Good Saturday morning.  Before I start my post I am excited to announce the winner of the Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Poinsettia and Conservatory Window dies. Barbara Thomassen posted the 231st comment.  Congratulations, Barbara!  Please send your mailing address to and I will get your gift right out in the mail to you.

231   Barbara Thomassen said…

First, I love everything you create and I follow you everyday that I can. I really love using both stamps and dies and I love getting ideas from you. You are so creative…Thank you for all that you share.

Reply November 08, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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I have had lots of fun making Christmas tags this week and I especially love this one.  I think the reindeer image is so sweet and paired with the sleigh make such a perfect mini scene.

KC Savvy Stamps Deer and Sleigh 1 center

I had several requests this week to show how I applied color to the bunnies and deer.  I took a few step by step photos of adding color to the reindeer.  My secret weapon for blending ink on the die cuts is the mini applicator.  The texture of the foam is soft and allows the ink to be moved and blended much more smoothly than regular sponges.  


I apply ink to the sponge by lightly touching it directly to the ink pad and gathering just a little ink at a time. I then lightly apply a light layer of the light brown and then blended in the darker brown ink. I blend the ink by moving the sponge applicator in circular motion with a light touch. 





I left the underside of the reindeer lighter and made the antlers, back and legs darker brown.  This is very easy to do especially if you use the mini applicator.


I cut the sleigh and applied versa to the runners with a versa marker and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I cut the ground piece with deckle scissors, cut and applied the green trees to the back of it with ATG adhesive and attached to the tag.

KC Savvy Stamps Deer and Sleigh 1 close

I attached the sleigh to the tag with mounting tape for dimension. The metallic gold cord was attached to the neck of the deer with glue dots and then I attached the the back deer with mounting tape and the front deer with a double layer of mounting tape. I finished by applying the falling snow using a tiny brush and pure white watercolor paint. I love how this turned out.

KC Savvy Stamps Deer and Sleigh 1 right

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 


Savvy Stamps Dies, Deer & SleighPoppystamps Dies, Pine Tree BorderVersaMark Watermark PenRanger Super Fine Embossing Powder, 1 oz. GoldString by the Spool, Metallic GoldPanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk Studio Artist Brushes Accents, Glossy High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

Paper:  White, Blue, Red, Olive     Ink:  Distress Ink Antique Linen, Vintage Photo      Accessories:  Savvy Stamps Deer and Sleigh, Poppystamps Pine Tree Border, Versa Marker, Gold Embossing Powder, Metallic Gold Twine, Sofft Mini Applicator, Brush, White Watercolor PaintDeckle Scissors, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Paper PiercerMetal Adapter PlateATG, Big Shot, Teflon Bone Folder, Guillotine Paper Cutter