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12 Tags of Christmas Day 6 – Let it Snow Shaker Tag with Angela Simpson

Welcome to Day 6 of the 12 Tags of Christmas!

Angela Simpson is here to shake things up and show us how she was inspired by her favorite winter song, ‘Let it Snow’. Check out why she loves this season so much along with step by step guide on how to create her tag!

For more information on the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge, click HERE.

Hi friends! It’s Angela here, and I’m excited to be participating in the 12 Tags of Christmas, sharing a project I made for Day 6.

I spent my childhood years growing up in Canada, and regardless of whether you’re also Canadian, live in Canada, have visited, or have just heard the rumors, you’re probably aware that winters get snowy! I have very fond memories of ice skating, skiing, playing hockey, sledding, and building snowmen in our backyard. While my childhood self didn’t seem to care about how cold it was, my adult self much prefers to look at snow from indoors than to be waist-deep in it – hence the reason I now live in California!

Those winter memories, and the Christmas carol Let it Snow were what inspired the shaker tag I’m sharing today. Here’s how it came together…

Step 1: Create a striped hot foiled panel

For this, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Diagonal Stripes hot foil plate, along with shiny gold foil and my glimmer machine. Since I was making many of these tags, I kept my leftover foil and used it with the Essentials by Ellen Press Plate to make additional striped panels. Absolutely none went to waste, and I love it when that happens!

Tip: No striped hot foil plate? No worries! Feel free to use whatever patterned hot foil plates you have. You can even use cover plate dies to do this, and it’s a great way to stretch your supplies.

Step 2: Die cut the shaker tag layers

The largest tag in the Essentials by Ellen Farmhouse Tag die set was the one I chose to use, and each tag needed 2 die cuts – one for the back panel, and another for the window panel in front. I cut the back piece from plain white cardstock, and the front window piece from the foiled panel created in Step 1. By using one of the smaller Essential Rectangle dies, I was able to cut the center out of the foiled tag and cover the space with a piece of acetate to form a window.

Step 3: Ink blend the background

This step only takes about 1 minute but really helps to add some subtle color to the design. I decided to only blend towards the bottom half for a gradient effect.

Step 4: Stamp the sentiment and images

The cozy mitten images in the Bundled Up Stamp Set were very fitting for my snowy theme, so I stamped those using Catherine Pooler inks in Wintergreen, Sea Foam and Rose Petals. While I was at it, I also stamped the sentiment from that set, Let it Snow, and used the coordinating die to cut it out.

TIP: If you’re making multiple tags like I did, I definitely recommend die cutting a bunch of images from white cardstock first, then stamping them using the jig method. This way, you only have to line up each stamp once, rather than repeatedly having to reposition your dies (which I’ve never been great at!) You’ll also save a significant amount of time.

Step 5: Assemble the shaker tag

With all elements ready to put together, I lined the back edges of the window panel with foam strips, then filled the window with “snow” in the form of tiny gold stars. Then I sealed up the back with the ink blended tag, and adhered the sentiment and die cut mittens over the window with liquid glue.

TIP: Be sure to press very firmly around the edges when sealing up the shaker tag, before you flip it over and start shaking it. This will prevent any of the stars from getting stuck.

Thank you so much for checking out my tag, and I hope you’ll also participate in the 12 Tags of Christmas by sharing your creations on Instagram. Be sure to tag me (@mycraftyperspective) and @ellenhutsonllc so we can see your creative brilliance in action.

Until next time, happy crafting and Happy Holidays! – Angela


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  • Reply Andre M. December 6, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Gorgeous pink and green paired with the gold!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 6, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Pretty shaker tag! I love the foiling and the cute mittens!

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 7, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Love it! Always a great way to make a tag even more special. 🙂 All the shine is very evocative of the holidays!

  • Reply Surekha Galagoda December 10, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Dear Angela
    Thanks for the clear explanation. I have to make 9 tags today to go inside my journals which will be a gift from me to my lovely dear crafty friends who have helped me so much. This is what I have been inspired. I will doit 2day and upload. I love shaker cards and tags so much. Thanks again.tc and stay safe and blessed.

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