Blended Distress Christmas Tags

DIY Vintage Christmas Tags

Christmas Tags is how my stamping journey began…many, many years ago.  I would spend hours stamping cute large Santas and Snowmen by DJ Inkers and coloring them in with pencils and markers. I spent so much time on these tags, I would save them all and reuse them for years to come – I still even have most of them! The kids new the wrapping paper was toast – but not the tags – I know…sad, but true!

So today I have a different version of a tag for you. More of my style today – not as much coloring anymore, I’m more into backgrounds, and clean & simple designs now – well, you may just see some mixed media or watercoloring the next few months from me too! So to kick off this month, I thought I’d film a tutorial on how to create an antique or vintage background for you.

HLS Christmas Challenge November 2015

This month at Happy Little Stampers, the theme is Tags, so for today’s project, I designed a clean and simple tag that has some simple paper piecings, and a great bold font greeting – courtesy of the new Everyday Sentiments stamp set.  Have fun with this tutorial! See you in a few days with another. 🙂

And be sure to check out our guest designer – Bonnie Klass’s blog for her cool project as well. I’ve been a huge fan of Bonnie’s work for a few years now – she’s a very talented stamper. 🙂

Creating a Vintage look for your Christmas Tags

  • Start with a piece of white card stock. I used a scrap piece that was 3 3/4 x 4″. Sponge Distress Inks to create your background as in the video – Old Paper, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw. Be sure to go over the colors to get a smooth antique look
  • Don’t worry about funky marks left initially by the sponge tools – they’ll work themselves out the more layers of distress ink you layer over them.

How to create an Antique Look

  • The key to achieving the antique finish or vintage look is adding a light edging around the antique finish you’ve created. I used Vintage Photo.
  • Cut your tag corners as in the video if you haven’t already.
  • As in the video, the majority of your sponge tool will be off your project, not on. Light is key here.
  • You can even add some of the lighter colors such as Scattered Straw or Antique Linen inside to smooth the Vintage Photo edging out.
  • Assemble your snowflakes and add them to your project. I used the Snowflake BigZ die by Sizzix designed for Stampin Up. Use any Snowflake dies you have. Layer to create a 3D look with different colors and sparkly embellishments.

Distress Ink Blending to create a vintage feel

  • Make sure your vintage background is fully dry – I used a heat tool, as I”m quite impatient. But if you’re making several at a time, you can dry them naturally.
  • Test the tag out as in the video to see if it’s ready to be embossed.
  • Ink up the Merry & Christmas with Versamark, stamp and emboss in Espresso Powder. I used the Everyday Sentiments set by HLS – they are bold and large stamps which works well with this project. You’ll want something that can stand out from the Snowflakes.
  • Attach your snowflakes with a strong adhesive as in the video.
  • Punch a 1/4″ hole and add some ribbon.

Vintage Christmas Tags using Distress Ink Blending

I hope you liked this tutorial! I love the end result of this tag. I’ve made several for various packages this Christmas. It’s quite easy to mass produce actually. Sponge a larger sheet, cut it down, edge and mass assemble. Work smarter – not harder! 🙂

Stay tuned in a few days for another great tag tutorial, and if you want to see more, be sure you’re on the Creative Tips E-letter! Sign up below, it’s free and has exclusive content.

I’m also entering this tag is a fun Christmas Tag event over at my good friend Loll’s blog. I encourage you to enter yours as well!


Until next time – now go get those fingers inky, make some Christmas Tags and join us for the challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!


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  1. Love your tag with the wonderful sponging – great colors on your layered snowflakes too!

  2. Ingrid, it was worth the wait for your tag. It is so beautiful. So beautifully matched colors that I love even bronze, although in reality it is a color that I do not like. Great work.

  3. This is gorgeous Ingrid, great background to the wonderful snowflakes. Carol x
    Carol Dunham recently posted…HLS Mixed Media Challenge November “Tag”My Profile

  4. The DI Vintage Photo is my favorite ink to edge anything with! Creates a fab look – yet not too dark. It combines beautifully with the shades of blue on these wonderful snowflakes. Enjoyed the tutorial very much, as always. TFS
    Mary H. recently posted…HLS November Christmas Challenge – TagsMy Profile

  5. Gorgeous tag Ingrid and I love those beautiful snowflakes. I really like how you achieved such a clean looking tag with the antique background!
    Carol S recently posted…Mixed Media Tag for HLSMy Profile

  6. Awesome tag… love the background that you created.. it is very striking against the blue snowflakes. Great job
    LesLee Stone-Rasmus recently posted…Tag you’re it…two!My Profile

  7. Amy Seigler says:

    Beautiful tag Ingrid! I love the non traditional colors that you used on it. The layers of snowflakes really pop!

  8. nancy littrell says:

    Gorgeous sponging and nontraditional colors. Love your Bold Merry and snowflakes too. TFS Ingrid.

  9. Gorgeous tag …. those snowflakes are beautiful! xx

  10. This is beautiful Ingrid. LOVE the sponged background to give the tag an aged look, and then your gorgeous layered snowflakes. The large sentiment really pops. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing tag at my Twelve Tags of Christmas event. xx

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