Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Tag Cards For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome.  It's time for another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey (which occurs in every month that has five Fridays) and I decided to do something a little bit different this month with my tags.  With the holidays soon to be upon us (how in the heck did that happen by the way??!) I incorporated my hang tags into Christmas cards.

The tags are very simple - just some stamping, colouring and embossing - and I've added them to the Christmas cards in such a way so that if the recipient chooses to use the tags for Christmas gifts or to decorate their tree with them, the cards will still look complete by themselves.

I had a lot of fun designing these cards, read on for my how to.

Holly Jolly Tag Card

For the Holly Jolly tag card, I started out by die cutting a tag from white cardstock and then lightly stamped it with Music & Advert stamp and Hickory Smoke Distress Archival ink.  The 'holly jolly' sentiment from the Festive Overlay stamp set was then stamped with Black Soot Archival and clear embossed and the holly image from the same stamp set was stamped with Peeled Paint Distress ink, clear embossed and then watercoloured with more Peeled Paint DI.  The holly berries were given a dot of Christmas Red Stickles Glitter glue and the tag hole reinforcers were die cut from kraft cardstock.

The card front (cards are A2 size) was cut from kraft cardstock and stamped with the Music & Advert stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink.  The card front was then die cut with two of the dies from the Mixed Media Christmas die set and backed with Deco Foil Red Transfer Foil that was heat laminated onto Deco Foil Toner Sheet.

To make a pocket for the tag to sit in, kraft cardstock was die cut with one of the Holiday Knit dies and backed with white cardstock.

The kraft card front was then adhered onto a white card blank and the die cut pocket for the tag adhered along the bottom edge, only adding adhesive along the bottom and sides of the pocket to leave the top open to receive the tag.

The words 'holly jolly' were die cut from white cardstock with the Holiday Words 2: Script dies (actually I die cut two 'jolly' words and the letter h from 'happy' and then cobbled them together to form holly jolly!)

The words were then adhered to the front of the card, centering them so that they would not be visible when the hang tag was inserted in the pocket.

A sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card with Black Soot Archival ink and a stamp from Doodle Greetings 2 and clear embossed (have to tell you, I LOVE my new Tim Holtz stamping platform, it is the bomb!)

A piece of red satin ribbon was added to the hang tag for a tie and then the tag was inserted into the pocket on the front of the card.

Done!  On to tag card number two.

Winter Wishes Tag Card

For the Winter Wishes tag card, a tag was die cut from white cardstock and then stamped with Distress Embossing ink and the Flurry stamp and embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer Embossing powder.  The 'winter wishes' sentiment, pine tree and deer from the Great Outdoors stamp set were then stamped overtop with Ground Espresso Archival ink and clear embossed.  Tag hole reinforcers were die cut from some Christmas Paper Stash scrapbook paper and a Linen Ribbon tie added as a hanger.

For the card front, I layered scrapbook papers from Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Stash onto an A2 size white card blank, leaving a pocket open at the top of the card front for the tag.  The outside edges of all the papers were distressed before adhering them in place.

A line of Platinum Stickles Glitter glue was added top and bottom to frame the middle panel on the card front.

Several snowflakes were die cut from sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock with the Mini Paper Snowflakes dies.

The snowflakes were adhered randomly to the two top panels on the card front.

A 'let it snow' sentiment was die cut from brown sanded Classic Kraft Stock with the Holiday Words 2: Script dies and a deer die cut from the same card stock with a Memory Craft Leaping Deer die.  I actually die cut two deer and layered them together to give his antlers some stability.

The deer was adhered to the middle panel overtop of the snowflakes with his antlers running wild over the top edge (don't adhere his antlers though or you won't be able to insert your hang tag LOL!).

The 'let it snow' sentiment was adhered to the bottom panel along with a foil confetti snowflake from my stash.

A sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card from the Doodle Greetings 1 stamp set and Ground Espresso Archival ink and clear embossed.

And finally the tag was inserted into the pocket on front of the card and card number 2 was done.

Here are some closeups of the completed cards.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my tag cards came together and that you've been inspired to maybe incorporate some of your own tags into your Christmas cards this year.

And make sure to head on over to A Vintage Journey to what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you this Tag Friday and if you have any tags of your own please share them with us in our Tag Friday link up!  Hope to see you there and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Fabulous Card/Tags Deb. Love the design and colors. Thanks for sharing how you made them. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. Beautiful tag cards Deb l I love the design of both of them and the lucky recipients will adore them I’m sure xxx

  3. Love your clever tag-card design, Deb, and great work with the papers. I do love that soft watercolour berry one - I'm hoping to create something similar with the new watercolour stamp set. Gorgeous work!
    Alison x

  4. I just love your tag card designs Deb! Wonderful die cuts, papers, colors and stamps used! The coloring on your holly is beautiful and I love the deer and tree with the touches of gold that are revealed when the tag is pulled out on your 2nd card! Julia xx

  5. This is such a great idea Deb, I just love the idea of the tags in the cards - clever and beautifully made! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Two fabulous tag cards Deb and wow, such detailed tutorials! Both look fantastic!

  7. Deb,your cards and tags are so, so clever and truly festive! I love learning how these came together. I was trying to figure out how you did the mixed media die cut background; it is stunning! Well done, you! Merry Christmas!

  8. Both tags and cards are fabulous, Debs. Such a great idea to combine the two, yet still be able to have one without the other . Wonderful use of all the products and an enjoyable post too . Tfs x


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