Cute and Fun DIY Gift Tags!

When I started down this path, I had NO idea that DIY gift tags are so hot this year! I haven’t dived into the “why” but I sure love the results because I think making tags is so much fun, they can be used so many ways and you can sure use up lots of scraps! Check out my three Snowmen Tags. These reindeer just have the cutest expressions on their faces and I love that these tags, with their tones of brown and outdoor theme, are perfect for masculine gifts or cards. Yes, that’s right – remember, you can add some trim to the tops of these tags and pop them on a card front for something truly unique!

To make these fun tags I used the Rubbernecker Nested Tag Stitch, Reindeer and Birds, Tabbed Birch Trees, Deckle Hills and Greenery #1.

two cute diy gift tags made using die cuts from Rubbernecker to create happy reindeer, winter greenery and beautiful miniature birch trees

The Tag Base

  • Cut the tag base using red cardstock and the largest tag die.
  • Cut the second layer using designer paper and the second sized tag.
  • Attach the designer paper tag to the red tag using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock and deckle die to cut the snow layer.
  • Use the smaller tag die to cut the bottom of the snow layer to make it match the designer paper tag.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the sides and bottom of the snow layer and attach it to the tag.  Note:  I leave the top section of the snow layer free from adhesive so I can tuck the trees and greenery in behind it.
  • Punch a hole in the top of each tag.

The Birch Trees and Greenery

  • Cut two sections of deckle hills and birch trees using white cardstock.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of gray to the notches on the birch trees.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the greenery sections.

One of today's reindeer themed diy gift tags showing a die cut reindeer in a wintry birch woods

The Reindeer and Birds

  • Cut the reindeer sections using brown, tan, white and light pink cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the birds, wings and scarves.
  • Attach the wings to the bird bodies using glossy accents and color the beaks using a black marker.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of brown ink on the deer bodies and head.
  • Assemble the antlers, ears and face sections and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach the scarves to the reindeer using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the heads and attach them to the bodies.

Finish the Tag

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birch trees and tuck them in behind the snow layers and attach to the tag base.
  • Use small pieces of mounting tape on the back of the reindeer to attach them to the front of the snow layers.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the birch trees.
  • Tuck the greenery sections in behind the snow layers and attach with glossy accents.

 

One of my diy gift tags showing an adorable die cut reindeer in his snowy bitch woods home all made using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Do you have DIY gift tags on your list to make this year? Have you chosen all your ideas and inspiration? I sure hope these adorable fellas make your list!  You may want to check out my Christmas Gift Tags for a more elegant set of tags.

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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Tabbed Birch Trees Die Cut 5167-02D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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DIY gift tags are so much fun to make and look great on your gifts.

A Playful Reindeer Card!

There’s just something about these two adorable fellows on this reindeer card that cracks me up! They look like they’ve taken a little break in between some raucous reindeer games to plot with their cardinal buddies! And I just love that I was able to create such a detailed scene around the reindeer with tree dies and a snowy background.

To make this card I used the newly released Rubbernecker Reindeer and Birds paired with the Inside Scallop Nested, Evergreen Trees, Tabbed Birch Trees, Deckle Hills and Splatter Background stamp.

a handmade reindeer card featuring two adorable die cut reindeer and tiny die cut cardinals against a winter background

The Snowy Scene Base and Trees

  • Cut a white A2 sized card base.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the evergreen trees.
  • Cut a scene layer using light blue cardstock and the largest of Inside Scallop dies.
  • Secure the splatter background stamp and green trees in the MISTI. 
  • Apply white pigment ink to the stamp and stamp the trees, apply white embossing powder and heat.
  • Repeat the above steps with the blue scene layer.
  • Attach a red layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the snowy scene layer and attach to the card base.

