Every Christmas my family uses cute gift tags that I just can't bear to throw away. Some are even handmade. So I save the really cute ones and stash them away with my Christmas scrapbooking supplies.
As I continue with my Crafting on a Budget series throughout the month, I decided to finally get the tags out and take a stab at some Christmas cards. I have really been attracted to the "Clean and Simple" (CAS) style lately, which I like for two reasons:
- I just love the look—there's not as much going on so it's more focused.
- It uses fewer supplies, which is easier on your budget!
Card #1: This first card uses a reindeer-shaped tag. I adhered him to white cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. Then I added a border of CTMH Holiday Red to make him pop. I used just a thin strip of patterned paper from the Believe paper pack which helps anchor the design a bit. Those cute 3D Christmas lights were already part of the tag!
CTMH Kraft cardstock comes in 12" x 12" sheets. To get the most out of your cardstock for your card base, cut your cards at 5-1/2" x 4" instead of 4-1/4". That way you'll get 3 card bases out of one sheet of cardstock. (Cut your card base at 4" x 11" and fold in half so the fold of the card is at the top.)
Card #2: This cute little house tag was screaming "snow scene!" I used White Daisy pigment ink and a snowflake from the Snowflakes stamp set (which also coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge). To add extra snow on the ground I ran some white cardstock through the Cuttlebug again with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then I tore it to resemble hills. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I also added some glitter gel to the hills for some added sparkle.
Believe. I stamped the long presents stamp from Holiday Trinkets (retired) to the thin strip of hollyhock cardstock for some added interest and to play on the gifts under the tree.
- 1 Believe paper packet: $9.95
- Kraft cardstock (24): $9.50
- Snowflakes stamp set: (very versatile for Christmas and winter) $17.95
- White Daisy pigment ink: $6.95
- Tags from Christmases past: free
See this post for budget-friendly advice on where to get white cardstock for your card bases.
Remember you can add the Holiday Wishes stamp set to your order for just $5 this month when you purchase $25 in stamps from Close to my Heart! And you can add the Stamp of the Month for just $5 also when you place a $50 order.
I hope you'll think twice before throwing out your cute gift tags this year...they just might turn into your Christmas cards next year!
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