12 Tags Of Christmas Day 2 Supplies List & Alternative Suggestions


Following on from yesterdays post I am listing the supply list for tag two in the 12 Tags Of Christmas series and providing a list of possible alternatives and suggestions for those of us who cannot get hold of the right ingrediants needed.

Official List Of Supplies For Tag Two Are In BOLD 

(my comments, suggestions & alternatives in normal text):

Craft Sheet – optional as you can work on scrap paper or newspaper.

Distress Stains: Picket Fence (White) & Frayed Burlap (Light Brown)  – You could water down acrylic or watercolour paints to a milky like consistency and use that, test it first on scrap paper for transparency. For the Picket Fence Distress Stain (white) you could also use watered down gesso.

Distress Ink: Winter Seasonal, Peeled Paint & Vintage Photo – any dye based inkpad would suffice or you could use your dye based inkpad reinkers instead with a cosmetic sponge or even your spray inks direct from the spritzer bottle – just squirt directly onto your sponge and swipe across the surface – tap off excess colour onto scrap paper first so its not too strong.

Glossy Accents – also known as diamond glaze, dimensional magic and other brands of clear 3d liquid glass mediums.

Gold Metallic Paint Dabber – use gold acrylic paint and a paintbrush or sponge or why not use metallic gold dye reinkers?

Sticky-Back Canvas Natural – some scrapbook and card makers cards and papers have a textured surface which would pass as an alternative.

Perfect Pearl Mist Pearl – use any metallic or mica based spray inks you have in your stash, alternatively you could mix up some of your own using pearl ex powders or perfect pearls, gum arabic and warm water. Click here for instructions on how to make your own mica sprays: http://techniqueszone.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/diy-powdered-mica-spritzer-backgrounds/

#8 Manila Tags – any tags you have or die cut your own.

Seasonal Kraft Resist – Kraft paper is relatively cheap, most stampers and crafters alike will probably have a sheet of it in their stash somewhere, if not you can use a brown manilla envelope as a substitute or brown packing/wrapping paper.

You can make your own Kraft Resist Paper using rubber stamps and a black permanent dye based ink pad such as memories or stazon. In the main tag shown on the page the Kraft Resist Paper features a Holly Leaf in the corner on a background of Music score.

To achieve this look you would:

1. First stamp a holly leaf onto the brown wrapping or kraft paper or any other festive design if you dont have a holly leaf. Then stamp that same image again onto a post it note and cut it out with scissor and place the cut out exactly over the image you first stamped on the kraft paper to create a protective mask.

2. Stamp a background onto the kraft/brown paper using a large background stamp making sure you over stamp the post it note covered holly leaf or your own design- you can use a music background or nice script background or a pattern, you might even have a Christmas text background stamp which would be perfect.

3. Remove post it note to reveal a perfectly seamless stamped background with your aforementioned holly/chosen image.

4. To create the ‘resist effect’ of the Kraft Resist paper all you need to do is stamp a large festive word or border of your choice with a clear embossing inkpad such as versamark and then heat emboss the design using clear embossing powder.  This would make the image resist the layer of paint you apply over it.

If that seems like too much work, you could always clear emboss a border or word onto a sheet of printed scrapbook paper.

Seasonal Muse Tokens – metal buttons, charms or hand made clay embellishments or any circle embellishments you have in your stash.

Trinket Pins – an ordinary safety pin would work too or jewellery findings.

Trimmings – any ribbons from your stash

Jump Rings – available cheap from craft and jewellery making shops

Long Fasteners – metallic brads

Sanding Grip – sanding paper from your toolbox or nail file

Texture Hammer – use an ordinary hammer and a nail the wrong way round to light tap a texture, there are different types of nail ends which would create different textures.

Design Ruler – you could use a normal ruler to work out the spacing or do it manually by eye.: If you place the 2 end brads in first I always find it easier to guess where the centre brad needs to be and then I space the rest out manually in between the end and centre brads without the need of  a ruler.

Grungeboard – generic chip board or even the recycled board from a cereal packet or pet food box.

Adornments – any charms from your stash

Sizzix Dies: Reindeer Flight & On The Edge Ornate – or use whatever die cuts you have in your stash or cut your own from templates on the internet or using your die cutting machine.


Paper Distresser – you could achieve this effect created with this tool by using the blade off a pair of scissors and sandpaper.

Craft Pick – anything sharp and pointy for making a brad hole – fine scissors at a pinch.

Scratch Tool – try using sandpaper and the blade end of a pair of scissors instead.

Pine Stem – cut a piece off your Christmas tree or buy a small Christmas tree for this purpose.

Burlap – or any natural looking fabric or fabric paper/card, some hand made papers look a lot like fabric too.

Double-Stick Tape – any brand double sided tape.


2 responses »

  1. I am just writing to add my thanks to you Trish for doing these lists, I looked at the first finished tag of Tims and thought that there is such a lot of stuff I haven’t got (so didn’t bothered doing it) but by looking at your substitution lists I can see that it is possible, thanks so much.

    • Thanks Nicky 🙂 Its the frugleness in me and also a left over trait from the newsletter days, I always look at any technique or product and automatically start listing alternatives in my mind 🙂 I cant stop myself.

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