A wintry reindeer card handmade using die cuts from Rubbernecker

The Reindeer and Birds

  • Cut the reindeer sections using brown, tan, white and light pink cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the birds, wings and scarves.
  • Attach the wings to the bird bodies using glossy accents and color the beaks using a black marker.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of brown ink on the deer bodies and head.
  • Assemble the antlers, ears and face sections and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach the scarves to the reindeer using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the heads and attach them to the bodies.

The Birch Trees and Snow Layers

  • Cut two sections of deckle hills and birch trees using white cardstock.
  • Use the Inside Scallop die to cut both snow layers to match the snowy layer borders.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of gray to the notches on the birch trees.

Assemble the Scene

  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the snow layers and attach to the card base.
  • Tuck the evergreen trees in behind the snow layer and attach to the card base using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birch trees and tuck them in behind the snow layers and attach to the card base.
  • Use small pieces of mounting tape on the back of the reindeer to attach them to the front of the snow layers.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the birch tree and snow layer.

Note: The scene is mostly light blue, green and white so I layered the scene on red to make it stand out more and then used red scarves and red birds inside the scene to create eye catching pops of color.

A winter themed reindeer card featuring two die cut reindeer against a snowy background

 
5305D Inside Scallop Nested Dies
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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Tabbed Birch Trees Die Cut 5167-02D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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1231 Splatter Background
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
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New & Improved MISTI Laser Etched…
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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A reindeer card like this one can be a great card to send around Christmas to people who may not celebrate the holiday but to whom you want to send some warm winter wishes. I’d love to hear what you think about YOUR wintry friends once you’ve had a chance to make a few!

Grand Oak Tree

Good Saturday morning.  When I saw the new Memory Box release at Ellen Hutson I knew my debit card was going to be in trouble.  LOL!  I loved the Grand Oak Tree and Set of Swings and couldn’t wait to get them in my hands.

KC Memory Box Grand Oak Tree 1 left
I cut the tree out kraft paper and colored it with distress markers.  I used shabby shutters and peeled paint for the leaves and antique linen and vintage photo for the tree trunk and limbs. I cut and colored the swing and attached to the back of the tree limb using glossy accents. I used rolled glue dots in several places on the back of the tree to attach to the clouds on the card base so it would stand free for dimension. The bottom trunk of the tree was attached flat to the base so I could pop the grass and fence in front of it.

KC Memory Box Grand Oak Tree 1 center

I attached the fence sections with mounting tape and hand cut a grassy section to pop up in front of the tree and fence. I cut sections of the leafy branch and attached tiny flowers from the flower mound and tucked in behind the fence.  I put two little red birds up in the tree to add a little more color and interest in the top of the scene.

KC Memory Box Grand Oak Tree 1 right

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping 

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Paper:  Blue, White, Red, Kraft     Accessories:  Memory Box Grand Oak Tree, Set of Swings, Resting Birds, Puffy Clouds, Flower Mound, Leafy Branch, Poppystamps Picket Fence, Distress Markers– Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Black Soot Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Metal Adapter Plate, Paper Piercer, Stylus, Teflon Bone Folder, ATG, Big Shot, Glue Dots

Funny Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs!

Using these funny Christmas card ideas with dogs could be a big timesaver!

I love seeing funny Christmas card ideas with dogs and many of them require a photo. OK – so how many of you have tried to get a good photo with a dog? And how long did it take? Right? What if you could reproduce your favorite furry friend with card stock? Then you get them to pose any way you want! That’s exactly what I did here – I reproduced one of my zany puppies in card stock and let me tell you, he doesn’t move an inch!

dies from Kittiekraft by Rubbernecker created the handmade elements to show off today's funny Christmas card ideas with dogs

The Dog

I have received several requests for a video showing how to assemble the dog in this card since I posted it a couple weeks ago.  Check out the video to see just how easy this guy was to assemble.  All I did when I was finished with him was to add the hat, scarf and holly.

