Swirl Cap Characters

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add some festive flair to your Christmas packages with these quick-and-simple holiday gift tags.


  • Craft foam (for each): white, 6” square; red, 3”x4”
  • Flannel fabric, 1-1⁄2”x14” (snowman’s scarf)


  • Acrylic paints: white, ivory, hot pink, crimson, orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, tracing paper, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



7″ tall

Swirl Cap Characters

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace hat outline only onto red foam, and remaining patterns onto white; cut out. Using long, smooth strokes, cut swirls in hats. Cut two 3⁄4”x3-1⁄4” hat bands from white using pinking shears.

2. Transfer faces. For Santa, basecoat face Ivory. While paint is still wet, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. When dry, paint nose and mouth Crimson and eyebrows White.

3. Using pattern as guide, draw details with black fine-tip permanent marker.

4. For snowman, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink and paint nose Orange. Draw details with marker. Tie scarf around neck.

5. Adhere bottom edges of hats to tops of heads and hat bands to hats. To hang, separate swirl and place on package. Write recipient’s name on hat band.


  • Need a last-minute gift? Kids can easily create these gift tags as ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Santa Tag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use pre-made embellishments to craft this playful Christmas tag in a hurry.


  • Pretty Little Studio: Vintage Santa Claus Diecut; Christmas at Home Collection Deck the Halls Paper Ribbons, Comfort and Joy 8”x8” Paper, Merry Shipping Tags
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Lovely Collection Pins
  • Green button
  • Green sequins
  • Trims: red/white baker’s twine, sheer white ribbon


  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, tiny clear dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil




Santa Tag

1. Cut 2”x2-3/4” Comfort and Joy paper strip; notch end with scissors. Adhere to right side of shipping tag.

2. Cut and adhere two paper ribbon banners to first banner.

3. Adhere Santa Claus diecut using foam tape.

4. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to top of tag with clear dots. Thread button with twine, knotting ends at front. Adhere button to bow with clear dots. Push two pins through bow behind button.

5. Adhere sequins with clear dots.


  • Do not leave tag laying in presence of small children; small components and pins present a choking hazard.

by Celeste Brodnik

Cloud Clay Embellished Christmas Tags

This time of the year, I am looking to get my presents made and wrapped and to do it all in a creative way and ahead of time. The holiday season is a great time to showcase your DIY talents but, let’s face it, anything that takes hours of work probably isn’t going to get done. Today I have a quick-and-easy Christmas-themed project that combines the drying convenience of AMACO Cloud Clay – a quick-drying air dry clay – recycled clothing tags, glitter, and paint. It hits all the sweet spots: it’s easy, it’s quick, it isn’t messy, it recycles, and it has glitter!

What you’ll need:

  • Small Christmas Tree cookie cutter (mine is about 1-1/2” tall)
  • AMACO Green Cloud Clay
  • Recycled clothing tags (or hand-cut/die-cut tags)
  • Chalkboard paint or other acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Your choice of decorations (I used glitter and white glue, glitter glue, and pale gold acrylic paint)

Start by pinching off a palm-sized piece of Cloud Clay and knead it to warm it up and soften it. Pull it and fold it until it is nice and supple. Roll a piece of the Cloud Clay into a long snake.

Bend the clay snake into a series of loops and push them together gently to make a lumpy rectangle of clay which is larger than the cookie cutter.

Press the cookie cutter into the clay.

Gently remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter (you can ease it out by pressing a small ball of Cloud Clay to the back of the shape – the clay will stick to itself so you can use the ball as a handle to pull the shape out of the cookie cutter.) Cut away the ball of clay with a pair of sharp scissors.

Set aside the shape to dry as you repeat the process to make more trees.

As the Christmas trees are drying, you can decorate them. Here are some ideas:

Using a tube of glitter glue, run lines of glitter along the dips in the clay.

Using white glue, dot the glue on the tree and then dredge with glitter. Wait until the glue is dry to brush off the excess glitter and return it to the tube.

Paint the tree with a generous coat of gold acrylic paint. Wait about 30 seconds then wipe the excess off using a paper towel – the paint will have settled into the depressions in the shape.

Draw on the tree – I use a Ranger Inkssentials white marker.

While your trees finish drying, coat the tags with a coat of paint – I used black chalkboard paint but you can use any color or type of paint. You may need a couple coats of paint to cover the tags.

Cut pieces of ribbon 10″ long and knot through the tags (you may need to punch larger holes in the tags to take wider ribbon).

