Each year I like to make Christmas Gift Tags as gifts for teachers and other support people important to our family.
I actually stamped and die cut these bears last year, intending to create a tag for my 2019 collection – but creator’s block got in the way! So I sat and stared at them for months. I had coloured just the bears thinking inspiration would come, but every tag idea, colour combo, sentiment match, just didn’t do it for me. So they sat in the box and I told myself this was OK. Didn’t make it any less stressful :/
It’s interesting what a difference a year makes in terms of crafting skill and ideas! I was disappointed with my bear colouring efforts from the year before and had a go at re-colouring them. As a result, I have ended up with darker bears than I’d usually like, so I paired them with deep rich red and emerald green tones for the gift box. The following photos show you which Copic markers I used.
The tag itself was masked off with a strip of post-it tape along the bottom, and I heat embossed the MFT Christmas words background stamp in White Satin Pearl embossing powder.
I stamped the sentiment along the bottom of the tag, and popped the bear on top with foam tape.
I added Glaze details to the eyes and nose of the bear to finish them off.
I added a further mini tag from the MFT Tag Builder 5 with a To & From and tied the two tags together with red and white thick Baker’s twine.
Such a simple tag after a full year of agonising!
This completes my cute gift tag for today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.
This completes my little gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.
OK, I definitely went out of my usual comfort zone for this tag – not only are there no foxes here in New Zealand, I also strayed away from my favourite traditional Christmas colours by using the Burnt Orange. Luckily gold goes with practically everything!
This tag really is a simple one – mostly die cutting using products from Honey Bee Stamps, Taylored Expressions and Lawn Fawn.
I chose to use watercolour cardstock, even though I didn’t paint anything, because I like the natural texture.
I have listed all products used at the end for your reference.
The Taylored Expressions Little Fox has two dies – one for the fox body and the other for the white accents – it cuts the two cheeks, nose and tip of the tail at once. I went through my scrap folder (click here to see how I organise my cardstocks and coloured scraps) and chose some burnt orange and cream cardstock. I did not worry about trying to colour those teeny weeny eye pieces, rather filled those tiny gaps with black Nuvo drops. I did colour the nose with a black copic marker.
I wanted my gift tag to have a little bit of a difference to all my others, and decided the Honey Bee Stamps tag set with a vellum centre layer would be just the thing. I realised two things through trial and error. One, best to stamp and heat emboss any images first, so I put his wee gift a little to the left, plus the To/From and my logo on the back. Two, liquid glue was difficult to get a smooth finish on the vellum, but Gina K’s adhesive dot roller worked best to adhere both white circles on either side of the vellum.
The little gift is from a discontinued Lawn Fawn gift tag stamp set – but search your stash for a suitable little gift image.
I used the Large Lawn Fawn Wreath to cut the greenery sprigs from scraps of green cardstock found in my stash, and placed them leading out to the right. The little fox is adhered on top using little foam squares and liquid adhesive. I cut the bow from the Lawn Fawn Wreath set out of Gold Vellum and put it together using Glue Dots. A Glue Dot secures the bow to the top of the tag nicely.
I searched through my Christmas sentiment stamps – I do have all my Christmas stamps stamped out into a binder, making this easy to flick pages to find the perfect sentiment to fit. You can view my stamp storage and binders here.
I white heat embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock and cut them as thin as I dared! The sentiment strip was placed with a foam adhesive strip directly beneath the fox and the gift.
I finished the tag off with Lawn Fawn Gold trimmings.
This completes my cute little gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.
I had a brilliant day back in the classroom at Scrapbook Central today! 10 people came along to learn ink blending techniques and together, we made a cute set of Christmas Gift Tags.
ALERT: We will offer this class a second time on 14 November 2020 if you or a friend missed this! Please let Philippa at Scrapbook Central know, as we will only run this additional class if there is genuine interest. Contact Philippa directly here.
We used a small palette of Distress Oxides to ink up four different night skies, plus we added extra features to our skies with splatter, and also by lifting colour.
All products used today were from Lawn Fawn – the Everyday Gift Tag, Say What Christmas Critters, Stitched Hillside borders, the Little Town Border, and the Mini Snowflakes die set.
Check out some of the photos of the day below!
Along with the Distress Ink Combos, the class had a quick introduction to masking and colour lifting, and their blending onto the tiny spaces was stepped up for each tag – they had to blend FOUR colours onto the top half of their last tag – a challenge they all stepped up to!
After the ink blending part of the class, there was stamping, die cutting, colouring and heat embossing to be done. Even fluffy hats were made!
Check out the gorgeous tags made by all participants – everyone did an amazing job with their ink blending and even though we used the same colours, everyone had beautifully different results. Plus the added fun of splattering pigment, and revealing crisp white moons!
There were borders and images to be added for finishing, plus glittery snowflakes – aren’t they cool??
I was absolutely impressed with everyone that came along today – such enthusiasm and lovely results with their ink blends.
As discussed today, here are some of the links we talked about:
Ranger Ink labels – they do have a range of different ink organisation products you can download, including for Distress Inks and Oxides. Click here to visit the page.
Kristina Werner is a pro at Distress Oxide Blending, and she has a BUNCH of colour combinations for you to try out. Click here to visit her blog post for Combo Set 6 (you can search her blog for all 7 different combination blog posts, well worth the visit.
I also created a couple of extra projects using the same Lawn Fawn products used in class today, and here they are:
Snowy Hillside Card
I used the same blending techniques we went over in class to ink up this sky.
I stepped up the technique by adding subtle rays of light in the sky and created a full sized card to fit all the cute critters from the stamp set.
