If you want to know how to make a handmade Christmas Gift Tag that can also be used on a handmade card, learn some tips here!
I needed to decorate a very plain gift box for a special friend, and I also needed one more last minute Christmas card. Since cardmakers and paper crafters often want to use their designs in more than one way, I thought I’d share how I used a lovely Christmas tag to meet both of my needs.
With a gift, it doesn’t matter how ordinary the box is if you embellish the heck out of it. You can go for big bows made with layers of ribbons, then add a beautiful handmade Christmas gift tag that will show your recipient how much love you put into their gift!
The simple tag is made with the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and coordinating Snow Flurry punch. Lost Lagoon cardstock is the perfect mat for the tag, as well as the background for the stamped snowflakes, which are heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.
The layers of cardstock are cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. You can make out the hint of a background on the Whisper White layer. I used one of the larger snowflakes from the set and Pool Party ink. By stamping off first, the images came out looking very ephemeral, as the images are very light and a bit uneven. That way they stay in the background and don’t detract from the focal point.
The first layer of ribbon is the luscious white Organza Ribbon. The tag is tied to the Organza bow with Whisper White Stitched Satin ribbon. A couple of long strands of the wildly curly Silver Cording top it off with style.
If you haven’t purchased the cording trims from the Holiday Catalog yet, unfortunately you’ve missed them. They sold out already in the Year End Sale. Don’t forget, the Year End Sale goes through January 4th, so you still have time for some great deals!
To turn this gift tag into a lovely handmade Christmas card, you only have to give it a background.
Because a handmade card is such a small canvas, it’s easy to overwhelm a focal point with too much ribbon. Even a white Stitched Satin ribbon bow was too much, as the eye saw the bow as the focal point instead of the snowflakes. A simple bow of Silver Cording, plus some strands of Silver Metallic Thread were just enough. A small Basic Rhinestone in each snowflake completed the bling factor.
When you create a background, it needs to be interesting but subtle. Otherwise the background overwhelms the focal point, and the observer’s eye doesn’t know where to come to rest. For this background I white embossed the larger snowflake on Watercolor Paper, then created a wash with Lost Lagoon ink and an Aqua Painter. The embossing resists the ink, so the stamped image shows through. But I was careful to keep the wash light so the focus of attention would be on the tag.
All that slippery cording and metallic thread is a pain to adhere to a project with adhesives, so you’ll love how easy the Handheld Stapler makes that job! Building a handmade card takes a lot of steps, so anything that simplifies a step is a welcome treat!
Tags can adorn your handmade cards for any occasion, so I hope you’ll try it! Use these tips to make Christmas Gift Tags versatile enough to grace your holiday cards!