Monday, December 7, 2015

12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop Day 7

Hello and welcome!  It's day 7 of Ravenwood Whimzies 12 Days Of Christmas blog hop

and I am so happy to welcome you to my blog today.  If this is your first time here, my name is Deb Riddell and the name of my blog is Paxton Valley Folk Art.  I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to take part in her blog hop this year and hope that you've been having a great time so far hopping about the blogosphere!

For my stop on Wendy's blog hop, I decided to write a tutorial on how to make a gift card filled with Christmas tags.

I resized my 12 Tags Of Christmas that I made last year so that they would fit in this A2 sized gift card and made some more printables for you (using images courtesy of The Graphics Fairy and PicMonkey) so you can easily download them and print them out to make this gift card.  But don't be limited by the images I've provided you with; you could also use scrapbooking paper, cut up old Christmas card graphics, shop your stash for die cuts, stamps or stickers and even use Christmas wrapping paper to make it your own.  Ready to begin?  Grab a cup of your favourite warm beverage, here we go!

Christmas Tags Gift Card Tutorial

Supplies you will need:

1)  White or kraft coloured cardstock for your card blank, white cardstock for the Christmas tags and either photocopy paper or more white cardstock to print out the images to embellish the gift card.  I used photocopy paper for the sheet music and cardstock for the images that I cut out to put on the tag.

Click the thumbnail images below to download the full size printables from Google Drive.

Christmas Tags Gift Card Images One

Christmas Tags Gift Card Images Two
Star Upon Star Sheet Music

The Christmas Tree Sheet Music

12 Tags Of Christmas Gift Tags

2)  Paper cutter or scissors, scoreboard or ruler and stylus, pencil and eraser.

Hint: if using a ruler and stylus to score the card for folding, score the cardstock on top of a magazine so that the score lines will indent easier.   If you don't have a stylus, you can use the end of a retractable ball point pen that DOESN'T have the pen nib extended.

3)  One inch and one and a half inch punches to cut out the 'Noel' stickers.

If you don't have any punches, no worries, just find something that is the approximate size that you need and trace around it.  Tracing around an acrylic paint bottle is just about the perfect size to replace the one inch punch.

4)  Tape runner and glue.

I have an ATG (automatic tape gun) but the little tape runners you can get at the craft store or $1 store work just as well.  Double sided tape (Score tape) would also work or you can also use wet glue like Elmer's school glue, Glossy Accents or rubber cement.  The wet glues will take time to dry though and you will have to weigh the card down to keep it from warping as the glue dries.

5)  Ribbon, wool or twine for the gift tags and a hole punch.

I used a variety of materials for my tag ties (bakers twine, ribbon and wool) but you can use whatever you have handy.  I also edged my tags, the cut sheet music and the fussy cut images with some Vintage Photo Distress ink for an aged appearance but it's not necessary so don't worry if you don't have any.

Step One

Cut a sheet of white or kraft coloured cardstock in half along the long side at 5 1/2".

You'll end up with two pieces 5 1/2" by 8 1/2", set one half aside.

Step Two

Score the cut piece of cardstock at 4 1/8" and at 4 3/8" along the long side.

Fold along the score lines and reinforce the folds with a bone folder or with your finger.

Step Three

From the other half of the cut cardstock, cut two pieces 2" wide,

and then cut both 2" wide pieces to 4 5/8" long.

These two pieces will form pockets inside the card to hold the Christmas tags.

Step Four

Score both of the 2" wide pocket pieces at 1/4" and 4 3/8" along the long side.

Fold both pocket pieces along the score lines on each end and reinforce the folds with a bone folder or with your finger.

Step Five

Trim the white edges from the printed sheet music and cut a piece 5 1/4" wide.  Cut the 5 1/4" wide piece of sheet music again so that you end up with two pieces that are 3 7/8" by 5 1/4".

Repeat for the second piece of sheet music.

Cut two more pieces of printed sheet music to 3 7/8" by 1 3/4".

Step Six

Adhere the sheet music to the inside and outside of your scored cardstock base with either your tape runner or glue.  There will be about an 1/8" reveal all around the sheet music when you glue it to the card base.

