25 Days of Tags!

Today is the last day of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge hosted by @traceymcneely! Because I am an excellent procrastinator, I’ve spent the last couple days making a flurry of holiday tags for my friends and family. With so many companies and designers participating, there is so much inspiration from which to draw! It was really fun to work on a smaller canvas than my normal A2 sized card. If you follow me on Instagram or my blog (I’d love it if you did!), you know that I love making cards in a wide variety of styles. I like flowers just as much as I like critter cards, and everything between. As such, my tags are also varied in style. I consider my varied interests and willingness to experiment a total asset (wink wink to any companies looking for new design talent ha)!

If you want to participate in the tag challenge, you’re in luck! This contest will continue until December 3, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. You also have a chance to win one of over $1000 in prizes! Check Tracey’s blog for all the details. I usually take pics of my product list, but since I made six tags, it seemed way too daunting to organize, so please check the supply lists & inspiration beside each tag. If I make more tags, I’ll update this blog post with those details. Happy crafting! #25daysoftags2020

TAG 1. Holographic heart
This tag was inspired by Day 22 sponsored by Erin Lee Creative. I took inspiration from the designs created by Erin Lee and Ceal Pritchett, specifically the holographic elements and the dark, patterned paper. To me, it’s a pinch of tradition with a twist of rock and roll, and that’s so me! Pro tip – only use a touch of glue adhering the bow to the holographic paper. The adhesive eraser does not work well on slick paper. The sentiment is white heat embossed.

TAG 2. “Merry Everything”
This tag was inspired by Day 5 sponsored by Ellen Hutson. I took inspiration from the design created by Lindsey Larsen. White ink on kraft paper is so classic, so I wanted to keep this one layer tag classic and simple. I added in white gel pen as falling snow, varying the size of the dots. If you remember from my last post, I am on a quest for the best white gel pen. I recently started using the Boxun gel pens, and so far so good.

TAG 3. Bear cub & gift
This tag was inspired by Day 10 sponsored by Reverse Confetti. I took inspiration from the designs created by Lindsey Larsen and Lisa Henke. I wanted to highlight the bear cub and gift (leftover pieces from my Hey Winter card) and use a circle die cut for the tag. I created a layered tag with two separate circle die cuts.The tag elements were colored with Copics and I added Wink of Stella for sparkle.

TAG 4. Rudolph
This tag was inspired by Day 2 sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. I took inspiration from the design created by Carol. My reindeer was colored with copics and I added a red pearl to his nose. The snowflakes in the background were white heat embossed. And the sentiment stamped with white pigment ink.

TAG 5. Holly days
This tag was inspired by Day 3 sponsored by Altenew. I took loose inspiration from the design created by Laurie Willison. This tag used all the same products as the Merry Everything tag and looks completely different. I love seeing the same supplies used in different ways – it helps to stretch what we’ve got! Drawing from my love of pattern making, I stamped the holly several times in Catherine Pooler Seafoam ink and outlined each holly in W0 and W2 for a light shadow effect. I colored one holly with copics and popped it up for dimension to stand out near my sentiment.

TAG 6. Ho Ho Ho
This tag was inspired by Day 19 sponsored by Waffle Flower Crafts. I took inspiration from the design created by Tracey McNeely. I made a fun, layered “Christmas rainbow” tag (as coined by Laura Fedora, I believe). I colored Santa with copics (I grew up with images and figurines of Black Santa so I like to honor that in my crafts), added detail to his beard with opaque white ink, and wrinkles to his eyes with a pencil. What a cutie! On a white base, I glued all the elements and then die cut a tag from pattern paper and tied them together with ribbon from my stash.

If you made it to the end, thank you! If you liked these tags or have any feedback, please let me know on here or on IG! If you’re inspired, please tag me so I can see what you create. Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!