The Snowy Card Base and Snow Layers

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and light blue cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 4.25″ scene layer.
  • Dust the blue layer using the embossing magic bag.
  • Stamp the snowy background using white pigment ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Use ATG adhesive to attach the blue snow layer to the white card base.
  • Use white cardstock to cut two deckle snow layers.
  • Attach the taller snow directly to the scene base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use a strip of mounting tape to attach the front snow layer.

The Snow Covered Tree

  • Cut one tree using woodgrain cardstock and a second tree top portion using white cardstock.
  • Use brown ink and a wet baby wipe to color the tree.

Baby Wipe Tree Inking

  • Cut sections of the white tree apart, layer and off set the pieces and attach them with glossy accents.  Pro Tip: I wanted the snow to appear piled up on the main branch forks off the trunk so I left those sections when I trimmed the white branches.
  • Tuck the tree in behind the back snow layer and attach to the card base with strips of mounting tape and tiny pop dots.

The Dog House

  • Cut the dog house using wood grain cardstock and and the roof using white cardstock.
  • Attach the roof and inside layer to the house using thin strips of mounting tape.
  • Cut the sign back using red cardstock and the sign using white cardstock.
  • Place the sign to the sign back using glossy accents and attach it to the house using glossy accents.  Note:  I wrote the dog name using an extra fine black marker.
  • Decorate the house roof using several green holly leaves and berries.

funny Christmas card ideas with dogs made using dies from Kittiekraft by Rubbernecker to create all the elements on this handmade card

The Tiny Christmas Tree

  • Cut the top three sections of the tree using green cardstock.
  • Use white pigment ink to stamp the snow and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Attach the three sections together using glossy accents and tiny pop dots.
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the star and attach it to the tree top using glossy accents.

Complete the Scene

  • Tuck the dog house and dog in behind the front snow layer and attach in place using a large pieces of mounting tape.
  • Apply a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the Christmas tree and attach it to the snow layer and dog house.
  • Use red cardstock to cut birds (from the Reindeer and Birds set). attach the wings with glossy accents and color their beaks using a black marker.
  • Attach the birds to the tree branches and snow layer using small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Create a few touches of falling snow to tree and dog house using tiny white circles and glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  You may think I’m crazy but I save all of my negative circle pieces when I cut a die with scalloped borders.  They come in handy for times like this!  
  • Finish by adding touches of red stickles to the holly berries on the house and dog scarf and yellow stickles to the star.

I love adding dogs and cats to my cards.  Check out this fun Dog and Cats card to see another funny example.

an example of handmade funny Christmas card ideas with dogs loaded with details thanks to dies from Kittiekraft by Rubbernecker

I think this card stock version of our favorite furry friend is a great way to send holiday love. Funny Christmas card ideas with dogs never go out of style and when it’s customized to your own canine companions – or to those of your recipients! – you are sending a message full of love!

 
1231 Splatter Background
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5414-02D Set of Dogs Die
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5414-01D Dog House Die
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5416-01D Slimline Christmas Tree Die
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5403D Half Tree Die
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5162-13D Snowman Die Cut
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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Stars Die 5127D
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Glacier White Embossing Powder
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Scor-Tape .25″X27yd
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Amazon.com : Ohuhu Alcohol Brush…
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Hero Arts – Hero Hues – Pigment Ink…
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Woodgrain Embossed 110 lb Tan – 10…
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Amazon.com: Scotch CAT 085 Advanced…
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Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Amazon.com: Mini Foam Dots…
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Amazon.com: Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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Amazon.com : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…
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Ranger Ink – Stickles Glitter Glue -…
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Ranger Ink – Stickles Glitter Glue -…
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New & Improved MISTI Laser Etched…
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Dual Speed Heat Tool, WOW
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I think this card stock version of our favorite furry friend is a great way to send holiday love. Funny Christmas card ideas with dogs never go out of style and when it’s customized to your own canine companions – or to those of your recipients! – you are sending a message full of love!

SUPER Cute Snowman Tags!

