I get together once a month with my Hooker friends (yes that is rug hooking) and in December we do our holiday party. We do a gift swap with a different theme each year and this year the theme was 12 Days of Christmas. The gift has to be hand-made, either by yourself or another artisan. As much as I wanted to do some kind of fiber art pillow or table mat in a primitive style that our group loves so much, I just couldn't get myself to the place of creating something inspired.
So, I let myself be pulled into a natural direction of something I do love....yes, that certainly would be stamp carving, and there I again found my inspiration. I played with several ideas after I got my partridge and pear carved. The fiber did call me as well, I used some of that fabulous wool thread to machine stitch onto some manila shipping tags. I tried different attachments to the tags, brown satin ribbon or strips of this green damask fabric I stayed with the satin ribbon and included this set of four tags in my gift. Using several colored inks on one stamp gives a great detail to the stamped impression.Etsy shop. After stamping the text background I simply used one ink color for each stamp and edged the tags with creamy brown chalk ink. For these I couldn't resist adding glitter, I sprayed each tag with a light coat of matte sealer and sprinkled with some clear iridescent glitter, it was the perfect bling effect. You may see it slightly in the photo below. This set I gave to our hostess.
The gift that I ended up making was a set of eight Christmas cards, that have a folk art style tree made from strips of brown tweed wool. I stitched the tree down on a white panel got busy stamping. I used the wool thread for attaching the panel to the card. I love the fibery look of the wool thread. The partridge even got some shimmer with an accent of blue foil on her wings, sorry you cannot see that here. After I was done making the card I didn't think it looked very much like Christmas.
My son was visiting me in my studio right after I finished the set and asked him what he thought and he suggested stamping a holly sprig in the upper right corner. I wasn't sure it would work in the composition. I had a sample card I was working on and he got me to try it and it worked beautifully.
Thank you Abraham, you were right the holly made it look like a Christmas card. I used the excess card stock scraps and created some more tags. We all need gift tags this time of year and I made these quickly. These tags make great, easy gifts as you go for holiday visits and get togethers and you need something uniquely yours to give.