I created the rays by cutting masks from full sticky backed Post-its and arranged them to splay upwards. I carefully inked over them with the same colour blend we used in class today. I removed the masks, and repeated my inking over the top. This leaves a subtle change in colour over the sky, lighter where we had the masks, giving the impression of extra light.
I completed the card by cutting stitched hillside borders and arranged them to suit. I lifted the top two with foam tape for extra dimension.
I heat embossed the sentiment both at the top and along the bottom with gold embossing powder.
The critters are stamped, coloured and cut and placed within the hills.
I added some Nuvo Blizzard along the top edges of the hillsides and directly beneath the critters to ground them and add extra sparkle and dimension. Finally, a little fluff added to the penguin’s hat, sparkle pen to the critter’s accessories and tiny snowflakes scattered around the top half of the card.
This time, I inked up another sky, but rather than filling the entire card front, I focused the imagery on a central circle.
I inked in stripes to try and mimic the Northern Lights, although this time I used Distress Ink rather than Oxides. You can see a difference in colour even though I used the same colour palette as we used in class.
The Mini Snowflakes set is a brilliant set where just one or two passes through the die cutting machine gets a whole bunch of snowflakes to place. I arranged the snowflakes over my circular inky piece, and trimmed the edges with scissors.
I cut the hillside border from another white circle to fit in the lowest part of the inky sky.
I wanted a few trees, and this little tree featured here is from the Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays set – a teeny little set that has matching dies and a brilliant price point. I heat embossed the trees in gold and arranged them on the hillside.
The critters are stamped, coloured, cut and placed on the hillside – added fluff to the penguin’s hat again. Can’t resist that Neon Amplify!
To finish, the sentiment is the Lawn Fawn Happy Add-on, and I stacked the ‘Merry’ four times to bring it up to the same depth as the circular piece, also popped up with foam. The ‘christmas’ sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock and I added tiny dots of the Neon Amplify within the snowflakes to fill in the gaps (but did not heat them).
Say What? Tag
When the Say What Christmas Critters were released last year, this cute little tag set was also part of the release.
It cuts the tag itself, and a frame, along with speech bubble and a couple of other handy elements for your gift tag creations – all perfectly sized to match the little critters.
I simply inked the tag, added a sentiment to the speech bubble and stacked a couple of frames to give the tag a bit of depth. The penguin and his cute fluffy hat sit atop.
Now of course, with that frame option, you can create a shaker!
Shaker tags are super special and easy to make. I chose to use some bright rainbow paper I had in my stash for this one, as I have a small daughter who utterly adores Unicorns, and the associated rainbows!
Attach a piece of acetate to the back of the frame. Use foam adhesive strips on the tag around the entire edge, ensuring there are no gaps. Pop a little spoonful of confetti, sequins, seed beads, even tiny buttons can be effective shaker elements. I coloured the unicorn to match the rainbow paper, and have him/her sitting on a Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud border inside the shaker. The possibilities are endless with Shaker Christmas Tags!
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This Honey Bee Stamps stamp set was a ‘must have’ when it was released last year. I used the wreath on my little gift bags (containing gift tags!) for my kids’ teachers last year. I’ll share a photo of that below too.
This year, I wanted to use it again on a gift tag, and you’ll see I did something quite similar to the gift bag.
I did a big die cutting session, and cut out enough for a dozen tags. Each wreath is built with a gold glitter layer and two shades of green. I cut the bow pieces from red cardstock, and the gift tag itself from Kraft cardstock.
Unfortunately, the tag featured here is a Honey Bee Stamps exclusive, only available last year for a limited time when spending a certain amount – but just about any tag die will be suitable for this simple project.
The first thing I did was stamp the back of the tag with the To & From from the Santa Express stamp set, and also my little logo stamp at the bottom. These things are harder to do if the front has a bulky, dimensional element on the front!
I stencilled some quick snow fall on each of my tag fronts – this is a stencil from Gina K Designs. You could stencil snowflakes, stars, anything you want here.
I purchased a blending brush to use specifically for my Hero Arts White pigment ink – this one has a white handle and is from the Stamp Market, but I have linked to other blending brushes available below too.
Once the ink was dried – pigment takes a little longer, so be patient! – I decided placement for my wreath and the central sentiment.
I chose Comfort & Joy from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas set – this set really has become a regular go-to set in my craft room, as it is full of fabulous sentiments in a tiny but tidy font.
The sentiment was gold heat embossed in the centre of the wreath. Next time, I might do it in black so it stands out more, as I felt the gold was a little to close in hue with the Kraft coloured cardstock in the end.
The green layers are placed on top – the die has cuts within the wreath so you can fiddle and interlock the layers a little. This does take a little bit of playing around with, to get the layers still looking straight and natural looking, but worth the effort.
The bow is simply assembled and placed on the front. There are three parts to the bow, although you could just use two if you prefer. The third part is the top of the ribbon and gives extra dimension to the bow, which again is worth the little extra effort.
Now for the fun part! I pulled out my Autumn Red and White Nuvo Drops for the little berries on the wreath.
I was pretty generous with the berries and their placement, making the wreath look rich and elegant.
I let the berries dry overnight, in a nice flat spot, so they keep their nice rounded shape when gifted.
I finished the tag off with a nice dark red ribbon for gifting.
And check it out, the little gift bag I created last year. This was filled with my Christmas Gift Tags and gifted to teachers and other special people in mine and my kids’ lives.
The gift bag itself is a Mama Elephant Favor Bag, and has been a very worthy addition to my craft stash, as it gets used a few times every year! I love its simple elegance, and you can also get add-ons to decorate it for other occasions.
This completes my elegant gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.