Welcome to my Holiday Tag-Stravaganza!
This is my ultimate guide to holiday tags. It includes how to combine tag shapes and layers. It offers suggestions for Christmas color schemes, both traditional and modern. It lists ideas for how to accessorize your tags to add sparkle, shine, and a personal touch. It’s got lots and lots and lots of tag ideas to get you jazzed about your holiday wrapping. It’s got everything… except sound effects. Go tune into your favorite Christmas music and then check it out!
How to Make Tag Shapes
There are a lot of different shapes to use for tags. Since you can’t really decorate a tag until you have cut a shape of some sort out of cardstock, let’s start here.
Most of these tag shapes start with a simple rectangle or square. Dies and punches can help you make circles, ovals, stars, and other shapes. Corner punches can turn a rectangle into something totally new, like number 2 or 14. A simple snip with a scissors can make a banner shape, like number 3 or an angle topped tag like number 9. Stampin’ Up! has a great Tag Topper Punch and the Lots of Labels dies that helps make shapes like number 7. Cutting the end of a tag using circle or oval dies can give you shapes like numbers 4, 5, and 8.
Think outside the box, too. Have a penguin shaped die? Use it! Got a flamingo? Why not!
I made a whole pile of tag shapes to start with. I didn’t know what I was going to make yet, but wanted to have a bunch on hand so once I started creating, I wouldn’t have to stop to cut more paper every couple minutes. I also saved any scrap strips that were leftover from cutting so I could create stripes, banner shapes, or do some color blocking.
Here’s some cards I made using some of the basic shapes above with a single layer.
Tag Layers Galore
One tag shape is great if you are looking for a clean and simple tag style. If you like your layers on your cards, why not add layers to your tags, too? Using the shapes from above, I’ve put together a guide to give you some ideas on how to layer shapes for more complex tags.
I had so many ideas for you, I split them into two images!
When you layer tag shapes, there are two different ways to attach them together.
- Solid and stable: You can adhere them together so they are stable and do not move.
- Free swinging: You can use the same string or ribbon that holds the tag on the gift to attach the layers together, but allow the layers to swing around independently from each other.
The above layer ideas work equally well with either style.
Here’s some of my layered tags!
Christmas Color Combinations
Let’s talk color. Red + Green = Christmas, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Traditional colors often include shades reds and greens, but there are a lot of other color combinations to choose from, too. Blues, purples, silvers and other cool colors are popular for a more serene card, like a nativity or a moonlit snowy night. More modern color schemes incorporate pink, teal, or lime.
I used Stampin’ Up! colors here, because that’s what I have available and that’s what I use in my example images. Feel free to substitute whatever ink and paper colors you have!
Here are some tags using a traditional color scheme that has been modernized by adding some Delightful Dijon to the mix!
And here’s another more traditional scheme with a totally different feel to it! This time I added Mint Macaron!
Accessories and Embellishments
The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your tags. You have to tie the tag onto the present, and whatever you choose to use can be decorative as well as utilitarian! Anything you would use on a card is also fair game. Sentiments are optional, and can definitely go beyond the standard “To / From”. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.
Ribbons, strings, and other things
How you attach your tag matters.
Ribbon adds a bit of glamour to a tag, especially if they are a bit sparkly. Twine is easy to thread through a hole and tie in a bow. String comes in lots of fun colors and adds to the homemade feel!
Bling it on!
Add sparkle and shine with these embellishment ideas.
- Twine with a sparkly twist
- Shiny ribbons
- Washi tape
- Metallic paper
- Enamel shapes
- and more!
How about buttons?
My Favorite Sentiments
My favorite sentiments for tags this come from these stamp sets by Stampin’ Up!
- Christmas Pines
- Tin of Tags
- Shake and Celebrate
- Watercolor Christmas
- Snowflake Sentiments
- Christmas Pines (It’s back!)
And finally, here’s the whole ensemble:
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
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