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12 Tags of Christmas 2021 – Day 4 with Lisa Spangler and Caryn Davies

Welcome to Day 4 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2021! We are delighted to have Lisa Spangler and Guest Designer Caryn Davies, joining us today. Their Christmas Carol is I’ll be Let it Snow and you’re going to love how they were both inspired.

Be sure to leave a little love for our Lisa and Guest Designer Caryn  – by commenting on this post – for a chance to win $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com, then click over to this post to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

Grab a cuppa hot chocolate, put on some Ella Fitzgerald and join me in making some snowy tags with all kinda texture!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow TAGS! Let it snow TAGS! Let it snow TAGS! 🙂

If you know me, you’ll know that I love watercolors — they’re such a beautiful way to add color.

I’ve really been in to Daniel Smith Permanent Alizarin Crimson this holiday season as it’s super reactive with water so it’s easy to force blooms and get dramatic effects. Talk about texture! A granulating green would also be fun here.

I started out by doing some washes with that lovely Permanent Alizarin Crimson on watercolor paper, then used the Farmhouse Tags to die cut a big pile o’ tags. I used Canson XL but Arches Rough would be awesome here. Tip: don’t worry if your paper warps from the watercolor, the die cutting process will flatten ’em right out.

I could sit and listen to carols and watercolor all day!

Next I white heat embossed the solid berries from Holiday Springs on black cardstock for a second snowy texture. Tip: get more from your supplies by thinking outside the box sleigh! 🙂

While I had the embossing supplies out I went ahead embossed some sentiments on those long skinny Farmhouse tags.

Then I used the A2 Piercing Plate and A2 Piercing Plate 2 (say that 12 times fast!) to add another texture to some of the tags. Just love how the two sizes look together.

Now for the most wonderful textures of all: winter white felt snowflakes cut with the Snowflakes dies and glittery tag toppers! OH YES!

I finished off the snowflakes with a clear droplet — and that was that!

Texture Recap

Here’s a recap of all of those tempting textures:

  1. Smooth watercolor washes — try to force some blooms for even more texture!
  2. Snowy white felt
  3. Sparkly glitter paper
  4. White on black embossing
  5. Last but not least, the texture added from the A2 Piercing Plates!

I can’t wait to tie these on gifts — or even hang them from the tree! Thanks so much for joining me, and hope you have a wonderful holiday. — xoxo, Lisa

We have our friend Caryn Davies teamed up with Lisa! Here’s how she was inspired by the Let it Snow – Christmas carol:

For all the details about Caryn’s gorgeous tag, please hop over to her blog.

There two aren’t the only ones inspired by the I’ll Be Home For Christmas carol! Check out what these designers have created…


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  • Reply Amanda Wilcox December 4, 2021 at 6:04 am

    These are just gorgeous! I love the texture so much!

  • Reply Tami B December 4, 2021 at 6:04 am

    I love snow and these tags are so pretty. I really hope I have time to make some tags “inspired” by these.

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 4, 2021 at 6:37 am

    These are STUNNING! I LOVE the texture and pink and black!!

  • Reply lee December 4, 2021 at 7:02 am

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Reply Julie Steed December 4, 2021 at 7:02 am

    I love the look of watercolor but never do it. Time to put on some Ella…

  • Reply Jeanne Beam December 4, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Gorgeous tags. Love the colors…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Diane Hover December 4, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I LOVE snowflake stamps and dies, they are all so unique and beautiful!! These are ALL lovely tags, I am sure hoping I can join in!!!

  • Reply cmayne December 4, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Smitten with the lovely snowflake tags here! Off to find my assorted snowflake dies (one can never have too many!)

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful tags from Lisa and Caryn! Love the colors and textures!

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  • Reply Pai Meng December 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    i love the tags but that cocoa looks delicious!

  • Reply Tracy S. December 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    You ladies really hit out of the park with these tags!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 4, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Love how you layered the snowflakes on the black tag.

  • Reply Gail Jean December 4, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Beautiful snowflake art shown here – Let It Snow Let Is Snow – and we have had one snowfall– gone now but more to come

  • Reply linda December 4, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Love the texture on both the watercoloured and foiled tags!

  • Reply Gayle December 5, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful and festive tags! Gorgeous!

  • Reply Donna December 5, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Beautiful! I love how you use texture!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V. December 5, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    love the watercolour look! great tags.

  • Reply Greta H December 5, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    The watercoloring is magical! Absolutely love all the tags!

  • Reply Margaret Mckernan December 6, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Love the watercolor!

  • Reply Barbara Heinly December 6, 2021 at 3:37 am

    Lots of inspiration here with using.a watercolor wash and different textures. Loving your color palette as well. Pretty tags.

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 6, 2021 at 5:32 am

    I love the gorgeous watercoloring! Your tags are beautiful!

  • Reply Kinjal Trivedi December 6, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Oh just loving the colors and combo used to make these tags!

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 6, 2021 at 7:50 am

    This song and tags remind me of our years in Colorado and the white Christmases there!!!!

  • Reply runpaperscissors December 6, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful tags! I love the ombre effect!

  • Reply Julie Booker December 6, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I love the ombre look and the soft colour. So pretty!

  • Reply Debbie Eslinger December 6, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    gorgeous coloring just pop

  • Reply Monika Davis December 6, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Gorgeous crimson color wash! Love the rich blue too!

  • Reply Debbie Doctorian December 6, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 6, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I love adding texture; my second favorite thing after dimension! Thanks for all the great ideas, Lisa, your tags look awesome!! & Caryn, I’m loving all that pretty foil with the oversized snowflake!

  • Reply Marilee December 7, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Love the use of watercolor for this tag, so pretty!

  • Reply Carol Gibbs December 7, 2021 at 9:03 am

    These are all beautiful, but I especially love the black one with the glittery and white snowflake.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 7, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I love the watercolor look. These are so crafty and cute.

  • Reply Cheryl Thompson December 7, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Cab;t go wrong with snowflakes!

  • Reply Kathy Camasso December 8, 2021 at 7:34 am

    These are all so beautiful! I love everything from the simple watercolor to the fantastic felt snowflakes! I’m definitely going to be digging out my felt!

  • Reply Julia Aston December 8, 2021 at 8:06 am

    wonderful watery pink color on these!

  • Reply Cat L December 8, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Living in Florida, I try to stay away from snowflakes for the holidays… is that weird? But, all the layers & dimension, and non traditional color on Lisa’s tags really make them stand out. And Caryn’s tag is gorgeous too!

  • Reply wdkdesigns December 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Love the backgrounds on these tags!

  • Reply jen shears December 8, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I am a sucker for snowflakes! LOVE these!

  • Reply Jessica Yoder-Jones December 9, 2021 at 7:51 am

    These tags are gorgeous! I love the Ombre look!!

  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2021 at 10:25 am

    The watercoloring here is so dreamy! And I love the foil!

  • Reply sentsue December 10, 2021 at 8:40 am

    So very good! Love that black contract to the watercolor.

  • Reply Julie Peddicord December 10, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Love the sparkles on these!

  • Reply Irene R December 11, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Pretty tags

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

    The textures on Lisa’s tag are to die for! And I love the blue on Caryn’s tag with the large graphic snowflake. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Oh, I love the non-traditional and traditional take on the “snow” colors of these tags!

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    That foiled tag is a stunner, but so are the ones with the watercolor wash! Great inspiration today!

  • Reply Wendy Chan December 15, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    What lovely snowflake tags! The addition of colour washes and bling really make them stellar!

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 15, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Pretty plus creative “snow” tags! Love the shapes and colors!

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