Hi, there friends! Today we have the brilliant Educator Sande Woodson as our first Guest Designer for the month of December. Sande is truly an educator through and through and it is because of her teaching skills, her virtual workshops are always jam-packed with tons of information and also with participants! Sande completed her AECP certification just over a year ago and she is very new to card making. But the way she teaches shows that she has had years of training! Let's hear it from Sande herself.
Get to know Sande!
Hi everyone! I am Sande and I am so honored to be the Guest Artist in this month’s Altenew Mixed Media Blog! I have been a textile crafter for my whole life (sewing, quilting, counted cross stitch, knitting, etc.), but I only discovered card-making two years ago after I retired here in Alaska. Once I tried it, I was hooked!
I have been an educator (from elementary school through college) for 50 years, and when I retired from my university position I thought that my teaching days were over. But then I saw an ad for the Altenew Certified Educator Program, and I discovered a way to mix my lifelong passion for teaching with my newfound passion for cards. It was a win-win! I became a Certified Educator in October 2020, and now I love teaching a monthly Altenew workshop, making videos for my YouTube channel, posting on Instagram, and participating in Blog Hops! I recently also started my own FacebookGroup [Sande’s Poema Cardmaking Community] where crafty friends can all share our creations to encourage and inspire each other. I hope you will stop by and check it out!
Sande's No-Sew Fabric Christmas Tags
I thought it would be fun for this blog to use up some of my Christmas fabric stash and see how I could mix it with Altenew products to come up with easy, no-sew tags that anyone can make. Two specific supplies were essential in making all 4 of these tags: the Terrific Tags Die Set and the Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets.
The first tag is extremely simple to make and uses a striped holiday fabric for its pattern. The first step was to cover a piece of #120 white cardstock with a Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet. Then I die cut a Christmas tree shape from the cardstock using the Festive Foliage Die Set. Next, I laid the tree onto a piece of striped fabric. [All of the fabrics used were 100% cotton quilting fabrics.] After choosing where I wanted the stripes to fall on the tree, I took off the release paper and adhered the fabric to the tree, leaving extra fabric around all of the edges. I turned this fabric to the back, trimming it if necessary, and adhered it to the back of the tree with double-sided clear tape.
Once the tree was covered, I moved on to the tag itself. The largest tag in the Terrific Tags Die Set was just a bit small for the tree, so I traced around it on some #120 white cardstock and then fussy cut the tag out with the same shape, but I added some length and width to it. Next, I decided to cover the tag with Gold String Washi Tape. I didn’t want the background to be too “busy,” since the fabric tree already has a lot of patterns in it. These pretty golden lines added just the right amount of dimension and texture to the background.
To complete the tag, I attached the tree to the background with foam tape. Then I cut a star from gold glitter paper, using a die from the Halftone Stars Nesting Die Set. I used a double layer of foam tape to attach it to the top of the tree.
Next, I manually punched a hole in the tag [since for this one I didn’t actually die cut it], and made ribbon ties. Finally, I added some shiny Antique Gold Sequins as “ornaments” on the tree!
The second tag highlights a beautiful poinsettia! To begin the tag, I chose a piece of red fabric that had an occasional small gold pattern in it. I adhered a piece of Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet to the back of the piece of fabric. Then I die cut the 4 layers of petals from the Poinsettia 3D Die Set from the red fabric. [Hint: I did add the metal shim to my Gemini Junior die-cutting sandwich to allow for the thickness of the fabric and adhesive backing.]
This die set has inset grooves in the petals, and I had no idea if these would work with the fabric, but they turned out beautifully! Also, I found out that adhering the Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet on the back of the fabric, eliminated any fraying that you would normally have on the raw edges of your die cuts.
I glued all of the flower layers together using liquid glue at the middle of each one, then added some Antique Gold Sequins to be the center of the poinsettia on the top layer.
Next, I focused on the tag itself. I laid out the largest tag die on some poinsettia fabric to see where I wanted to position it. Then I put some Double-Sided Adhesive sheets onto #120 white cardstock. I took the release paper off and adhered the fabric to it in the location that I had chosen. Then I die cut the whole tag [3 layers = fabric, adhesive, cardstock].
To finish the tag, I adhered the poinsettia onto the bottom with strong double-sided tape, and then made ties from a red ribbon and gold cording.
For the third tag, I used another red and gold fabric for the background. I made the actual tag in the same exact way that I did for Tag #2 [adhering fabric, Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet & cardstock; then die cutting.]
For the snowflake decorations, I die cut 4 different shapes of the Layered Snowflakes Die set out of Gold Mirror Cardstock. Then I made two snowflakes by gluing 2 layers together for each one. To finish the tag, I adhered the top snowflake to the background with double-sided clear tape, and the bottom snowflake with tiny bits of foam tape. Then I used ribbon and gold cord to make some ties with red ribbon and gold cording. Finally, I attached a red bow using some strong glue dots.
For the fourth and final tag, I decided to do something fun and more rustic. I began by making the background tag in the same way that I did on Tags 2 & 3. This time I used some green, red, and black plaid fabric.
Next, I adhered a Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet to a piece of heavy cardstock. I took off the release sheet and layered several different “country/rustic” ribbons onto the cardstock, making horizontal stripes. I cut off the excess on the edges, and then die cut ornament shapes from the ribbons using the Lovely Ornaments Die Set. [I added the metal shim to my die-cutting sandwich for this one too.] I also cut out some green felt with the circle die for the second ornament. They turned out great! I used liquid glue to adhere the “drippy” ornament top to the green felt ornament.
To finish this tag, I attached some burlap twine to the ornaments and then adhered them to the tag with foam tape. I used regular strong tape to glue the twine on the back of the tag. I then made ties with some red checked ribbon and tied a plain red bow to finish the decoration.
I love the way all 4 of these tags turned out! They were a lot of fun, and were SO EASY to make! One more detail to add: these are all finished with felt on the back, and paper tags with appropriate “To” & “From” labels. I hope you will try to make your own with whatever fabric you may have in your own stash! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thank you so much to Altenew for asking me to be the Guest Designer today!
Goodness! Sparkles! I can feel Christmassy already! Can you?! Sande, your post was so fun, festive, and GORGEOUS! We are just blown away! Wow. Can we just celebrate Christmas already? Thank you so much for being our guest designer for the month of December and kicking off the lineup with a bang! We are truly honored to have you here and you just wowed us by sharing not just one but FOUR amazing fabric tags! We know that all of us are going to go look into the closet now for scraps of fabrics but only if they are as gorgeous as the ones you have used! Thank you again, Sande.
Everyone, please leave a bit of love in the comment section for Sande Woodson to let her know how gorgeous her work is. If you do take inspiration from her work, don't forget to tag her (Sande Woodson) and Altenew or leave your links down below, I am sure she would love to check out your work.
Thank you so much for stopping by!