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Vintage look Christmas gift tags tutorial with Deep Red Stamps Holiday Tickets and Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #11

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11 is Tag, You're It. I decided this gift tag tutorial featuring Holiday Tickets by Deep Red Stamps is just the ticket (or should I say tag?). If you're new to masking this is a great little introduction on how to do stamp masking as well. The above is the "neutral" version of the tag and these below are a variation with color. Since I like to wrap my gifts in kraft paper these neutral ones will go perfect.

I bought several packs of these tags reduced to almost nothing (thinking ahead for Christmas), but noticed when I opened the packs several were not in good shape. Some had rust stains from the metal eyelets and were a bit rumpled, in other words perfect! This is the back of the tag.

Tutorial (please see end of tutorial for supply list).

Step 1—Distress the edges and backs of tags. Do several tags at once to save time. Age tags with spot or stain stamps.

Step 2—Stamp ticket image on post it note to create a mask. Fussy cut the ticket.

Step 3—Stamp ticket image on front of tag and speed dry with a heat gun.

Step 4—Cover the ticket image with mask you made in Step 2 and stamp a background stamp over the entire tag. Remove the mask. Do all the tags you want and speed dry with a heat gun.

Step 5—Stamp tag backs with "To" and "From" stamps.

Step 6—Stamp a ruler or other trim type stamp on kraft paper and fussy cut.

Step 7—Glue trim, flowers and pearls to tag fronts. Attach twine.

These tags also work great on wine bottles and flower bouquets.

Supply list

Paper—Small Office Supply Key Tags (mine measure 8.5 x 4cms), kraft paper
Stamps—Deep Red Stamps Tis the Season Tickets and Vintage Holiday TicketsAladine Maxi background Stamps: Music, Antique Dots, Text, Shabby Distress and Jacquard; Papermania Urban Stamps Trim Borders, round coffee stain stamp, "To" and "From" stamps
Ink—Versafine black pigment ink, Distress Inks: Old Paper, Barn Door and Broken China
Embellishments—wooden flowers, pearls, charms, adhesive ribbon, twine


  1. These tags are so pretty! I love the vintage Christmas theme. Deep Red stamps are the greatest aren't they? Thanks for joining us at CHACB!

  2. Such beautiful tags and what attention to detail!

  3. Your creations are so lovely and will make wonderful additions to your Christmas packages! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. Tres chic, belle dame! These tags just ooze vintage goodness and the promise of something wonderful inside. The tag IS the gift! Wonderful tutorial, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11: Tag, You're It!

  5. These tags are fantastic!! Thanks for the step by step tutorial and sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders!

  6. Such beautiful Tags, love the vintage Christmas ones! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Oh I LOVE these tags, especially the colored ones with black grim! I always forget about masking and then using background stamps, which of course adds so much personality to a project! Thanks for sharing this clever tutorial, sweetie!

  8. Gorgeous tags! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. Isn't it great your tags were partially distressed for you?!?!?

    p.s. Congrats on your Sweet 'n Sassy GC win!

  9. Très beaux tags Shani! Très utiles à tout moment pour les cadeaux... Merci pour le pas à pas ;o)

  10. Love these tags. . .they're clean and crisp, yet deco vintage, too!! Great job on the tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing your hoard and talent with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous! Tag! You're It! :-)

  11. What an homage to "less is more". Your tags are perfection. Those fabulous focal images get their day in the sun, and the tape measure and "matching" flower are the perfect supporting players. Looks oh so simple, until you try to make something this chic. Thanks for sharing your process!

  12. What beautiful tags, and a wonderful tutorial too! So glad you joined us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. ~Diane GDT

  13. These are wonderful. I love those stamps! And I love the distressed tags so much. Make sure you tie on on my gift this year. hee hee Thanks so much for playing along with us a Craft Hoarders Anonymouse!

  14. Hee hee I typed "anonymouse!" giggle giggle!

  15. Shani, I just love you style...the tags are amazing. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  16. Love your tags. Thanks for joining Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  17. These are so classy looking, Shani!


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