If you follow my blog, you know one of the things I do for holidays like Halloween, Easter, and Christmas is to make personalized tags for my girls, my nephews, and for some close family friends. They have definitely become a tradition that is looked forward to - to see what the tag will be this time. And I love doing them. It's a little bit of paper crafting love that I can give that becomes a bit of a keepsake to hold on to and/or tuck into a scrapbook.I finished up my 2009 holiday tags this week and am excited about how they turned out. Felt and glitter are a big trend in paper crafting right now and it was so much fun to play and incorporate this trend into my tags this year.
If you haven't tried cutting felt with die cuts, like one of the dies from the Labels One set, you should give it a go. It cuts so easy. I used a wool felt that I had on had for my project. I have picked up felt both at my local quilt and craft shops and also at thrift and garage sales (there's nothing better than a bit of vintage felt.)
I added a bit of hand stitching around the edges of my die cut shapes. This is a basic running stitch. If sewing makes you nervous, you could definitely leave the edges as is.
Next I glittered up some snowflakes. My favorite technique for doing this is to run a strip of cardstock through my Xyron stitcker machine, then leaving the sticker back paper in place punch my shapes from the cardstock. Next, remove the sticker back paper from the punched shape and dip into glitter. The snowflakes here are done using the extra jumbo snowflake punch by Marvy. You can learn more about using glitter on your projects by reading my post here.
Next I stamped polka dots on my tag base front (a larger die cut from the Labels One set again), added the "merry & bright" sentiment to the tag back - pay attention to your tag orientation while assembling your tag so that your sentiment isn't upside down or sideways on the back of your tag.
Next I laid out my punched snowflakes and snowmen onto the tag bases. I used Zip Dry paper glue to attach everything together. It dries quick and doesn't warp your cardstock - I love it.
Here are the finished tags after stitching on buttons and attaching an eyelet to the corner to thread the twill ribbon through.
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2009 Holiday Tags
stamps: Holiday Tree, Polka Dot Basics II, Take Note, Vintage Label, 2009 Holiday Tag Collection (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Fresh Snow, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
cardstock: kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
other: Scarlet Jewel & New Leaf twill, Scarlet Jewel & Ripe Avocado vintage mix buttons, Rustic Jute button twine (Papertrey Ink), extra jumbo snowflake punch (Marvy), 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success), silver eyelets (Dritz), clear glitter (Martha Stewart), felt, embroidery floss