24 November 2016

Tag, You're It!

Christmas Tags that can be used as their own decoration and even used as a gift on their own. I made a variety of festive tags with gift card pockets.

One of the things I dislike about most cards or tags with a gift card slot is that they only look good when they have the gift card in place. As soon as the recipient takes out the gift card to use it, the card or tag looks incomplete. So, when adding in a gift card pocket, I try to think of a design that fits the card but still looks good without it.

Joy Tag

This tag features an image from Art Impressions that I coloured with watercolour pencils and a water brush when I was in the airport in Chicago on my way home last week. I added Wink of Stella to the green ornaments and fussy cut the image out after I got home. 

The gift card pocket is beneath the panel of white stitched swirls and snowflakes. The inside of the pocket is red. A candy ribbon and Spellbinders snowflake on the back finish the tag. 


Joeux Noël Tag

A bit of festiveness with a French accent. 

The gift card pocket is a snowflake embossed panel of teal accented by the teal ribbon and a glittery snowflake matching the glittery "joyeux noël" with rhinestones for the dots. On the other side is an embossed white panel studded with faux pearls and accented with a teal ribbon. To add shimmer to the snowflake embossed panels. I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls Confetti White.


Santa Tag

The vintage-style Santa picture from the Graphic 45 St Nicolas collection is actually a gift card pocket on a background of green holly. 

The other side of the tag features holly with a glittery "Merry Christmas".


Wreath Tag

Adding dimension to the wreath patterned paper gives it a bit of distinction.

The gift card pocket features a panel from the Graphic 45 St Nicolas collection accented with Wink of Stella on the candy cane and red rhinestones. On the other side, the wreath and flowers are given dimension with foam mounting tape and touches of Glossy Accents on the holly berries. Wink of Stella adds a bit of shimmer to the ribbon. Red metallic dots finish the side. 


Putting It Together - Gift Card Pocket

Since most gift cards are now the size of credit cards, I used an expired credit card to size the pocket. 


First task, making a pocket. I decided to use fun foam to make a 3 sided frame to give room for the pocket.

For the Joy Tag, I added a red paper to the tag and then the gift card pocket frame.

The pocket on the Joy Tag was topped off with a white panel of Stiched Swirls. The red winks through the stitching and the sides.

The decorative panel for the Wreath Tag is too big to have a gift card peek out the top, so I adhereed the bottom of the pocket frame higher up on back of the panel. I added fun foam below the pocket to support the bottom of the panel.

With the panel on the tag, the gift card peeks out the top.


The Crafter's Cafe: Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Cute (Joy Tag)
Less Is More: Vintage (Santa Tag and Wreath Tag)
Crafty Cardmakers: Embossing (Joyeux Noel Tag)
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Trio-tastic (Wreath Tag - 3 rhinestones, 3 metallic dots)
Dies R Us: Tags + Die Cuts (Joy Tag, Santa Tag, and Joyeux Noel Tag)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas to Die For (Joy Tag, Santa Tag, and Joyeux Noel Tag)
Cristmas Cards All Year Long: Santa (Santa Tag)
The Crafty Addicts: Christmas Paper (Santa Tag and Wreath Tag)
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Emerald Creek Dares: Festivities


  1. Beautiful tags..
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Wow - love these tags and the gift enclosure is perfect! Thank so much for joining us this time at the Craft Your Passion Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  3. Well aren't you the clever one making these dual purpose as gift card holders! They are all beautiful! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘TAGS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  4. Very beautiful tags! Thanks for playing with us at The Crafty Addicts :) xx Mari

  5. These are lovely tags, Rijacki! Beautifully made, and your step-by-step is so helpful. They would need to have a bit more empty space to be suitable for our Clean and Simple challenge, and we have a limit of 5 challenge entries including ours, but thanks for sharing and I hope we see you back with us in future weeks :)

  6. A lovely selection of tags and a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas Cards All Year Round.
    Kath x

  7. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 308 – you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too x

  8. Oh my these are all lovely, I agree about tags that hold cards but you have solved that and what beautiful tags you have created.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge X

  9. I saw these in the gallery at Dies R Us. Beautiful tags, each one of them! They would look fabulous sin the gallery at Emerald Creek Dares, too! Wink, wink! Hugs!


  10. These are so pretty! Love all your tags. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  11. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at crafty cardmakers this time - all great tags, what a lovely idea!


  12. Awesome array of tags and love your tutorial. Your Joyeux Noel Tag is wonderfully embossed. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  13. Great tags - thanks for joining us at Christmas Cards All Year Round and we hope to see you again in December!

    Helen x

  14. Great tags!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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