Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!


  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
Repositionable tape
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!


  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die





Learn How to Make Marbled Paper with Delicata Inkers

by Roni Johnson

I wanted to share a throwback background technique to a time when I just started scrapbooking and making cards. There weren’t a whole lot of paper choices out there so we became inventive and made our own. One of my favorites is marble paper. This technique is quick, easy and very addictive. Best part, it can be made using a few items you’ve got around the home.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time


Step 1

Cut cardstock to the desired size. You’ll need lots of cardstock pieces because this technique is like potato chips–you can’t make just one. Find a non-porous shallow pan with at least 1-inch sides. Apply a small dot of removable adhesive to the back of a piece of cardstock and attach cardstock to the center of the pan.  Add 3-4 drops of one or more colors of Delicata pigment ink along the edges of the pan.

Step 2

Drop in 3-10 marbles (or any small ball), try to find marbles or balls of varying sizes. By using different sizes you’ll be able to create a variety of different patterns. Pick up the pan and tilt it this way and that letting the marbles roll through the ink and over the cardstock.

Step 3

Continue rolling until you’re satisfied with the design.

Step 4

Remove the paper and repeat steps 3-7 as many times as you’d like. Once you’re finished you’ll have a whole pile of wonderful designs just waiting to be used. The results can be used on a variety of projects, everything from scrapbook pages, cards, tags, mixed media projects, place cards and more!


  • Delicata Inkers – Rose Gold, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Pink Shimmer, Champagne, Golden Glitz, Silver, Cosmic Copper, White Shimmer
  • Cardstock
  • Shallow Bakers Pan
  • Marbles


Learn How to Personalize a Moleskine Notebook

Can you ever have too many notebooks? I think not! I love to add more to my collection (and even get around to using them sometimes) but sometimes the best quality notebooks fly under the decorative radar. This gives them all kinds of great potential on the outside, just like the blank pages are inside. For the Moleskine notebook, I’ve used Fabrico and All-Purpose inks to decorate it with some cute monkeys, designating this notebook for future cute and cheeky thoughts!


  • Moleskine notebook
  • My Favorite Things – Cheeky Monkey stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • White gel pen

Watch a Video on Flights of Fancy Hummingbird Paper Sculpture

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

This paper sculpture starts with a few empty spools of ribbon and thread and a vintage swizzle stick from my craft stash, not that you’d know it from the finished piece! While I had a weeping willow or rainforest in mind, this same technique could work just as well to create a carousel. Alternately, if the hanging strips are left longer when tucked in they will bow out like a hot air balloon. A small turntable underneath would make this a great centerpiece for a party.



  • Empty ribbon and thread spools
  • Swizzle stick or dowel rod
  • DCWV – Cardstock
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Apple Blossom Designs – Hummingbird Designer Collection stamp set

Create a Dragon Necklace & Matching Fairy Gift Box

purple dragon necklace

Ink Blended Dragon Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The mystical and powerful energy of a dragon is difficult to refute. Perhaps that is why we have always been so attracted to movies and shows with fire breathing dragons as a major feature—much like today’s current obsession for many, HBO’s Game of Thrones. What better way to boost your style and personal mojo than with a handmade dragon necklace.

Using StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple with sponge daubers, I blended these two ink colors on a SHEET Metal ATC, creating a cloudy sunset effect on the metallic background. StazOn is a solvent ink and will stay on the metal once dry. After it is dry, divide the  ATC into 3 pieces of large, medium and small lengths with all corners being round punched and sanded. Next decorate the pieces with the dragon & branch stamp by stamping with VersaMark, coating with black embossing powder and heat set. I also did a second layer of stamping and embossing with silver. After the inking and stamping are complete, add a layer of GlazOn for an extra layer of protection for the art.

Finish the necklace by attaching the pieces together in a cascading order from large to small. Punch holes to attach all the pieces together with jump rings. Your dragon spirit will show well!


  • Artemio – Oriental Elements stamp
  • Silver beads
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pliers
  • Round corner punch
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Heat gun

mystical fairy decor box gate

Behind the Fairy Gate Decoupaged Treasure Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you build a special spot for them in your garden or look for them in a ring of toadstools, fairies are elusive creatures that have fascinated children and adults for ages. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get a visit from a fairy, you’ll need a place to store any gifts she might leave behind. This tissue-decoupaged box is embellished with a fairy-sized gate and greenery to look like a nighttime garden that is sure to attract some sort of magic.


  • Papier Mache box
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint brush
  • Darice – heat tool
  • Studio Calico – Greenhouse stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Faux Greenery
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Fairy Charm


Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

I have a habit of saving interesting boxes, bottles, bags, packing materials, etc. that I think look cool. I keep them in a box (or three) labeled “Alterables” for when I want to create something but the idea of a card or canvas doesn’t scratch the creative itch. This glass jar is the sort that comes full of candy or nuts around the holidays and was overdue for a spruce-up.

Fireworks! Sprays will dry on glass or plastic, they just need a good long while to do so. You can carefully use a heat gun to help speed it up, but make sure it’s fully dry before spraying with a sealant to protect it for the long haul.

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  • Empty glass bottle
  • Stencil Girl – Brick and Mortar stencil
  • Buttons Galore & More – Button, bead, and sequin mix
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots adhesive
  • Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
  • Matching ribbon
  • Toothpicks