Playing around with words here like I’ve been playing around with my fun crafty goodies! I’m back to the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge and I’m going back to Day 1 when Rudy the red-beaked reindeer (Dean Martin – what a hip cat) was the focus of the challenge.
Therese Calvird had a fabulous design (and I happened to have a deer stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that I was dying to use!) Here is Therese’s:
Concord & 9th’s Furry Friends Stamps and die set has all sorts of super fun images and one of the images I loved was the deer (which has a set of Christmas lights to go between the antlers and that just made me smile.) I decided to make it look like Rudolf with a glowing nose, no string lights needed!
I started my design with watercoloring the deer head and antlers (using my Gansai Tambi watercolors + Altenew pigment ink.) I also tried to create a foggy night background, without using grey, in watercolor. It’s a sky at least, right?
The tag frame is the Decorative Tag 1 from Pretty Pink Posh. I thought it went nicely with my Rudolf head and background. I thought the white felt would be a fun touch for the frame – I’m slightly addicted to felt I must admit!
I used a clear red dot that I had left-over from a Paper Pumpkin kit for Rudolf’s nose. (My sister is a demonstrator, so if you are looking for some Stampin’ Up goodies or a Paper Pumpkin subscription and need a demonstrator I’m happy to share her!;-)
So, the next time I create 15 Rudolf heads (I am giving sets of 10 tags as Christmas gifts and I wanted a few extras so I could pick my favorites to use) I will use watercolor for the nose glow instead of dye ink painted on. I had hoped that it was going to soften as it dried, but I forgot that the ink doesn’t dry back the way that watercolors do so it’s a bit intense for my liking, but it’s done and that’s a good thing!
Thanks so much for stopping by! This was a super fun tag to make and I hope you get to do some fun making for Christmas!