12 Tags of Christmas, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

12 Tags of Christmas 2020 – Day 12 with Julie Ebersole

Welcome to Day 12 of 12 Tags of Christmas!

Make a stack of pretty, gold foiled holiday tags using the 12 Days Designer Dies and Julie’s tips & tricks!

Be sure to leave a little love for Julie – by commenting on this post – for a chance to win $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com, then click over to this post to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

Hello there—it’s Julie!  I love pretty tags at gift-giving time, but when I need to make a lot, I’ve become very resourceful at speeding up the process. By the way, did you know the 12 Days of Christmas actually begin on December 25th, leading up to Epiphany (January 6th)? Yup! So you have plenty of time to surprise your loved ones with this sweet tradition!


  • Align all your dies to half sheets of card stock and anchor them in place with Press N Seal; trim off excess Press N Seal. (Press N Seal is readily available at most US grocery stores)
  • After ejecting all the die cut shapes from the first run, pounce the negative areas/shapes (where the Press N Seal is exposed) with anti-static powder; this will become your “template”. The anti-static powder reduces the “tack” of the Press N Seal so you can pop shapes out more easily AND avoid transfer of foil later on to unwanted areas.
  • Place template(s) onto another half sheet of card stock and run through die cutting machine as many times as you need.
  • After applying glue (the types specified in the supply list), allow to dry undisturbed until they are tacky to the touch.
  • Apply transfer foils by placing “pretty” side up and matte silver side to glue details; press firmly with pads of fingers to transfer.  Peel away foil sheet.  This method is often referred to as “spot foiling” and is a great way to use up foil scraps!

Be sure to leave a little love for Julie – by commenting on this post – for a chance to win $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com, then click over to this post to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

Julie isn’t the only one inspired by the “12 Days of Christmas”! Check out what these designers have created …

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


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  • Reply Vicki Kroll December 12, 2020 at 6:30 am

    These tags came out beautiful and enjoyed watching and learning how to make them with your great tips.

  • Reply Miriam Prantner December 12, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Great tags! Love the laces you added to the man’s shoe.

  • Reply Miriam Prantner December 12, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Love these! The laces added to the man’s shoe are perfect!

  • Reply Helen B December 12, 2020 at 6:33 am

    What a delightful set of tags.Like the unique look. tfs-stay well.

  • Reply Donna Wakefield December 12, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Unique and beautiful tags. Represent the 12 days so well.

  • Reply maureen k morton December 12, 2020 at 6:45 am

    So much good info here, Julie! I love this technique (because I will not own another crafting appliance like a foiling accessory) but I do struggle with the glue pen (not quite as much as with the dang white gel ones, but……), so your patient demo on using one is just what I needed. Besides, of course, hearing that JE giggle one more time this year…….These are so elegant and lovely and your tips are so spot-on. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  • Reply Ritu Kedia December 12, 2020 at 6:48 am

    So elegant!

  • Reply Linda BL December 12, 2020 at 6:50 am

    What a wonderful set of tags. The foiled set would make beautiful tree ornaments. They would fit in perfectly on our tree!

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 12, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Oooo I love the gold foiling and white tags! WOW!

  • Reply Andre M. December 12, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Gorgeous tags and fab tips for mass production.

  • Reply SmilynStef December 12, 2020 at 7:07 am

    What a fun technique.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 12, 2020 at 7:17 am

    I like the simple look of gold and white. They go with just about every paper.

  • Reply cmayne December 12, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Absolutely fabulous set of tags, Julie! Thank you so much for the how-to video; as always, a joy to watch your creative magic unfold!

  • Reply Brenda Jennings December 12, 2020 at 7:21 am

    The gold and white is simple and elegant. Beautiful!

  • Reply marye342 December 12, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I love these! Subtle yet beautiful!

  • Reply Didi Irwin December 12, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Oh my gosh, Julie! I fell in love with the Twelve Days die set (I own the stamp 🙂 as soon as I saw it! What you’ve created with them here is totally awesome. The gold foiling on white is such a classic yet the tags still have that whimsical Julie feel to them. Thank you for your genius and inspiration ❤️

  • Reply Pai December 12, 2020 at 8:56 am

    how classy! and now i can’t get the song out of my head!

