Selective Use of Embossing Folders – Christmas in June


Bet you weren’t expecting to see Santa greet you on this 23rd day of June!  I’ve inked up the Jolly Santa stamp from Darkroom Door and used the Sizzix Snow Flurries texture fade to create this wintery tag.  I cut the tag from white cardstock using the Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die.  Next I added texture to the tag with the Snow Flurries texture fade, running it through my Vagabond twice to cover the entire tag.


Here’s where the ‘selective use’ comes in… after I stamped the Jolly Santa, I added just some of the Snow Flurries around the edges by carefully positioning the stamped image in the Texture Fade, one snowflake at a time.  Here I’m getting just the top right corner.


Here’s  the reverse side ~ I ended up with Snow Flurries just around the Santa image, and not on top of him.


Layers of Distress Inks build up the background.


I stamped Santa a second time and cut him out after using Distress Markers (especially Picket Fence) to color him and his bag. He’s raised up on foam tape, and I used some twine and plastic snowflake bits to finish off the tag.

Thanks for the visit!


Darkroom Door Products:  Jolly Santa

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Christmas any time of the year is fine with me 🙂 Love the idea of just using the texture fade embossing on part of the paper. I’ll try that! I really, really, really love the use of color and the way you layered color on Santa!!!! Gorgeous! Santa should bring you lots of gifts this year 🙂 — Mary Elizabeth

  2. A gorgeous tag, great technique.

  3. Wonderfully festive tag Marjie.
    P.S. Impressed with how clean your craft mat is – it looks so pristine!

  4. You are right- didn’t expect Santa but Christmas makes me happy any time of year! Genius to only use part of the embossing!

  5. Love the selective use of the texture fade on your gorgeous tag, wonderful colours too. Hugs, Anne x

  6. ho ho ho! Love this.

  7. love this marjie!! the blue background is stunning!

  8. Love Santa any time of the year. This is a really different take on the traditional Christmas look and I adore it…..marvie! xox

  9. He’s a good lookin’ guy and I love him on that gorgeous blue/black background!

  10. Love the tag! Cool idea staggering the image from the tag.

  11. Great tutorial! I like the “selective use” 🙂

  12. Thank you for sharing. Great Santa Stamp

  13. nothing like getting started early

  14. It’s fabulous!!!

  15. Well, yes, Santa was definitely a surprise in my mailbox today! But, what a fun surprise! Love the blues, too. What I really think is creative, however, is the double-layer tag goodness. The twine and the “selective” embossing techniques are just awesome! Way to go!

  16. Caroline says:

    Yep, too early indeed but as the background & blues & embossing is so gorgeous….. Santa can join in just this once. Lol… Like the way you wrapped (excuse unintended pun) black cord around & put at an angle. Wow to the blues! :))

  17. Great tag! Beautiful colors!!

  18. Aaaaaarg! Not Xmas already – Lovely tag, though! Hugs, Valerie

  19. Yum… the vivid blues are such fun – frosty!
    Alison x

  20. What a beautiful Santa!! Perfectly crafted! Love the snowflakes embossing!

  21. Sooooo gorgeous!! I love love love love that Santa and the colors!!

  22. Fabulous make Marjie and no I wasn’t expecting Santa in June but it’s bloomin’ cold enough for him to visit.
    Have a happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  23. This is a great tag…and I love that you used blue instead of red, red, red. The snowflakes frame the image so nicely…and great dimension, too. Fun.

  24. Great ideas here Marjie. Thanks so much for the tutorial. The craft TV in the UK is full of Christmas stuff at the moment but as we haven’t had much of a summer yet it feels way to early. Hugs, Jenny x