There might be a few months to go til the big day, but those days have a habit of accelerating as we get towards the end of the year – so it’s a good idea to plan in advance and get the details out of the way early on! Making Christmas gift tags with your cutting machine – whether it’s a Cricut, Silhouette or Brother – really couldn’t be easier. Best of all – especially bearing in mind how much these things can cost in card shops – it’s incredibly inexpensive to make some rather sophisticated-looking gift tags that add the edge to your present-giving game! So let’s crack on!
You will need:
- Washi tape
- Metallic cardstock (one piece of A4 or letter-sized card will make around 9 tags though you can resize as it is a vector file)
- White cardstock (as above – one piece=approximately nine tags)
- Metallic ribbon (1cm wide)
- PVA Glue
- Cutting machine (I used the Cricut Maker) with fine point blade
- Our FREE SVG file, which you can get by filling in the form below:
Making the Washi Tape Background for your Christmas Tags:
- Take a piece of the white card and carefully roll a line of washi tape along the edge of the card. I’ve gone lengthways, but you can put yours along the width or even diagonally, depending on the effect you want. Roll another line alongside it. Cut off when you get to the end of the sheet of paper.
- Continue, depending on how many tags you want to cut:I wanted to cover the whole sheet, and so ended up with this. I love the way it looks!I also did versions in other types of washi tape – I found that diagonal lines and polka dots (for example!) in festive colours could work just as well as the metallic type.
- Now, you are ready to
Preparing the SVG Cut File for Your Christmas Tags:
- Open a New Project and click on ‘Import Images’.
- Choose the file you’ve downloaded – if you’re making the holly card it’ll be this case it’s ‘ChristmasGiftTags.svg’ (or whatever format your machine uses). Your canvas will show the pieces of the card:
- Currently, all of the pieces are grouped together, so you need to Ungroup them (do this either by right-clicking and then selecting ‘Ungroup’ from the dropdown menu, or choosing ‘Ungroup’ at the top of the list of items in the right-hand margin.
- Then, click on the card you want to make (I’ve chosen the top-left one here that reads ‘Noel’) and you’ll see it highlighted on the canvas and in the right-hand margin. You’ll see this card (and its elements) are highlighted in the right-hand margin. Click on ‘Ungroup’ at the top of the right-hand margin – this will separate the orange and white pieces (which is good as you want them to be printed on different materials).
- Click on the white section of the card. You should find that the white sections ONLY are highlighted – in this case it’s three sections – the largest part of white card, and the two holes in the ‘o’ and the ‘e’. With the white sections selected, click on ‘Attach’ at the bottom of the right-hand menu.
- Now, go through each of the cards (you may want to delete the cards you don’t want to make first!) and repeat the process – i.e. ensure that the orange and white pieces aren’t attached and then attach the white sections.
- You’re now ready to start cutting!
Assembling your washi tape Christmas tags:
- For these cards, you can use any combination of cardstocks/tapes – you can do the metallic section at the back or the patterned section. However, for this one I’ve cut the letters out of the washi tape background. This is quite a delicate process and you may lose one or two pieces along the way! You may find the whole process easier if you apply transfer tape to remove it from the card. Carefully remove the letters from the background piece. The good thing here is that you’ll find that some of the words will come away completely enough (you can see them at the bottom of the picture below!) to be used on other gift tags, with a simple metallic or white background!
- Cut the background cards out from whatever materials you choose. Here you can see I’ve used silver cardstock:
3. Carefully apply glue to the back of the sections with the words cut out (taking great care to replace the holes in the letters – I find the pink-handled tool from my Cricut weeding tool set invaluable for this sort of work). Use transfer tape if need be.
4. Cut a small section of the metallic ribbon (about 15cm) and thread it through the whole. Your tag is complete!
We made them in all sorts of combinations – with and without the tape!
Fancy having a go yourself? Download the file by filling in the form below:
Or…want to make some matching cards? Get our free Christmas card cut file in SVG, EPS, PDF, PNG and DXF formats by clicking on the image below!
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