12 Tags / Day 2: Joy to the World

It’s Day 2 of Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas, and we’re bringing Joy to the World! Be sure to check out what my fellow teamies made — full list HERE on the Ellen Hutson blog! As for me, I came up with a super simple tag that you can easily make in multiples. Check it:

The secret here is the gold metallic watercolor in this Altenew Metallic Pan set — I just can’t get enough of this set lately! I LOVE how it comes in a metal paintbox. :)

See how shiny it is?

The other trick to making these? Use a dry brush on that swipe of red and use your thumb and index finger to kind of push the bristles apart. This will give you so much texture! It’s easier to show you how this is done than to try to explain it, so I put together a super quick video for you over on instagram.

Doesn’t that “Joy to you from me” in the Retro Holiday Greetings set just make the perfect tag? It brings me joy, I tell ya!


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In case ya missed it, my Day 1: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer post is right HERE! Hope you’ll join me tomorrow for Day 3! xo

42 Replies to “12 Tags / Day 2: Joy to the World”

  1. Nice! I adore when there are CAS designs shared that make me feel like “hey, I think I can do that!” Big hugs to you for that today!!!!

  2. Patricia Rowe says:

    These are such fun. Thanks for inspiration.

  3. What a great sentiment for a gift tag – love the swirls of colors!

  4. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the swoosh of colors.
    Wonderful tags. thanks
    for sharing

  5. Elaine Wilson says:


  6. So PRETTY! I love your watercolor swipes of color!

  7. Joyce Casaldi says:

    What great tags! And they could be easily mass produced.

  8. Debra Dekock says:

    The swoosh is a great technique..love the red and gold..very festive.

  9. How cool is that technique??? Love it. The colors you chose are wonderful, too.

  10. thanks for the tip on the brush technique! I also love these metallic paints. The shine is awesome!

  11. So simple yet so effective! Love these!

  12. This is such a clever and fun design idea!

  13. Just LOVE these–so fun & beautiful!

  14. Love your swooshes of color!

  15. I like the metallic gold with the Pyrrol red swishes of brush stroke! It is so JOYOUS!

  16. Gold water color… oh dear, that looks amazing!!

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