Sunday, December 20, 2020

Double Stamped, Painted, and Personalized Christmas Gift Tags

Yikes, five more days until Christmas and I am just now wrapping presents. Of course I needed name tags for the presents, so it was Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Dies and stamps from Stamper's Anonymous to the rescue,  and using a technique he showed on a LIVE to paint them in.  I hope the recipients will like them.

Using red, white, black, and Christmas papers from the Christmas Paper Stash, I die cut all the initials of the tag recipients using the Shadow Uppercase Alphanumeric Thinlits. I needed a 'Jr.' so I also used the Tiny Type Upper Alphanumeric Thinlits for those letters. I used two sided tape to adhere them together. I cut tags out of red cardstock, and gathered black and kraft tags as well. 
(NOTE: I used two stamping platforms simultaneously for the stamping, one for the snowman and one for the deer.) For the kraft tags, I stamped the deer and snowman from the Winterscape set using Jet Black and the stamping platform, as well as the sentiment from the Sketch Greenery set. I did not remove these stamps (except the sentiment) until I was all finished with the painting, fyi. I also stamped the same images on sticky note and cut out for masking. I added the tree stamp next to the snowman and used scrape paper to hold the spot on the snowman, and lay the tag next to it for the tree with the snowman masked (I did the same with the deer), so the platform worked double duty. 
 I painted in the snowman and deer scenes using Distress Paints and a detail paintbrush. Once dry, I restamped the images over again, masking as well, so that the images were crisp again and yet colored in, using Jet Black. Because the stamps were not removed from the platform, they stamped perfectly over the painted images. I added strips of Christmas Fabric Tape to the bottom of the tags and then adhered the initials of each person the tags were for on top. I inked the edges of the tags with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and then added the ribbon to the tag hole. On the snowman tag I folded the Fabric Tape in half and adhered it to itself and then added it to the tag hole. 
For the red tags with Santa, I used one platform and added all the stamps to it and stamped them at the same time using Jet Black (holly and Santa from Tattered Christmas and holly from Sketch Greenery). I added the sentiment and stamped it in Twisted Citron Oxide and heat emboss in Lime Green powder. Using the Stitching Circle Frames Stencil, and laid it over the Santa and using the smallest frame, I colored in the dots with a white pen. Then I painted in all the images with Distress Paint, and once dry I restamped the images in Jet Black. I adhered the initials of the recipients at the bottom of the tags. I added white dashes with white pen around the border of the tags, added white circle holes to the tag hole, and then tied the ribbons on. For the other set of red tags with the cardinals, I did the exact same as the Santa tags, except the sentiment is in Jet Black and not embossed (the sentiment and branches with berries from Sketch Greenery and the birds on branches from Winterscape), and I added another stamped bit of the branches with berries after I painted and restamped the first parts because I thought it needed a little more. To turn the bird into a cardinal, I painted a little crest above their head with Candied Apple as I was painting in the whole bird, and when dry I used a black pen to draw the two lines in for the crest.
For the black Santa tags, I stamped the Santa from Vintage Holidays using the platform and Glacier White Pigment Ink on each black tag. I left the stamp in place and cleaned off the white ink. I painted in the Santa with Distress Paint right over the ink. When dry, I restamped the Santa in Jet Black Archival. I used a silver leafing pen for the buckle. I added the initials to the bottom, and used the white pen for the lines around the border, and then added the ribbon.

(Die Cut Machine, Two Sided Tape, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Paint Brush, Heat Tool, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool) 
-Ranger Surfaces: #8 Kraft Tag, #8 Black Tag 
-Red Cardstock, White Cardstock 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Paper Stash 2018, Christmas Fabric Tape 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Shadow Uppercase Alphanumeric, Tiny Type Upper Alphanumeric 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Winterscape, Sketch Greenery, Tattered Christmas, Vintage Holidays 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Candied Apple, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Broken China, Picket Fence, Hickory Smoke, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Twisted Citron 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Lime Green 
-Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art: Stitching Circle Frames 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White, Black 
-Ranger Pigment Ink Pad: Glacier White 
-Marvy Deco Color Premium Silver Leafing Pen 
-Christmas Ribbons
This is my last Christmas make for the year, but I'll be back in a few days with another post this year. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. These are seriously fantastic! Not only are they beautiful, festive, and super charming, but they are an inspiration to us all when it comes to batch making our holiday season tags. Really, really wonderful work here, my friend!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  2. Oh my goodness! These tags are gifts all on their own! Such vibrant colors and such charming imagaes! You have been a busy little elf! I love the little speckled detail in the background that makes it look like it's snowing. Gorgeous work, my friend! Merry, Merry Christmas!

  3. these are gorgeous!!! I may have to try to replicate that snowman one!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours

  4. Well, better late than never! Your family will not just like them, they will love them Anita, they are fabulous. The snowmen are a delight and of course, I just adore Father Christmas. Wishing you a very happy holiday season. Hugs, Anne xxx


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