While I was wrapping Christmas presents I ran out of gift tags. The funny thing is that I used to make them along with my gift wrap but as I've become more and more involved in the arts in the community there have been a few things that I stopped doing, and this was one of them. And because I'm a huge proponent of reducing, reusing, and recycling I had been using the gift tags that came in the mail the past few years (you know, all the promotional material...but they were cute).
Anyway, as I looked around my studio I came across a small sheet of watercolour paper that I had been doodling on but didn't like the doodles so I erased them, sprayed the sheet with water and then roughly covered it with red watercolour. Red is definitely my favorite colour for the season as we tend to get Chinooks which create grey, hazy days and the pop of colour is refreshing.
This year, with one of my fantastic Michael's coupons, I purchased a tag cutter and so this part was quick and easy...previously I used to hand cut tags with an Xacto knife and cutting board though they weren't quite as pretty as this (these are terrific for mixed media and altered books)...and then added a hole with my small hole punch. I found a holly rubber stamp which my daughter had purchased at a dollar store for 50 cents a few years ago and Voila! Gift tags. Quick, painless, simple. And they look so cute attached to the presents with red & white bakers twine.