By Jennifer Vardy Little
Tags are a great way to try new techniques and create new embellishments for your layouts and cards, or use them as a gift tag on a present. Here are three fun ways to make stunning winter-themed tags:
Emboss and double stamp:
Start out by cutting your tag (I used white, heavyweight cardstock cut with Tim Holtz’s Tag and Tie for my base) then choose a background stamp and completely cover your tag (I used the Hero Arts Old Letter Writing and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans). Give it a second to set, and then choose your favorite snowflake-shaped die. Using a white embossing ink, stamp repeatedly over the top of the tag and sprinkle with clear or white embossing powder. Finally, break out another color of ink (I used Tim Holtz’s Antique Linen Distress Ink) and cover evenly over the top of the tag. The embossing powder will create a resist over your snowflake designs, leaving them bright. To give your tag an antique look, run Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain around the edge.
Now it’s time to decorate your tag! I used a Sizzix Snowman die to continue with the winter theme and attached it to one edge of my tag with a foam pop dot to add some extra dimension. I used my Copic Spica markers to add some subtle shimmer to the snowman’s hat, scarf and nose. Then I tied a royal blue ribbon from my stash around the top of the tag and tucked a piece of burlap under the edge of my tag. I had a chipboard piece from Queen & Co that I attached to the top of my tag.
Fun with die cuts:
I again started with a tag cut from paper from BoBunny’s Powder Mountain Collection with Tim Holtz’s Tag and Tie die. Then, I used my Hero Arts Old Letter Writing Stamp to stamp Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink on top of it and added the same ink around the edge to add a vintage look. I used a die to cut this tree using glitter paper and adhered it to my tag. I attached a ribbon vertically to give it a different look and attached three gems to it for more sparkle. Then I took Stickles Diamond and applied it with a sponge around the edge of my tag to give a pretty sparkle. Finally, I added a glittered snowflake piece from my stash to finish it off.
My trusty Tim Holtz Tag and Tie die was used again on this tag, this time with BoBunny’s Double Dot vintage collection in cream. Then I used my BoBunny textures stamp in two spots. The chickenwire stamp is one of my favorites because it’s just so versatile. I used embossing ink when stamping and then added antique gold embossing powder and heated it to set. The Walnut Stain Distress Ink came out again and I applied it around the edges and strategically along the tag to create an aged effect. I cut a piece of burlap and unwound some of the fiber, leaving it in one long string. I wrapped it around the tag multiple times and tied it off, topping it with a red mitten embellishment I had in my stash. A BoBunny cardstock sticker was tucked underneath the fiber and I put a piece of lace under the sticker. Finally, I added three deep red gems and attached more burlap behind the tag to finish things off.