12 Tags of Christmas FJB Style #8

Hello and welcome! If you are returning to view my next participation tag, Welcome Back 😉 If this is your first visit, let me share some details. I am participating in Linda Coughlin’s (owner of Funkie Junkie, my favorite online store) challenge ’12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Boutique Style’. You can find details here. Basically, Linda creates a tag each week and you create whatever inspires you from the tag, then you share on her blog. Easy~peasy. I have some completed already but they reside in one post that you can view here. That post has #2,#3,#4,#6 & #7.

Let’s get going onto Tag #8, shall we … you can view Linda’s inspiration piece here

FJB #8 (1)

I can be such a rebel, lol. Again, quite different but I loved how Linda’s snowflakes had so much texture and off I went! I seriously almost threw in the towel NUMEROUS times but I was bound and determined to make this work.

FJB #8 (2)

Let me try and recall allllllll the layers this background took, lol.

  1. used a palette knife to ‘skip’ across some Golden white Gesso on a manilla tag, let dry.
  2. stenciled Tim Holtz Distress (THD) paint in weathered wood and brushed pewter through THSA (TH Stampers Anonymous) stencil THS050 with a piece of Ranger Cut-N-Dry stamp foam and I was a bit heavy handed which caused the paint to get under the stencil a bit… I did not give up, lol.
  3. used a blending tool and added some THD ink in stormy sky and THD oxide in faded jean. flicked a bit of water and let dry.
  4. Lookin a bit splotchy so I decide to stamp THSA ‘Mini Swirly Snowflakes CMS320 with THD stormy sky and add some Ranger Forever Blue Perfect Pearls to really make the detail of the stamp stand out. Spritzed a bit of water to make ink wick and what a mistake, didn’t dry quick enough and looks like blobs of shimmery deep blue. I refuse to give up, still, lol.
  5. Stenciled Ranger texture paste in opaque matte through THS050 on an angle then covered with Lindy’s embossing powder in Cosmic Blue Violet, let dry.
  6. Heat embossed powder which gave a stone like effect.
  7. Sprayed Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray in Tweedle Dee Denim to the whole tag then wiped off excess.
  8. Still needed to make the textured snowflakes pop so with finger I smooshed THD crayon in hickory smoke into all the groves of the snowflakes, then with barely damp paper towel removed crayon from embossing.

FJB #8 (3)

Now at this time, I started DANCING and SINGING! I was finally happy with the results, lol! And I almost threw it out, smh.

I really wanted the background to shine with this piece so I kept the focal area pretty simple and straightforward.

  1. sprayed watercolor cards stock with Lindy’s Tweedle Dee Denim and Forget-Me-Not. distressed edges with TH Tonic distresser, machine stitched to tag.
  2. used Tim Holtz Thinlit by Sizzix on Idea-ology metallic kraft stock. I decided to not sand the word due to so much other texture going on, crazy I know.
  3. added Idea-ology bell, berry and bauble to center of felt snowflakes by Hero Arts (these could easily be 10+ years old).
  4. added some fibers I had in my stash to the top.

Battle between tag and I, I won 😉 have a great day!




  1. Some of the best backgrounds are made by keeping on keeping on! He he… I just love the effects you achieved with all of these products combined. And I agree with the simple focal elements. The felt is so cool! Big hugs, Autumn


  2. FABULOUS, Wendy! I absolutely adore what you did here. The colors are wonderful and oh my, all those layers are completely yummy. I’m so glad you persevered and won this battle. The outcome was so worth it. Love the three colors of die cut snowflakes and the silver NOEL. They add just the right amount of interest to be a foil for the background. Kudos, this is a masterpiece!


  3. I have to wholeheartedly agree with Linda here! This IS a masterpiece, but then, all your do ends up being a mp! I am giggling, because I’m working on a step by step post. I am going through almost the same process of adding more and more ’til I was happy
    with the outcome. Finally pleased with my results, but could I reproduce it?? Probably not! I am so happy you persevered, because the result is grungy gorgeousness! And your focal cluster is fabulous; those felt snowflakes make me smile!

    PS If you do see my step by step in a couple weeks, PLEASE know I did not copy; I did mine last night and this is the first time I’m seeing yours! We got similar results with a totally different process. Although I think I may borrow your process for part of it. 🙂 Thank you for your inspiration! I’m so happy I’ve found your blog! Happy New Year!


    • oh Sara, you are as sweet as can be 😉 thank you sooo much for your kind words, they mean the world to me. To me copying would be using my actual pic & project. Yours will be different because the process was used by you~ ink, paint and placement will all be different. There is so much inspiration around us daily and I am honored that today it was me 😉 I am so excited and can’t wait to see your artwork in the step by step over at FJ 🙂


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