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Old 11-15-2016, 11:57 AM   #1  
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Default Holiday Tag-Stravaganza

This tutorial includes tips and tricks for designing holiday tags!

Note: Some images were limited in size by the forum. If you have trouble seeing anything, I posted a link to my blog where the images are much larger. You can also click the links that say "See larger image" which links to the image on pinterest.


First, choose a christmas color scheme for your tag:


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Example: Bermuda Bay + Pool Party + Real Red + Whisper White





Next choose a tag shape:



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Example of simple tag shapes:





Use basic dies shapes to change a boring rectangle into an exciting new shape!







If desired, layer tag shapes together:



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Examples of layered tag shapes:










Decorate your tags with sentiments, stamps, ribbons, and other embellishments!


Tags need something to attach them to a package. Try ribbon, baker's twine, yarn, and more!





To thread a thick piece of ribbon through a tiny hole in a tag, wrap the end in washi tape!





Tags are so small and quick to make that they are a great opportunity to experiment. Try a new technique, use some mixed media, add found objects, use unconventional papers, or add some bling to your tag using an embellishment you haven't tried before!


Some embellishments to try:
  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter
  • Twine with a sparkly twist
  • Sequins
  • Shiny ribbons
  • Washi tape
  • Metallic paper
  • Beads
  • Doilies
  • Enamel shapes
I tried some new things with my tags, too! One was using glitter. I hadn't done much with glitter + paper crafting before now... well not since I was like 10. It was fun!



After making all these tags, I actually have MORE tag ideas I want to try than I did before I started. Once you get going, you don't want to stop. Pretty soon your work area looks like this:







Enjoy and happy holiday crafting!


For more info, see my blog post about my Tag-Stravaganza weekend.



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Old 11-15-2016, 12:11 PM   #2  
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Thanks so much for this lovely tutorial! Love all your pictures, too.

I have a huge extended family with lots of grandkids, and don't usually have time to handmake tags. It's hard just to get all the stuff wrapped.


But I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and love the ideas you presented.


A few years ago, I made sets of very elaborate Christmas tags, all embellished with jewels, etc. and gave sets of them early to some friends as gifts. They all loved them and said "they are too pretty to use", lol.
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Too pretty to use! Gasp! I save the tags if they are homemade. You can't really save the paper, but the tags are easy to keep and let you keep a small part of your pretty package.
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IMO .. you win the Super-Sharing Award for this goodness!
Thank you so much!
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Great ideas! Thanks for sharing
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Great, I'm glad you guys like it! I hope you are inspired when it comes time to make your holiday tags!
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