  • Reply Lori Lehnen December 12, 2020 at 9:35 am

    The Gold foil with the White really dresses your tags up!
    Love the laces on the shoe, very creative!
    Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

    • Reply denisegutshall December 12, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Julie, you set of tags are beautiful. Elegant, simple design with a hint of whimsy. Thanks for sharing you tip about foiling— something I have yet to try. The sticky pad is a great idea.

  • Reply Debbie Anderson December 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Thank you so much for all of your foiling tips. Your tags are beautiful and I want to try foiling again now as I have struggled with it in the past.

  • Reply Tami B December 12, 2020 at 9:38 am

    This looks like a fun technique to try and your tags turned out so pretty. Thank you the most for the idea of the homemade sticky mat…what an awesome idea!

  • Reply Connie Sue Pruitt December 12, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Very pretty.

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 12, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful set of tags! I love the detail of the gold foiling! I already have my tag in mind to participate in the challenge for today!

  • Reply Andrea La Vigne December 12, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Awesome tags, Julie! Love all the festive shine. Thanks for sharing, & have a wonderful day! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  • Reply Lisa Elton December 12, 2020 at 11:51 am

    These are terrific! I like the elegance of the white and gold.

  • Reply Kim December 12, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Love the tags and the video was full of some awesome tips. I love the look of foil but don’t have a foiling machine, so it’s great to know I can use glue. I, too, love these little glue pens…they are such a good value.

  • Reply Ashley Cortez December 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I am absolutely in love with these adorable tags they are all so amazing and a fantastic idea on adding the foil to them

  • Reply Lucy E. December 12, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    White and gold are always an elegant combo.
    I love how simple these look to make-
    thanks for the ideas!

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  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Fantastic gold tags…love the press in seal trick.

  • Reply Wendi J December 12, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the video teaching us how to foil with glue. I didn’t know it was so easy. Love the tip about die cutting using Press N Seal, wish I know that earlier. Cute set of tags.

  • Reply Cheryl December 12, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for the video too.

  • Reply Marisela Delgado December 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Such beautiful tags and wonderful ideas. 💜

  • Reply Sue D December 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Perfect tags for the 12 days of Christmas.

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik December 12, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the video and all the great tags!

  • Reply Carlos C. December 12, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    These are some cute tags its really neat how you added the foil and how it pop’s off the white backgrounds, its really cool how you made a tag for each day of the 12 days of Christmas song

  • Reply Carla Hundley December 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Fun tags and
    very pretty.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply Greta H December 12, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    I adore foiling & your tags are fabulous!

  • Reply Darlene Renshaw December 12, 2020 at 11:04 pm


  • Reply Chark December 13, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Lovely! Thanks for the video!

  • Reply Megan Niergarth December 13, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Such elegant tags, Julie!

  • Reply jen shears December 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Nothing better than Julie giggles! These tags are so fancy & fun!!

  • Reply donna mikasa December 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    SO fun, Julie! I had no idea a glue pen would help create such gorgeous, shimmery tags!

  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart December 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I love this alternate use for these dies! Gorgeous and quick.

  • Reply karen514 December 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration–and the instruction! These tags are just delightful!

  • Reply Jen F December 13, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Wonderful tags – love your style!

  • Reply karenladd December 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I really like those simple gold and white tags with the 12 days of Christmas images. So pretty!

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    So simple and elegant looking. Love the huge variety of tags you made for the 12 Days of Christmas song.

  • Reply Yvonne W December 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Love the clean design! They are great!

  • Reply Barbara December 15, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Oh my goodness, these tags are brilliant! I love the tips for using the glue pen, as I didn’t have great success with it and completely forgot I had them. Now I will try again!

  • Reply Cristina December 15, 2020 at 6:31 am

    These are so elegant with the white and gold foil!!

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