Two Peas invited me to participate in their 20 Days of Holiday Sharing event this year.
I’ve always loved Tim’s Christmas tags and I know that many of you are following along with him again this year. In thinking about what I wanted to create for Two Peas I thought of Tim’s tags and then I thought about what I could do to put my own spin on them.
It was right about that time that I got a message from Santa! He asked me to help him create gift tags for our family – what an honor! With that in mind I embarked on a mission to make four special Love, Santa tags.
Here’s a look at how I created these tags:
I started with four shipping tags. I’m using Avery® Pre-Strung Shipping Tag.
From a sheet of paper (I just used some extra cardstock) punch four hearts. The punch I used is from Marvy (it’s the pink one). I don’t see it on their site anymore so maybe they are discontinuing it – I think I found mine at Micheal’s a few months back. Here it is at Joann’s.
Each of the four tags is a little different in the steps I went through to get to the end. They all include a heart and they all include the word santa. Here’s a closer look at the front of each one:
Start with a punched heart (use just a bit of temporary adhesive to hold it in place) and adhere random letter stickers spelling out your word.
Cover the letters with spray ink. I used Studio Calico’s Schoolhouse Mister Huey. Let it sit for a few minutes or dry completely. I can’t wait that long so I usually remove the heart and letter stickers when it’s still a bit wet.
Using a piece of paper with the heart already punched out, lay it on top of the tag and stamp over the heart area with Versamark (clear embossing ink). Apply Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE – embossing powder – I like the really thick stuff) and use a heat gun to melt. This is cool as you end up with only the heart area embossed.
For the second tag I started with the same as the first – a punched heart and random letter stickers.
This time, instead of using the spray ink, I embossed over the entire area.
Here’s what it looks like with just the Versamark ink applied. I made sure to get as good of coverage as I could in-between the letter stickers using the corner of the pad.
Here’s what it looks like after pouring the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on top and cooking it with the heat gun.
After I embossed the tag I placed the piece of paper with the heart cut out (see that same image from the last tag) on top of the tag and applied Christmas Red Stickles with my finger.
Same starting place. This time I used Studio Calico’s Apple Jack Mister Huey spay ink (forgot to get a photo of just the sprayed step).
After spraying and removing the punched heart and the letter stickers I place the piece of paper with the punched heart on top and rub Stickles over the top with my finger. This time I used the Platinum Stickles.
Tag Four stared off with Christmas Red Stickles.
Then I covered up the Stickles portion and sprayed Studio Calico White Mister Huey over the top.
Ends up looking like this – hard to tell that there’s white ink on there, but there is.
On top of all that I added the letter stickers. It’s really all about creating layers and then covering things up to add on the next layer so that the previous layer can show through. In this case I wanted to have white letters…
After all that I sprayed Studio Calico’s Apple Jack Mister Huey on top (a lighter spay than on the other tags to make it a bit more “spray-ish.”
THE BACKS OF THE TAGS
I wanted to add something to the back of each tag so I decided to do fabric on two and pattern paper on the other two. The pattern paper is from The Girls Paperie. I used an extra tag as a template, laid the paper/fabric on the back, and cut around the outside.
I used the Creatopia machine to get adhesive all over the backs of the tags (including the fabric pieces). They do have a cartridge for fabric adhesive but I just used the regular one and it worked ok for what I needed it to do.
After adhering the backs I ran them all through the Brother XL2600I Sewing Machine I got a few months back. Loving it.
Santa told me that we could re-use these tags again next year so rather than adding a To/From on the tag itself I attached a little metal rimmed tag with the name of the person receiving the gift. These feel really great in your hands.
I think I’m going to do more of these if I have a chance. Definitely a fun project – can’t wait to see them on the actual gifts!
Thanks again to Two Peas for inviting me to participate in the 20 Days of Holiday Sharing.
If you are looking for Day Six of December Daily you’ll find that here.