12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas 2020 – Day 9 with Carly Tee Minner

Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Tags of Christmas!

Today Carly Tee Minner is sharing her tag inspired by the Burl Ives classic “Holly Jolly Christmas”.

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“Holly Jolly Christmas” has been one of my favorite holiday songs ever since I first saw Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as a child. The cheerful lyrics & melody never fail to make me happy!

I used the words that spark so much joy and a few of my favorite cardmaking techniques to create this tag…

I used my all-time favorite alphabet dies, Essentials by Ellen Classic Block Alpha, to create a “jolly” shaker window. Seriously I’m afraid I’m going to wear these dies out because I use them so very much! If you don’t have this set yet, Secret Santa yourself! *lol*

Tip: Looking for some on creating shaker cards? Check out 5 of our favorite ways HERE.

I layered “holly” die cuts over the shaker window using the Concord & 9th Simple Serif Alphabet.

For the background behind my shaker window (& the top of my tag), I created a candy cane stripe with some simple ink blending. First I applied It’s A Girl pink ink with a blending brush. Then I used some 1/2 inch purple tape to mask stripes before applying Rockin’ Red ink.

Tip: When applying adhesive masks/tape to an inked surface (like the purple tape to my pink inked panel), make sure the ink is completely dry.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a holly jolly Christmas!

Carly isn’t the only one inspired to be “Holly Jolly”! Check out what these designers have created…

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  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 15, 2020 at 11:09 am

    How cute! I love all the stripes!

  • Reply Sandi Pressley December 15, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Love the adorable simplicity of this card.

  • Reply dorothyayotte December 15, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Wonderful card! Shakers are always so fun and this one is great!

  • Reply tina z December 16, 2020 at 4:34 am

    wow, stunning design!

  • Reply Sam M. December 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Love the clever shaker element, creative design!

  • Reply Sam M. December 16, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    I’m now thinking I may need more alphabet dies in my stash!

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  • Reply Bri kay December 21, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    So cool

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