Attach the Christmas Trees to the tags using glue or dimensional glue dots.

If you use chalkboard paint, you can write on the tags using chalk – other dark paints will take gel pens and lighter paints will take permanent markers.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Holiday Wine Tags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a variety of holiday wine tags to toast your favorite host or hostess.


  • My Favorite Things Primitive White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things My Favorite Felt: Wild Cherry, Gumdrop Green
  • Sequins


  • Die-cutting system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Poinsettia, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase
  • Craft glue


Joy Tag

1. Using Let’s Toast Die-namics Die, die cut one wine bottle tag from Primitive White Cardstock.

2. Die cut two large and two small flowers from Wild Cherry Felt using Poinsettia Die-namics Die.

3. Die cut letters j, o, and y from Gumdrop Green Felt using High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics Dies.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble poinsettia layers and adhere.

5. Adhere sequins to poinsettia center.

6. Adhere poinsettia to top left side of bottle tag.

7. Adhere “joy” letters to bottle tag.

Other Holiday Tags

Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a variety of gift-giving occasions. Use the supplies listed below and the photo as a guide to create these holiday tags.

Brr! Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase; Let It Snowflake
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Limeade Buttons; My Favorite Felt Bubblegum, Gumdrop Green

Happy Holidays Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice, Kraft, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Large Scale Backgrounds, Ornament Banner Builder, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Electric Red Buttons

Let’s Celebrate Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Steel Grey, Steel Blue
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Birthday Sentiments, Timeless, Cooper Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Stacking Stars
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Steel Grey
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Grapesicle

Thank You Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Fuse Green
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Plaid Background Builder, Big Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Fall Leaves
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Hot Fudge, Fuse Green
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Hot Fudge, Tangy Orange Button, Hemp Cord

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)


Sleigh Ride Vintage Distress Tag

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more use out of my stamps that I love but don’t use often enough. I decided to pull out some wintery images to create a vintage tag.

1. Smear blue dye ink on a craft mat or acetate surface.

2. Smear gold metallic Distress Stain near blue ink on same surface.

3. Spritz with water until inks are watery.

4. Drag manila tag through inks until desired coverage is achieved; let dry.

5. Drag seam binding ribbon through inks; let dry.

6. Ink up script stamp with brown dye ink and randomly stamp over surface of tag. Repeat until covered.

7. Cut center from one paper doily. Place doily with open center over a second doily, masking the edges. Ink up damask stamp using brown dye ink and stamp damask through center of open doily; remove doily mask. Lightly sponge stamped doily edges here and there with brown ink. Adhere doily to tag as shown; trim edges.

8. Stamp image of little girls sleighing using brown archival ink onto white cardstock.

9. Smear blue dye ink on craft mat and pick up with waterbrush. Color images using waterbrush and dye ink. Let dry.

10. Shade and color rest of image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush; let dry.

11. Cut out image using detail scissors; adhere image to tag.

12. Stamp sentiment using brown ink. Cut into pieces. Sponge edges using brown dye ink. Adhere sentiment to tag.

13. Attach ribbon and charms to tag.


  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing
  • Artistic Outpost Stamp – Sleigh Ride
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Tarnished Brass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers
  • White paper doilies, two
  • Manila tag
  • White cardstock
  • Detail scissors
  • Glue Dots Int’l. Glue Dots
  • White seam binding ribbon
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles Pearls

I hope you get a chance to pull out some of your favorites and sit down to some inky time! Happy Crafting,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Last-Minute Christmas Tags

Happy Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday with loved ones. Today, I am sharing a few more ATCs that I created that could easily be transformed into tags for packages or gift bags.

My ATCs were easy to create. I started with a few sheets of patterned paper and some holiday embellishments. I also created a background sheet of snowflakes and words to use as the background of several of my ATCs.

To create background:

1. Stamp snowflakes onto white cardstock using VersaMark ink.

2. Heat emboss snowflakes with clear embossing powder.

3. Sponge blue dye ink over surface. Wipe off excess ink from clear embossing with a dry tissue.

4. Stamp Christmas words over surface using gray ink.

5. Cut background into 2-1/4”x3-1/4” pieces.

To create Angel ATC:

1. Detail cut angel and church from patterned paper. Accent angel wings with glue pen and crystal ultra-fine glitter glue; let dry. Adhere tinsel to halo and dress hem.

