottom. I added Texture Gems™ Gold in the center of the flower and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the petals. Set aside.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step9


I colored the snowflake die cut with Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos®. There about two coats on the die cut.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step10


Then apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel onto the die cut - this will match the JOY sentiment and tie it all in. Set aside to dry.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step11


Now to assemble the tag! First I covered the back of the JOY die cut with Gel Medium and using it as an adhesive. This medium is versatile! It is a semi-gloss translucent medium that is ideal for extending color, adding sheen, adhering collage pieces and creating great texture and dimension as it holds it form while drying. Do the same and adhere with the snowflake and poinsettia/leaves die cuts.


MargieHiguchi JOYChristmasTag Step12


Add the finishing touches with all the embellishments and ribbons to create this layered holiday tag. Here's another look...


MargieHiguchi 600WM JOYChristmasTag


Supplies List:

Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®: Gelatos® Colors 15 ct.: Metallic Set, Gelatos® Colors 15 ct.: Brights Set, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Journaling PITT® Artist Pen in Silver, Texture Luxe™ Pearl, Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® Double Scoop® in Green Tea, Texture Gems™ Gold and Gel Medium Dies and Tools: Spellbinders® Paper Arts (Joy Strip, 2013 Snowflake Pendant (ret.), Layered Poinsettia and Grand Calibur® Machine) and Sizzix® (Framelits Alterations 8 pcs Tags Collection by Tim Holtz); Ribbon: Offray; Sequins: Teresa Collins Design; Trinket Pin: Maya Road; Others: White Cardstock, Light Chipboard, Charms, Safety Pin and Bell


On behalf of Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®, we wish you and your family a wonderful & magically Christmas!!

Margie Higuchi


Margie enjoys different types and styles of paper crafting from creating scrapbook pages to making cards to dabbling in mix media. She considers herself lucky to have been a product designer for a line of chipboard products, a design team member on many craft manufacturer and scrapbook retailer teams, written articles and published artwork in several online and print magazines in the U.S. and overseas as well as on TV.

Margie's “go-to” product is Design Memory Craft® Gelatos®! She uses them in her cards, pages and mixed media projects. They mix and match with many things from water to whipped spackle…The sky’s the limit!

Residing in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their two college-bound boys, they put up with her crazy schedules and endless craft supplies! Visit her blog at SCRAPS of (my) Life.


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