12 Tags of Christmas, Stamping

12 Tags of Christmas Day 9 – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer with Daniel West

Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Tags of Christmas!

Today, Daniel West brings his whimsical fun to the blog to show us how his favorite winter song, ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ inspired him to create his gift tags. Check out his tips and tricks for success below!

For more information on the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge, click HERE.

Fun and mischief run through my veins, so when I got to pick a song inspiration for my tag, I immediately thought of Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer. Not everyone enjoys my inner 12-year-old, but I enjoy him so much–even if he has to destroy granny with my stamps.

To tag grandma, I die cut the circle Farmhouse Tags Essentials by Ellen die out of white cardstock twice. Then, I added a bit of snow in the foreground with a B01 Copic Marker.

Next, I masked off the foreground with Post-It Tape and added some Catherine Pooler Daydream Ink in an ombre for the sky with a blending brush. CP ink reacts with water, so I sprayed a few drops of clean water to the front with a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and dabbed off the tag with a cloth.

After that, I die cut a deer from the Christmastown set and stamped him in Over Coffee Ink, then Daydream Ink. This was actually a palette correction for me, but I like how the brown darkened the blue-green and improved the silhouette of the deer.

TIP:  To center a stamp over a die cut using an acrylic block, pick to points on the die to line the stamp up with and the rest of the image will fall right into place.

Then, I stamped the house and roof from the Christmastown set with Daydream and Hot Tub Inks.

Next, I stamped an arm and a leg from the Snow Angels by Julie Ebersole stamp set with Midnight Ink and colored them in with YR09, YR07, YR04, BG78 and BG75.

I grabbed the “Naughty List” sentiment strip I had previously foiled from the Holiday Cheer EBE Hot Foil Stamp and cut the words apart.

TIP:  When hot foiling a plate of sentiments like Holiday Cheer, make a few sets at a time, die cut them, and store them behind the plate in its pouch. Now you have a ton of sentiment strips ready for future use and you only had to break out the foiling system once!

After that, I dotted the entire tag with a Posca White Paint Marker for some snow and popped up the sentiment and deer with foam tape.

To finish off the tag, I looped a length of black and white twine through both round tag die cuts!


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  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 December 9, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Daniel, this is so fun!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 9, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Such a fun tag!

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 10, 2022 at 6:49 am

    I’m loving your inner 12-year-old’s tag vibes! That’s such an uncommon but catchy song choice; it immediately started playing in my head with that distinctive twang of the vocalist. I’m afraid it’s going to be stuck there for a while. 😂 I love how you kept your color palette in the blue-greens by stamping the blue ink over the brown of the reindeer! It looks awesome! I also love how you didn’t stop with a reindeer, but included the aftermath of grandma. Bold yet hilarious choice! 🤣

  • Reply Surekha Galagoda December 10, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Dear Daniel
    Greetings and smiles from sunny Sri Lanka. I love it when you said that you brought your 12 year self. Pls do it always and your creations are absolutely marvelous. thank you.

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