It’s Day 8 of our “12 Days of Holiday Giving” and the holiday inspiration continues! Joining us today is our fabulous Art Director Cathy Zielske (who always makes us look so good!) to share some graphic, beautiful tags with you. We’re also excited to have our friends from Photo Play Paper and Your Next Stamp here and maybe, just maybe, there will be a little bonus at the end too 😉 Let’s get the Day 8 party started!


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“One of the things I love to do during the holidays is creating my own gift tags for my packages. I love to get a little crafty but mostly I like to develop one look or feel and apply that all of my tags. This year? I’m going with the gray card stock, white embossing powder, and red look. The cool thing about going with a theme is that you get all of your supplies out, mix and match your stamp sets, but keep the feel of everything similar.

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One of the things that makes it much easier is to have some sort of a tag die set and my favorite is my Tag Infinity dies from Hero Arts. I can quickly punch a bunch of tags and then get to stamping and embossing.

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I’m using a card stock from Simon Says Stamp called Smoke and it’s just the right shade of gray that allows the white embossing to really pop. On the first tag I used the Lots of Snowflakes set from Simon Says Stamp, and stamped them off the edge of my tag to create a bleed effect. The next tag features the Merry Christmas Script stamp from Hero Arts, and the one next to that is my favorite of this season, the Poster Christmas Carols stamp, also from Hero Arts. The fourth tag features a simple, all-purpose Diagonal Stripe stamp from Stampin’ Up.

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One of the tricks to getting a good stamped impression on anything is to make sure you remove the static from your card stock first. I use a simple Embossing Magic Bag but you can also use a power tool as well. This ensures that your powder sticks only to the sticky embossing ink and not the paper.


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I also recently discovered the Sharpie Paint Pen and it works beautifully on this card stock.

To finish off my tags I added reinforcement circles, punched out of Neenah Desert Storm card stock using my tag die set, and added some red and white twine from Doodlebug Design.

Here’s to the fun of breaking out your craft supplies and creating beautiful, coordinated tags to festoon your holiday gifts! To see a complete breakdown of the supplies I used to visit my blog.

Happy Holidays to our SCT readers!” ~ Cathy Zielske

Thank you Cathy! The simplicity is stunning as always!


Happy Holidays to all our fabulous friends at SCT! We are excited to give away a $50 gift certificate today to one lucky reader. Thank you for an amazing year. Everyone at Your Next Stamp is excited to bring you fabulous new products and lots of fun in 2018!

Your Next Stamp gift certificate

…but wait, there’s more!

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Thank you to our friends at Your Next Stamp and Photo Play Paper for these amazing prizes! We also have one more…from us!


Today’s winner will not only win a spot for themselves in our brand new online class SCT365 in 2018 but you’ll also win one for a friend! Here is more about our new, self paced, online class that will keep you scrapping all year long:

“SCT’s 365 Online Class was so popular in 2017 that we’re bringing it back for 2018, too! Another year is coming to an end and you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of memories and photos. SCT 365 is the perfect class to help you get those moments off your computer (or out of a shoebox) and onto pages in your family album, one month at a time! This double-page, sketch-based class features exclusive PageMaps sketches, trendy techniques (all spelled out in photos), a monthly bonus card, cutting files, complete instructions and so much more.

We’ve lined up an all-star cast of your favourite teachers, including Lisa Dickinson, Kelly Goree, Becki Adams, Paige Evans, Meghann Andrew, Jana Eubank, Jen Gallacher, Nicole Nowosad, Anya Lunchenko, Bea Valint, Stacy Cohen and Sheri Reguly!

On the 1st of each month, the new content will be available to you in the online classroom on the SCT website. Best of all, the content is available to you all year long so YOU can set the pace for this class. This class starts on January 2, 2018.” For more information on this class, and to register, click HERE.

To enter each day’s giveaways:

For an opportunity to win these amazing giveaways, leave a comment below by midnight on December 22nd EST. All winners will be announced on December 23rd at noon EST. Good luck friends!!!

We would also ask that you take a moment to visit today’s sponsors on their Facebook pages to thank them for their generous prizes. Our SCT readers are always so wonderful at saying “thank you” and it’s because of that appreciation our partners love to share with you here throughout the year! Let’s show them how much we are loving these 12 Days of giveaways! If you don’t already “like” them, you may just want to!

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Please continue to spread the holiday spirit by inviting your friends to share in our celebration!  The more the merrier! And if you’re just joining us for the first time, be sure to start with our Day 1 post HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend friends, we are so glad you joined us today!


Have you heard about our brand new SCT Sampler? A fun sample sized array of product delivered to your door each month! Happy mail every single month! We have so many wonderful industry partners and want you to discover your new favourite product. Sign up now to receive our February SCT Sampler as supplies are limited!