Friday, December 17, 2021

Santa Snow Leopard Suit Tags

Every year I find a set of Christmas Gift Bags that I like, and I try my best to make matching gift tags for them.  This year I liked these vintage type bags with the Snow Leopard fur on Santa's hat and suit, found at Home Goods. They even had an attached Santa face image on the handle. Right next to the bags were two packages of these oddly sized black tags, 3.75 x 7 inches, 12 in a pack from Roobee by Mara-Mi (never have heard of this company) and I thought why not try them. Here is what I came up with. Enjoy!

When I opened the tags, they had a rougher, detail sand paper type of feel. I really liked the texture, but I was unsure about them. I thought I would try a test of these new tags along side with a Ranger #8 Black Tag, painting each with Candied Apple Distress Paint from Tim Holtz. I was shocked by the results. The Ranger tag really absorbed the red paint and turned the tag a dark brick color (on the right), but the new tag must have had a coating on top as the paint did not absorb into the paper so the color stayed on top and was vibrant and sharp, coloring the black quite well. It even dried pretty quick as well. I decided to add another coat to match the bags a little better...WOW, so vibrant. I looked for more online, but had no luck. I found some silver ribbon in my stash that closely matched the ribbon on the bag, and added it through the hole, but not tying it yet. 

I decided to try the Snow Leopard look, and just knew I already had ribbon that matched and would make it easy, but I didn't find any in the stash after searching for awhile. I did have plain white furry ribbon though, but it was too wide and the fur way to long. I decided to use what I had, and gave the fur a good hair cut outside, using super sharp Tim scissors. The hairs went all over the place...good I was outside...but I loved the result. Next, I needed black spots. I didn't want to use paint as I wasn't sure if it would dry stiff, so I tried a marker first. I used a Black Big Brush Pitt Pen from Faber Castell, and it worked wonderfully. I trimmed the fur to size and adhered it to the tags (I made 12 tags, and some without spots for a more masculine feel.) with Skor Tape. 

For the buckle, I die cut Tim's Silver Kraftstock with the smallest Stacked Baroque Thinlit from Sizzix. I used a craft knife to cut slits on each side of the die cut, and inserted black glitter ribbon through to be the belt. I secure the belt over the fur with tape.

For personalization, I used the Varsity Alphanumeric Thinlits from Tim and Sizzix for the initial of each recipient using Gold and Silver Kraftstock...letter jacket style. So super fun. Then I tied them on the bag handles just below Santa's face...perfect!

That is probably all for this year, as I just can't see myself having time to! I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas or Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate or don't...just be happy. Thank you so very very very much for all the love and support over this was not an easy one for any of us. God bless each one of you on this next year, and blessings on your health, wealth, and happiness of course. Until next year, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family...and a Happy New that you made your own Leopard print fur trim...such a fun project...see you next year...LOL, just love saying that...LOL.

  2. I love this!!! The tags are adorable!!!!

  3. Off-the-charts awesome Christmas tags. Brilliant job with creating snow leopard faux fur. What a great idea!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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