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Merry Christmas with Festive Stitching Tags

Watercolor Christmas Tags

The following is a blog post that I created for the Stampin' Up! Corporate  blog. Now that it has posted there, I'm sharing these quick tags here for you to enjoy!

Hello there! I’m here today to share some simple and quick Christmas tags with you that also pack a creative punch. Even though it’s close to Christmas, you can still complete several of these for your gift wrapping needs or make a set with a gift box to give as a simple gift. Let me show you how.

Here is the whole set together. If you’ve ever seen my projects, you know that I love using water and Stampin’ Up inks to create various watercolor looks. By using a simple watercolor technique and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, these tags came together quickly. Also, hopefully you’ve seen the beautiful Christmas Pines Photopolymer Bundle with coordinating stamps and dies. I chose to focus on the stamp set only for these projects.


First, I die cut a square from Shimmer White Cardstock, stamped the images with the Versamark Pad and then heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. Second, I spritzed water around the embossed image with a Stampin’ Spritzer. Third, I dabbed an Aqua Painter into ink in the top of a Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad and touched it to the wet surface of the paper. The color spreads just where the water is, like magic. Fourth, I dabbed an Aqua Painter into an Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad, and splattered it over the top of the piece.


To complete this tag, I cut a base from Emerald Envy Cardstock to 2.75” x 5.5”, and folded it in half. I also used Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Delightful Dijon Cardstock, Mint Macaron Cardstock and Early Espresso Cardstock for the other tags.


I layered the watercolor images onto scalloped squares die cut using a coordinating die from the Layering Squares Framelits Die and papers from the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.


Each tag has a hole punched in the corner using the 1/8” Circle punch. Here I added some Crushed Curry Baker's Twine to complete the project. This greeting is stamped using the Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin’ Pad, which was also used for the splatter. The watercolor portion was created using a Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pad.


I used the color palette from the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper, which also features Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy.


I used two other colors of twine including Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine and Cherry Cobbler from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack.



Have you seen the White Gift Boxes? These are sized 3” wide x 3” long x 3” high, so the 2.75” tags fit perfectly inside. The box easily holds the 6 tags I made, and has room for at least another 6. The boxes come with a clear wrap, and I added a 2” x 12” strip of patterned paper plus a piece 2” x 3” to connect them at the bottom. This was layered over a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock cut to 2.5” x 11” and embossed on both ends using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (embossed once from each side of the strip).


I also used the bow and greenery dies from the bundle to add some additional decoration to the gift box tag.


The best part of these boxes, is that the wrap slips off and you can open the box and its beautiful contents without ruining the pretty packaging. My family reuses gift boxes and tags each year for Christmas, so this is a great bonus for us.


I hope you have enjoyed these projects, and that you’ll give this form of simple watercolor a try for your next batch of Christmas tags or other projects.