We're back from our trip and I've managed to begin catching up on the 12 Tags of Christmas! But before I get to tag #3, here's a few pix from our trip... what a fab time we had. Felt like we went back in history... if you missed yesterday's post... we went to Cumberland, MD to ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. It's about a 3-hour tour (no Gilligan's Island jokes, please... haha!) that ends in Frostburg, MD.
|Mountain Thunder steam engine pulling in to the station to pick us up.|
|This is the car we rode on... first class no less! (*schmancy!* LOL!)|
|Here's the engine at our destination point in Frostburg, MD.|
|And a close up...|
|This shows a bit of the station - so cute!|
|And here's how they turn the engine around to go back the other way... Clever!|
|This sculpture was in the station - it's not truly made from the bricks, but it sure looks real to me, and so cool!|
OK... now back to art... every year Tim does one of these custom stamp pads, but this is the first year I've actually done it - I've managed to find a way around it the past 2 years, but this year... I went for it. Here's my finished tag and a few close ups... enjoy!
First off.... I don't have any kraft tags.... so how did I get it to look like a kraft background? Well... I made my stamp pad, stamped the image on a regular manila tag, but before I put it in the embossing folder, I rubbed my frayed burlap ink pad across the de-bossed side of the folder... so when I ran it though my Vagabond the ink was pressed into the background! It worked! For the bottom section I just gently applied more frayed burlap ink over the stamped image.
As you can see... I decided to substitute the festive greenery die that Tim used with some greenery of my own. I bought a mini holiday wreath last year with all these elements on it, with the full intention of cutting it up for parts, precisely at a time like this. And since I don't have the festive greenery die... this was the perfect opportunity! And I think it looks rather festive, don't you?
I love the shimmer that heirloom gold perfect pearl mists give.... just gorgeous!
Hope you all are enjoying the 12 Tags this year - I sure am! I'll be back later with Day 4's post!