Saturday, 1 December 2012

Box of Christmas Gift Tags

I made this present for my friend Lee aka craftyloops who "doesn't do cards" :-) . She loves to go to town on the wrapping, so I thought some gift tags might come in handy.

"Box of Gift Tags"

If you're stuck for inspiration with your cards, a tag can be a great place to start. The smaller area can be much easier to fill and you can let your imagination go. All you need to remember is to add a little hole at the top with a length of string. The box and dividers are made from sturdy brown card. The acetate "lid" sits inside the box, and the ribbon holds everything closed.

"Bauble Tag 1"

This first tag is stamped with versamark and heat-embossed in white before colouring with gold aquamarker and Barn Door & Pine Needles distress markers. After colouring, quickly wipe the surface with a baby wipe. This removes ink from the embossing and mutes the colours making them more vintage in appearance. It also gives a slight colour to the background so the cardstock isn't as white. The tags are diecut before punching the hole and adding gold thread.

"Bauble Tag 2"

The other bauble tag is made in a similar way, but the embossing is in gold on a brown cardstock. Gold aquamarker is used around the edge of each tag.

"Snowman Tag"

I think the snowman tag is my favourite. The background is stamped with snowflakes from the Justrite Holiday Sentiments set using versamark, then heat-embossed in clear before inking. The diecut snowman is raised on foam tape. I make the tags with different patterns on the snowman's scarf so some have stripes and some have spots. Some tiny black gems make the coal "buttons" and a fine marker pen is used to add the face.

"Snowflake Bauble Tag"

Two different snowflakes and a circle are diecut from glitter card. The round tag is diecut from white card heat-embossed with clear snowflakes, then inked to match the glitter card. I make some with red inking & red glitter card, some with green inking & green glitter card, and some in gold like this one.

"Tree Tag"

Some more of the snowflake card is diecut into small Christmas trees and inked. A second batch of trees are cut from green glitter card. Thin green tinsel is wrapped around the inked diecut, then the inked diecut is stuck onto a glitter card diecut using foam tape and glossy accents, so that the tinsel is sandwiched between two layers of card and the back of the tag is left plain for writing on.

Justrite stamp set: Merry and Bright, Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments
Spellbinders: Holiday Ornaments 2010, Frosty Forms, Labels 20, Create-A-Flake Four, Snowflake Pendant 2012, Holiday Tree
Sizzix Framelits: Circles
Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags
Distress Markers: Barn Door, Pine Needles
Aquamarker: Gold
Promarker: Berry Red
Letraset Fine Marker: Black 0.1mm
Versamark ink pad
Distress Ink Pads: Peacock Feathers, Barn Door, Pine Needles
embossing powders: white, gold, clear
cardstock: white 300gsm, brown 300gsm, glitter card gold, glitter card red, glitter card green
gold thread
Holiday Tinsel Ribbon
tiny black gems
foam tape
adhesives: Pinflair, glossy accents, PVA

Entered for the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Try it On Tuesday - Christmas Sparkle


  1. Lovely thoughtful gift. Lee will love them. Have not seen her around for some time - hope she is o.k.

  2. These are fabulous Maddy. I can see how much thought and care you have put into each one and I am sure that Lee will be delighted with them
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  3. This is a lovely wee treasure box and a great gift.
    Heike xx

  4. How lovely, I bet craftloops will them!

  5. What a great idea, love the different designs you have come up with!

  6. wow what a great idea lee will love it ... she must be lost in blog land at the moment coz I have not seen her around either ... send her my love if you speak ... happy crafting and love sandy xx ... ps thank you so much for visiting my blog

  7. What a fab present, lucky Lee! :-) Happy leapblogging, have a fab week :-) Elaine-xxx-

  8. Love the snowman one, too! Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  9. What a lucky friend! Sorry I'm late in visiting, Maddy, I got back in much later than anticipated yesterday. Happy Hopping!

  10. These are fab, I particularly love the snowflake bauble.

  11. What a fantastic idea! These are beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  12. Fabulous gift idea.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  13. Yippee.....I have all of these wee beauties and I love'em all! And they have set my wrapping off beautifully. These tags make them all look so gorgeous. The only problem is.....I can't let anyone tear into their presents on Christmas morning....because I want the tags back!! Its about time I got my butt around to having a nosey on Blogland isn't it? Sorry Maddy, I got here eventually, lol.....but you know why I'm Mrs Disaster Pants heehee. Thank you so much for these beautiful tags. Lee x


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