Saturday, November 22, 2008

DIY: White on White X'mas Tags

5 top reasons why I've hesitated putting up tutorials on my blog. This is what I imagine readers think:

1) It's so damn easy, anyone could do it. We don't need to see it step by step!
2) A million people have done it, aren't you a little sloooowww?
3) You have like 50 views on your blog in a year. Who do you imagine teaching?
4) I saw this before in a book! Are you plagiarizing without any guilt?
5) Are those your nails? You need a manicure badly girl.

Today I finally overcome my silly fears and am putting up some photos and steps to show you how to make some freaking simple X'mas tags. White on white remains a true classic, and with the contrast of textures, you'll find that tracing paper can often be more delightfully used than mere trace work.

There will be steps to show you 2 tags made from the same materials. Really simple. Easy-peasy. :)

An overview of the materials needed. I am using tracing paper and a metallic white cardstock to create some shimmery snowflakes

Cut cardstock and tracing paper to preferred size. Mine's 6 by 15cm (2.5" by 6")

Use a 1-eye hole punch to create openings on both ends of the short side.

Cut ribbon lengths of approx. 18-20cm. Seal the sides with a lighter to prevent fraying.

Tie a flat knot. It's easier to use a double-sided ribbon, but if you use one sided ribbons, it might be worth looking at a simple tutorial on flat knots here.

Almost done. Just 1 more step.

Use a punch with a X'mas motif. I have one with a snowflake. Punch snowflakes on the tracing paper, as and where you please. DONE!!!!

Now we're off the 2nd tag.

Fold cardstock and tracing paper into halves.

Create cut-outs with punch.

Cut ribbon to length of approx. 15 cm. Put double sided tape on 1 end.

Secure both tracing paper and cardstock with ribbon.




Amateurish Food Photographer said...

Hey babe,

Thanks for sharing the brilliant idea! The cards look so pretty! :)

corsage said...

hey dearie, this is a great tutorial! Very clear, great photos and instructions - and best of all, a simple but effective idea :) said...

This tutorial is fantastic! Great photos and clear instructions. I'll be linking to this and hope to see more from you in the future!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Very elegant and stylish!

Karen said...

Hey C, thank you so much for dropping by! Hope to catch up very very soon!

Hi Corsage, thanks so much for your compliments!

Hi Rachel, thank you for linking to this. Hope to post more in future!

Spoonful of Sugar: Thank you very much indeed! Glad you like it! :)

tristan said...

Thank you, I never knew that's how you seal cut ribbon!

Karen said...

Hi Tristan, it's probably not the best way to seal cut ribbons (you get bruised tired thumbs after a while,) but it's the only way I know now! :)

Bill and Lauren said...

Thanks for the instructions. Great idea, and they are beautiful. Keep the tutorials coming!

pian said...

sometimes, thing looks simple. but the point is the creation, the creation from heart! thanks for your sharing! =)