12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas 2021 – Day 6 with Angela Simpson and Brenda Noelke

Welcome to Day 6 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2021! Do you hear the jingle of the bells? Angela Simpson and Guest Designer Brenda Noelke are both joining us on the blog today.

Be sure to leave a little love for Angela + our Guest Designer Brenda– 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!

Hi friends! It’s Angela here, kicking of Day 6 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with Jingle Bells, and some very jingle-y tags! This Christmas carol was one of my favorites as a kid, and I think it may have been the first one I ever learned. When brainstorming ideas for these tags, bells (not surprisingly) were one of the first things that came to mind, and I knew I wanted to add some shine for a really festive feel.

To get started, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Diagonal Stripes hot foil plate to create 3 foiled A2 panels of white cardstock. I created a panel for each of the colors I planned to make – red, blue and green, and using one of the Essentials By Ellen Farmhouse Tag dies, was able to die cut 2 from each panel for a total of 6 tags.

I also used the tag die to cut another 6 plain white tags, which I simply adhered to the back of the foiled tags in order to increase their thickness. I don’t know about you, but many of my gifts will be mailed this year, and I wanted my tags to be sturdy enough to withstand some bumping around in transit!

Next came the ink blending, where I chose a variety of red/pink, blue and green inks from Concord & 9th, Pinkfresh Studio and Catherine Pooler. Since hot foil resists dye ink applied on top, it was super easy to add the ink and create a gradient, fading out the color towards the top of each tag.

Tip: I like to wipe my panels off with a dry microfiber cloth after applying ink just to ensure the foil stays as shiny as possible, but you don’t necessarily have to do this, especially if using lighter ink colors.

With my ink blended tags complete, I moved on to creating the focal points of each, which were sentiment circles. For a Christmas carol like Jingle Bells, the Avery Elle Merry Circle Tags stamp set is a dream, because not only is there a ‘Jingle all the Way’, but also an ‘Oh What Fun’. I stamped enough sentiments for my 6 tags, again using Concord & 9th Inks.

Tip: When working with small stamps and several ink colors, I find that using little ink cubes can provide more control and precision than full-size pads.

I die cut the sentiments with a circle die, backed them with some double-sided adhesive for dimension, and placed one in the center of each of my tags. From here, all I needed to do was tie 3 small gold bells onto each tag, and loop some gold ribbon through to create bows.

Now I’d love to see your interpretation of Jingle Bells in tag form, as well as any other tags you create for the 12 Tags Challenge! Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and happy holidays! – Angela

We have our friend Brenda Noelke teamed up with Angela! Here is how she was inspired by the Jingle Bells Christmas Carol:

For all the details about Brenda’s gorgeous tags, please hop over to her blog.


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  • Reply Pai Meng December 6, 2021 at 6:39 am

    the gold really classes things up and the texture on that pine cone!

  • Reply Diane Hover December 6, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Gorgeous tags, so creative and fun!!

    • Reply Carol Gibbs December 7, 2021 at 9:10 am

      These are both beautiful! The font in that stamp set is wonderful for tags and the texture on the pine cone if fab!

  • Reply Gayle December 6, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Both sets of tags are so joyous and beautiful! Love Angela’s use of bright colors coupled with gold foiling; and Brenda’s pine cone and mug tags are so warm and inviting!

  • Reply Julie Steed December 6, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Oooo…that pinecone is a beaut. Love the ombre gold stripe business too.

  • Reply Tracy S. December 6, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Foil is my new go to, and the jingle bells on the tag is a great idea!

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 6, 2021 at 7:55 am

    From the colors to the layouts…love both sets!!!

  • Reply Alexandra Y December 6, 2021 at 8:39 am

    So lovely! There is something just so special about having a present that jingles with bells!!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I love today’s tags! Pretty set of foiled tags by Angela with an adorable stamp set, and Brenda’s awesome pinecone and mug creations!

  • Reply Amanda Wilcox December 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    These tags are gorgeous!!! I love the happy colors!

  • Reply Greta H December 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Oh wow–love all of these tags! The ink blended foiled backgrounds are fabulous & I adore the big pinecone & red bow!

