Jolly Holly Tag - Gecko Galz 24 Tags of Christmas

Hi! If you missed my announcement earlier this week, I'm joining the 2016 Gecko Galz Design Team! I was invited to participate in their 24 Tags of Christmas and I jumped at the chance. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for details on how to take part in the 24 Tags of Christmas Contest.) When looking through my collection of Gecko Galz Digital Collage Sheets, this cute Holly Fairy from the Flower Fairies Digital Collage Sheet, immediately caught my eye.

I pulled patterned papers and cardstock to match the color palette of the image to create the base of my tag. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard as the bottom layer of the tag to add strength. I embossed and inked a piece of green patterned paper with a holly print embossing folder to add texture to the tag. I highlighted the embossed berries with a red marker and gold dimensional paint.

I painted a piece of chipboard with white acrylic paint. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled the chipboard with glitter. Once the chipboard was dry, I painted the leaves with green paint and added red pearls to make small clusters of holly berries.

I decided to tear the bottom of the corrugated cardstock for a rough finish. I added a fun piece of tassel trim to the bottom of the tag.

I created a frame for the image using cardstock and dies. I added texture to the top layer of the frame using a damask stencil and whipped spackle.

I added a small embellishment cluster of leaves, flowers, and berries to the side of the image. I applied white acrylic paint for a frosty finish. I applied a "joy" rub-on to the top of the digital image and glaze to the berries on the image to add dimension and shine.

I finished this tag with a double-loop bow and some bells. I just love the festive jingle this tag makes wherever it goes!

I hope I have inspired you! If you're feeling crafty and would like the chance to win a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree and a surprise gift from a favorite retailer, create a project for the December Customer Challenge. The Challenge Theme this month is "Far Away Places." You have until December 30th to submit your newly created project. You can find inspirational samples from the Gecko Galz Design Team and challenge rules HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Contest Details:

For the first 24 days in December, Gecko Galz will feature an amazing tag for you to create or be inspired to make. This is part of their Holiday Spectacular. Each day a new tag will be featured on the Gecko Galz blog. The first 10 people who email us at the title of the tag will get a free goodie of the day!

Also, one lucky customer will receive a FREE Christmas present just for shopping the weekly Gecko Galz Super Sale. (Join the Gecko Galz Mailing List to find out what the giveaway is for each week.) Everyone who takes part in the sale that week (i.e. purchases something) is placed in a drawing to win an amazing prize from Gecko Galz and one of their retailers!

At the end of the week, there are two Super Drawings; the first is for customers who made a purchase that week, and the second is for all those who emailed details about the daily tags!

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Holly Fairy Mixed Media Christmas Tag Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Gecko Galz


  1. today's elfishh tag is so cute. i really like all of the layers and swirls and stuff.

  2. So gorgeous! LOVING that elf and the berries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Fabulous, Dana! Love the image and gorgeous mix of rustic and refined. xxD

  4. i love every fantastic layer! wonderfully done! welcome to the DT! xo


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