Sunday, December 29, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - December

When I was growing up there was only one Christmas decoration that we put up outside of our house.  We had a set of red plastic bells that plugged into an electrical outlet behind our front porch light.  There was a clear twinkle bulb inside each bell and at night when we turned on the porch light they would twinkle and play music!  I can remember hearing them from inside the house...and listening for them when I walked up the driveway outside.  To this day I remember those red bells every time Christmas time comes around.

So for my December tag I recreated those red bells.  I pretty much followed Tim's steps to create the tag.  The bells and bow were colored with alcohol inks.  I cut the bottom section of one bell away to create the front piece.  The silver bead was aged with a combination of slate and snow cap alcohol ink.  I also dabbed the bells with the same combination to give them some imperfections.   I cut through the score lines on the bow and wove a wood skewer between the sections to hold them in place while I heated and shaped it.  I used a different sentiment and finished the tag off with a piece of tarnished tinsel garland!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!