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tag, you’re it. 

Looking for a fun way to sparkle up your Christmas gifting game this year? Try your hand at heat embossed gift tags. For this DIY you will need:

  • Festive stamps
  • Watermark stamp pad
  • Embossing powder in assorted colors
  • Embossing heat tool (I have Paper Source and Martha Stewart brand heat tools; they both work great.)
  • Tags (Create your own or purchase them precut.)
  • Coordinating twine/ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tray/scratch paper (to catch the extra embossing powder)

tools & materials.

Instructions are simple:

1. Stamp
Using a watermark stamp pad, apply ink to your stamp of choice. Press firmly on your tag.

When it comes to heat embossing, using stamps gives images clean, crisp edges. Handwriting or drawing can be a little tricky, especially since the ink from the pens tends to dry more quickly than the ink from the stamp pad. Experiment with it!

Cover your design in embossing powder and shake off the excess. If you are using more than one color, apply one color at a time and shake off the excess in between colors. You can reuse the extra powder (it’s just like using glitter!).

add powder.
3. Heat
Apply heat with the embossing tool. Careful, it gets really hot! Hold the tool about an inch from your tag and slowly move the heat all over the stamped image. You will know when it’s done when the powder stops changing texture. If your tag warps, turn it over and heat the other side. You can also flatten it out by curving/bending the tag. Complete your tag with twine/ribbon of choice.

apply heat.

Here’s a set up I did at an Open Studios event in Berkeley. By the end of the night it was a sparkly mess. 😉

diy station.

Check out these tags made by some of my booth visitors. Get creative with mixing and matching stamps, adding multiple colors, or creating washi tape accents.

What have you been creating this holiday season? Share below!

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