Last year I made a quartet of Christmas gift tags cut from a single layer of cardstock. This year, my tags are made of two layers—the top layer has a Christmassy cutout and the bottom layer is plain, showing through the cutout and framing the top layer. I’ve got four ways you can use them, but I bet you can think of a few more! As usual, I have the free Silhouette cut file for you so you can make your own.
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About the designs…
The file contains three sets of circles.
- Green Outlines = top layer
- Black Outlines = bottom layer
- Red Outlines = decal design (no ribbon hole…see #4 below)
The finished size of the layered tag is about 2¼” in diameter. The top layer alone is about 2″ in diameter. You can resize to whatever works for you, just make sure you resize both layers at once so the sizes remain proportional for the tags to work together.
The cut out images—reindeer, Santa, peace dove, tree, and holly—are all from public domain clipart that I tweaked to cut well (combining parts, smoothing things out, etc). Be aware when weeding that the reindeer and santa still have some pretty tiny parts. They cut well, you just have to take it easy when weeding them.
What you need…
- Cardstock in contrasting colors – I used Michaels 65lb Recollections brand, which is a nice weight for layering, and a similar weight cardstock from this scrapbooking pad and this scrapbooking pad
- Cardstock adhesive – I used the Zig 2-way Glue Pen. It’s easy to apply, dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle the cardstock.
- Adhesive vinyl (if making #4) – I used Avery Ultra glitter permanent vinyl.
- Drywall Mesh – to transfer vinyl decals (if you do #4)
- Silhouette cutting machine – My Cameo is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition version 3.3.638
- Free download file (above)
Style #1 – Layered…
This is my favorite way to use these gift tags. The trick is to have good color contrast between the two layers so the cut image shows up well. My best results were with plain cardstock for both layers. A subtle monochrome pattern that reads as solid at arm’s length would probably be fine, but my patterned cardstock (the plaid you see in #3), on top or bottom, obscured the cut image too much for my liking.
If you want to get fancy schmancy with the holly, use green as the bottom layer and then sandwich a tiny piece of red between layers to show through as the holly berries. I glued the red bit to the top layer and then attached the bottom layer to them both.
Centering the two layers isn’t hard. I lined up the holes and then pivoted the top layer until it was even on both sides. Another great thing about the Zig glue (see supplies list above), is it gives you some time to make adjustments. If you get it wrong the first time, carefully peel it up and reposition.
And…you don’t even need to glue them at all (does this count as style #5? ;^). Simply slip a ribbon through the two layers and leave them loose. I like this idea because the bottom layer can be reused by itself as a gift tag next year.
Style #2 – Top layer alone…
Style #3 – Bottom layer alone…
Even simpler. This is your basic round, no-nonsense gift tag. Choose cardstock on which a handwritten TO and FROM will be readable. For example, it would be difficult to read anything written on the plaid tag above, but it’ll work as a cardstock choice—I’ll simply write on the back side, which is white.
Style #4 – Decal
I use drywall mesh for transfer tape when applying vinyl to paper. The mesh is sticky enough to pick up the vinyl from the backing, but not so sticky that it’ll rip the paper.
Getting a clean cut is all about the cut settings. For info on how to cut cardstock cleanly, and how to remove the cut pieces from the mat without curling the cardstock, head over to the Quartet of Gift Tags post, where I go into lots of detail with lots of photos.
And that’s it! Have fun with these.
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