Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Hey, crafty friends! It’s Heather here today. Do you have all of your holiday gifts wrapped yet? We got a good part of our wrapping done this past weekend and I always love having those pretty packages tucked under the tree. Tags are my number one favorite for dressing up gifts and a handmade tag adds the perfect personal touch!
So many of the products you already have in your crafty stash will work great to make tags. You can create tag bases from smaller die shapes (like circles, rectangles, etc.) or dies specifically made to create tags. Have you checked out the tag dies that are available in the TE webstore? Here’s a list of tag dies that we carry:
- Tag Stacklets 1 dies
- Tag Stacklets 2 dies
- Tag Stacklets 3 dies
- Tag Reinforcements dies (Use these to add reinforcement to the holes in your tags.)
- Tag Team dies
- Tag pocket die (A tag with a pocket to add a note, gift card, or small treat into!)
I have a round-up of tag inspiration to share today from the TE Creative Team. There is such a range of ideas that I know you will find something that you might love to try out for yourself. (Also, make sure to check out the details about the special T Time Christmas party happening online today after the inspiration on this post!)
Let’s start out with several tags that lean towards a whimsical and fun look:
Annette Allen created this adorable set of tags featuring decorated trees, the Santa from the Merry Millie stamp set, and Gus from the Gus & Gertie Holiday Adventures stamp set. I love the background on the Tag Stacklets 2 tag bases that Annette created by stenciling color with a stencil created with a smaller tag in the set. She added patterns to the background using the Mini Slim – Candy Cane Stripes stencil and Let it Snow Layered Stencil set. The sentiments on the tags are from the Tag Team – Christmas stamp set.
Jill Hawkins featured Gus & Gertie from the Gus & Gertie Holiday Adventures stamp set on this cute Christmas tag. Jill’s tag base is cut out with a Tag Stacklets 2 die and then trimmed down just a bit for a different look. The background is stenciled using the Mini Slim – Cable Knit stencil in a pretty gradient effect with Mint Julep and Cupcake inks. Jill added a few stitching details and topped her tag with pretty pink and white twine.
I’ll bet you are not surprised to see lots of Toffee cardstock on this set of tags that I created (Heather Nichols)! I stamped the backgrounds using Sugar cube ink with the St. Nick Background and Frosty Cling & Clear Combo sets and stenciled details with the St. Nick’s Stars and Frosty stencils. The coordinating colored Santa and snowmen are added to each tag version along with the stamped sentiments. Each tag also features a bit of polka dot patterned paper that I created with Cherry Pop cardstock that is stenciled using the Mini Slim – On the Dot stencil with Mulled Wine ink. A sprinkle of glittered snowflakes created with the Little Bits – Snowflake Confetti die is the perfect, wintery finishing touch!
Natasha Valkovskaya created the cutest set of tags featuring the gnomes from the Like Gnome Other Kit! She added the gnomes to tags bases that are stenciled with cute patterns. One is stenciled with the Confetti Toss stencil and the other uses the tree stencil from the Handcrafted Calendar Kit. To add sentiments to the tags, Natasha layered a Tag Team die cut that is stamped with a pattern block and sentiment from the Tag Team – Christmas stamp set. She added several fun metallic touches to her tags including ribbon, glitter cardstock peeking out at the bottom of the tags, and embossing in silver and gold for the gnomes and sentiments.
Latisha Yoast gathered several of the images from the Big Grumpy – Christmas stamp set together to create this fun and festive gift tag. Latisha’s tag base is a piece of Toffee cardstock cut into a smaller rectangle shape. For the sentiment on the tag, Latisha attached a Tag Team die cut stamped with a pattern block and sentiment from the Tag Team – Christmas stamp set. She used another pattern block from the set to create striped banners to add at the top of her tag, layered over different patterned paper pieces in red and green for the perfect holiday effect.
Now, keep scrolling for tags that have a more traditional and elegant Christmas look and feel.
This set of tags created by Noriko Fairchild definitely have the perfect cozy Christmas feeling going on. Noriko cut out a frame using the Tag Stacklets 2 die collection to create shaker tags and stamped the base and frame using the Buffalo Plaid Background and Grid Background stamps. These two background are designed to work together to create the perfect plaid design! The shakers are filled with Slow Flurries sequins and Bits & Pieces – Gold Drip Drops. The front of the shaker tags feature a deer silhouette from the Woodland Silhouettes 1 die collection and sentiments from the Simple Strips – Christmas stamp.
Melody Rupple captured the magic of the night sky on this Christmas tag! She embossed the Twinkle Twinkle Background stamp in gold on Blue Corn cardstock as well as the sentiment from the Handlettered Holiday 2 stamp set on a tag base cut out with a Tag Stacklets 2 die. The evergreen trees are stamped with the Endless Evergreens stamp, cut out with the coordinating die, and added to the bottom of the tag. I love all of the extra metallic details that add to the magic: the metallic gold twine, the gold eyelet at the top of the tag, and the Bits & Pieces – Gold Drip Drops at the tops of the evergreen trees.
Kevin Bray created two stunning rainbow ombre looks on this set of tags with the tree from The Light Shines stamp set. For the tag on the left, Kevin blended the background using Blender Brushes, let it dry completely, and then embossed the tree in white over the top. For the tag on the right, Kevin inked up the tree stamp in multiple colors, stamped it, and then added clear embossing over the top. A tip for inks that dry too quickly for embossing: ink your stamp with Versamark ink first, add your ink color, and stamp. The Versamark ink will keep the inks wet for a longer period time! The fun and snarky sentiments at the bottom of the tags are from the Tag Team – Christmas stamp set.
And finally today is this set of tags created by Laurie Willison featuring the Seasonal Sprig stamp set. Laurie used tag bases cut out with a Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets die from Sugar Cube cardstock, stamped the sprig using Oreo ink, added color with the coordinating Seasonal Sprig Layering Stencil set, and added sentiments from the Pennant Parade – Christmas stamp set. This quick and easy design is great go to for last minute wrapping or would make a great gift bundled all together!
You are invited to a virtual Christmas party TODAY with Taylor! Join Taylor today for “T Time” at 1PM Central on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page. Make plans for all things fun & festive this afternoon, including giveaways of a few of Taylor’s favorite things – that are not necessarily paper crafting related…! Hope to see you there!
No matter your style, I am sure you may have found a tag design that I shared today that was inspiring to you! I am wishing you all the best with all of your wrapping and finishing up your holiday to do lists! When all the hustle and bustle is done, I hope you have time to slow down and take time to reflect on what this time of year is about. Wishing all of you love and light this holiday season. Thank you for stopping by today and stop back again soon for more crafty inspiration!
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