Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature pretty packages and beautiful tags to inspire your holiday gift-giving. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I absolutely LOVE making tags. Today I have a very simple tag using the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin tree stamp. And I have included a BONUS tag inspired by Tami Hewlett. Tami is one of the Artisans on the Stampin’ Up! Design Team and she inspires me quite a bit. Let’s get started.

Pine Tree Tag (Paper Pumpkin July 2021)

faux watercolor pine tree tag

I like to decorate several Christmas trees most years. They are in different rooms and range from glass ornaments, whimsical, memory or rustic. I wrap the gifts under each tree to coordinate with the theme of that tree. On my rustic (now known as ‘farmhouse’ style) tree, I like to wrap the gifts in brown paper. Then I make fun tags. Not all the tags under the tree will be the same but they will have the same rustic-feel. I have been known to wrap empty boxes just to complete the look. (Do not judge! LOL!!)

For today’s blog hop, I chose to do a simple tag using the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin pine tree stamp and some faux watercolor.

Here is a link for a 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription. These monthly kits are a great way to try stamping, get a nice selection of stamps and mini ink pads, oodles of great embellishments and not be overwhelmed.


    • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper: 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (4 from each sheet)
      • ALTERNATIVE: Use Tailored Tags dies to die-cut tag
    • Evening Evergreen cardstock scraps
    • Paper Pumpkin July 2021
    • Tidings & Trimmings (sentiment to:/from:)
  • DIES
    • Tailored Tags (for hole reinforcement)
  • INK
    • Evening Evergreen ink pad
    • Evening Evergreen 38″ Chevron Weave
    • red string
    • Subtle Shimmer Sequins
    • OPTIONAL: Pearl Basic Jewels
    • Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Clear Acrylic Block ‘C’
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
    • white craft paint
    • Stampin’ Spritzer
    • Water Painter
    • Take Your Pick Tool
    • Silicone Craft Sheet


Ink up the pine tree stamp and spritz with water. TIP: Remember the arms-length rule? Hold the stamp in front of you an arm’s length away. Spritz with the other hand at your body. This will help with the misting and prevent some of the ‘wash-away’. Then stamp the watercolor paper panel. Do several of these and let dry completely.

Now for the paint flicking. Add some white craft paint to the Silicone Craft Sheet and dilute with some water. You may want to experiment before you add flicks to your project. TIP: Set up a ‘flicking’ box. Obviously, choose a Stampin’ Up! shipping box. I seem to have a lot of those. LOL!


With craft paint: Dilute paint and experiment for consistency. You want to have droplets not ploplets. Use a water painter dipped in the diluted paint and tap it against your other hand in a karate chop motion. Droplets of paint will gently cover your project. You can always add more so err on the light side. When the paint is dry, it will leave a slightly raised texture.

With ink: Ink refills are great for adding flicks. Using the same karate-chop method, add flicks to your project. Try flicking with full concentration and then diluting the ink for lighter variations in your flicked background. When the ink is dry, the spots will be flat (no texture).

When the ‘flicks’ are dry, scatter Subtle Shimmer Sequins and adhere with a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or leftover Paper Pumpkin glue dots!). Stamp the to/from salutation on the tag.

Die-cut hole reinforcements from the Tailored Tag die and Evening Evergreen cardstock scraps. Punch a hole in the tag and adhere the hole reinforcements.

I cut the Evening Evergreen ribbon in half length-wise.This will create a nice homespun look with frayed edge ribbon. Thread the cut ribbon through the tag hole and secure it with a bow from the red thread.

faux watercolor pine tree tag

BONUS TAG – Inspired by Tami Hewlett

layered wreath on a blue ink blended background with sparkly layered pinecones

This tag uses the Sparkle of the Season bundle and the Christmas Pines dies along with ink blending in Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy. See Tami’s post and instructions here.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamps. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

InKing Royal Blog Hop Line-Up

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  12. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  13. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots