14 December 2019

Saturday Showcase - Patchwork Christmas Tags for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Today for the last Saturday Showcase post of the year over at The Funkie Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog everyone in the Design Team has joined together to share festive tags, each one with a tutorial - so you're getting even more 'bang for your buck' today!!!! Make sure to check out what my amazing team mates have created by hopping on over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

I've created a set of gift tags by using a patchwork of papers for the background, painting, stencilling and stitching over them before adding stamping and embossing. With stamped seam binding ribbons and brass Christmas themed charms these are now ready to adorn parcels under the tree this year.

Here's how they came together; I started by adding a patchwork of paper, ephemera and wallpaper scraps to an A4 piece of kraft card, overlapping edges and cutting bits in half to make a Christmas quilt. Though not necessary, I stitched with white thread over these with a sewing machine to add extra detail.

To 'unify' this background and ensure it didn't detract from the stamping to come I painted over first a coat of Clear Gesso, then a layer of diluted Buff Acrylic Paint. The gesso helps to ensure that the paint layer reacts the same no matter the paper used below.

Before cutting six large and two small tags from this patchwork of paper I stencilled stars onto it with White Acrylic Paint. And once cut more stitching was applied around the edges of each tag this time using contrasting red thread.

There are so many beautiful foliage images in the Tim Holtz 'Yultide Gatherings' stamp set; I used a couple of different ones on the tags, stamping with permanent black ink before adding a little colour to each.

I embossed a seasonal greeting into the corner of each of the larger tags with gold embossing powder using a sentiment from Tim Holtz 'Glorious Gatherings' stamp set. It's well worth using an anti-static bag over the area to be embossed to ensure you get a crisp finish over all the layers of media underneath.

Finally I stamped another of the little foliage images from the Yuletide Gatherings set on to white seam binding before spritzing it with water and crinkling it up. After tying pieces of this ribbon through the top of each tag Christmas themed charms were added using coordinating jump rings.

Here are the finished tags ready to be attached to parcels - with so much detail on them I can afford to stick to simple brown wrapping paper to cover the presents themselves, which has the added bonus that it can be re-used for other purposes after Christmas is done.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's tutorial - make sure to hop on over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to see what my amazing team mates have in store for you.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create this Holiday themed Pocket Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Yuletide Gatherings
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Glorious Gatherings
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Falling Stars
Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #2
Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #3
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Worn Wallpaper, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ephemera Pack, Christmas
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints and Gessos
Ranger Embossing Powder Gold - Super Fine Detail
Antiqued Bronze Bell Bow Knot Charms - Set of 5
Antiqued Bronze Snowflake Charms - Set of 5
Antiqued Bronze Snowflake Charm - Set of 5
Antique Bronze Christmas Tree Charm - Set of 5
Bronze Jump Ring Set
Rayon Seam Binding


  1. Jenny that background is fabulous and I think I might have struggled to even stamp over it!!! I love how the image pops on the fabulous background. I am in love with that background the stitching just added that over the top wow. Wishing you and your loved ones a fabulous holiday and a blessed New Year!

  2. What a clever use of bits and pieces to make that fantastic background. I love the stamped seam binding. You come up with the best ideas so I want to be you when I grow up. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  3. These are simply stunning...what a labor of love! I love all the stencilling, stitching and stamping...works of art!

  4. Oh how lovely. Love the idea or your collage background. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  5. Love these ... such an inspiration!

  6. THUD. Okay, now that I have recovered from fainting from the beauty of your tags, I read about how you collaged and sewed (!!!!!) your background, and didn't stop there! Wow, wow, wow, WOOWWW! Jenny, I am speechless! Your tags and packages are supercalefragelistic! You had me at your collaged sheet, but your tags are just so incredibly lovely, and it was inspiring to read how they went from scraps to sensational! Oh, and that ribbon!!! All I want for Christmas is one fraction of the talent and creativity you have! Wishing your and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Love the tags, love how your made them even more...fabulous use of all our scraps we all have and don't want to toss...Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  8. These stunning tags really caught my eye yesterday when I first saw them and I have really enjoyed reading how they came together. What an amazing background!! ..... like Sara Emily, I thought the background made such a stunning tag but the overstamping is ace too. Gorgeous ! xxx

  9. What an Array of Beautiful tags Jenny. Love the stamps but my heart has not been in crafting for so long. I just might buy these stamps for next year. Hope you enjoy the Festive Season. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. I love how you made your background and then cut them into tags - these are beautiful Jenny!


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