Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Countdown to Xmas: 25 Cards, 25 Days - Day 24

'Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the house...  How are you spending your Christmas Eve?  Some of you may be wrapping up last minute Christmas gifts, so today's "card" is just for you.  Instead of a card, I made two gift tags.  This was also a suggestion made by a good childhood friend, so here goes:

 Here's a close-up of the Penguin figure skating tag:

Materials for the Penguin skating tag:

  • 7 pieces of kraft card stock cut to 3.5" squares
  • Sizzix Scalloped circles die set
  • Simon Says Stamp stitched circles dies set
  • 2 pieces of white card stock
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Mama Elephant Happy Everything stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp stitched slopes die set
  • Penguin stickers
  • Ranger Enamel Accents

Directions for the Penguin skating tag:

  • I used seven layers of kraft card stock to make a super thick, heavy duty tag base.
  • Cut seven scalloped circles and then die cut the center with a stitched circle die in only 6 of the layers.  The solid scalloped circle will serve as the back of the tag.
  • Punch a hole in the same spot on each of the scalloped circles for twine.
  • Die cut two white stitched circles slightly larger than the window opening on the tag.
  • Use the stitched slope die to cut a slightly concave shaped section for the bottom of the circle.  This will serve as the ice/frozen pond.
  • Use distress ink and lightly color the sky.  Use the same color and color the ice with more ink to provide some contrast from the sky.
  • Stamp "FOR YOU" on some patterned paper and cut out a banner.
  • To assemble the tag, start with the solid scalloped circle.  Glue the white stitched circle to the center.  Add  two scalloped circles on top of that. Then glue the ice piece in place.  Add the remaining four scalloped circles the top. 
  • Add the "For You" sentiment with foam adhesive.
  • Glue the penguin stickers in place.
  • Tie twine through the holes and finish with a bow.

Here's a close-up of the Penguin shaker tag:

Materials for the Penguin shaker tag:
  • Two pieces of patterned paper (same pattern)
  • One piece of patterned paper for the background
  • Vellum Paper
  • Button
  • Mama Elephant Polar Pals stamp set
  • Mama Elephant Happy Everything stamp set
  • Twine
  • Star confetti
  • Foam adhesive strips
  • Copic Markers
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
  • Ranger White embossing powder
  • My Favorite Things STAX Tag Dies 
Directions for the Penguin shaker tag:
  • Die cut all the patterned paper and vellum in the shape of a tag
  • Take one of the patterned papers and cut a window in the center.  This will be the front of the tag.
  • Punch a hole through the top of the tag.
  • Glue the darker patterned paper to the back tag.  
  • Add foam adhesive strips around the edges of the tag.  Fill with star confetti.
  • Emboss "happy" and "holidays" on the vellum in white embossing powder.  Adhere the vellum to the top of the foam adhesive.
  • Add the top of the tag with the window. 
  • Stamp the Penguin using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, color with copic markers and die-cut.  Attach to the front of the tag with foam dots.
  • String twine through the button.  
  • String twine through the hole at the top of the tag.
  • Glue the button to the tag covering the hole.
  • Shake it up and make sure nothing falls out.  
Enjoy!  Good luck with all the last minute gift wrapping!

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