I refused to use the same, or even similar, items that Tim Holtz used on his July tag for this year. So, what else could I use? I'd seen that somebody had already created a tag using sand in a bottle so I wasn't going there, either. Hmmm...last year's snow (what little we had) was quite granular and didn't take long to get that dirty, nasty look of gray.
Ranger: distress paints, distress inks, distress stains, distress glitter, distress embossing powder, distress crackle paint, distress markers, and archival inks
Sizzix: Festive Greenery, Tree Line, Tag & Bookplate dies, Flurries embossing folder, Pine tree mini mover & shaper
Stampers Anonymous: Mini Holidays 3
Idea-ology: word band
Miscellaneous: vellum, buttons, fabric strips, clear plastic packaging, watercolor paper
After die cutting the holly leaves I used a ball stylus to create veining. Darker green and brown distress inks were applied on the back. A small hole punch created the red vellum berries; used a ball stylus to make them more round in shape.
I really enjoyed creating the background on the tag as well as the trees. I know I'll be making more of those in the days to come.