One of my papercraft obsessions (apart from designing new projects) is not wasting materials. It’s for this reason that I love making bookmarks, gift tags and giftcard holders. These smaller projects use up scraps of card, paper and ribbon so it doesn’t go to waste. They can also inspire panels and layers for larger projects too, which is great when occasionally I’m faced with a creative block. So I couldn’t resist the Celebrate with Tags bundle in the Mini Catalogue and made this unusual combined gift card and gift tag.
CELEBRATIONS TAG DIES
Even if you’re not excited by the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set, do take a look at the Celebrations Tag Dies. There’s 14 dies in the set which is dominated by two large dies, each one designed to make a folded gift tag. One of the tags folds at the top (the dies add the ‘scored’ lines too). But you could also cut along the scored line to create two flat tags, or have the two separate parts tied together. Today however I chose to use the largest die in the set. This one also folds but has tabs at the side to create a pocket that’s perfectly sized for a gift card.
To make the giftcard holder tag I started by cutting a 3″ x 7-3/4″ piece of the snowflake design from the Texture Chic 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Then I placed the large die on top and ran it through my full-size Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. (While the die would fit through the Mini Machine it’s too long for the Mini Machine platform.) Once cut, I folded the DSP along the ‘scored’ lines left by the die. Then I folded in the side tabs before adding a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to them, and then folding the back section over.
With the pocket assembled all I had to do now was slide my giftcard into it. To keep the gift card in place I cut 6″ of silver cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. Then I threaded it through the holes at the top of the tag and tied it in a simple knot.
CELEBRATE WITH TAGS
Now it was time to decorate my project and for that I reached for the coordinating Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set. I decided to use the simple “be jolly” sentiment so my project would be suitable for a variety of winter occasions. Using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card, then it was back to the Celebrations Tag Dies.
This time I needed the small straight banner die that is designed to coordinate with my sentiment (and another one in the stamp set). After cutting it out I set the sentiment aside while I used the snowflake die from the set to cut out some of the lightest coloured card from the Silver Foil Specialty Pack.
Finishing off my project was quick and easy. First I glued one of the snowflakes over towards the right-hand side of the giftcard holder / tag front. Then I glued the second snowflake to the back of the left side of the die-cut sentiment. Finally I added a couple of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and added it to the giftcard holder tag. Job done.
This was the first project I made using the Celebrations Tag Dies and I love the result. These dies really are so simple to use and I can see so many possibilities. But I’d love to know what you think, so please leave a comment below and share your first impressions.
For a Christmas card created using the same snowflake patterned paper see my previous blog post Texture Chic surprise.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set and coordinating Celebrations Tag Dies using a single “bundle” item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links for both options below so you can compare these if you wish.
UPDATE 2023: Sadly the Celebrations Tag Dies have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!