Hi, I’m Shellie and I’m a guest on Amber’s creative team for the months of November and December and I’m excited to be here. I have the next 5 days off from the day job and words cannot describe how happy I am to get to spend much of that time scrapping and doing creative projects.
For me, with Thanksgiving comes the start of the Christmas season. The list making and shopping begins. I tend to be a last minute shopper and what I do even more last minute is wrap gifts. We’re talking eleventh hour, stuffing tissue and filling out the card before you get out of the car type of situation. It’s a personal flaw. I’ve accepted it.
That being said, anything I can do ahead of time to make that process easier I fully support. When it is a fun and creative project, that makes it even better.
Today I’m going to share with you a project that I’ve created using two of Amber’s holiday themed kits. Hybrid gift tags!
I did use my Cameo Silhouette to make these but they can easily done with punches, your paper cutter and a maybe a little fussy cutting.
I started by doing all of my prep work up front so when it was time to assemble the tags I could focus on the fun and creativity.
First, I used my cutting machine to cut out several basic tags from white and kraft cardstock. Then I used the journaling cards from the City Sidewalks kit and turned a few of those into tags as well.
Next I cut out quite a few shapes from the element sets for both kits. I cut more than I knew I would need so I’d have some options to play with later. I even messed around with the sizes, making some larger or smaller than others.
I didn’t want to go too crazy with my other embellishments because I want the tags to coordinate with whatever paper or bags I choose to use them with later. I went with a simple is better approach and just pulled out some ribbon and a little packet of Christmas themed sequins and buttons that matched the colors in these two kits perfectly.
Once I had my pieces cut I just started assembling, layering and yes, in on one of them there was glitter. I couldn’t stop myself. I just wanted to see those little trees sitting in the sparkling glitter snow. (The glitter didn’t photograph well but it’s there in the first tage on the left).
I used foam squares to pop portions of the die cuts up for dimension and in no time I had several cute tags ready and waiting for my next wrapping emergency.
Here are the 5 finished tags!
Now for a bonus.
While I was selecting which cards to use for my tags from the City Sidewalks kit I saw the one with the little hand drawn shops with the phrase “Shop Til You Drop” on it and a lightbulb went off over my head and hello… this NEEDS to be a gift card holder.
So I cut out a simple envelope tag, cut the center of the card out in a circle and cut out a slightly larger circle from a piece of plain red card stock.
I used the plaid paper from the same kit as the pattern on the envelope. I folded it up and tacked it closed using my tape runner. Then I attached the red circle behind the “Shop Til You Drop” graphic so it would pop off the background pattern. Using more foam tape I adhered it to the little tag envelope and it turned out to be my favorite tag in the bunch! So cute!
So I hope that this inspires you to use some holiday digital art files and make up some gift tags for your friends and family this year.