Saturday, October 13, 2012

Holiday Tags

It's a well honored tradition around Papertrey Ink to release a tag set for the holidays. I look forward with eager anticipation to see the year's new offering. I was not disappointed this year. There's on in particular that is so very much on trend--the confetti "Joy" tag. I snapped up the opportunity to work with it. And discovered a way to let it shine. Let me show you how.

We know that you all really enjoy making tags for your holiday gifts. And our assignment was to make a trio of tags that could be easily mass produced. When you team up stamps and die cuts, you've got an unlimited supply of duplicates to make as many tags as you want. And not a whole lot of work for a big pay off when you got a handy die cut machine around.

I heat embossed my confetti "Joy" tag onto the scalloped Limitless Layer 2.75" Oval die and used my own custom mix of embossing powder to make it look true to life in the confetti department. The word "peace" from Wonderful Words Holiday dies, an ampersand from Lowercase Block Alphabet, and the negative cut of a Heart Prints die help me to spell out "Peace, Love, and Joy". I dated the year with Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger Additions. After all, these babies are commemorative right? We want them framed on the wall when all presents are unwrapped!

I also created a card using almost all of the supplies. Maybe in a slightly different arrangement. The new Super Stripes Impression Plate got called in to make an interesting background on Silver Shimmer Cardstock. I have the main piece mounted on a vellum card base. The confetti "Joy" is placed in the heart window.

So how about a close up of that embossing powder? (I told you earlier this week that I just couldn't stop, right?) See all the colors? Does it look like confetti? Pretty darn close, if you ask me.

Here's how I did it. I took a little bit of each of these containers and....

...mixed them together in their own jar. Voila! Custom embossing powder.

And that wraps up my group post offering for the day. Hope you enjoyed it and are mentally very busy planning your own holiday cards. Be sure to check out what the other girls' have been up to...

Maile Belles
Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Heather Nichols
Betsy Veldman
Cristina Kowalcyzk
Danielle Flanders
Ashley Cannon Newell


Cardstock: Silver Shimmer, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Stamper's Select White
Stamps: 2012 Holiday Tags, Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger Additions
Dies: Wonderful Words Holiday, Lowercase Block Alphabet, Tag Sale 4, Heart Prints, Limitless Layers 2.75" Ovals
Pure Poppy Grograin Ribbon
Zing Embossing Powder by American Crafts

Cardstock: Silver Shimmer, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Stamper's Select White, Linen Vellum

Stamps: 2012 Holiday Tags, Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger Additions
Dies: Wonderful Words Holiday,  Heart Prints
Pure Poppy Grograin Ribbon
Super Stripes Impression Plate
Zing Embossing Powder by American Crafts


  1. Ahhh, great idea on the "confetti" embossing powder. Love the little mitten. Great projects as usual, Erin.

  2. Fun embossing on the Joy! Your confetti looks awesome.

  3. Would love to see the whole card - it looks like it's really neat. Great idea on mixing embossing powders. Kind of scary but I bet it wouldn't hurt too much. :)

  4. Love your tags and card. Love to see someone use embossing for a change.

  5. Can hardly wait for this tag set. Your tags are adorable. Love that you mixed embossing powders....I will have to try this.

  6. GREAT idea mixing the embossing powder colors...WHY didn't I think of that?!?
    -- Connie C.

  7. The mitten gift holder is very clever! The tags are beautiful. Pat K.

  8. Gorgeous, Erin, and love your custom mix of confetti EPs! They are definitely commemorative tags so should not be tossed. by. anyone. That Joy explosion stamp is very popular by the DT ~ love it's versatility.

  9. Great projects and I love the tip for making the custom embossing powder Erin!

  10. Whaaaaaaaa! LOVE! What a marvelous idea - custom embossing powder :)

  11. Just saw this from Pinterest and love it. Is the Joy part a stamp?