paper: Christmas Tag Tutorial with special guest Natalie | pretty paper. true stories. {and scrapbooking classes with cupcakes.}

lovely to meet you Twitter Facebook Pinterest YouTube

Take a Scrapbooking Class

online scrapbooking classes

Shop Shimelle Products simon says stamp shimelle scrapbooking products @ shimelle scrapbooking products @

Reading Material


Christmas Tag Tutorial with special guest Natalie

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
A very warm welcome to Natalie Elphinstone, our special guest today. I love the tutorial and project she’s created – I hope you do too! And if you do, please take a moment to tell a crafty friend. Take it away, Natalie!

Tags are becoming very popular to make these days – especially in the holiday season. But apart from using them on your gifts, have you ever considered what else you might do with them? A very easy way to use up any leftover tags is simply to include them in the way we know and love best…. a scrapbook page! So today I’ll show you how to both make some simple tags that look impressive, as well as how to effortlessly integrate them into a Christmas layout.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
The key to these tags is creating an interesting background. You’ll need a few different shades of coordinating spray inks and a basic manilla shipping tag. You can see I’m not too picky when it comes to any particular brand of spray ink as here I’ve got Smooch Spritz in Grape Burst, glimmer mist in Midnight Blue and Turquoise Blue and Shimmerz Spritz in Olive Branch (which I didn’t end up using).

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
Start with your lightest shade of mist first (I chose Turquoise Blue) and spray it a couple of times onto your craft sheet. I also spray some water into this mix too so that each layer of colour is reasonably sheer. Then simply swirl your tag through the mix and speed up the drying process with a heat gun.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
The trick here is to make it as imperfect as you can allow yourself to be! Embrace the fact that not every area of the tag is coloured, and that it’s pooling in certain areas and looking quite blotchy.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
The picture above is what my tag looks like after I’ve given it two coats of Turquoise Blue, one coat of Midnight Blue and I’m ready to go ahead with my first layer of Grape Burst. As you can see – it’s all about the layers! This gives it a lovely shimmery water-colour effect.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
Next I inked the edges of my tag with a similar turquoise colour as my glimmer mist, then ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Divine Swirls embossing folder. I used a white ink pad to rub over the top to highlight the embossing – and doesn’t it just look as Divine as the name suggests?!

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
This last step was a little gem I picked up from doing Tim Holtz
12 tags of Christmas last year. I mixed a ‘scoop’ of Perfect Pearls with a little water and then flicked this over the tag.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
To make the angel you need one half-circle for the dress, and two smaller half-circles for the arms. Mine measure approximately 4 inches and 2 inches respectively. You also need a smaller circle for the head, and I used my Martha Stewart Medallion punch for the halo.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
Roll each half-circle into a cone and assemble your angel. Simply glue the smaller cones on as arms, and attach the halo behind the face with some foam tape. I tried my hand at drawing some angelic facial features on mine!

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
To finish off my tag I added a Kaisercraft rub-on, Prima lace, bakers twine and pearls. I added some more detail to the angel by trimming her dress and sleeves with glitter and highlighting the snowflake pattern with Dimensional Magic.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
The tag looks great by itself – but if you include it on a layout it suddenly becomes the main focus. It adds lots of detail and really is the central attraction (well…. perhaps second only to my cheeky daughter of course!)

The rest of the layout is fairly straight-forward by comparison. Just some embossed colour blocks (I know Shimelle is a fan of this method of scrapping!) and a few other embellishments. I’ve used the stunning Jovial collection by Basic Grey, intermixed with plain cardstock that I’ve glimmer misted in the same method as above.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
This is such a cheeky photo of my 4-year-old girl, but this is a face we see quite a bit. The sentiment on the tag reads “little girls are just angels who haven’t yet spread their wings”. But I couldn’t leave it at that and added some journaling “I’m not sure how much I believe this saying. I prefer to think of you more as an angel in disguise. Because sometimes it’s hard to tell”.

Scrapbooking Tutorial - Christmas Tag
If you are interested in seeing some of the other tags I’ve created in this series, or to learn how to make those origami stars you see in the photo above then I would love it if you stopped by my blog

Natalie Elphinstone is a busy doctor training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. But in her time off when she’s not enjoying quality time with her wonderful husband and two gorgeous daughters you’ll find her tucked away in her ‘scrap-room’ crafting up a storm. She currently designs for Handmade by Suzanne and From Screen 2 Scrap
You can read more about her life and her art on her blog Scrap Doctor

20 December 2010

Related Posts with Thumbnails

10 Comments for Christmas Tag Tutorial with special guest Natalie

  1. Candace.M Says:

    Those angels are amazing. Just wish I had a punch the was suitable for the halo. I will most certainly be off looking for one and scrap pages galore will be covered ion those lovely little angels.

    They would make great little Christmas decorations too

  2. Laura Says:

    Wow! That angel tag is GORGEOUS! and so is the whole layout. wow! I so want to try making that!

  3. Madeline Says:

    Gorgeous tag. Thanks for the step by step Natalie

  4. Jackie Says:

    Love the layering effect of this tag. And is certainly makes a statement of your layouts. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Carol Says:

    WOW! Love all the tags! Natalie, thank you for sharing your beautiful creations!

  6. cindy b Says:


  7. Valerie M Says:

    Love all these techniques. Thanks for sharing Natalie!

  8. Myrto Says:

    Super cute! Merry Christmas!

  9. Mandy C Says:

    Fun use of glimmer mists Natalie and cute page, thanks for sharing the creative inspiration.

  10. Ciacchina Says:

    questo LO è fantastico!

Have Your Say

A name and email address are required for commenting. Textile can be used in comments. There are Textile formatting buttons and a help link above the comment area. Please play nicely and hold hands when crossing the street.

You must click to preview your comment first. Be sure it appears as you wish, then click the submit button.
Spammers please just go away.

Textile helpTextile Help