Xmas Tags!

I finally got a chance to finish these tags for the Cards Magazine Blog Challenge. I have a few more that I'm working on, too - hopefully I'll get them photog'd in time for the deadline tomorrow morning. That may not be realistic however, because we are going into NYC to see a very special holiday show with the kids and to do a little holiday this-and-that in the Big Apple! I'll give you all the details later this weekend!
I love making tags! They are so quick and easy, and honestly you can really get away with a lot or a little on them - and as you know, I'm not a big sentimentarian {I made that word up}, so I love the simplicity of the message (if any!). But my favorite part is that they are the perfect size to make from scraps! WooHoo, I love using scraps!
I used a few fun techniques on these tags.
1) Glitter Tape - This is a FAB technique I first discovered from a Christine Middlecamp layout at Creative Therapy. It is using doublestick tape then smothering it in glitter! Duh! How awesome is that?! I was smitten from that moment - so much so that I have the very Martha Stewart book that she references this technique in on my wish list for Christmas! For my Christmas tree, I did some layering of my tape and it gave the colors a great graduated effect. I started with my silver, then overlapped my next layer of double stick tape slightly over the silver and added the green. One tip, I always keep a dry paint brush on hand to brush away any unwanted or excess glitter. Keeps your cards nice and tidy looking. :)
2) Sponge/Ink Relief - On the "Amy" tag, I used a section of paper snowflake garland I picked up on clearance last year, held it in place and with a sponge, inked right over the top of the garland and voila - I got a really fun, subtle and one of a kind background for my tag! Easy peasy!
3) Faux stitching - On tags, the one thing I always want to be sure of is that the back is absolutely pristine because that is where I usually like to write any personal message. So to give the effect of real stitching without impacting the integrity of the back of the tag (or having to add a back piece), faux stitching is the way to go, I say!

{Supply List}

"I {heart} U"
Cardstock: CTMH
Buttons: CTMH
Ribbon: Michael's Stores
Alpha Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Marker: CTMH
Die: Nestabilities Heart
Digital Die Cutting: Mini Monograms, Cricut Cartridge


Cardstock: CTMH, PTI
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Buttons: CTMH
Ribbon: Michael's Stores, CTMH
Marker: Sakura
Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts
Die: Nestabilities Labels 3
Double Stick Tape: Scotch 3/4"


Cardstock: PTI
Ribbon: Michael's StoresAlpha Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Marker: Sakura
Garland used as relief: Target Stores
Die: Nestabilities Labels 3

Cardstock: PTI, CTMH
Ribbon: Michael's Stores Alpha Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Marker: Sakura
Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts
Die: Nestabilities Labels 3, Labels 8
Double Stick Tape: Scotch 3/4"