I like to create different Christmas tags every year. Some are more involved than others because I start making them before the first gift is purchased. This year I’m running a little late, but I really like this quick and simple idea.
I’m using some plaid paper from a Recollections Christmas Plaid paper pack. I like the look of these papers, but think they are a little busy for a card front. The white mat will give the thinner pattern paper some stability and will offset it from the different colored wrapping paper.
Before we dive into the tutorial let’s take a moment to talk about tools. I have all three of the Tim Holtz guillotine trimmers, and love them all. The last one I added to the collection was the adorable mini trimmer. At first I think I wanted it to “complete the set”. However it is just as important as the mini stamping tool. As you can see in the following images, the larger trimmers are perfect for larger paper sizes. Trying to trim the smaller sentiment strips, even with the 8 1/2″ trimmer would be a nightmare! I am so happy with all of these, and even though the 8 1/2″ trimmer is the most used, they all have their place on the craft desk!
OK, back to the tutorial!
I’m starting out with a piece of white Recollections card cut to 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ for the tag base. The plaid pattern paper is then cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. To add to the tag appearance, I’m using the large side of my angle corner chompers from We R Memory Keepers.
I prefer to tape my tags directly to the packages with double sided adhesive, so I added a separate white panel cut to 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ for the “To: & From:”. The stamps are from the Tags stamp and die set by Sizzix. They were stamped with my favorite Amalgam Ink by GinaK. With the help of my mini Misti I’m able to set it up and leave it throughout the holiday season. This is handy in case I need to make more gift tags later on.
To finish off the look I used my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter. These things are great to punch a hole through the top of the tags. Digging through my stash of goodies, I found a ball of Omega cotton thread from my tatted lace making days. Doubling up on the thread added the finishing touch to these adorable tags!
I think these turned out great don’t you?
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’m curious, what kind of Christmas tags do you use? Do you make a batch of tags that are all the same or do you use different tags for each gift? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you next time!