Homemade gift tags make me happy November 10 2015, 0 Comments

Gift tags are fun and simple to make. I also think they are better when they are homemade. I took some of my favorite rubber stamps, embellishments, markers, new paper & scrap papers, ribbon, glue, distress inks and watercolor pencils, then put my ideas to work. I happened to have a couple of punches that I used to cut cardstock into tags and when I was tired of those shapes, I started cutting my own. There are so many gift tags to look at in this blog and I'm happy to share them with you. 

The "Bee You" and "Just for you" bees are rubber stamped with black StayzOn ink. Yellow Ranger distress ink was applied with a dobber along the edges and faded in. The bee and wings were shaded with watercolor pencil that I added water to and blended with my paintbrush. The dotted lines around the edges are hand drawn with a black Micron marker. It's a lot of work but so worth that little extra touch. I thought blue ribbon looked nice with the yellow and black so I punched a hole in the top center and looped the ribbon through in my usual manner.  Don't forget to add the little stick-on reinforcement label. It will really give the support the paper tag needs so the hole doesn't rip or tear through. 

These lady bugs were pre-made foam stickers that I picked up at ACMoore. The white paper card stock was stamped in red ink with a cute ladybug rubber stamp. The words were also rubber stamped. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have stickers that I can mix and match with my embellishments, like these ladybugs. The little ladybug is a left-over sticker from a set I used on some other tags. Put them together and they create a cute set.


The four tags above were embossed with an embossing folder that I ran through my Spellbinders machine. Ranger distress inks were used to fade in the edges. These words were Tim Holtz stickers and rub-ons I found on sheets filled with various words and sayings. The flowers were penciled with watercolor and then blended with water using my paintbrush.  I tend to do this technique a lot and think it adds a great hand-painted look.


Hey look, there is that ladybug sticker set I mentioned before. I added in the markered dots and lines and kept these cute and simple. A bright lime green ribbon matched beautifully to their colors.


Did you know that you can use your dobber through a stencil with your Ranger distress inks? I just found that out with my tiny dotted stencil in the above tags' backgrounds. The butterfly is a chipboard embellishment I added distress ink to its edges to give it dimension, then glued it on. The flower is embossed using my heat gun and purple embossing powder with VersaMark ink. I then shadow filled it in with watercolor pencils and water. I made many of the flower ones with different colored embossing powders. I'll add a strip of them at the end of this blog so you can see how changing colors but using the same style can make a great set of tags.

One of my friends purchased all of the penguin gift tags I made. Each were made using pre-cut penguin foam shapes that I placed a hand painted watercolor heart onto. I thought a blue snowflake background would look best on white cardstock. A simple blue line, drawn with a blue marker, outlines the entire tag. 



Christmas and Winter Season gift tags that used some more of the pre-made cut out foam shapes were starting to get me into the holiday season mood as I was making them. Some were even glittered already! I stamped the words on and glued on some snowflake embellishments to make them sparkle more. Brown Ranger distress inks were used on the edges and gave them an antiqued look. The santa tags are swatches of material ModPodged onto cardstock and edged with fabric paint. Since the pattern was in the top center of the tag where I normally place the hole, I punched the hole in the corner instead.


As you can probably tell by the several tags above that I used the same techniques of rubber stamping, stenciled background, shaded edges and glued on embellishments. Ripping paper and edging the scraps with distress inks gives it that look below in the butterfly tags. I took white cardstock, stamped the words on as the main background and ModPodged the ripped paper on (after I inked their edges). The owls and bumblebees below are pre-made felt sticker embellishments on top of white embossed diamonds. 


And a wonderful way to upcycle postage stamps is to add them into your art. These five embossed lime green and red tags below were made by adhering on real postage stamps with ModPodge. 


The red words were from a rub-on set and were easy to apply on the white cardstock before I glued it onto the lime green embossed paper. The pine needle embossing folder chosen was the perfect background. The design was raised after it came out of the Spellbinders machine but when I gently rubbed brown distress ink over the raised needles, it popped even more.







Maybe you'll be inspired to make your own gift tags. Feel free to share them with me on this blog.

Since I'm huge into upcycling and repurposing things, I strongly suggest that you think about things you have at home that you can make gift tags out of. I plan to use more than just my old Christmas cards, stationery, postage stamps, paper scraps and embellishments. It's a good feeling to make something new out of something old. Perhaps I'll have to blog about upcycled gift tags next.