I started with a large tag and used the challenge technique on the right side with the holly bough stencil (THS 015), and sponged the tag with Fired Brick, Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. On the left side, I used the Festive stencil (THS 029) and iced spruce to create an overall pattern. I then touched up the holy berries on the iced spruce with dots of Picket Fence Distress Marker (I really like how it gave those holly bunches some dimension). I then overstamped with a holly stamp from Tim's Mini Christmas Collection collection, using Indian Ink Black. Finally, I spritzed it with Tarnished Bronze Distress Spray. Darn it, I really really like this background and don't ant to cover it up even a little but... needs must!
Because the greenery and the frame all appeared to be heavy in the bottom left corner of the tag, I used some Crystal Glaze to create a "spill" to lead the eye up and to the right. Red, green, white and gold Czech glass #11 seed beads were pressed into the sticky glaze to add some visual interest.
Two colors of green grosgrain ribbon were stung through the hole at the top of the tag and from the knot I hung an Idea-ology word disc. Then the entire tag was sprayed with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz (which doesn't really show up well in the photo but does add quite a sparkle overall)! So here is the final product - "The Holly and the Ivy":