As soon as I saw the Nordic Watercolor Builder stamp set, I knew it would be fun for creating Christmas ornaments and Christmas charms.
I actually set out today to create some Christmas cards. Then I found a package of Shrink Plastic in my stash and decided to make Christmas ornaments. You know how it is to find something in your stash and get distracted from your original plan.
Alas, I haven’t played with shrink plastic in ages so needless to say I forgot just how much that plastic shrinks!! Luckily, I adapt well to surprises when I’m creating. I created two Christmas tags with fun plastic charms along with a quick and easy card.
Is there anything better than an afternoon crafting and creating while also experimenting along the way? I had so much fun creating these little plastic charms with the Nordic Watercolor Builder stamp set. I also pulled out the Nativity, Peace, Love and Hope set to act as my sentiment for the tags and the card I have to share with you today!
The charms came out a bit raggedy, but that is part of the life of a crafter. Those imperfections in my projects just make it mine! The shrink plastic that I used is for an ink jet printer. This allowed me to stamp my images as I normally would onto my white cardstock. Then I just photocopied them with my printer on to the matte side of the shrink plastic. I then fussy cut them out, punched a hole, and heated with my heat tool and my Sizzix shrink plastic accessory mat.
The tags have been created with the tags from the Maker Forte shop. I did some ink blending with the TipTree Jam ink. While blending, I kept the ink darker on the outside edge of the tag. The little stamps in the Nordic set are perfect for stamping in that same ink color right over the top of the blended ink. I love how this tag background came out!
You can see that I added a gold edge to the tag. I achieved this by inking the edges of the tag in the clear embossing ink and adding gold embossing powder. This adds a special touch to the edge of the tag. I also heat embossed the Joy from the second stamp set on to the tag.
For this tag, I added a few extra details. I pulled out my mixed media box full of found objects that make fun marks on projects. For my mark making, I used some bottle caps of various sizes with white and black to create some marks. I added some bubble wrap marks inked in brown, along with some marks made by corrugated cardboard. Finally, I added some white splatter and let the entire panel dry.
This tag uses the Palm Tree Color Hive ink from Maker Forte. I finished the project off by adding some stamped birds from the Nordic Watercolor Builder set and a couple more charms.
This card uses Acid Wash ink and the same background technique I used on the tags!
Thank you so much for stopping by! You can find more ideas and inspiration from me at Stamping Imperfection. I hope you feel inspired to get creative today!