Stag Tags for the Holidays

There’s something about antlers that I find interesting and pretty. In fact, I have two on my mantel and I’m not even a hunter nor an outdoorsy, nature girl. Of course, my deer heads are more of the modern type – white and from Target! I think these tags celebrate the beauty of nature around us.

For the two deer tags, I used Newton’s Nook Designs stamp sets and dies, Adventure Awaits (I love that artistic deer head), Winter Memories (for the trees)  and Splendid Stags and Pines and Holly dies. For the backgrounds, I created two wood-looking backgrounds using my ruler and Copic Markers to mimic rustic boards and shiplap. I also used the “Season’s Greetings” sentiment from the new set, Ornamental Wishes. By the way, one of these deer heads is on SALE right now, and (hint) awaiting and adventure with you, too! It’s a retiring set so snag this stag before it’s gone!

The gray tag background uses the Serene Stripes Stencil. When I turned the stencil 90 degrees and used embossing paste on it for high contrast, I saw these strong vertical lines reminding me of thin birch or pine tree trunks in the woods. I added a few pine branches from the Pines and Holly set (a must for your stash) to create the tree-like images along with a sentiment from Sentiments of the Season. A little pine cone covered in Liquid Applique adorns the sentiment band.

These designs could easily be used for a greeting card or for Thanksgiving table place cards, too. For gifting, I plan to use them with kraft and/or a red/black buffalo plaid wrap for the holidays.