Adhere the two smaller pieces of sheet music to the outside of the cardstock pockets, leaving a 1/8" reveal on all edges as well.

Step Seven

Choose four images from the printed image pages for the inside and outside of your gift card and cut them out.  Punch out the Noel stickers and fussy cut any of the sentiments that you want to use as well.

Glue them to the outside and inside of the gift card, over top of the sheet music.

Apply glue to three sides only of the pocket pieces as indicated by the pencil lines in the picture below, leaving the top open so that the Christmas tags can be inserted.

Glue the pockets to the bottom of the inside pages and let dry.

Step Eight

While the glue is drying on your pockets, cut out all twelve of the Christmas tags, punch holes in them and add the twine or wool ties.

Insert the tags into the card pockets, six to each side and voila, you are done!

If you want, you can also add a tie around the card to keep it closed, a piece of silver tinsel twine adds a nice festive touch!

And here is the gift card made with the kraft cardstock and one of the other images from the printables sheet.

I hope that you enjoyed my Christmas tags gift card tutorial, I think the card would make a great hostess gift or perhaps a teacher appreciation gift over the holiday season.  I know that I can always use more Christmas gift tags at this time of year!  And once the Christmas tags have been used, the card itself could be used again as a gift card or money holder so it's actually two gifts in one, bonus!

And speaking of two gifts in one, I'd also like to share with you one of my families favourite Christmas recipes.

This recipe is for a sweet treat that we call Mexican Wedding Cakes.  No one knows for sure how they came to be called that but these melt in your mouth, sugar dipped shortbread cookie balls are a real treat no matter what the name.  I've written the recipe out on a recipe card for you already, so just click the thumbnail below to head to Google Drive to download the full sized image.

Thanks so much for hopping on by my blog today and thanks again to Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies for asking me to be a part of her 12 Days of Christmas blog hop.  Make sure to check in at Wendy's blog tomorrow to see where you will be heading next and if you've missed any of the previous blog hop participants, you will be able to find the links to those stops on Wendy's blog as well.  I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season, let the merry making begin!  Hope to see you again soon,

Deb xo


  1. The Christmas card gift tags are beautiful and the cakes sound divine!!!

  2. Hi Deb, it's such a pleasure to meet you. You have and lovely home, and oh, what an amazing "backyard". We love your tutorial, what a wonderful gift for a hostess, or friend, or yourself. Thank you for the prints that can be downloaded.

    Merry Christmas
    Joyce & Prudence

    Hi Miss Deb,

    I'm Prudence (teddy bear), your Blog is bee-u-tee-ful. I loved playing in the woods with the deer too. The recipe looks fantastic, a must make.

    Heaps of Hugs

  3. You know how badly I need a tutorial to get me started! What a fun project and one I would love to make. Thank you SO much for sharing your secrets! Holiday hugs, Diane

  4. Thank you so much for the card graphics and tutorial. Also for the Mexican Wedding Cakes recipe. Happy holidays to you and your family :)

  5. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, graphics & recipe!

  6. Hi Deb!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the card with the pockets!!How fun and then to add all of those lovely tags!!
    The cake Recipe sounds wonderful, too! Gonna download the Recipe card now. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Wow! Thanks so much for all these fabulous freebies! Great project!

  8. What a great project and your tutorial is fantastic. Love the images you used for this. The recipe sounds good too. I was thinking this morning that I better find some time to do some baking

  9. Wow Deb, what a fantastic tutorial and I just adore the image on the front of your project, he really is a wonderful Father Christmas. I may just have to come back to download the music sheets - love them! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Great idea! Very well done as always :)

  11. Hi Deb, Thank you so much for sharing the tags and such a wonderful tutorial, I knew we would be in for a treat!!! Love your cooking recipe too!! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas season. hugs, Lecia

  12. Hi Deb ~ I just love your card project - beautiful as always! Thanks so much for sharing the tut and your recipe - sounds yummy! Merry Christmas!

  13. Such delightful vintage images and a great tutorial, Debs - thanks for the time and effort you have put in to this.
    Alison xx


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