Christmas Tags

Time is going by so fast and Christmas is just 3 weeks away!  When I think of it that way, I have to admit that I get a little bit of anxiety!  But, I want to make sure I take the time to make the Holidays as special and personal as I can for my family.  My family is use to getting handmade and personal gifts from me every year.  This year I will be adding another way of personalizing by making gift tags that they can keep beyond Christmas day.  These tags can be used as book markers, tree ornaments, or kept as mementos.
ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
 

For this project I wanted to use things I had on hand and that are not necessarily meant for Holiday decorating.  I didn’t have anymore #8 manila tags, but I did have some manila folders, so I cut them into tag shapes.  They’re not the standard size of tags and that’s what I was wanting.  I used these stencils from ArtistCellar that are not Holiday themed, Balzer Designs Mini Aboriginal and Mini Pattern Strips, and The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Time Travel.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I wanted to add some texture to the tags and make them a little more sturdy, so I randomly applied some DecoArt Meamadia Line Gesso to them.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

You can see here how the gesso part of the tag reacts differently to the paint mister.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs


For this tag I used the Mini Aboriginal stencil with 3 different paints to add dimension.  The metallic paint really shimmers and gives a Holiday feel.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Americana paint in shades of blue, silver and grey make for a frosty and sophisticated Holiday.  Here I used sections of the Mini Pattern Strips stencil, so many ways you can use this stencil.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

The final touches to this tag are cutout ornaments from a music sheet and then Metallic paint painted on them.  I adhered them to the tag with matte medium, some more metallic paint around the tag edges and I used my favorite Fudeball pen to add some details.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs


I love Tim Holtz Distress Stains, they can go on gesso easily or add water for a softer look, which is what I did on this last tag.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I used the Mini Time Travel stencil with some black Modeling Paste.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

The word “Believe” has been showing up in my art a lot lately.  I think it will become my word for 2015.  I love this pocket stencil and used it with a silver marker.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs


Here are the finished tags.  Each one is unique and perfect for Holiday gifts.  I plan on attaching them to gifts and writing a special note on the back for the recipient.

 
ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
 
 
ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I added a Tim Holtz Christmas rub-on to this tag.  Each tag also got a ribbon that was made from binding and spritzed with water and ink spray.  It’s a really easy way to customize a ribbon for your tag.

ArtistCellar Holiday tags created by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 

So what do you think?  I’m really happy how they turned out and look forward to making more in the next week.  Christmas will be here before you know it and I’ve got to get busy!Thanks so much for visiting friends!

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Blessings,
 

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