Christmas Shaker Tags with Christmas Bold Text and Framed Tags | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2022

It's the start of the most wonderful time of the year AND it's time to get your shakety shake on! In this blog post I'm sharing how I created this set of Christmas Shaker Tags I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas YouTube Live. As soon as I saw the Christmas Bold Text and Framed Tags I immediately knew that some shakety shake shaker tags were in my future! If you missed the live you can always catch the replay and check out all the inspiration from the other Makers.

Christmas Shaker Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas Bold Text and Framed Tags

I also have a short video showing how I created the blue version of these shaker tags. You can watch it below or over on my YouTube Channel.


For these tags I'm using the Framed Tags Thinlits. This set comes with 3 tags and 3 reinforcer options. I began with the medium size tag and die cut it using the technique Tim shared when he released the Vintage Labels Thinlits. In that technique, he inked the die and then die cut with it to get a letterpress effect. I made sure to clean the die thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then inked the die with Vintage Photo Archival Ink using a rubber brayer. I carefully placed the inked die onto the smooth side of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper and ran it through my die cutting machine.
And voila...I have the look of a letterpress tag!

After die cutting the tag I applied Distress Spray Stain in Uncharted Mariner and Speckled Egg to my craft mat, spritzed them with water and smooshed the tag into the ink. I then dried the ink using my heat tool. You could also do this same technique using Distress ink pads. 

Once the ink was dry, I added some stamping using the Sketch Greenery Stamp Set. I positioned the tag into my stamping tool and then positioned one of the greenery pieces on the right side of the tag and stamped it using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. I stamped it twice to get a good impression since I was working on the watercolor paper. I then flipped the tag around and stamped the image on the left side of the tag.

Next, I positioned the Winter Wishes die from the Christmas Bold Text Thinlets in the center of the tag and used some Mint Tape to hold it in place as I ran it through my die cutting machine.

Now it's time to create the shaker part. First I cut a piece of acetate to just slightly smaller than the tag and adhered it to the back side of the tag. I recommend using some sort of double sided tape for this step. After you adhere the acetate you can trim off any excess if needed.

Next, I adhered strips of double sided foam tape around the outside of the tag to create the shaker box. As you trim the tape, you want to make sure that you don't have any gaps as you create the box, so that none of the shaker filler can fit through and fall out. I also added some foam tape to the bottom and top edges so that the tag would be the same thickness all the way across.

With the shaker box completed, I die cut another tag to use as the backside of the shaker. I hadn't cleaned off the die, so you can see a little bit of the ink on the paper. That won't matter though because it won't show once the shaker is assembled.  

To fill the shaker, I used a mix of sequins from Sizzix, but feel free to use whatever sequins, beads or other fillers you have on hand. If you end up using beads, you may need to add another layer of foam tape so that there is enough space for them to move around once the shaker is assembled.

Here I'm filling the shaker box with a mix of sequins. Once I had the shaker filled, I pulled back a little bit of the liner on some of the foam tape, lined up the other tag and adhered it in those couple of spots. I then removed the other liners and pushed down to fully adhere the back tag. If you don't get things lined up just perfectly you can use your scissors to trim off any excess. 

To finish off the tag, I added one of the hole reinforcers which I die cut and inked to coordinate with the tag. I also added some custom colored crinkle ribbon I made using Hug Snug Seam Binding. To dye the ribbon, I used Uncharted Mariner and Speckled Egg Distress Spray Stains, which are the same ones I used to ink the paper. To create the ribbon, I cut a length of it and placed it inside a plastic bag. I then sprayed the ink and a bit of water into the bag and squished it around until the ribbon was covered with ink. You can add more ink and water as needed. Once the ribbon was cover with ink, I carefully removed it from the plastic bag and dried it with my heat tool. If you don't want ink all over your fingers, you can use tweezers or even wear rubber gloves.  If you want the crinkled look, make sure to keep the ribbon wadded up as you dry it.

And there you have it! A Christmas Shaker Tag using the new Tim Holtz Framed Tags and Christmas Bold Text Thinlits. This video shares with you how I created I the blue tag. I also created a green and red version using the same techniques, but with different colors of spray stains. For those details and more photos, make sure to check out my coordinating blog post which is linked in the description box below.

For the green tag I used a mix of Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.

I used Aged Mahogany and Candied Apple to create the red tag.

It means so much to me that you stopped by to check out the Christmas Shaker Tags I made using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas Bold Text and Framed Tags!


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