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  • Reply runpaperscissors December 6, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Oh my gawsh, I LOVE these tags! The colors really speak to me, and I love the ink blending you did! Now I think I “need” that Pinkfresh foil die…Thank you for the suggestion of using the small ink cubes for easier blending. The little bells and gold ribbons just really take these tags over the next level! Thank you so much for sharing! And the pinecone tag is a beauty as well! I’m getting SO many great ideas! Now I need to go make some tags! 🙂

  • Reply Gail Scott December 6, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Fabulous tags! Love the colors and art in creating – TFS

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 6, 2021 at 11:26 am

    These are stunning! I LOVE the gold and the bells!!!

  • Reply Julie Booker December 6, 2021 at 11:48 am

    I saw these tags and I was inspired!

  • Reply lee December 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Wonderful tags! And such an upbeat carol – we should all be inspired! thank you !

  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 6, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    As it says in the song, OH what FUN!!! Great tags.

  • Reply Debbie Eslinger December 6, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    love the bright pop of color

  • Reply Monika Davis December 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Pretty tags! Love the stripes and the bright colors… the mug is just so perfect! 🙂

  • Reply Megan N December 6, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    These are so cute! Love that Avery Elle stamp set!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    love love love the metallic bells

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing tags..love the foiled look.

  • Reply Lisascreativeniche December 6, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    These are really pretty! Love the blended backgrounds!

  • Reply Debbie Doctorian December 6, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Fun idea and colors

  • Reply Tami B December 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    All of today’s tags are so cute, and I’ve got a jar full of those bells, so now I have an idea of what to do with them.

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 6, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Angela, I love the ink blending combined with the diagonal foil, it makes for such bright festive tags!! & Brenda, the snowy look of your pinecone & all that lovely texture is just to die for!

  • Reply theworldaccordingtoaudreyblog December 7, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Both sets of tags are so gorgeous!

  • Reply Maria Giselle B. December 7, 2021 at 1:16 am

    These tags are great! I do love that Avery Elle Merry Circle Tag set! I haven’t tried ink blending on foil. I cannot wait to try this technique. The textured pine cone is so pretty!

  • Reply Maria Giselle B. December 7, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Love these tags! Love that Avery Elle Merry Circle Tags stamp set. I have not tried ink blending on foil. I sure would love to try this technique. That pine cone is so pretty!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam December 7, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Gorgeous tags! Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply Kelly Morrissey December 7, 2021 at 5:54 am

    These tags are so much fun!

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  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 7, 2021 at 7:48 am

    I love these very classy tags! The bells are a perfect touch!

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 7, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I like the shading on the first tags. And the ones on the bottom are really wonderful. I love all of the added elements.

  • Reply Cheryl Thompson December 7, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Really nailed the theme, loved these tags!

  • Reply Cat L December 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Angela’s tags really speak to me! I love the bright, non-traditional colors! Gorgeous every one. And while I’m enjoying her trendy tags, Brenda’s more traditional tags are beautiful too!

  • Reply Julia Aston December 8, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Love how you inked the striped DP for graduated color – so pretty with the mix of sentiments!

  • Reply wdkdesigns December 8, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    I love how easy but versatile these tags are!

  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I love both color schemes – so different, and so pretty!

  • Reply sentsue December 10, 2021 at 8:45 am

    The bright colors with the gold are perfect!

  • Reply Julie Peddicord December 10, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Love the pretty colors in first group. The second set is phenomenal!

  • Reply Irene R December 11, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Fun colorful tags and I love the pinecone and coffee cup tags

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I love all the sparkle & shine in Angela’s tags, & the textures & layers in Brenda’s! 🙂

  • Reply linda December 12, 2021 at 10:43 am

    the foiled tags are so bright and cheery and I love the dimension of the pine cones, plus the addition of all the jingle bells!

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Oh wow, LOVE the use of real jingle bells on both projects! The tags are all beautiful and each set is so cohesive.

  • Reply candace hendrick December 12, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    love the colour combinations

  • Reply Helen F. December 13, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Ohhhh how I love gold ribbon and the pretty striped tags topped by gold jingle bells!

  • Reply Susan T December 13, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I love the background of this card. Was a nice addition.

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    These tags are amazing! I love that hot foil plate and the inking takes it to the next level! I also love the red and white tags – that pinecone is wonderful!

  • Reply jen shears December 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    I just love the foil and the real jingle bells!! Beautiful!

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