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


Welcome to Day 12, the final day of 12 Tags of Christmas 2021! We are delighted to have Julie Ebersole and Guest Designer Chari Moss, joining us today. Their Christmas Carol is Holly Jolly Christmas and you’re going to love how they were both inspired.

Be sure to leave a little love for our Julie and Guest Designer Chari  – 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!

Happy Christmas! Julie here on the 12th day of Christmas with a fun shaker tag video, based on the carol “Holly Jolly Christmas”!  I actually ended up with a “bonus” tag out of this gig—the bonus tag isn’t as fancy as the first . . . I don’t know about y’all, but I can ALWAYS use a bonus tag when I’m in a gift wrapping frenzy, LOL, because inevitably, someone else is always swiping mine for their packages at the last minute!


  • Hit your supermarket up for some Press-N-Seal; it will allow you to nest/align and anchor your dies in place, so you only have to make one pass to create the shaker frame. If you’re going to mass-produce, this makes it so much easier and faster!
  • Make your own shaker filler by stamping small words and cutting them out; you don’t need many to get the effect, and when combined with sequins and other shiny bits, it’s an unexpected twist when it comes to shakers!
  • Stack/glue multiples of your frame layer (I used about 4, reserving the 5th to go on top, over the clear plastic) if you don’t have foam tape skinny enough to create your shaker box—it works just as well and creates a very sturdy tag! (hint, some tags make lovely tree ornaments, too . . . just sayin’ . . . )
  • Depending on the thickness of the clear plastic/acetate you’re die cutting for your shaker window, you may need to add the metal shim to your cutting plate (placed under the die blades) to get a clean cut all the way through; every machine is calibrated differently so you may need to do a test cut to make sure you have enough pressure. 
  • Quickest and easiest way I know to add some sparkle, is Stickles Diamond! It literally goes with EVERYTHING!

We have our friend Chari Moss teamed up with Julie! Here’s how she was inspired by the Holly Jolly Christmas Carol:

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

There two aren’t the only ones inspired by the Holly Jolly Christmas – Christmas carol! Check out what these designers have created…


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  • Reply Julia Aston December 12, 2021 at 6:09 am

    What a super fun shaker design tag! Pretty greenery background for the red tags and silver stars!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 12, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Holly Jolly for sure … bring on the cheese log

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 12, 2021 at 7:15 am

    What a fabulous duo of tags! I LOVE that shaker!!! The pink tree is soooo fun!

  • Reply Megan N December 12, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Great way to do a shaker, Julie!

  • Reply stamprgrl December 12, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Oh goodness, super cute. It’s so nice to see Chari here in your blog! She is amazing!

    — Dalis

  • Reply Gail Jean December 12, 2021 at 7:38 am

    SO fun! I like the shaker ~ the cheese log sentiment and the beautiful tree tag – these are rocking good tags! Thanks for shaking things up – in a good way! MErry Christmas!

  • Reply Von Marie December 12, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Beautiful tags. I love shaker tags and Chari’s tag is so cute!!!

  • Reply Gail Jean December 12, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Love that shaker very much – and the sentiment as well! TFS Pink is so in for Christmas!

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 12, 2021 at 8:16 am

    I love the pink Christmas tree- so pretty! The shaker tag is super cute! I watched your video, Julie, and I like your die cutting trick using Press and Seal!

  • Reply Amanda Wilcox December 12, 2021 at 8:17 am

    I love both tags! Thanks for all the tips on the shaker tag too!

  • Reply Julie S December 12, 2021 at 8:34 am

    These are so awesome! I’m a sucker for shaker tags and that Press N Seal trick is genius.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 12, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I’ve never made a shaker tag before-this is cute. Thanks for the idea, and the Press N Seal trick. I just bought some for the first time.

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 12, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Julie, I just love shakers!! Yours is so bright & colorful (right up my alley 😉) & I absolutely love the unexpected twist of little sub sentiments floating around in there!!! & Chari, I love your bright, eye-catching pink tree!

  • Reply Mary Koby December 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Shaker tags are the best, and I love the Samba and Martini combo! Please share the cheese log recipe – it sounds delicious.

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 12, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Awesome tags! I love the fun shaker tag and that adorable pink tree! Delightful!

  • Reply Greta H December 12, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Super cute ideas! Shaker tags are such fun!

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I love Julie’s shaker tag, and the way Chari curved the die cut tree. 🙂

  • Reply Gayle December 12, 2021 at 10:59 am

    So much holiday cheer in these tags! Love Julie’s shaker tag, bonus tag, and her tip about using Press-n-Seal (genius). Also feeling the joy of Chari’s pink ‘dancing tree’ tag. Holly Jolly Christmas, to all!

  • Reply Linda K December 12, 2021 at 11:01 am

    I just love these oh so cheery, vibrant, and festive projects!! It has been a joy to follow along on IG❤️👍🏻

  • Reply linda December 12, 2021 at 11:20 am

    all these tags are beautiful! a very nice ending on a cheery, happy note!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 12, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful tags really like that shaker.

  • Reply wdkdesigns December 12, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    The shaker tag is so cool!

  • Reply Tami B December 12, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    A shaker tag….how fun is that?! Very cute idea.

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    What a brilliant idea to create a shaker tag, and I LOVE the pink tree!

  • Reply Sue Symens December 12, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Julie you are the BEST! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Reply Tracy S. December 12, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    I was waiting to see what you were going to make Julie, and it was worth the wait! I have to say that ALL the tags this year were wonderful and I really enjoyed the series.

  • Reply Jessica Yoder-Jones December 12, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    These tags are great and I love the pink on red! This has been a wonderful 12 days and I’m so glad that I got to play along!

  • Reply Cheryl Thompson December 12, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Love the shaker tag, gotta ake one of those

  • Reply Margaret Mckernan December 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Such a great shaker tag!

  • Reply Chandhini December 13, 2021 at 1:06 am

    I love shaker tags, yours is fun with word shakers.

  • Reply Cat December 13, 2021 at 4:40 am

    I just live Julie shaker tags. And the shaker sentiments?much a cool idea!

  • Reply Pai Meng December 13, 2021 at 6:50 am

    that tag is definitely jolly!

  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 13, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Last day? I will miss these challenges. So much inspiration and I love this shaker tag and would welcome a cheese log. Hah!

  • Reply lee December 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Wonderful tags! Thank you for all the tips!

  • Reply Julie Peddicord December 13, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Chari also made a fabulous pink tree! Loved your video Julie.

  • Reply Kinjal Trivedi December 13, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Loves this cute shaker tag. I never thought of putting sentiments in the shaker elements, so thanks for that 🙂

  • Reply cmayne December 13, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    A duo of festive delights! Crushing over the shaker and smitten with the pink tree! Once again, the designers have outdone themselves with fabulous tags and loads of inspiration! Thank you!

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    I love shaker gift tags! They engage 3 senses: sight, touch, and sound! It’s a great little treat to get that shakety-shake!

  • Reply Irene R December 14, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Fun shaker tag and pretty tree tag

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful tags! It has been a pleasure seeing all the creative and inspirational tags!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 16, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Shaker tags and that darn cute pink tree again!!!!

  • Reply stamprgrl December 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Love that shaker tag! OMG, it’s so amazing!

    — Dalis

  • Reply tina Z December 16, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    wow, this is amazing, shaker tag!

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  • Reply marye342 December 17, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    So adorable! Great CV colors!

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