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Monday, 10 November 2008

Christmas Tags & Pouch Tutorial

I thought a tutorial was way overdue, so here is one for a quick, easy & inexpensive gift. I am going to give out afew as early Christmas presents, but they could easily be made up with birthday tags to be used throughout the year.Materials required:
6x6 page protector
8.25" x 6.5" cardstock (I've used Purely Pomegranite)
3.5" x 3" cardstock for tag base
Designer Series Papers (DSP - I've used Holiday Harmony)
Extra cardstock for matting (I've used River Rock, Purely Pomegranite & Always Artichoke)
Word Window Punch
Vintage Brads
Crop-a-dile
Length of ribbon (I've used River Rock Double Stitched Grosgrain)
Stamps (Season of Joy & Tags for All)
Ink (Always Artichoke & Purely Pomegranite)

1st step is to cut the binding holes off the 6x6 page protector.Be careful to cut between the two seams on the side - you can see this clearer in the pic below. You will be left with a clear pouch that is open at the top & has 3 closed sides.




Lay the trimmed page protector onto your 8.25" x 6.5" cardstock as above, lining the bottom edges up. The open end of your pouch should be at the top, with an overhang of cardstock above it

Fold the extra cardstock over the top of the page protector. If you wanted to score this first the measurement is 1.75". At this point you can stamp on the front of the folded cardstock, you may also like to place a 6x6 piece of DSP into the page protector.

Place the page protector back into the folded cardstock, making sure that the open end is under the fold. Using the large hole of the crop-a-dile, punch a hole about 0.5" from the top. Push the crop-a-dile all the way in, on the side of the cardstock. Do this on the other side also.

Thread some ribbon through the holes & tie a bow at the front. Your tag pouch is now finished - on to making the tags to go inside.

For each tag you will need:
3.5" x 3" piece of cardstock
3.5" x 3' piece of DSP torn in half
stamped image from Tags for All
cardstock mat for your stamped image
1 x brad
piece of cardstock punch using the word window punch.

Adhere the layers in the following order - 3.5" x 3" cardstock, torn DSP, cardstock mat, stamped image. Fold the word window punchout in half over the edge of the tag & use the mat pack & paper piercer to pierce a hole through all the layers. Insert your brad through the hole.


Your pouch will easily hold all the above tags & more.


When putting your tags into the pouch, there is no need to unthread the ribbon. The holes will be far enough apart that you can undo the bow, lift the flap & slide the tags in.



I used Stampin' Up! Dashing DSP to make this Christmas Card Pouch, I had also made a sample using Wintergreen DSP, but gave it away before I took a photo of it, so will have to make another one.
HOpe you have enjoyed & understood this tutorial :-)











8 comments:

Carol Dunstan said...

these look great Alana, very nifty idea :)

Rebecca Munro said...

Great pouches Alana. Very cute.

Anonymous said...

very clever - i like!!!
Jamey

kylie s said...

Great tutorial Alana! Great gift idea.
K-xxx

Kari said...

GREAT tutorial Alana! Love the tags! :) K

Karen Oliver said...

Ohhh these are fantastic. :-D Wonderful tutorial too.

Lorraine said...

I like this idea. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Ross said...

I love the idea of making birthday ones to be used throughout the year! Good thinking!
Bec.