I am determined to get through the rest of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas by the end of this month.

Last night I sat down with all the supplies to make the day 6 tag.  I wasn’t really loving the way it looked in the photo, but thought it might be better in real life.

Nope.  Bleah. I threw it in the trash.

When I got up this morning I pulled it out of the trash to see if I liked it better.

Nope.  Yeck.

It’s back in the trash, where it will stay.  (No, I am not taking it out to take a picture.)

The technique, however, is fairly cool.  It involves covering cardstock with foil tape, then embossing with an embossing folder.  Acrylic paint is used to color in the embossed as well as the raised areas, then the whole thing is burnished, removing some of the paint from the raised areas.  Next, you coat the entire thing with embossing ink and add clear embossing powder. After heat embossing, the painted areas look like cloisonné enamel.


It kind of neat, but I prefer the look of alcohol inks on metal.  Just me.

Anyhow, now I can cross day 6 off my list and move on to day 7, which I’m sure I’ll like much better.

In case you’re interested, here is the link to Tim’s directions and the products used:

Ranger Glossy Cardstock
Nashua Foil Tape This is 2″ wide foil tape you can get at the hardware store. If you don’t want to have to use several pieces and have a seam where they overlap, try this: Ranger Metal Foil Tape
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Dots And Flowers
Pool Paint Dabber
Clear Embossing Ink
Clear Embossing Powder

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3 thoughts on “12 Tags of Christmas – Day 6

  1. Hahahahaha! Hey, I’m impressed that you can blog about the failures. I think that cloisonné is generally crisper and neater than the example Tim makes.

    So, you’ll finish the 12 Days of Cmas around March, then?

    1. Yeah, I don’t think Tim’s project looked like cloisonné, but my second attempt (the one I showed) kinda had that feel.

      As for finishing the 12 Tags? I can get pretty determined once I’ve set an attainable goal with a specific deadline. Life may get in the way, we’ll see…

  2. I think you’ve captured the look of cloisonne very well indeed, Sandy. I love this piece. Definitely a technique to try. I’ve got a roll of copper tape that I bought in a previous lifetime and never used – I am sure it would do the trick! It’s quite narrow as I recall, and I don’t know how thick it is – I think I bought it thinking I might make some faux stained glass with it, taping all the pieces together and then soldering over the top, but I never got round to it.

    Just signed up to subscribe to this marvellous blog.


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