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…

And don’t forget we want to see your Santa tags too! Head here to learn more about entering the 12 Tags Challenge!


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  • Reply Lori Lehnen December 9, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Very creative to make a shaker tag!
    Cute and festive! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Linda BL December 9, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Such a cute tag! Love the candy cane striped background!

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 9, 2020 at 6:41 am

    I love how you created the background! TOO CUTE!

  • Reply Donna Wakefield December 9, 2020 at 6:59 am

    OOOH! How jolly to make a shaker tag. This will surely be a hit on any gift.

  • Reply Andre M. December 9, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Fab that you’ve included a shaker on this tag.

  • Reply Vicki Kroll December 9, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Pretty candy cane stripped background and love that it’s a shaker. So cute!!

  • Reply karen514 December 9, 2020 at 7:47 am

    What a great way to create the candy cane stripes! Love that this is a shaker tag!

  • Reply Cheryl December 9, 2020 at 7:55 am

    How fun! Love the shaker candy cane theme.

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 9, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Darling Holly Jolly tag! I love the alphas you used and the holly sprig! Pretty detail with the stenciled stripes!

  • Reply Brenda Jennings December 9, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Love the shaker behind the lettering…and your idea for the stripes! TFS

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 9, 2020 at 8:33 am

    How cute to use different methods for the same sentiment. I have never done this before. And the elf stamp that you showed off to the side is darling!!!! I hope that you do a post using him soon 🙂

  • Reply Megan N December 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Such a cute tag, Carly!

  • Reply Tami B December 9, 2020 at 10:18 am

    I love the idea of a shaker tag. Very cute!

  • Reply Denise Petro December 9, 2020 at 10:25 am

    What a fun tag!

  • Reply Debbie Anderson December 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I love your use of letter dies on this tag! A very creative use.

  • Reply Jen F December 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Awesome die – super fun sequins!!

  • Reply donna mikasa December 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Adorable shaker tag, Carly! Love your DIY diagonal stripes, too!

  • Reply Pai December 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

    what a fun shaker!

  • Reply Wendi J December 9, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    What a Jolly tag. Like how you did the stripes.

  • Reply Greta H December 9, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Wonderful tag–love your inking & making it a shaker!

  • Reply gioperu December 9, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Love it!!!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik December 9, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Like the ways you used the letters to make this tag!

  • Reply Ashley Cortez December 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I just love everything about this shaker tag it is too cute and festive you did amazing on it thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration

  • Reply Miriam Prantner December 9, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    So cute, love this combination of alphas.

  • Reply Connie Sue Pruitt December 9, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Very cute, love the colors.

  • Reply Lisa Elton December 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    What a cute shaker tag, this is delightful!

  • Reply Kelly G December 9, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Always love Carly’s visual joie de vivre 🙂

  • Reply Marisela Delgado December 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Such a pretty card! So festive! 🎄⛄🎅🎄⛄🎅

  • Reply Carlos C. December 9, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    This tag is cute, how you created your own candy cane stripe background and how you turned it into a shaker is just awesome

  • Reply Sue D December 9, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Cute and festive shaker design.

  • Reply Kathy K December 9, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Cute tag! I like the technique used to make the stripes and the mix of alpha dies. Very creative.

  • Reply Darlene Renshaw December 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I love this tag. Very cool technique

  • Reply Ritu Kedia December 10, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Love the shaker background!

  • Reply cmayne December 10, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Your shaker tag makes me feel jolly! Festive, pretty and fun!

  • Reply maureen k morton December 10, 2020 at 9:32 am

    We can always count on Carly for a fun new technique….and this is one of my favorite color combos, so home run! Thanks so much for the sweet inspiration.

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    How creative you were with your CUTE Holly Jolly shaker tag! So bright and festive and FUN! 🙂

  • Reply Julie S December 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, I love your tag! Great way to create a background and I really like the use of negative space for the letters mixed with regular die cut letters. Had to pin it…will be copying…

  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart December 10, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Carley I love this technique & Holly Jolly. Love seeing your creations thanks for playing

  • Reply Sandi Pressley December 10, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Awesome technique on the wonderful card. I am definitely going to try this.

  • Reply Yvonne W December 11, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Very festive, and I love the idea of a shaker tag!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

    What a fun tag! Love the stripes and the use of the negative die cut space.

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  • Reply denisegutshall December 12, 2020 at 4:36 am

    I have always been a fan of the holly jolly sentiment and I love what you did with it. The striped background is festive and the perfect background for a shaker tag!

  • Reply Kim December 12, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Wow! What a super fun tag! So many awesome techniques on this perfect little tag and it’s a shaker! Fantastic.

  • Reply Lucy E. December 12, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Love this festive shaker tag!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Chark December 13, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Love your stripes and colors!

  • Reply Andrea La Vigne December 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Love how you did the die cut letters. Really Christmas-y tag! Thanks for sharing, & have a fantastic day! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  • Reply jen shears December 13, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    LOVE that inked background & such a fun shaker!!

  • Reply karenladd December 13, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    What a fun and creative take on the Holly Jolly Christmas song. Love the cute shaker card with positive and negative die cuts

  • Reply Cristina December 15, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I love shaker tags! This is so cute!

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