How many times have you found yourself wrapping a last minute gift and in need of an easy handmade tag to tie it all together? I have been in that situation plenty of times. In the past, I have made enough holiday gift tags ahead of time but I still encounter that last minute gift and the need or want of a tag. Other times I had made so many I have had so many leftovers because I went overboard and by the time Christmas came around the corner again, I had forgotten where I stored them or my taste had changed.
Nowadays, I die cut plenty of tags throughout the year when I have extra time but I do not embellish until I need them for a specific occasion. I use scraps of pretty cardstock, preferably in a variety of solid colors, I can use throughout the year.
We already know we need to have plenty of die cut tags ready to embellish. Use a variety of solid colors for all types of gift tags: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and so on.
All the supplies below are optional because...we are making last minute tags. I am mentioning them in case you want or have time for a few extra details.
A metal die cut was used to cut these tags but you can use scissors and a ruler or a paper trimmer, thin dies for the deer (deer and foxes) seem to be popular this holiday season), embossing folders and some manual texture tool I have in my stash, foam tape, score tape or any other double sided tape, liquid glue and some ribbon or twine and some bling (I used diamond dust, glitter and sequins).
For cardstock, I turned to the beautiful Stardream Metallic Collection from Cut Cardstock. This cardstock has an amazing shimmer similar to beautiful Curious Metallic and perfect for the season. Stardream cardstock is a 105lb cardstock and that is a nice weight. I am thinking it will also look awesome for New Year's and also weddings.
The names of the cardstocks used are: lagoon is a beautiful aqua color, Mars is the red I like- dark red, the green is Fairway and Bronze is the brown.
After die cutting the tags I embossed some and textured others. You see a variety of ideas you can replicate if you have the extra time or for future projects.
On some tags I applied glue with an old brush on the bottom part and sprinkled with diamond dust, on another, I used a strip of double sided tape and covered it with glitter, on others, I rediscovered the handiness of shaped scissors to make borders and so on. Some of the deer were mounted on foam squares.
The final step was adding ribbon or twine to hang if necessary.
A few more pics:
I also made a few tags with paper punches and added commercial embellishments for a really fast way for the really last minute gift.
Hope you are enjoying this short series my teammates and I are sharing with you.
For the Stardream Collection, please, click here.
Have a great day! and, thanks for visiting.
Cut Cardstock Supplies used in this project: