Stamped Holiday Gift Tags!

24 Nov


I love making my own holiday tags. I stamped tags last year, but these came out much better due to the purchase of heat embosser. Here’s what I used:


1. Two holiday rubber stamps

2. Brown paper tags (I bought these pre-made and they were pricey – next time I ‘ll cut them out of card stock myself)

3. Clear, translucent ink

4. Red and green glitter embossing powder

5. Heat embossing tool

6. Baker’s twine to tie the tags onto packages

*Small space solution: Convenient outlets are hard to come by in my apartment. For projects like this, I keep an extension cord tucked behind the TV cabinet. I can just pull it over the coffee table to plug in my embossing tool or glue gun.

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An optional first step is to slide an “embossing buddy” across the cardboard tag. It is meant to prevent the embossing powder from sticking to the paper in areas other than the stamp. I think its just filled with cornstarch and I am not 100% sure it does anything. Next, thoroughly saturate the stamp with ink and firmly press it onto the card.

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After stamp, you should be able to see a glistening outline of the ink on the paper. Pour the embossing powder onto the card, and then shake the excess back into the container. Its helpful to do this over a piece of paper to catch any stray powder.

Fun fact: embossing powder is made of tiny bits of plastic, so when its heated, it fuses to the paper in the shape of the stamp. It creates a raised surface that makes for a nice finish. The heat embosser should be held about 4 inches from the paper and it should be swirled around instead of holding steady over just one spot. Usually, its easy to tell if the powder has been sufficiently heated – it changes color ever so slightly. I have to admit, it was much harder to tell with the glitter powder. That being said, you’ll know it its been over heated because it will no longer glitter.

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The tags were a bit long for the size of the stamps, so I used my paper cutter (cheap – target) to trim them down to size.


5 Responses to “Stamped Holiday Gift Tags!”

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  2. Adrianne December 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Awesome! Emma and I made gift tags this year. Simple- we didn’t try embossing or even a hole punch. Just cut out squares of card stock and I let her stamp and sign her name, but it made everything seem much more special!

    • shannzav January 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      Yay! I have really fun memories of making holiday crafts with my mom when I was little. I bet Emma would love to stamp some stuff! She can graduate the heat embosser in a few years 🙂


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