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Using up scraps for gift tags

Gift tag - Using up Scraps - TPC Magazine

Most scrappers usually end up with lots of die cut scraps when we finish a project, most of which end up in containers never to be used again. Make good use of these scraps and find new and creative ways to use it. 

  • Type of project: Gift tags
  • Occasion: Christmas
  • Style: Mixed / layering / die-cutting
  • Techniques used: Die-Cutting / layering
  • Decoration: Red cotton cord, sewing thread, 2 mm gold half pearls
  • Main colour: White, red, green, dark silver, rose, gold
  • Media used: Linnen cardstock, pearlescent cardstock, dies
  • Equipment used: Various dies (pink Helleborus flowers and leaves, sentiment and hearts from By Lene Design, Spellbinders pot with Christmas decoration, Simple&Basic gift tag), Poinsettia 3D embossing folder from Nellie Snellen, Spellbinders Platinum 6 die-cutting machine, Artglitter glue. Glitter and pearlescent cardstock from Spellbinders.


I have a very small craft space which means that I don’t have all my crafting tools out at once so when I die cut, I usually cut out a lot more die cuts than I need for the project I’m working on.

I store the scraps in containers in my craft room – but the number of containers keep growing and I realized that I needed to find a way to put all these scraps to good use.

Gift tags are a fast and fun way to create “cards” and with Christmas just around the corner, I’m sure the tags will come in handy when the time comes to gift wrap Christmas presents.

The scraps are all left over die cuts from previous Christmas projects.

The tags shown are rather large, 3 x 7,5″, and give me plenty of room to decorate – and also enable me to make good use of my stash of scraps.

For the background I used a gift tag which I embossed with a beautiful poinsettia 3D embossing folder. The dark grey silver cardstock and pink flowers may not be traditional Christmas colors but then again – Christmas doesn’t always have to be red, green and gold. In my opinion, grey and light pink are beautiful colors that compliment each other still being “Christmassy”.

The grey gift tag is typical for my style of card making.

I’m not very good at “clean & simple”! I love colors and decorating and I always end up with too much decorating to call it C&S. However, that won’t keep me from trying…This is my take on C&S:

I love the small flower pot with the Christmas tree/ornament from Spellbinders. It’s easy and fast to cut out and assemble and would be beautiful on smaller gift tags and cards too.

I used the same Poinsettia 3D embossing folder again – definitely a new favorite of mine this year.

The size of the tag gives me lots of room to add a personal note on the back – to which I have added a white piece of cardstock.

When you work with layered die cutting it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that you have to be careful not to make too many layers so that you are still able to write a personal note on the back.


Creating new projects with left over die cuts brings out new ideas and spark your creativity in new ways.

These two projects differ in how I normally create: I usually work from bottom to top ie. I design my decorations based on base design paper. When using scraps, I work the other way around; I start with the decorations and design the rest of the card/tag based on colors and design on the die cut scraps.

It’s always fun to find new ways to challenge yourself – and this, to me, was challenging but lots of fun too.

I hope you can use my ideas for using up scraps and hopefully find ways to give them new life.