I wanted to make 6 Christmas gift tags for some special presents this year and decided to do some little shaker tags with a vintage feel.
First I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags die by Sizzix to cut out the tag bases. I cut out three each of a green and a red tartan, and 6 of a plain white high density 150 gsm card. The tartan is from the Twelve Days of Christmas 6″ stack by Dovecraft and is also 150 gsm.
Next I took the smallest sized die from the Sizzix 8 piece Scalloped Circles die set and cut a hole in each of the tartan tags. I then used the two smallest sized dies to cut out 6 scalloped frames – three each from red and green 135gsm cardstock. I used scraps of washi tape to hold the dies in position whilst cutting them out with my Big Shot and cut them three at a time.
Then I used finger daubers and Ranger Distress Ink to gently ink around the tartan tags. I used Barn Door on the green tags and Mowed Lawn on the red tags.
I used the same Distress Ink to ink up the middle third of each of the white tags. It wasn’t important to get a nice blended effect here, as I was going for an overall shabby style, plus very little of it will be seen in the finished tag.
Then I chose 6 images from the Tin Teddy Vintage Christmas 1″ Circles collage sheet. I ran the edge of a black Sharpie pen around the edges to remove any white and give a neater edge. I temporarily laid the tartan tags on top of the white ones (not glued down!) then fixed the circles to the inked white tags with Anita’s Tacky Glue.
I then used the second smallest of the Scalloped Circle dies to cut out 6 pieces of clear acetate. I used Heat Resistant Acetate from Crafter’s Companion. Cutting acetate can be a bit tricky as it is rather stretchy so can end up embossed instead of cut through. I added a couple of pieces of scrap cardboard to my diecutting “sandwich” to help increase the pressure and get a clean cut.
Then I glued the card frames to the acetate. I used tacky glue and wiped the acetate with a baby wipe immediately after gluing to remove any that had strayed onto the clear surface.
When the frames were dry I added them to the tag fronts, again using tacky glue.
I used Fun Foam to give the tags enough depth to be shaker tags. Because I suspected it would be very hard indeed to perfectly line up the holes in the foam with the holes in the fronts.. I cheated!
I cut out 6 tags from black fun foam with the Tiny Tags die. I then cut the top and bottom parts of the fun foam tags off, and glued them onto to the back of the tartan tags. Then I cut two thin strips from the remaining fun foam and glued them either side of the scalloped hole. The end result is a little “well” where the shaker stuff will sit. This worked out just fine, and didn’t take long – and was easier than trying to line up perfectly matching holes!
Now the fun part! First I rubbed the back of the acetate widows with a dryer sheet to remove any static. Then I sprinkled some white Darice Glitter Beads into each of the fun foam “wells”. I then added just a few gold Glitter Beads too. Glitter beads are teeny .5mm hole-less beads.
I carefully glued the white card tags onto the back of the fun foam using tacky glue. I made sure that the glue went right up to the edge of the “well” area to stop any of the tiny beads escaping. I left the tags to glue, still face down, on my glass crafting mat and with a book on top to ensure a good bond.
Next I threaded 6 “antique silver” coloured star buttons on to baker’s twine – 3 on red, 3 on green twine. I tied a knot in the loop then threaded it through the holes on each of the tags. I popped a blob of tacky glue under the star then pressed them into place on the front of the tags.
Finally I added five small gold faux pearls with Bright Gold 3d Pearl Effects by Dovecraft, to the bottom of each tag, because I like a lot of bling on my Christmas projects!
If you are getting stressed and running out of time to make your handmade cards and tags, check out my blog post – Hints and Tips for Last Minute Christmas Card Making