Make Your Own Sticker Gift Tags
In our home, planning for Christmas is a huge affair. From hanging up the outdoor lights to the interior decorating – and then there are all of the gift wrappings!
This holiday season, save some money by making your own gift tags! Not only are they easy to make, but adding your own personal touch to the gifts will be sure to bring a few extra smiles around the tree!
Table of Contents: Sticker Gift Tags
- Digital Products
- Cricut Design Space
- Shapes & Slicing
- Finishing the Gift Tags
- Cutting & Finishing
- Printable vinyl or printable sticker paper
- Digital Products: Christmas Digital Papers
- Color printer (I use an inkjet)
- Cricut cutting machine (or another)
- Paper trimmer or scissors (optional)
While you can attempt to create your own designs from scratch, you can save so much of your valuable time by heading over to Creative Fabrica and downloading the Christmas Digital Papers bundle. These oh-so-pretty papers are sure to add that little “extra” to your gift wrapping this year – not to mention how easily they can be customized!
Once you have downloaded and extracted the file, choose your favorite of the graphics (or all of them!) and then open up Design Space.
Cricut Design Space
On a clean canvas in Design Space, upload your chosen digital papers as Print then Cut objects. I chose to use papers 6, 7, 8, and 12 just in case you wanted to use the same ones as I did.
When you insert the papers into your canvas, you’ll notice that they are very large in size. Simply reduce them to 6” x 6” and move them over to the side for now so that you can first work on your template.
The maximum dimensions that Design Space can accommodate Print then Cut projects is 6.75” x 9.25”. To make sure that your stickers fall within these dimensions, you can create a guide for your designs. From the Shapes Library, insert a square, unlock it, and change the dimensions to 6.75” x 9.25”. You now have a template for your sticker sheet!
Shapes & Slicing
Before you jump into designing the sticker tag, you’ll need to decide what shape you want them to be. The most common shape of gift tags is rectangular, however, you can easily change this to any shape you wish!
Again, from the Shapes Library, select between 2-4 different shapes. I chose to make my tags squares, stars, and circles.
Now all you have to do is to size them to the size your tags should be. I made my circle and square to be 2” wide and my star is 2” in height, but feel free to make them any size that you wish!
Next, select one of your digital papers and organize the shapes on top of it.
Select only one shape and the digital paper, then slice! Repeat for the other shapes and then delete the digital paper that now has the cutouts of the shapes. Move the tags to the template and repeat the same process with your original shapes on the next digital paper.
Depending on how many digital papers you are working with, you may need to duplicate the template to accommodate all of your tags.
Finishing the Gift Tags
All that is left to do is to create the writing area for your tags! To create this, simply adjust the sizes of your original shapes to be slightly smaller than your tag slices.
Next, insert a text box and choose any font from Design Space that you like (I used the Equinox Com font). Type “To” and “From”, then organize the texts on your tags, resizing them as needed to fit nicely within the shape. Now duplicate both the text and the shape for as many tags of the same shape that you have on your template.
Change the color of each copied shape to one that is a lighter version than that of your tag, select each colored shape and text, then group.
Now, move the shape/text group over the corresponding shaped tag. Select both, then Align>Center. With both still selected, click on Flatten. Repeat for all of the tags.
Voila! You’re now ready to Print then Cut!
Cutting & Finishing
At this point, you can delete the template as you will not want to print that out. Select all, then attach!
Click that “Make It” button! It may take a little time to bring you to the next screen as this is quite a large project.
On the next screen, you will get a preview of your sticker sheet. If you are satisfied with it, click on continue, then Send to Printer.
Insert your sticker paper or printable vinyl into the paper tray per your own printer’s settings and click the “Send to Printer” button. When the print setup dialogue box pops up, make sure that you have both the “Bleed” and “Use System Dialog” turned on. This will help to ensure that your colored background fills to the edges, and allows you the opportunity to choose the correct paper settings.
After your gift tags have been printed, let the sticker sheet dry for a few minutes, then line it up on your mat as per the digital mat on your screen. Choose the appropriate material and cut!
- 👉 Cutting Note: You may have to play around with the pressure settings to get either a kiss-cut or die-cut, depending on what you want to do. I personally prefer to make a kiss-cut sticker, meaning that all of the stickers remain on the sheet and simply peel off. To achieve this, I recommend using the “Premium Vinyl” setting.
If you like, use your paper trimmer or scissors to cut away the black box around the stickers.
Your new gift tags are ready! Grab a glass of wine and get ready to wrap up all of those treasures! 🎁🍷
Keep on Crafting! 💖