carly robertson | Christmas cards & gift tags

December 10, 2013 |  by  |  hybrid projects


Good morning all! It’s Carly here again to share some fun and easy Christmas cards and gift tags with you. First up are the tags! I don’t know about you, but I’m always in need of tons of gift tags over the holidays and I love to use journal cards for my tag designs.


I typically print out my gift tags onto white cardstock, but lately I’ve been printing double-sided tags as well. To print a double-sided tag just open an 8.5 x 11 page size in Photoshop, layout the journal card (or cards) you want to use for your tag using the ruler and snap-to-grid feature and print. Then repeat the steps using the journal card graphic you want for the back of your gift tag and simply flip your paper over running it through the printer again. All your cards will be lined up and ready for cutting.


Creating your own gift tags can be as easy as printing out a single graphic such as I did with the Noel tag, punching the image out with a circle punch and tying it to your gift. Or if you want to dress things up a little more try printing out two journal cards and offsetting them like I did with the Dear Santa tag and dress it up with an embellishment like the glitter santa and fabric pendent paperclip.


Another thing to consider when using journal cards as gift tags is the print size. Using the standard journal card size is great when placing on bigger gifts, but if you have smaller packages like gift bags or small boxes, you might want to reduce the image size prior to printing. I often print my journal cards at 65-75% when using them as a gift tag.


Now let’s talk about Christmas cards! I make a ton of cards that get sent out by mail so I need them to be quick and easy to pull together, and even more importantly, my cards must be flat so I don’t get charged extra for postage. However, even with those limitations I still want them to look great and I knew as soon as I saw the new press plates no.28 and no.29 kits that those journal cards would make the most perfect Christmas cards.


Thank you so much for letting me share today’s project with you and I hope that this post will get you thinking of all the great creative possibilities of journal cards. And of course, if you have any questions about today’s project just leave me a comment, I’d love to help! You also can always visit me at my blog, on Instagram or over at Pinterest.

All my projects today were made using the press card no.18press card no.19press card no.28 and press card no.29 kits.


PS. Just a little reminder that all Paislee Press products are for your personal creative use only. You can read the terms of use details here. Happy crafting!



  1. 1
    Caylee says:

    These are stunning, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. 2
    Sue Falstaff says:

    These are awesome, Carly … I especially like the glassene envelope / gift tag combo. This has given me an idea for a little gift for my colleagues at work … thanks for your continued inspiration!

  3. 3
    Catherine says:

    Gorgeous, Carly. Thanks for sharing!

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    Stephanie says:

    Just gorgeous!! Love it, Carly!! :)

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