Christmas Gift Tags

I know it is not even the middle of October 2015.  Too early to be thinking about Christmas you might say.  Getting a jump on your gift giving and fabulous handcrafted items can be a year long endeavor.  So, while you are making those special gifts for friends and family why not take a break and make some gift tags to go along with your creations?

I am going deep into my small scraps.  The 2-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch pieces.  I’m not sticking with the typical Christmas theme papers either.  Think about these tags for other occasions….birthday, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, and any other event you will be giving a gift that will require a tag.

My stash of small paper scraps

My stash of small paper scraps

I used three sheets of 8-1/2 by 11 Recollections card stock to create the tags I will show you.  A video tutorial will be up on Wednesday to show you how to make these awesome tags.

3 x 3 note card gift tags

3 x 3 note card gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

See you Wednesday.


Visions of Christmas card creations danced in my head.

Last week, while driving from Ohio to Texas, I was feeling out of sorts.  Mostly because I had a really bad head cold and I had twisted my ankle one dark night.  There are times that I think I’d really like to get off the road forever and just create things.  The urge hit me with a vengeance last week while I suffered through some NyQuill induced hallucinations.

Being alone, for hours at a time, watching the white lines pass under my truck I get bored at times.  To relieve the boredom I get ideas.  This idea had me so excited that I fleshed it out for days.

Imagine this.  A box made from chipboard.  Sectioned off to hold A2 (4-1/4 x 5-1/2) Christmas cards and envelopes, 3″x3″ gift cards, and a final section to hold gift tags strung with ribbon.  I did the measuring in my head while driving.  The one part of my idea that I waffled on was creating “doors” to the box top that would open and display all of my beautiful creations, OR, a clear acetate lid that would be held on by ribbon so all of my awesomeness could be displayed for all to see.

I really got into this idea and it kept me occupied for several days.  I even thought about using pieces of left over gift wrap to adhere around and inside the box in a collage technique.

As I coughed my fool head off and blew my nose until I wondered if I had somehow turned into a snot factory all I thought of was creating that box.  In my delusions the cards and gift tags would just magically appear.

I am NOT a card maker.  I make attempts at making them but I am not happy with the things I make.  This Christmas card box had me stoked and so ready to get home and begin creating the cards and tags that would fill it.  There is where REALITY hit.  Hel-lo-o-o-o (you have to put the accent on the “lo-o-o” part and really drag it out lyrically).

Tools.  I have an abundance of tools.  Paper, ink, trimmers, templates, embossing folders, colored markers, spritzes from my personal brews, Distress Stain dauber thingys, and so much more.  With all the things I have making Christmas cards will be a snap!  Right?  Uhmm, no.

Rubber Stamps

Sizzix Simple Impressions

Embossing Folder

Inks, markers, punches, and other things

Okay, now is when things begin to fall apart and my dream of having Christmas cards and gift tags boxed beautifully begin a headlong rush down the river toward a steep waterfall.  Yikes!

First is my choice of paper.  Two (2) sheets of white 12″x12″ card stock and one (1) sheet of  8-1/2″x11″ gold vellum.

White card stock and gold vellum

Precisely cut to the dimensions listed on one of the card making instructions from my Club Scrap Card Making Deck.

Assembly Line card making from Club Scrap

Nice 😀  Yep, that went pretty well.  Although the gold vellum looks to be a poor choice right now but I can make this work 😀

That is UNTIL I put the Candle Simple Impressions folder on the paper upside down.  Drat and double drat.  Crapazoid!  I really should have done the embossing thing on a separate sheet of card stock.

Upside down embossed image

Okay.  I’ll just take the metal stencil out and trace around the image on the bottom left of the card front.  That will work.  😀

Remove the metal stencil from the folder

Trace the stencil

Color the flames and add glitter.  YES!  I’m on a roll now!

Add color and glitter

If you don’t look too closely you won’t see the upside down candle embossing at the top right of the card.  Crapazoid!  I seriously can’t do that.  Perfectionism leaves little room for spontaneity.

So, now what do I do?  Punch out the oopsy of course!  Stamp a Christmas greeting on the gold vellum and adhere it on the inside of the card.  Let’s make this trip to the waterfall even more adventurous by adding Krylon Gold paint to the circle then use a snowflake embossing folder to take up the screaming white space.  Yes, let’s just do that.

Next step is to really botch this job up.

Knowing full well that this was just plain unsightly I went to Joe with this card.  It was my hope that he would say “Now that is totally unique and I like it!”  Well….that didn’t happen and I then went crashing over the waterfall.  😦

Today is another day.  Let’s get in my room and do something totally different!

I want a window on the front of a card.  Peering into a home ready for Christmas.  I have a card with an adorable illustration by K. Lawrence for American Greetings I’ve had since about 2000.

Illustrator K. Lawrence for American Greetings

I have a Fiskar “Window Template” from about 2002.

Fiskar Window template

A “Texture Plate” of which I’m not sure if it is Fiskar or Sizzix.  Acquisition is unknown but I do believe it is about the same time – 2002 or 2003.

Texture plate

Trace around the window template and use a craft knife to cut out the pieces.  I don’t own one of those space ship doo dads with the blade that zooms around inside the template so I have to be careful I don’t tear the paper.  Spritz the paper with a bit of water before placing it on the texture template and running it through my Big Shot.

Texture plate, Big Shot, paper, and water

My friend, Maureen, told me about lightly spraying water on your paper before using the Texture Plate to get a better impression and it works great.

Great texture impression

Cut the image down to fit behind the “Window”.  I wanted to have a “glass” look.  Inspiration struck in the form of a sheet protector.  Cut the sheet protector to the size of the image and adhere it to the front of the image.

Cut the image to fit the "Window"

Sheet protectors from the office supply store

Cut the sheet protector to fit the image

You don’t need to have both pieces of the sheet protector on the image, just one side of it will do.

I’ve used Antique Lace Distress Ink over the textured “Window” and used Tea Dye Distress Ink on the outer edges of the “Window”.  The adhesive used to attach the sheet protector to the image is hidden behind the “Window”.  A piece of bright red raffia ribbon was wrapped around the image and attached using foam pop dot things.

The completed card front

Raised with foam pop dots

I have vindicated myself from yesterday’s fiasco.  I even got the “That is really cute!” approval from Joe.

Now, I have to give some thought into how many of these I want to make.  Realistically the box will not be made, the cards will be less time consuming, and quite frankly my NyQuill hallucination will have to put on the back burner for possibly next year.

I did get to spend some time in my room and used some tools and things I’ve had languishing away behind cupboard doors for many years.

If you want to tackle this type of a card….Joe suggested the illustration could be replaced by a photo of our grandson, Simon.  Do you have some photos of your children or grandchildren you would like to have featured in your Christmas cards this year?  How about this idea to make you go crazy and end up saying some not so kind things about me 😀

Enjoy your Friday and the upcoming weekend.


Tags Till Christmas

If you have read my blog entry titled “Tags, Tags, and More Tags” you will read that a punch comes with the stamp set.  That is incorrect.  You will receive only the stamp set.

To get the Thank You items – Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon – you DON’T ORDER THESE ITEMS.  They will come separately from me after you place your order for the items listed on my blog entry of Tags, Tags, and More Tags.

When you place your order you will be asked for an email address to be contacted by me.  I will send you an email requesting your mailing address and the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon will be mailed to you from my home.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on my blog and I will answer your questions.

To see what this stamp set looks like when used on gift tags you can watch my video.

Cutting directions for the red and green tags will be uploaded in the  next couple days.  There will also be video of some of the different techniques I used to make some of the tags.