Thursday, December 2, 2021

Peace on Earth Christmas Tag

 Hello friends,

This might not seem like a Christmas post, but it is!  I was challenged by Tim to create a Christmas decor project using Villainous Potion.  Purple for Christmas?  I felt like someone competing on Chopped, when they give them bacon in the dessert round! lol!  As you can see, I worked it out!  I felt that if I could keep in the neutral zone with a bit of added green, it could work.  Lets get started!

Begin with a SMALL Etcetera Tag. Use Collage Medium to adhere paper from the Christmas Backdrops paper pack. Trim away the excess paper.  Then seal with another coat of Collage Medium, rubbing it into the paper with your hands to get rid of the brush marks (it also dries quicker).  Once the Collage Medium was dry, add a bit of Villainous Potion Distress Paint to the left side.  Then using a wet wipe, pull the paint across the tag, left to right.  Wipe off as much as you wish, leaving a film of purple. Let dry.
*I did not cut the hole at the top of the tag, but you definitely could. 
Squeeze a bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint onto craft mat.  Use your Distress Splatter brush to flick paint over the tag crating a snow like finish.  Let paint dry. 
*Remember to rinse out splatter brush with water.

Now that we have the base done, we can get started on the rest of the embellishments.

Vignette Panels
Rock Candy Glitter
Texture Paste Crackle
Etcetera Trim Pinked (WIDE) - painted with Pickett Fence Distress Paint
Mini Icicles
Glossy Accents 
Collage Medium 
Palette Knife
Glitter Duster (optional)

Step 1: Paint the entire piece of Etcetera Trim with Pickett Fence Distress Paint
Step 2: Using Collage Medium, glue two Vignette Panels together * the bottom panel is the same width as the Small Etcetera Tag. The other panel is slightly smaller.
Step 3: Using a Palette Knife, smear Crackle Texture Paste over the Vignette Panel stack, leaving some of the bare wood showing.  Using your fingers (or a Glitter Duster), sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over wet Crackle Paste. Set aside to dry for at least 30 - 40 minutes.
Step 4: Use your finger to wipe Glossy Accents over two Mini Icicles. Sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over the glue and let dry. Tap off excess glitter and return to the jar. Let dry completely.
Step 5: Once the Texture Paste is dry, use Collage Medium to glue the Etcetera Trim - pinked side towards the back (this will be entirely covered later in the process) to the stacked Vignette Panel.  NOTE:  I used blue painters tape to secure the trim to the panels until the glue was dry.
Step 6: Use Glossy Accents to adhere the Icicles to the front of the Etcetera Trim.
NOTE: I slipped a little wood blocks under the Icicles to hold them up while they dried in place. 
Step 7: Rub Picket Fence Paint over Word Plaque.  Wipe away excess paint, revealing the words.  Sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over the remaining paint and let dry.  Use a small piece of sand paper to sand over the words and reveal the metal again.
Step 8: Add the Word Plaque to the right side of the panel with a little Collage Medium. Then use a nails from the Vignette Hardware pack + small hammer to add a touch of whimsy.  As you can see in the picture above, I did not drive the nails all the way into the wood (the reason the Plaque had to be glued to the panel).  I also wiped white paint on the top of the nail.
Step 9:  Use Collage Medium to adhere the Vignette Panel to the Tag.
Step 10: add a strip of white cotton batting to the shelf - this batting covers the pinked edge at the back, making the pinked edge a non-issue (no one but you will know it's there).
Step 11: Place Bubbles into a disposable container.  Drip Statue Alloy over Bubbles and roll around the container.  Drip a small amount of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol over the Bubbles and roll around again, breaking up the metallic finish. Dump out onto the craft sheet or a paper plate to dry.
Once dry, they should look similar to a gold version of Mercury Glass.
Step 12:You can color your Woodland Tree any color you wish.  I used Iced Spruce which comes out a darker green-gray color but again, you do you! 
Step 13: The tree needs to sit flat against the tag so you will need to trim off the back of the tree before moving forward. Use a hot glue gun to add the Bubble "ornaments" to the tree.  I like to squeeze the glue into the tree, then push the "ornament" into the hot glue so they sit in the tree.  You might notice I added a simple piped cleaner garland around the tree.  The pipe cleaners you buy at the craft store are VERY silver.  You can make them look vintage by swiping across with Mushroom Alcohol on a Blending Tool. It's very simple but it makes a big difference.
Step 14: Using Villainous Potion Distress Ink, stamp an image from the Holiday Scenes stamp set on Watercolor paper.  Use a Detailer Water Brush to color in areas with Villainous Potion, Fossilized Amber and Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink.
Step 15: Use a small paint brush to add Collage Medium over the snow, then sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over the top. I know you can not detect it in the photo but in person it really does shine.
Step 16: I wanted a substantial frame for the scene.  I couldn't make it bigger but I could make it thicker.  So I glued TWO Curio Frames together (I used an oval frame behind the one you see).  Once they were secure, I cut the scene to fit then used Scor-Tape to adhere the scene to the back of the stacked frames, giving it an almost shadowbox feel.
Now to bring all the pieces together...
Decide on placement for the tree and Curio frame before securing either item.  
Step 17: Add the tree to the tag with hot glue.  I like to add it at the bottom and the back.
Step 18: Adhere the Curio Frame with Collage Medium so it can be adjusted close to the tree.  
You can see that by adding the two frames together, it created enough thickness to be able to add seasonal Grit-Paste Snowfall along the top.
Step 19:
Wrap ribbon around the entire tag and end with a bow on the left side.  You can use any ribbon you like - for mine I used Crinkle Ribbon, dying it first with Villainous Potion Distress Ink.  Once the bow was scrunched tied, I sprayed it with aerosol hairspray to keep the shape.

Step 20:  Add embellishments to the shelf.  I used a deer from the Ephemera pack, two wood slices and a couple jingle bells.  What you can't see in the photo? the small wood block that I painted black that is holding the deer in place.  Well, if you look close, right at the deer's back you can make out the black wood block.  I also used a paint brush and dabbed the batting so I could sprinkle Mica Flakes over the top!
Step 21: Use Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color at least 6 Mirrored Stars, then add them to the tag with Collage Medium.

I know purple is not the typical color for Christmas, so remember you can take the ideas here and transform it to what ever color you want!!

Now carry on (I have to get back to decorating!),


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Paula! You do have a way with Purple!

  2. I just Love and wait for your creations on Saturday with Tim. Your a Creative Brilliant Artist! Now I found your Blog I'm so Happy ! I'm a recent disabled Widow and my son is blind. Art is a passion of mine and now there is no end how to make it. And You make it Stunning! Thank You for making me Smile again. I'm amazed at your Creations!!-