2. Cut 2-1/4″x3-1/4″ piece of music paper; sponge edges with pink dye ink. Cut 2-1/2″x3-1/2″ ATC from white cardstock; sponge edges with pink dye ink. Adhere layers together.

3. Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut apart sentiment as shown; sponge edges with pink dye ink.

4. Sponge lace trim with pink dye ink. Assemble ATC, adding lace trim and snowflakes in background. Adhere angel to ATC with foam dots; adhere sentiment pieces with foam dots.

To create Little Girl ATC:

1. Detail cut little girl image from patterned paper. Accent dress trim and shoes with glue pen and red ultra-fine glitter; let dry.

2. Detail cut deer from vintage images. Accent bow with glue pen and red ultra-fine glitter; let dry.

3. Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock using red ink pad; cut apart words as shown.

4. Adhere doily to one blue background piece; trim edges flush. Cut 2-1/2″x3-1/2″ ATC from white cardstock. Adhere layers together. Adhere sentiment pieces as shown.

5. Assemble ATC, adding lace along bottom of background. Adhere little girl with foam dots; adhere lace to dress and socks. Adhere deer with foam dots.

6. Make small ribbon bow; adhere bow and gem to girl’s hairbow.

To create Peace & Joy ATC:

1. Cut 2-1/2″x3-1/2″ ATC from white cardstock. Adhere blue background piece. Adhere doily across bottom of card to create “snow”; trim edges flush.

2. Cut “Peace” and “Joy” sticker sentiments from sheet; apply to background as shown.

3. Adhere lace and glitter trim along top and bottom of ATC.

4. Detail cut little girl and dog images from patterned paper. Accent flowers, shoes, dog’s collar, and snow with glue pen and crystal ultra-fine glitter; let dry.

5. Accent fur trim with glue pen and white flocking; let dry.

6. Adhere dimensional snowflake to center of background snowflake.

9. Assemble ATC, adhering girl and dot with foam dots.


  • Creative Imaginations – Joy Cards
  • Crafty Secrets – Heartwarming Vintage Cuts – Christmastime
  • White paper doily
  • Melissa Frances Embellishments: Silver Snowflakes, Pink Mini Tinsel
  • Trims: red ribbon, white vintage lace (wide, narrow), silver glitter flourish border
  • Stamps: Hero Arts DesignBlock Snowflakes, Silent Night; MemoryBOX Vintage Christmas Words, We Wish
  • Tsukineko VersaMark, StazOn Stone Gray; blue, pink, red, black dye
  • Stampendous Ultra-Fine Glitter: Crystal, Red; Clear Embossing Powder; White Flocking Powder
  • Glue pen
  • Details scissors
  • Heat tool

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Iralamija’s Etsy Shop Christmas Images Winner

With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to select one lucky winner of two sets of printable Christmas images from Iralamija’s Etsy shop as offered in my 12 Tags for 12-12-12 blog post.

The winner, as selected by Random.org, is: Viktoriya. 

Viktoriya, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. I appreciate all your wonderful comments and wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Winter Wishes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Adorable, easy-to-paint wooden snowmen can be displayed or reused throughout the winter season.


  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Basswood: 3/16”x3/8”x24”, 1/8”x3”x24”
  • Glossy royal blue gift bag
  • White cardstock
  • Papers: black-and-white gingham, blue-and-white snowflake print
  • Small black brads, 18
  • Black alphabet stickers
  • Black-and-white gingham ribbon


  • Drill with bits: 1/16”, 3/16”
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, orange
  • Black dye ink pad
  • Adhesives: paper glue, glue gun and glue sticks, Plaid Paper Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, black fine-tip marker, fine-grit sandpaper, foam brush, round paintbrush


Prepare Wood

1. Cut three 4-1/2” lengths from wide basswood strip. Cut one 6” length from same piece for tag. Cut two corners from 6” piece to create tag shape; set aside.

2. Cut three 4” lengths from narrow basswood strip. Cut three corners from remainder of same piece for snowman noses.

3. Sand all pieces. Using round brush, paint 4-1/2” pieces white, 4” pieces black, and noses orange. Let dry.

4. Cut three 3”x2-1/2” gingham paper pieces. Adhere pieces to top half of each white snowman for hats. Adhere black wooden hat bands across snowmen as shown; let dry.

5. Using drill and 1/16” bit, drill four holes for mouth and two holes for eyes in each snowman. Insert brads; bend ends at back to secure. Adhere nose to face. Draw eyebrows with marker.

