Friday, February 23, 2018

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Merry Christmas!

Yep... if you haven't already, it's time to start thinking about Christmas 2018.

Back in January I found the video below on YouTube. I've been following Artful Stampin' - a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from the UK. Ruth is very creative.

Ruth is using a classic technique of creating your own ink pad to repeatedly stamp a multi-colored image 

January's challenge was to create 10 Christmas tags. With the repetitive stamping technique, I knew this was the perfect way to get the 60+ tags I need for the cookie boxes I'll deliver in December. You know, the tags I'm usually making while the cookies are cooling and waiting to be boxed up.

If you're not familiar with the technique, watch Ruth's video. But here's a photo version:

Apply ink, using the reinkers, to the images on the stamp. I used Cherry Cobbler on the candy cane, Chocolate Chip on the gingerbread men, Crushed curry on the stamps and Garden Green on the sentiment.

Then you place a pad of dried baby wipes onto the stamp and press. When you remove it, you have a custom ink pad (right hand side of the photo). From this you can stamp your image over and over. I had stamped over 30 before I needed to reapply ink.

The image is from SU-retired The Little Things 

I could get 10 images per piece of white cardstock. After the first couple sheets I realized if I stamped the middle image first, then an image on each outside corner I could get better spacing. 
After I'd stamped both long edges, I cut the page down the middle longways at the 4.25 mark. From there, I cut the tags down to 2"

After I cut them apart, I used the Tag Punch from SU to punch the top edge. Then I stamped the TO and FROM from the Snowflake Sentiments set below in Emerald Envy:

I chose Emerald Envy ink to bounce with the Emerald Envy ribbon (retired) 

I'm only showing the first 10 here. I still need to put ribbon in the other ones. I only had to have 10 tags for the challenge that had to be posted no later than the 24th. A new challenge will post on the 25th so I'll have that one to share next month.

Are you thinking about Christmas? Making cards or tags? 

Creative Christmas Blessings!


  1. That's a technique I always forget about, but you've shown how perfect it can be. I love that you're ahead of the game this year! I think I'm still trying to catch up from last year x

    1. I belong to a group called Christmas Notebook - CNB for short. We are on FB but all of our lessons are sent through Yahoogroups. New class starts April 1. I think. You should come join us!

      In the mean time... start with one small thing you want done BEFORE Christmas. Tags? Cards? Try a new recipe? Hugs & Creative Blessings!