Elegant Gift Tags

A Technique for Getting Out of a Creative Block


Hi there!

Do you ever feel creatively overwhelmed or completely void of creative ideas?  A few weeks ago, when I was sick, I wanted so badly to spend time in my craft studio and create something amazing, but I couldn’t come up with a single creative idea. When this happens, I can usually turn to one of a few techniques I use to get my creative juices flowing – including creating tags!

Because of their smaller format, I find making tags less intimidating, and, with very little effort, I can usually find success quickly – without wasting a ton of product. After making a few tags, I’m usually out of my creative funk and full of ideas.  

The tags I’m sharing today were made when I was in that creative funk a few weeks ago.  I am still in awe of how well they turned out and I’m super happy that they pulled me out of the creative void.  Don’t get me wrong – there were several tags I made that day that ended up in the recycle bin – but I ended the day with these four tags and that was just what I needed to get back on track.

To make these tags:

  1. Heat emboss the Trim A Tag stamped images in white on vellum, being careful not to stamp and emboss the “from” and “to” words that are part of the stamps.  Make sure you treat your vellum with anti-static powder before stamping.  
  2. Die cut the stamped images out with the rounded tag die.
  3. Die cut 4 of the rounded tags out of white card stock.
  4. Die cut several accent images out of white and glitter cardstock.  I used white glitter and gold glitter.  I used a snowflake, a berry stem, the word “joy” (which I altered from the “joyful” die), and a holy star) – all from die sets I had in my stash.
  5. Adhere the accent images to the vellum tags.
  6. Stamp the “from” and “to” words from the stamp set onto the back side of the white cardstock tags.
  7. Use a piece of white ribbon (gold would look awesome too) to tie the vellum tag on top of the white cardstock tag (keeping the “from” and “to” toward the back.

Let me know in the comments what you do to pull yourself out of a creative block!  

Also – whether it’s to get through a block or just because you need some gift tags – I hope you’ll try making these! They are simply stunning in person!

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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  1. Lori Spitzer

    These are all superb! Love the white/white color scheme. Great work. You made these in a slump??? I’d love to slump like you LOL.
    Lori S in PA

  2. Jan Nolte

    .Love them. So elegant. Hope you’re feeling so much better.

  3. Karen Walker

    Simply stunning! The white embossed vellum and the gold are a beautiful combination.


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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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