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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 – Day 10 with Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 - Day 10 with Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid

Welcome to day 10 of the 12 Tags of Christmas! We are delighted to have the crazy talented Essentials by Ellen designers Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid here today! Julie and Brandi are sharing their non-traditional color palettes (anything but red & green together, LOL) using Essentials by Ellen stamps & dies!

Julie is sharing her tag “Hello Monday-style” so make sure to leave a little comment love for her here and check out Brandi’s blog (link below) to see her tag and leave her a little love. All comments will be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift code and head here to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 - Day 10 with Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid

Red and green together is probably the single most “traditional” color combo in the history of holiday themes. Julie, and partner in crime, Brandi, decided to go rogue with alternatives, proving that red and green are not the only game in town when it comes to holiday tags.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 - Day 10 with Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid


  • Make a diecut jig using your MISTI; it increases stamping accuracy and speeds up mass production!
  • Catherine Pooler water-based dye inks can easily be used as a substitute for watercolor paints.
  • Use a waterbrush, like the Pentel Aquash, to paint your tags; it eliminates the need for a jar of water.
  • Give your tag some extra fun by doubling up; it also gives you some extra room to write!
  • Dress up your plain kraft wrapping paper by making a snowflake garland!  Wrap the gift with twine, then use glue dots to secure die cut snowflakes along it for a fun, out of the ordinary look!


12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 - Day 10 with Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid
See more about this tag on Brandi’s blog HERE!

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  • Reply Helen December 10, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Like the challenge of no red and green…the mittens are so cute clipped with the clothes pin and the truck coming out of the die cut HOME is so clever. tfs

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  • Reply Kelsey Thomas December 10, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Awesome tags, and nice to see a challenge to use non-traditional colors. 🙂

  • Reply Denise Kitts-Wadlow December 10, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Julie and Brandi have done excellent jobs using non-traditional cord on their tags. Love the doubled up tags clipped on the homemade snowflake garland with the little Garland–reminds me of my childhood.
    Brandi’s card with the little truck driving out of the forrest towards the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is very creative. Great job for both girls!!!

  • Reply Tami B December 10, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I enjoy seeing what non-traditional Christmas color combos people come up with.

  • Reply Betty December 10, 2018 at 7:51 am

    great non-traditional colors in your tags today – both wonderful!

  • Reply Deb Ring December 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

    i really like the non traditional tags! thank you ladies for the ideas

  • Reply Leanne S December 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Wonderful tags in non-traditional colors.

  • Reply ,Mary Holshouser December 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The packaging is fun – love the snowflake
    strings. The simple mittens make a
    great tag and are not overly -ussy
    thanks for sharing

  • Reply Janice C December 10, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Like the tag

  • Reply Annalisa December 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not great at thinking outside non-traditional colors, so this is really helpful for me. I never would have thought to go mint, orange, and pink, but it totally works! And the mittens are adorable. Having these sorts of ideas in my back pocket I think will help avoid the Christmas card fatigue, because one can change up the color palettes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Beautiful tags by Julie and Brandi! Love the alternative color suggestions!

  • Reply Deepti Aggarwal December 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Love these cute mittens so much…

  • Reply mypapercraftworld December 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    What a fun idea … and cool, fabulous tags from Julie and Brandi … great palettes! Anita 🙂

  • Reply trainwithmeghan December 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I LOVE the unique colors and shapes on these tags! Great job ladies!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam December 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Fantastic tags! Both of them are wonderful…
    Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply Dana N December 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    great use of the mitten die!

  • Reply Bobby December 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Non-traditional colors are fun for Christmas.

  • Reply Sue McRae December 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    What a charming group of tags!

  • Reply Pai December 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    LOVE non-traditional colors. those mittens and that truck are adorable!

  • Reply Kristie Maynard December 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Wonderful tags ladies! I love that you did non-traditional colors and they worked very nicely too. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • Reply Stephanie Z December 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Love your mittens – super cute 🙂

  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I love using non-traditional colors, this is a great idea for a challenge!

  • Reply maureenkmorton December 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for today – 2 of my favorite Ellen gals! And they sure didn’t disappoint! Love both of these – the mittens are the cutest and love the sweet truck coming out of the letters! You are amazing! Thanks for the sweet inspiration……..love ya all.

  • Reply Carla Hundley December 10, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    These color combos look
    lovely and love the mint
    and pink.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply Mindy1414 December 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    First off that Snowflake garland is AWESOME, I will definitely be using those in my wrapping this year! Julie and Brandi did a great job keeping with the non-traditional colors and feminine themes. Thanks ladies for sharing your tags and wrapping and the awesome inspiration.

  • Reply Kirsty Vittetoe December 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I love these cute tags. They’re very beautiful. And I love that fun gift packaging!!!!!

  • Reply Beth Williams December 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    :The simplicity and bright non-traditional colors of Julie’s tag immediately grab your attention. Great inspiration!

  • Reply brendabecknell December 11, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Love the non-traditional colors, and the idea of using twine and snowflakes with kraft wrapping paper – awesome!

  • Reply Janet Ribet December 11, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Love the funky mittens in fresh colours.

  • Reply DGolly December 11, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Another day of cuteness!

  • Reply Marisela Delgado December 11, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Great tags! So cute.

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 11, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Fun! Cute inspiration today! Can’t wait to do a tag with no red or green! 🙂

  • Reply Connie Newell December 12, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Just adorable.

  • Reply Daniela May December 12, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Clever and beautiful work

  • Reply Daniela May December 12, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Great ideas here – so much creativity

  • Reply Sue D December 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Love the cute mittens and the snowflakes on the string. Fabulous HOME card with the truck design too.

  • Reply Jeannean Marshall December 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Fast and fun little glove tags you made! I love how your whole package wrapping escapade turned out. Those little snowflakes are the perfect touch!!

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Julie’s tag is so wonderful! Love the messy (and easy!) watercoloring. Thanks so much for the video, too! Off to get a closer look at Brandi’s! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  • Reply Isabel Z December 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I am loving all of the creations.

  • Reply Stephanie Z December 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Love the mitten ideal – great colors 🙂

  • Reply Lucy E. December 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Your mitten Tags
    are so sweet and
    comfy! Love the colors!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Those mittens are just so fun.

  • Reply Andre M. December 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    The use of non-traditional colors is always interesting for holiday crafting. Cute design for the shaped tags and thanks for sharing your tips and the technique video.

  • Reply Karthikha Uday December 13, 2018 at 2:39 am

    These are fantastic!! I love the mittens and the creative work by Brandi! 🙂

  • Reply Denise Mlady December 13, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Love these fun color schemes! Both tags are really pretty.

  • Reply renee milner December 13, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Such fun and cheery tags–great idea to use nontraditional colors! I also really like the tags being used with kraft wrapping paper.

  • Reply Sue VanDeVusse December 14, 2018 at 12:32 am

    I love your darling little mittens! Love the swatches of color over the patterns and so cool attaching with a little clothespin!

  • Reply Cindy December 14, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Love both of these tags and the non traditional colors. Will have to try both of these great ideas!

  • Reply hsmom24kids December 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I adore non-traditional tags… so fun! The mitten cut outs are so sweet!

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