Fun & Funky Christmas Tags, by Donna Williams

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by the very talented Donna Macpherson-Williams (check out her blog here), who is often in our mag, and specifically she created the This & That Christmas Planner Journal for issue 102. This time we’ve got something a little funkier that uses non-traditional Christmas colours–I hope you enjoy it!

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I don’t know about you but at this time of year I find it is really hard to stay enthusiastic about red and green! Don’t get me wrong I love this traditional colour scheme but you see it absolutely everywhere. So I usually rebel just a little by creating at least one project in none traditional colours just to keep my creative juices flowing. I hope this fun set of three gift tags brightens your Christmas just a little.

merrytag

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush, Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; Other: Stampin’ Up! Be Merry tag stamp, Stampin’ Up! Color Me Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up! Chalk Talk Thinlets dies, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write markers, Staz’ On black inkpad,  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana ink refill, Stampin’ Up! Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Sizzix Bigshot, Stampin’ Up!  Linen thread, Stampin’ Up!  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Stampin’ Up! Sticky Strip.

Step-by-step method

1. Using the Strawberry Slush marker ink the ‘Be Merry’ stamp and stamp onto Crumb Cake. Die cut the tag.
2. Stamp the Reindeer with Staz On onto Whisper White cardstock, colour with the markers, cut out and mount onto the tag.
3. Adhere the tag onto Coastal Cabana cardstock and hand cut out a shadow.
4. Adhere the tag onto Strawberry Slush cardstock and repeat above step.
5. Die the white taffeta ribbon and once dry tie a bow and add a button tied with linen thread.

By using an exciting colour scheme even the simplest designs will pop.


seasontag

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush, Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana, Stampin’ Up!  Pear Pizzaz, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; Other: Stampin’ Up! Be Magical Season stamp, Stampin’ Up!  Be Me single stamp, Stampin’ Up! Color Me Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up! Chalk Talk Thinlets dies, Staz’ On black inkpad,  Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush ink refill, Stampin’ Up! Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Sizzix Bigshot, Stampin’ Up!  Linen thread, Stampin’ Up!  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Stampin’ Up! Sticky Strip.

Step-by-step method

1. Using the Strawberry Slush marker ink the swirl portions of the Be Merry stamp and stamp onto Crumb Cake.
2. Using the Strawberry Slush marker ink the Magical Season stamp and stamp onto Crumb Cake. Die cut the tag.
3. Reink and stamp again onto Strawberry Slush cardstock. Cut out the ‘Hope’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Joy’ sentiment and mount onto tag.
4. Clean stamp again and stamp with Coastal Cabana onto Coastal Cabana cardstock. Cut out the individual letters in ‘Season’ and adhere to tag.
5. Stamp the Christmas Tree with Staz On onto Whisper White cardstock, colour with the markers, add some glitter to the baubles and cut out and mount onto the tag.
6. Adhere the tag onto Pear Pizazz cardstock and hand cut out a shadow.
7. Adhere the tag onto Coastal Cabana cardstock and repeat above step.
8. Die the white taffeta ribbon with the ink refill and once dry tie a bow and add a button tied with linen thread.

Add impact to a simple stamp by stamping different sections onto different cardstock or using different ink colours, cut out and adhere over that portion of the design.


holidaystag

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; Other: Stampin’ Up! Cheers stamp, Stampin’ Up!  Be Me single stamp, Stampin’ Up! Color Me Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up! Chalk Talk Thinlets dies, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write markers, Staz’ On black inkpad, Stampin’ Up! White Bakers twine, Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana ink refill, Stampin’ Up! Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Sizzix Bigshot, Stampin’ Up!  Linen thread, Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush Ruffled Stretch trim, Stampin’ Up!  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Stampin’ Up! Sticky Strip.

Step-by-step method

1. Using the Strawberry Slush marker ink the swirl portions of the Be Merry stamp and stamp onto Crumb Cake. Die cut the tag.
2. Stamp the Santa with Staz On onto Whisper White cardstock, colour with the markers, add some glitter to the beard and cut out and mount onto the tag.
3. Stamp the ‘Cheers’ stamp three times in three different colours onto white cardstock. Cut out the ‘Happy Holidays’ sentiment and adhere to tag.
4. Adhere Strawberry Slush ruffled stretch trim to the back of the tag
5. Die the white bakers twine with the ink refill and once dry thread through the button and tie a bow. Adhere the button to the tag.

Ruffled stretch trim is a quick way to add texture to a tag or card.


Let us know if you make any Christmas tags of your own!

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