12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas Day 7 – “(It Must’ve Been) Ol’ Santa Claus” with Heather Meeson

Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Tags of Christmas!

We’re thrilled to have Heather back on the blog for another day of festive ideas. Inspired by “(It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus”, check out her tips and tricks for tags below.

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

Santa Claus, Santa Claus
It must’ve been ol’ Santa Claus
Santa Claus, Santa Claus
Happy “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to you!

There’s a lot to take inspiration from in this early 90’s holiday tune from Harry Connick Jr, but the “ho ho ho” in the chorus was just the cheerful building block I was looking for. (You can give it a listen here.)

To make slightly oversized bases for my tags I reached for EBE’s Essential Squares and Essential 4-Bar Rectangles: with so many sizes to pick from, I found a perfect match in each: leaving just enough room to set a small scene next to a knocked-out and stacked “ho ho ho.”

I created an easy peasy ombre effect under the letters with cardstock, using three shades of peachy pinks for Santa and 3 different greens to resemble a tree the mice could decorate.

Small strips – cut just large enough to “color” the letters – are stuck to the base of the tag.

I added acetate, dimensional adhesive, and a few embellishments to finish the shakers.

Turning any Essential Shape into a tag is as easy as adding a hole, but to give them a more polished finish I like to add one more layer and nestle a small tag between them.

I picked the long skinny shape from the new Modern Tags Die Set and layered it between the tag base and another matching shape to “hide” it. (It also gives you a great spot to add a “to” and “from” stamp on the back of the tag.)

I finished my tags with an extra layer of color – simply stamped and embossed with the Fa La La Background Stamp.


  • For near-perfect alignment of die cut text, use a ruler and pencil to make light grid marks so you know exactly where to place the die for each cut. The “Ho Ho Ho” die is one piece – so it’s super easy to cut both letters at once, but if you’re using individual letters, use a low-tack tape – like washi – to hold them together
  • When making a knockout design, nestle the die cut letters in the knockout to help you place shapes like the middle of an O or A, R, P, etc


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  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 7, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Love both of these tags. Totally cute!!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 7, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Such cute shaker tags! Love the mice and Santa!

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 7, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    OMG, layers, background typography, a negative die cut shaker, a pretty ombré, AND characters? You check all the boxes for me! Loving these SO MUCH!!!

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