Every year, my son likes to take in a little treat for his classroom when they have their annual Christmas party. Most years I try and make it a non candy treat, but this year I just really could not help myself when I seen the “Naughty and Nice” Digital Stamp set from Craftin’ Desert Divas. Now I know that coal is normally given to “naughty” kids, but the idea was just so cute and what kiddo doesn’t love a rice krispie treat? Make sure to watch the video below for all the tips and trick for making this fun and simple tag!
I started in Photoshop Elements and opened a new 3″ x 3″ panel and then placed on the coal bag image from the “Naughty and Nice” digital stamp set. After centering the image on the panel I typed out my first sentiment “Merry Christmas” and gave it a bit of an arc. I also added a negative arc to the bottom sentiment “From: Brennon” (You can, of course, substitute in any name here) and then centered everything up. When I was happy with the way the tag looked I flattened the images by right clicking on the background layer and choosing “Flatten Image”.
You could choose to print these off individually, but that would waste quite a bit of paper, so I like to fill up an entire 8.5″ x 11″ inch panel with the tags and then print. All you need to do is open a new blank 8.5″ x 11″ panel and then drag and drop your tag from the Photo Bin. Then, duplicate the tag until your paper if filled, I could fit about six. You just want to make sure to leave enough space in between each one for trimming or die cutting. Finally, flatten this panel one last time and then print, making sure to use a printer that will correspond with your coloring medium.
I die cut each tag with a 3″ circle die and also die cut red cardstock with a 3.5″ circle die. After quickly coloring in my image with my alcohol markers, you can use whatever coloring medium is the fastest for you, I put a light layer of Wink of Stella over the coal bag for some sparkle. Then, I simply adhered my white circle die cut onto the red die cut circle with double sided adhesive, punched a hole in the top center and threaded through some black and white baker’s twine.
For the “treat” portion of this project I made some coal lumps, which are just rice krispie treats that I dyed black with black food coloring and rolled into balls. After letting them set up for a few minutes, I wrapped the ball in a square of plastic wrap (I tried glassine bags, but found they stick to the sides the bag) and tied the coal tag tightly around the top to seal out any air.
This was quite a fun project to make, and my kiddo approves of them! If you’re interested in the digital stamp I used on the tags, it is linked below! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Happy Crafting!!