Rustic Christmas Gift Tags

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Christmas is right around the corner.  Have you finished your shopping yet??!!!  Normally mine is done by now, but this year is proving to be a little different.  I am about halfway done though.  While wrapping some presents up the other day, an idea popped into my head about making your own Rustic Christmas Gift Tags. They are SUPER easy, there's really no need to buy them anymore!  Plus I love how hand made tags give an extra special touch to gifts! So I'm gonna share my way of adding a little rustic charm to your presents this year. Let's get to it!

STEP 1: gather materials

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You'll need the following: Kraft Gift tags (found these at Michaels), Tombow Blending Palette with Mister, Tombow Dual Brush Pens in Dark Green, and Sap Green, Twine, Christmas themed washi tape, Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01, Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip, and gel pens in Christmas colors.

STEP 2: create a watercolor background

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Using your 2 green colors, scribble the ink from the Dual Brush Pens onto the Blending Palette.  Alternate where you place the color. You can also use 2 red colors instead of green. But for this tutorial, I'll be using the green colors only.

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Next using the Mister, spray water onto the Palette so that all the ink is covered.

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Grab a tag and place it directly on top of the ink on the Palette.  Run your fingers over the entire tag so that the ink will spread. 

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With a paper towel, blot any extra ink that piles up in a puddle.  Then use a damp paper towel to wipe off the ink on your Blending Palette, and wipe with a dry paper towel. Let your tag dry for a few minutes.

STEP 3: add detail

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Using the Mono Drawing Pen 01, draw branches extending downward to represent mistletoe.  Add some leaves and berries randomly. The fine tip on this pen is perfect for this kind of detail!

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Next add color to your sketch.  Fill in your mistletoe berries with a white gel pen.  And yes, they are white!! Did you know that???  I found that out last year...

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Color in the leaves with a green gel pen. This one I'm using is metallic, which I love since it makes these leaves shimmer!

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Letter a Christmas phrase. I went with Merry Christmas.

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On the reverse side of your tag, letter out To: and From:

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Lastly, add some twine to finish your tag.  Easy Peasy right???!!

For a second style, use washi tape to inspire you.

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I went with 2 different styles, but ones that compliment each other. Use a smaller width tape and run it vertically and off to one side.  Then using a wider width, run it horizontally towards the bottom. Cut off excess with scissors.

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Using the Mono Drawing Pen 01, draw branches extended out from all 4 corners of where the washi tape intersect.

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Using a green gel pen, add pine needles to the branches in quick short strokes. Add the needles one side at a time. Then repeat for each corner.

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Letter To: and From: on the back. Then add some twine to finish your tag. And Voila! You just made your own cute little rustic tags!  Your gifts will have a special touch of YOU to them!

I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Happy Lettering, and till next time,

Mandy