Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Dancing Santa" - Christmas Tag

Here's a tag (well actually 19 tags) I made for an online Cricut Circle Canadian Members Christmas tag swap (which was open to US residents as well):
 I decided to use a Santa cut from the Christmas Cheer Cartridge as the focal point for the tag, because he looks like he's dancing to me and that appealed to me. 
There weren’t many criteria beyond a size requirement (retagular: maximum 3"x5", minimum 2"x3" or round: 4"x4" maximum or oval: 4" maximum any direction) – simply to decorate a tag any way we’d like with a Christmas or winter theme and to try to use at least 3 embellishments. 

My tag is four inches tall and opens like a card.  The inside is stamped with "to" and "from".

To make the stick pin, I used wire, cut to about 3 inches  and wrapped it twice around a knitting needle to make the loop at the top.   The wire was in the hardware section of the Dollar Store and I got a 150 foot (45 metre) roll for $1.25, so a super cheap way to make stick pins.   I then added my beads and a drop of glue to the last bead to hold all the beads in place. I trimmed the excess from the  "pin" to fit after the glue was dry.

I made the fan fold rosettes using my Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I started with a 1inch by 12 inch strip of paper cut on one of the long side with the Your Story Trimmer wave blade, fan folded it, glued the ends together to make a circle, stood the circle up and then pushed the top edge down toward the centre, so that the wavy side was on the outer edge of the rosette. This was glued onto a .75 inch circle to keep the rosette together.

Looking at the finished tag, I really should have inked the Santa like I did the rosette.   Oh well, too late now. I did pop up the Santa with foam mounts.

The sentiment is table confetti.  (I glued several pieces together to give it some more definition).

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression
Cricut CMTH Art Philosophy Cartridge (tag)

Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge (circles)
Cricut Christmas Cheer Cartridge (Santa)
Martha Stewart Scoring Pad
Dritz Green 2-part Eyelets

CMTH Celebration My Acrylix stamp (“to” & “from”) and green ink
Ribbon from Michaels and Dollar Store
White Inkssentials Enamel Accents (pompom on Santa’s hat)
Dollar Store Duramax 20 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire
Beads from a Dollar Store Bracelet
Knitting needle (size 4mm)
Fibre Craft Lacquered Holly Leaf
Table Confetti (“Merry Christmas”)
Your Story Paper Trimmer
Patterned Paper: DCWV The Christmas Combo Stack
Solid Cardstock from my stash
Black Faux Leather Con-Tact Paper (Santa’s mitts and boots)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Copic Markers (inking the Cricut cuts)
Hot glue and glue stick.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like my tag.

Linked on OMC.


Carolyn/MamaC said...

Oh, my goodness! This has to be the cutest tag I have seen this year! So much detail, so many layers, and lots of creativity! You have included everything! Stick pin, rosette, layered image, a tag that opens....WOW!! I want to 'tag-lift' this one!

cdm317 said...

This is adorable! I love the rosette and stick pin!

Diane said...

Oh, my, that is the cutest tag I have ever seen. The recipients will be so happy to receive it and they won't want to give it away. Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to make the stick pin and also the tag.

Cindy said...

Love love love the idea of using the table confetti. I have a jar of that stuff and didn't know what to do with it. Yay! Love your tags. They are super cute.

Tracey said...

These tags are amazing!!! Great Job. I can't believe you made 19 of them. You Go Girl!!!

The Miners said...

This tag is so adorable!!! Great job.

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing this's such a clever combination using the stick pin and rosette on the tag!

Sherry said...

love your tags and I am so excited that I am one of the lucky circle members to recieve one.

Cricutbug - Marie said...

What a great tag! Love how you made the pin! said...


Michele said...

I ADORE This!!! I love the stick pins too! Such a fun accent!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and means so much to me! Hugs!

Sherri said...

You did an amazing job. I love all of the tags that I received in the swap. Thanks for sharing the tip on the stick pin. I will have to try my hand at them. Happy New Year.