I keep my cardstock scraps. I always check in my drawer unit for scraps when needing less than a full sheet of cardstock. I will share my scrap cardstock storage soon. This was a project that I did over the course of days.....lots of days.
This year I really wanted to make gift tags for the holiday times. I work so hard on my gifts and often lose my mojo when it comes to wrapping them up. This year, I promised myself I would create some tags, after all, I have all the crafting supplies to make them. So I approached this project differently. Every time I did some stamping, before I put away my stamps and supplies: I stamped out a gift tag. I added it to my "tag stash". Now as the season of gift giving is approaching, I have a nice tag stash to chose from. It only took a couple more minutes to stamp a tag after each project! It was the perfect way to work on my goal this year.
The first suggestion I would make is to get some nice tag dies. Lots of companies carry them, pick up two or three on your next crafting order. Keep them handy or be even MORE proactive, go ahead and cut some blank tags to keep on hand to stamp after your next project is done. I used a lot of crumb cake cardstock. It's my favorite neutral cardstock and I think it matches most of the wrapping paper I have on hand.
I wanted simple tags. I love beautiful tags but I knew that spending a whole day making tags was probably unreal expectation for me. But I could easily stamp some tags. Most of these tags have slight coloring on them, nothing fancy or maybe some heat embossing. Keeping the tags simple made them easy to do.
These tags were made with some heat embossing. (All ribbons will be added later when I am actually attaching them to the gift so I can match the ribbon to the gift wrap).
I will easily be able to attach these tags to gifts by using my hole punch if the tag doesn't already have a hole provided.
I even made some Halloween tags! How cute are these! All made from scraps of cardstock!
This is one of my favorite tag dies, I believe it is from Papertrey Ink. (I will take a poker and push out the little paper holes more before I put it on the gift). I love that with simple stamping, this was a beautiful tag.
I also made some tag with white cardstock and more inking.
I have to say this was one of my favorite tags, it from a Catherine Pooler stamp set. It was perfect for a tag and added such nice detail. It was a lot of fun to make.
I also made some all occasions tags. Stamping an image on the front:
And a stamping a good To/From sentiment on the back of the tag. I recommend a nice big To/From sentiment and also a small one of the same sentiment so you can stamp it on various sizes. Check your stamp sets, these sentiments are sometimes included on stamp sets.
How cute is this Llama?? Any stamp can be made into a tag! Play around!
How cute is this Lawn Fawn stamp set? Made a cute tag!!!
Several tag dies are flip tags, those are fun and unique.
If you don't have any tag dies, use what you have. Even a regular square die can be used to cut out the tag....punch with a hole punch and you have a tag!
This is one of my favorite stamps. I watch the History show Vikings, so I had to get this stamp. Anyone watch that show? It's pretty good!
This was the same tag as above, just showing the tag completely closed.
How fun are these tags? I am going to keep making tags throughout the year, since this project seemed to work well for me. I hope this inspires you to "get ahead" of the gift giving season.
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