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Let’s get to crafting! It’s that time of year … time to start thinking about Christmas gifts! I’m starting with the gift tags. *laugh* Today I’m sharing two quick and easy gift tags I made using some of my favorite Essentials by Ellen stamp sets. I started with creating some striped paper from a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of white cardstock using the Painted Stripe stamp set. It’s stamped with VersaFine Clair ink in Tulip Red.
There are several width of stripes in the Painted Stripe stamp set, try out a few options. Use different widths and vary your spacing. Better yet, create a cross hatch for a buffalo plaid look! Pull out some scrap paper and play a little using holiday colors.
For my first tag, I used the Mama Elephant - Artist Mat gift tag. I die cut the tag from the striped paper I created and splattered it with some watercolors in red & gold. Then I stamped, die cut and colored the Ginger peeps from the Ginger House stamp set. I adhered the male directly to the tag with adhesive and then popped up that Ginger Lady with some foam tape.
The sentiment is from the Pure Magic set. There are lots of fun, punny sentiments in this set that can easily be adapted for the holidays! So I stamped the “You make me smile” sentiment on some white cardstock. I cut the cardstock down to a rectangle that’s 1” x 3” and a punched a hole in the top. I finished it off with some twine & tied it onto a little gift bag.
I pulled out my Nuvo drops and added some color + sparkle to the sentiment tag. Then added some dimension to the Ginger peeps.
Use the black Nuvo Drops to add dimension to your images that have eyes or buttons! Be careful not to squeeze the bottle too hard, or you’ll end up with a mess. I like to practice on some scratch paper first.
This tag was a little more involved, but don’t panic … it’s still relatively simple. If you don’t own the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Circles, I’d highly recommend them. I pull them out for shakers and other card projects often. In this instance, I used them to create an opening on the Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Tag so I could create this shaker.
You’ll need the following pieces to create this tag:
Die cut a 3” dia circle of clear plastic
Die cut a 3” dia circle portion of the striped paper (or any patterned paper) for the background.
A 1” x 3” rectangle for your sentiment with a hole punched on one end.
A selection of sequins for your shaker - I recommended small sequin options for this size.
Stamp, die cut and color the top half of the Woodsy Lady.
Cut a smaller circle from the center of one of 3” dia tags to create the front of the shaker. Adhere the clear plastic to the tag with the opening. Dust the plastic with some anti-static powder so that the sequins don’t stick to it. Then take some foam tape and adhere it to your frame. Fill the frame with your sequins & set this part of the tag aside.
Removing the backing from both sides of the foam tape makes it easier to follow the curved edge for these circular shaped tags.
Adhere the patterned paper + the Woodsy Lady to the other tag you cut. Then take that layered tag and lay it over your framed opening to create the shaker. Stamp a sentiment on the rectangle tag you created and tie it all together with twine. VOILA!
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