When I started these guys, I had no idea how adorable these snowman tags would turn out! Rubbernecker does such an incredible job of designing and including all those little extra elements that make adding so much detail to projects like this SO EASY! These are so cute that I am thinking they would even be the perfect things to be the only focal image on a Christmas card. Or……..ORNAMENTS!!!  Can you just picture one of those tabletop trees with a few of these on it? AND what about grouping some together in little sets and giving them as gifts? People LOVE gifts they can use and these snowman tags would be just perfect!

To make these tags I used the Nested Tag Stitch, Winter Snowmen, Santa Mini, Christmas Mini, Greenery #1, Tiny Leaves #1, Reindeer and Birds (just the birds) and Deckle Hills.

a set of three snowman tags made using die cuts showing different holiday themed scenes

The Tag Base

  • Use the largest tag die to cut three red tag.
  • Cut the designer paper tag layers using the next largest tag.
  • Cut three deckle snow layers using white cardstock.
  • Place each snow layer on the cutting platform, line up the bottom of the second sized tag and cut.  Note:  I love to make the stitched edges of the background tag layer and snow layer match up. 
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the designer paper tag layer and attach to the red tag layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the snow layers and attach them to the tag base.
  • Use a 1/4″ circle punch to punch the hole for the tag tie.
  • Punch out a red 1/2″ circle, place on the cutting platform, line up the stitched circle die and run through the die cutting machine to cut. Note:  The tag hole die is made to cut the hole for the tag and it is great to use for a single layer tag.  But it is a little too difficult to cut the hole in two tag sections to make them line up perfectly. It is just easier to punch out the 1/4″ hole and create the covers.
  • Attach the tag cover to the cover the hole using glossy accents.

 

One of today's snowman tags made from die cuts from Rubbernecker loaded with details like tiny mittens, a snappy top hat and miniature cardinals

The Snowmen

  • Cut the snowmen and accessories using red, white, orange, brown and black cardstock.
  • Assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents. Note:  I place the small pieces like the nose, eyes, mouth and buttons on my molding pad because it makes them easier to pick up with my tweezers.
  • Cut tiny leaves using green cardstock, form them with your fingers and attach them to the snowmen hats and scarves using glossy accents.
  • Use a 1/8″ circle hole punch to punch out tiny red circles and attach them to the leaves using glossy accents.  Note:  I love to add a touch of Christmas whimsy by embellishing the snowmen with holly and berries.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the snowmen, tuck them in behind the snow layer and attach to the tag base.

One of three adorable snowman tags showing a snowman warmly clad for a snowy scene all created using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Decorative Accessories

I love adding different elements to tags to make them more special than just having a snowman.  The tiny presents, wreath, birds and white sparkly greenery add so much more interest and it was so much fun to add different elements to each tag to give them their own personality.

  • Use red and green cardstock to the packages, wreath and birds.
  • Assemble the pieces using glossy accents.
  • Attach the present, wreath and birds to the tags using small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut greenery sections using white cardstock, apply Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkle with clear glitter.
  • Finish by tucking the sparkly branches in behind the snow layers and attach using glossy accents.  Note:  I didn’t add twine or ribbon to my tags yet so they would be easier to photograph.

another of today's snowman tags shpwing a little fellow delivering gifts in a snowy scene all thanks to to die cuts from Rubbernecker

Aren’t you just itching now to make your own versions of these snowman tags? Check out my Tag Category to see lots of other tags for the holidays.  Did you come up with other ideas as you were looking at this post? I love to hear how you used these inspirations in your own crafting so please feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5337-03D Winter Snowmen Die
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5338-01D Santa Mini Die
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5338-02D Christmas Mini Die
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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Amazon.com: EK Tools Circle Punch,…
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Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue -…
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Dry Glitter – Clear Rock Candy,…
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What is more fun than making snowman tags to use on your gifts, hang on the tree or give away as holiday gifts.