12 Tags of Christmas, Essentials By Ellen

12 Tags of Christmas 2021 – Day 2 with Heather Meeson and Suzanna Hansen

Welcome to Day 2 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2021! We are delighted to have Heather Meeson and Guest Designer, Suzanna Hansen, joining us today. Their song is Puppy for Hanukkah and you’re going to love how they were both inspired by this one.

Be sure to leave a little love for Heather and Guest Designer Suzanna  – 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!

About this time last year I was on a hunt for unique holiday songs to add to my playlist and went down an internet rabbit hole (I’m sure you know how that goes). *laugh* After finding some gems by Leslie Odom Jr, I was led to another Hamilton actor – Daveed Diggs – and Puppy for Hanukkah. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen here! It’s a fun one – and was the first song to pop to mind for 12 Tags this year.

My approach to creating scenes is to pick images I like and stamp a bunch. This lets me play with different image combinations and create a number of tags that are all a little different (it’s also a lot faster than if I was designing one at a time – perfect for the festive season when I need a lot of tags). For these I picked a number of cute boxes I could color and stack, in addition to the puppy and Bear.

TIP: Choose a color scheme you love and use it for all your designs! For my Hanukkah theme, I stuck to blue, teal, gold, and added the slightest hint of blush pink for a small twist on a traditional palette.

TIP: If puppies aren’t your thing, you can swap out the puppy for anything that suits you: other animals, other holiday icons, etc. Sky’s the limit for these versatile designs! (Plus, Bear can hold just about anything you’d like – love that!)

TIP: Paper from the Modern Graphics 2 paper pack can be foiled! It’s a great way to add some sparkle to your design, that’s also a fab choice for designs you’re mass producing because you can foil an entire sheet, then cut a number of tags from it.

As a little bonus tag, I added a personalized touch to each base tag by die-cutting an initial from a shape that resembles a dreidel. (For letters – like the D – that have an extra bit, I added a bit of acetate to the white layer so I could adhere the extra cut bits to it.)

TIP: Want to make your own dreidel tags? Click the image below to download a handy PDF, print it on cardstock of your choice, and cut! I like to use the Classic Block Alphabet Die Set to personalize them. (My go-to cardstock for tags is 110lb Neenah Solar White because it’s nice and sturdy, especially if you’re shipping gifts.)

We have our friend Suzanna Hansen teamed up with Heather! Here’s how she was inspired by the song, Puppy for Hanukkah:

For all the details about Suzanna’s fun tag, please hop over to her blog.

There two aren’t the only ones inspired by the song, Puppy for Hanukkah! Check out what these designers have created…

Supply List for Heather’s Tags:

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  • Reply Jessica Yoder-Jones December 9, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Wonderful tag! I love love love the gold at the top!!

  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The bear holding the puppy is too cute!!

  • Reply Fikreta Posavec December 10, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    so very nice tags!

  • Reply madebymamaleh December 11, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for including Hanukkah! I love these! Question – where is the little dreidel stamp from? I have a bunch of dreidels in my collection but none in a smaller size which I have been on the lookout for (and which works perfectly for these!)

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC December 15, 2021 at 8:39 am

      The dreidel stamp is from the Lawn Fawn – Holiday Party Animal set.

  • Reply Irene R December 11, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Great Tags, love the colors

  • Reply Elise Sosa December 12, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Such fun and cute tags! I’d never heard of this song, but I like Daveed Diggs as an actor and he’s so talented as a singer songwriter and producer! This is one I’ll have to add to my repertoire for sure! Thank you!

  • Reply amysterywriter December 12, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Seriously, who wouldn’t want an adorable puppy any time of the year! Love these tags

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I love Bear, & him holding a puppy is so cute! The “You’re Fetching” tag is cool, too. 🙂 Tfs!

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    These tags are so much fun, I love the element of blue that the holiday brings. And the puppies…adorable!

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I love the color and the use of gold foiling on these tags! So stinkin’ cute!

  • Reply Wendy Chan December 15, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Puppies are priceless. Loved your tags!

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 15, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Oh wow! These tags are cute! I love that bear holding the dog….so clever!

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 16, 2021 at 10:24 am

    A puppy in a box!!!!! And the dreidel accessories! Great work!

  • Reply stamprgrl December 16, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Love the simplicity of these two tags and how you used the white embossing on the second one.

    – Dalis

  • Reply tina Z December 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, I love a lot of white.

  • Reply marye342 December 17, 2021 at 9:19 pm


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