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Through the Glass

 
Hansel and Gretal always creeped me out when I was a kid.  It was a mystery to me why the witch wanted them so bad and it grossed me out.  So, no wonder I'm not a fan of gingerbread houses!  However, I picked up the new Christmas Blueprint stamp set because I really wanted the Candy Cane...which I did not use.   I'll get around to it.  I like the challenge of using everything I have.
 
I do have the window & window box die.  It's one of those things I wanted to have but not yet sure what to do with?  Challenge accepted.  
 
No tutorial this time:(  It's really cold here and I was suffering with a headache.  I have even had to stop yesterday.  So, just pictures...sorry.  But I'll tell you what I used if you want to read.
 
 
I stamped the gingerbread house on water colour paper and when to town inking with my distress inks, walnut stain, tea dye and antique linen for the house...kinda ombre like.  Then a bunch of bright distress inks for the candy, seedless preserve, festive berries, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, evergreen bough and peacock feathers.
 
 
For the tag we are inside looking out... so I created a worn wallpapered wall.  I dragged some picket fence paint covering the tag then dry.  I stamped a scroll font, Apothecary cms138 with archival black and used iced spruce and antique linen stain.  Spritz the stain on your mat then drag.
 
 
The mini blueprint 5 cms170 is where these wee candy canes (I had to sneak some candy canes in here) are coloured with marker and cut out.  I gave the bow a shot of glossy accents.  Packs a punch! 
 
 
The mini wreath is the same.  Now this is a fussy cut! 
 
 
I cut the window and Pediment pieces with grungeboard.  I then made the paint all eroded looking with distress paints picket fence, pumice stone, gathered twigs and brushed pewter.  This a fun technique I learned in the Creative Chemistry 102 class.
 
 
Another CC102 technique is cracked class.  I'm using this one a lot.  I tried to angle the camera so you can see I created a "flocked" icy window pane. Sadly, my windows are doing this on their own at -20C!
 
 
The window is popped up so I could add on the edge-tree line trees.  I covered them with distress glitter peeled paint then a little liquid applique snow heated to puff up.
 
 
The final bits are the tinsel and Christmas word bands.  I inked the word band with picket fence distress paint to further the worn look.
 
I was inspired by this weeks Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge; It's a Mystery.
 
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Comments

  1. I love your tag! You've inspired me to do the same. I'm starting into doing Xmas tags and I have a ton that I haven't used or really know what to do with them...I also bought a ton at Michaels again that I liked but don't have a clue what to do with them. You've inspired me to do the same! thanks!!! :)

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  2. Gorgeous! Hope your feeling better soon. You are such an inspiration.

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  3. wow, gorgeous tag! The detail on this is incredible

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  4. Wow love it.. I have the stamp set so I should get busy and do some tags and cards with them.. take care

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  5. And now I need that die. I can see doing this for so many occasions. Hope your headache gets better!

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  6. Your tag is absolutely wonderful! I like it very much as you've mixed and colored all the elements ! Amazing ! BArbarayaya

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  7. Brilliant idea with the gingerbread house through the window pane! Your candy cane decorations is wonderful. Sweet tag! Hope your headache subsided. Thank you for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  8. Nicole...I totally love this wintery scene and window! You are so creative and your sense of color and design is just awesome! I also am such a nut about detail and you always have such a wonderful way of adding just the right amount of detail to your work! Thanks for sharing this with all of us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

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  9. I absolutely love this tag, it is beautiful!

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  10. This is such a cool tag.
    I love the window looking out to the gingerbread house…safe inside from that old witch from the story ;)

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