Tags With A Jolly Jumble Of Items!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Now I’ve got three tags to show you, all piled up with a jolly jumble of embellishments…

Tags With A Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

I figure tags are the one thing I can pile up as high as I want to – they don’t need to fit into an envelope or a page protector. If they are going on top of a gift it doesn’t matter how bulky they are! So I used this as an excuse to use up lots of bits and pieces from my stash, and I added lots of arty layers to the background too for even more dimension!

Here’s how to put them together…

Step 1: Take 3 manilla tags:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Spray mist onto each tag at the top, angling it slightly so the mist spreads down the tag a bit:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used Heidi Swapp Mist in Mint and Coral, and Mister Huey Clay Mist:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Once the mist has dried, use a background stamp and complimentary colours to stamp some pattern on each tag. I used a prima stamp, and blue, gold, and pink inks:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Once the mist has dried use a removable spray adhesive on the back of some stencils, and stick them on top of the tags:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Scrape white embossing paste across the stencils using a palette knife or old credit card:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Leave the embossing paste to dry for about 20 minutes before peeling the stencils off carefully – the paste won’t be completely dry yet but you need to peel the stencils off to clean them. Then leave the tags for the paste to dry completely. You can try to speed it up with a heat gun but it will make the paste bubble, so I didn’t:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Gather an assortment of jolly items:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Choose a large feature item for each tag and stick it on, and tie ribbon or trim at the top of each tag:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Use a hot glue gun to adhere the rest of your embellishments – just keep going until you think they look done:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Set them aside until you have an extra special gift to add them to!

Be Inspired:

Make a project with an assortment of piled-up embellishments

Layer mist, stamps, and stencilling on a background

Create a trio of different coloured tags

Do you make tags for gifts at Christmas?

Make sure you come back in an hour for the next guest post, it also features a mix of embellishments, but on a very different project!

Jennifer x

16 Comments
  • I love the backgrounds

    November 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Love these tags!!!!!!!! Don’t make tags as a rule but think I will have a go at these!!!

    November 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm
  • I just got my first jar of embossing paste and you’ve given me some great ideas!

    November 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm
  • I really need to find my textured paste pot so I can try this out. They are great Jennifer. I’d want them back once the present’s have been opened though lol!! x

    November 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  • Anita
    Reply

    Fab definitely going to give some tags a try 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm
  • thanks for the step by step guide to making the backgrounds I will definitely be giving that a go it works really well with your stencils

    November 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  • Great tags and a great way to use up those embellishments I have left over from previous Christmases which don’t really go with the papers I’ve got for this year!

    November 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm
  • What fabulous tags! Love the mixed media backgrounds… and then – as you say, a jumble of embellishments to dress them up!! Cool idea!

    November 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  • I have never made a tag before, but yours are so fun and festive that I might break my perfect record! lol…

    Love the look of the mists and the jumble of jolly items!!! I have oodles of odd things in my stash that might just work for something like this. 🙂
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Making tags for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do so I can’t wait to whip up a few! These are just so adorable…love all the layered embellishments

    November 9, 2014 at 6:47 am
  • Totally love those tags! Best tags ever!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:58 am
  • Love these tags. So jolly.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:47 am
  • Love all the ways that you have built these up.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm
  • Super cute! Good party make-and-take

    November 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm
  • Sue D
    Reply

    Lots of great details and techniques on these tags.

    November 11, 2014 at 3:13 am
  • Julene
    Reply

    Here’s my jolly jumble card. No mixed media but still festive and bright.
    http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/a-jolly-jumble-of-items-for-jennifer.html

    November 14, 2014 at 2:31 am

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