12 Tags / Day 1: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Hi there and welcome to Ellen Hutson’s annual 12 Tags of Christmas party! I’m so glad you’re here.

This year we’re going to feature a different carol each day and I’ll be playing along — yeah, I’m one of THOSE people who starts singing Christmas carols in November hahaha! We’re kicking things off with one of my all-time favorites: Ruldolph the Red-nosed Reindeer!

As soon as I found out that this was the theme for Day 1 of course I had to bust out that super cute reindeer from the Holiday Characters set. And then! I had the idea to really give ole Rudy’s nose a glow!

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer / had a very shiny nose / and if you ever saw it, you would even say it GLOWS!

How’d I get that nose to glow? I’m glad you asked! I used these red droplets annnnd NEON yellow watercolor from Case For Making. This handmade watercolor is so rich and opaque you all! It’s impossible for the camera to capture — you just gotta see it in real life.

That beautiful nose is sure to shine through the thickest fog!

I used my trusty Daniel Smith transparent red oxide to color him — I’ll have more on that later, but by the end of the 12 Tags I hope to convince you that this is the perfect brown to have on hand for coloring critters. :)

I also hope to convince you that the Shipping Tags die is a must have — this baby cuts out 4 tags from a 4.25 x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. Pro tip: I like to store extra tags right in the sturdy pocket that it comes in!


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Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope to see you tomorrow for Day 2! Meanwhile, be sure to head over to the Ellen Hutson blog for more tags — and more and fun! xo

46 Replies to “12 Tags / Day 1: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

  1. You WOULD say it glows! My goodness what a great touch for Rudolph the reindeer! Did you have to paint the glow multiple times or did it work on the first application? And you used red to color Rudolph? Wow, amazing, and I never would have guessed red. Great tag to start off the series!

    1. Hi Liz! That neon yellow paint is so thick that it only took one coat! Also, that transparent red oxide is more of a rusty brown — oxidized red? :)

  2. I am loving pink for Xmas this year!❤️❤️

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