3-D Die Cut Tags + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I share a fun idea for using die cuts to create 3-dimensional tags. This is part of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist 2017 – one of my favorite times of the year! (More on that below.)

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

For the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist Series, Ellen asks two designers to take the same challenge. I challenged myself and Jessica Frost-Ballas to create 3-D tags using Hero Arts products. The funny thing? We both came up the same idea and didn’t know it until after! Great minds think alike! 🙂 Be sure to check out Jessica’s HERE, too. She is very talented and a dear friend of mine.

This 3-d die cutting technique works with any symmetrical die… where the die cut can be folded in half and the sides meet up perfectly. I warn you: these are SUCH fun to create. Very addictive!

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My first tag features a 3-d tree created with the Hero Arts Fir Tree Infinity Dies. I scored and folded 6 trees and then glued them back to back with Be Creative Tape. Isn’t it cool looking!? Easy, too. I stamped a Hero Arts Tags Infinity Die Cut with the Hero Arts Confetti Stamp and Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink. I cut two more tags and glued them to the back for stability and adhered the tree on front.

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using strong Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium for adhesive, I added lots of rainbow gems. The stamped sentiment is from the Hero Arts Snowy Tree Stamp Set and I added a twine bow with Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium. I want to make more of these!

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next tag features snowflakes cut with the Hero Arts Snowflakes Infinity Dies. I find the Scor-Buddy and Teflon Bone Folder are very helpful in quickly scoring each die cut down the middle. This time I added clear gemstones and a white bow. The sentiment is again from the Hero Arts Snowy Tree Stamp Set.

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Look at that fun dimension! If you wanted to make an ornament, you could use twice as many die cuts and adhere the backs together.

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Hero Arts 12-Point Star Infinity Dies work great for this technique. (This is a set I have enjoyed using a lot this year.) This one would be great doubled up as an ornament!

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I adhered a sentiment strip to the front of the tag. With just a few drops of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, I was able to make it look like it was floating.

3D Die Cut Tag by Jennifer McGuire Ink

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017

Today starts the 1st day of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist 2017 Series!

Here is some info from Ellen’s crew:

We invite you to join us in the CLASSroom every day (through December 12th) as we bring you 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! This event gets better every year thanks to the incredibly talented designers sharing their AMAZING creations with you. Every day our designers will work with a color palette, theme, technique, or sketch to create a tag sure to inspire you – with instructions and tips for all their brilliant ideas! Each of our 12 designers also have a guest for double the fun (and double the inspiration and ideas)!”

To learn more about this series, head HERE.

To see the gorgeous project Jessica Frost-Ballas created, head HERE.


How would you like to win a Hero Arts Infinity Die Set? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/17 telling me if you like to make holiday tags. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)



Want to find the products I used?I have listed them below! (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icon below each product picture to go to Ellen Hutson.

Hero Arts Fir Tree Infinity Dies
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Hero Arts 12-Point Star Infinity Dies
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Hero Arts Snowflakes Infinity Dies
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Hero Arts Tags Infinity Dies
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Hero Arts Confetti Stamp
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Hero Arts Snowy Tree Stamps
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft…
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
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Be Creative Tape
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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Quilled Creations Precision Tip Glue…
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EK Craft Tweezers
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Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker
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614 thoughts on “3-D Die Cut Tags + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve never made tags. I don’t really have time at Christmas and I don’t need them during the rest of the year, so I don’t think about it! Maybe I should set a calendar item for July…

  2. I usually have every intention of making tags, and then the season gets away from me and it’s one of the things I have to let go of. We’ll see how this year goes. 🙂

  3. Hello!!! Thank you for that video, I have been making some tags for the first time and it has been so wonderful. My tags have been improving with each new try. Thank you for that video!! Blessings

  4. Hi Jennifer
    Would absolutely love to win these dies.
    It’s easy to loose track of what dies you have or not. Have started with my desire to make handmade cards for hospital patients and as it’s all donated and spending so much time in hospital myself I know exactly how much this gesture means whn your not feeling the best. When they are having a bad day I know just the smallest gesture is a possitive thing.

  5. This is the first year I’ve really made tags. I made stationary sets for gifts that included tags. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to make personalized homemade tags. Thanks for the great ideas. Can’t wait to get started.

  7. I like to wrap presents in brown Kraft paper and tie with candy striped bakers twine then the tags really stand out. Your 3 d dies really make impressive tags. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I have never made tags. Honestly, never even saw hand made ones until this video you made. Fell in love with it, especially the tree. I have however, for the first time, made my first gift card holders. Love, love, love your videos and have tried new techniques I’ve learned from them. Thanks Jennifer.. you are a gem!

  9. This is my first Chriatmas as a card maker, but so far I have teally enjoyed making tags. I’ve had to be creative about making them, because I don’t own any tag dies….yet. I adore these 3D tags though, gonna have to dig through my dies to see what I have that will work for this. Thanks for sharing. Big Hugs!!

  10. I love, love, love, your tags! I only made tags once. I reused some Christmas cards and made tags out of them. They were no where near as nice as yours however but they were handmade. Now we have so many gift tags that my mom bought when they were on sale that I don’t make them anymore until we use up what we have. I would love to have one of yours too though.

  11. Oh, these look fun! I’m definitely going to try this technique ASAP!
    I’ve made Christmas tags for the past few years, and since they’re getting more and more ambitious this idea will be perfect!

  12. I enjoy making tags, especially when I can add a personal touch for the recipient. These tags are amazing and would be perfect to dress up a gift.

  13. I have never made tags for Christmas, but I have made ornaments from simple to complex. I would love to win a Hero Arts infinity die set. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Gorgeous, really loving the look of the infinity die sets!!! Such a great idea, my daughters and I are going to make ornaments with this idea!☺️💕

  15. Yes, I like to make Holiday Tags, my kids are older and I think they appreciate them more. My boys are 24 and 26 and my oldest is married with a baby girl due any day now so I feel like they can appreciate the work that’s gone into making the tags. Love, love, love the tags you’ve shared and I think I have snowflake infinity die so I think I might try making that one 🙂 . Thanks for sharing another awesome video!!

  16. Beautiful tags, Jennifer! Love the dimension, it’s such a creative way to use these dies. I enjoy making tags for all my gifts, especially during the holiday season. I think tags and pretty packaging can really make even the simplest of gifts into something special. Plus, I love that I’m generally able to create more when I’m making tags thanks to the smaller size!

  17. I enjoy gift wrapping in general, the tags are just one part of it. I’m looking forward to trying this idea both for tags and ornaments. I’d love to make some with my kids to put on the tree.

  18. I love to make tags and can’t wait to try this three dimensional idea! Your tags are gorgeous!!!

  19. I’m new to the whole card making thing but I am making tags this year and am excited to make and give them! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  20. I don’t usually set out to make holiday tags, but I have made a few as part of various make and takes.
    Your 3D tags are amazing! They are some of the prettiest tags I’ve seen. The gemstones really add a lot too!
    I would love the chance to win a set of the Hero Arts Infinity tag Dies

  21. I do love making tags, especially for kids’ presents. I will need to make these tags you showed, the kids will love them! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  22. Yes, I do! Tags and ornaments for Christmas is always fun, making them in December. You are right. I really liked that you used those gems for the christmas tree one. It really shines!

  23. I’ve been making Christmas gift tags for several years and plan to make birthday ones too. I love your dimensional tags and would love to make some.

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