I thought this year, instead of buying all the tags to attach to Christmas gifts, I would make them. After all, it surely couldn’t be that hard? Well, I can tell you that making tags is so easy, you can rattle off loads of them in no time at all! These are such a neat way to personalise a gift and well worth the (relatively short) time it takes.
When Snickerdoodle Designs released her Handmade Holidays kit, this seemed perfect:
Isn’t it gorgeous? I especially love those clusters and journal cards ;).
Other items you will need to make these tags are as follows:
- Cardstock or photographic paper for printing;
- Scissors, punches, pencil and metal ruler or cutting board to cut out the tags;
- Glitter glue to embellish the tags;
- Ribbon or baker’s twine; and
- A hole punch.
For once, you don’t need a million and one items in order to complete one of my projects!!!!
I opened a new file in Photoshop, A4 paper size as that was the size of the card stock I was using. I have several Stampin’ Up! tag punches so wanted to make the tags using those (you will see that tag punches are not essential for this project though). These tag punches make a tag 2″ wide and 2¼” tall, so I dragged a paper onto file and added vertical guidelines every 2″ and horizontal ones every 2¼”. I then added embellishments to each “rectangle” by dragging them onto the page and resizing them to fit between the guidelines:
You will see the element on the far right hand side is only narrow. This is because A4 paper is only 8.3″ wide, which worked out at 4 and a bit tags wide. So I used the “Merry Christmas” tag from the kit and rotated it to fit.
Then I printed the tags out. I ended up using two different backing papers as I wanted the tags to be slightly different, but left the embellishments the same as this project was all about keeping things simple.
I actually had trouble printing as my printer did not seem to be responding. I ended up pressing print several times to see if the computer was talking to my printer but it was just slow……as a result, I ended up with 5 sheets of A4 which gave me 125 tags. More than enough for Christmas this year and next due to my lack of patience!
Then it was a case of cutting each tag out. I used my trimmer to get 2″ vertical sections but you could just as easily use a metal ruler and craft knife or even scissors (I would mark out the widths on the back of the card though using a pencil as the pencil lines could be erased once you have cut out the tags).
I actually used my Stampin’ Up! punches to punch out the tags. However, you could use any punches that fit, or just as easily cut the tags out into rectangles and then create the tag effect by trimming the top. This is easy to do by cutting the corner off one side:
Then move it across to the other side:
Place it on the corner as shown:
Cut around this and you end up with a symmetrical tag!
All you need to do then is add a hole to the centre for the ribbon.
The elements in the kit are really sparkly with glitter everywhere. In order to reproduce that on the printed tags, I added glitter glue to the snowman’s hat, the edges of the trees and the stars. Hopefully, you will be able to see this in the photos of the finished tags below.
Here is one set of tags laid out waiting for the glitter glue to dry:
Here are the finished tags after adding the ribbon and baker’s twine. You can just about make out the sparkle of the glitter!
There is nothing complicated about these. It is a quick and easy project that only takes a couple of hours at most (depending on how many tags you make, that is 😉 !!). My husband has already taken several of these to add to presents so I know they will definitely be used!
There are several other kits in the store that would be perfect for tags so why not have a look around and have a go yourself? After all, it will soon be Christmas and a simple handmade tag is the perfect finishing touch to any gift!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Mad Hatters tea party - March 27th, 2016