6. Cut three 2-1/2”x1-1/2” white cardstock strips; ink edges and adhere to hats.

7. Ink bottom edges of snowmen.


1. Make 5”x6-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 5”x6-1/2” snowflake paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere snowman to center of card using glue gun.

3. Cut three 5” ribbon lengths; adhere two lengths to top and bottom of card. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “Winter Wishes.”


1. Trace basswood tag onto back of snowflake paper; cut out paper tag and adhere to wood tag using Mod Podge and foam brush. Let dry. Ink tag edges.

2. Using drill and 3/16” bit, drill hole in top of tag.

3. Adhere snowman to center of tag using glue gun.

4. Cut two 5” ribbon lengths. Thread one length through hole in tag; knot ends together. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

5. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “to” and “from.”

Gift Bag

1. Cut 4”x5” snowflake paper panel; ink edges and adhere to gift bag.

2. Adhere snowman to center of snowflake paper using glue gun.

3. Cut 6” ribbon length. Knot center and adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “For You.”


Adhere a magnet to the back of the snowman before adhering to surface with double-sided tape. Recipient can add it to the fridge for a fun winter decoration.

by Melony Bradley for Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com)

Snowman Christmas Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


This dimensional tag is a special addition to presents and works great on scrapbook pages after the holiday.


  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Pomegranate, Orange, Accents Frost White Glitter
  • Papers: green/white dot, red/white dot
  • Red/white polka-dot ribbon


  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Stamps: Stampendous! Small Typewriter Alphabet, Inkadinkado Ornate Christmas Cling Set
  • Large acrylic block
  • Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, hole punch, craft knife, toothpick


(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, roll half of Frost White Glitter clay into sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

4. Stamp black snowman image onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around snowman. Roll three tiny Pomegranate balls and place over berries on stamped hat band. Shape small Orange tapered coil and place over nose on stamped snowman. Using toothpick, add crosshatch marks to carrot nose. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

5. Cut two 2-1/4”x4” green dot paper pieces; adhere tags together back to back. Punch hole at one end. Trim two top corners to create tag shape.

6. Stamp “be merry” on red dot paper strip. Adhere strip to tag on an angle; trim ends. Adhere snowman to tag with Quick-Dry Adhesive; let dry.

7. Thread ribbon through hole; knot end together just above hole.


Look for stamps to create dimensional elements like reindeer, Christmas trees, and more.

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

12 Tags for 12-12-12

What better way to celebrate 12-12-12 Day than with a dozen tags that would be perfect for a last-minute gift? And to top it off, how about a chance to win two sets of printable images from Iralamija’s Etsy shop.

The winner will receive both the Peppermint Tags image that I used for this project as well as another image of their choice. All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The winner will be posted here on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

I’m always on the lookout for a project that is quick, easy, and inexpensive and this one fits the bill on all three counts. Let me show you what I mean. First, I printed out a sheet of the Peppermint Tags images.

Using a good quality photo paper makes a big difference – this is my favorite brand:

Making the tags can be as simple as punching or die cutting each one, adding a smaller hole to the top, and threading with string or ribbon.

If you have a little more time, you can try inking the edges and adding “To” and “From” using a stamp.

This is a great project for using up supplies you might already have on hand (come on, admit it… you have some eyelets stashed away, don’t you?).

You can keep these tags as simple or embellished as you like. I added die-cut cardstock circles and holly leaves to a few of my tags.

I also have a soft spot for glitter and sparkly brads.

In hardly any time at all, I had a dozen gift tags all ready to be packaged up.

I love to stock up on canning jars since they make great containers for all sorts of gifts. One tip I have for making a jar look full when the item you are putting inside wants to settle to the bottom is to add a piece of crumpled cellophane to act as a support.

Some velvet ribbon and another tag and you are all set.


  • Peppermint Tags – Iralamija’s Etsy shop.
  • Premium Presentation Paper Matte – Epson
  • Holly Die – Papertrey Ink
  • Handmade Hodgepodge and Tag-Its #9 Stamp Sets – Papertrey Ink
  • Small Craft Zots Adhesive, SuperStik Permanent Glue Stick – Therm O Web
  • Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors – Ranger
  • Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Ranger
  • Onyx Black VersaFine Ink Pad – Tsukineko
  • Sparkle Brads – Karen Foster Design
  • Crop-A-Dile Punch – We R Memory Keepers
  • Silver eyelets
  • Silver thread

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway!

Happy “12” Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)