This article will teach you how to make easy, yet stunning, holiday place cards and gift tags using one special ingredient: DIY tickets.
These tickets feel just like real tickets because I use drywall tape from the hardware store (paint department).
And I use a tracing wheel from my sewing kit.
I know these aren't common things most crafters use, but they make all the difference, I promise!
Step 1 - Color Drywall Tape
I don't like the bright white background, so I usually dye the drywall tape to start. The photo above shows inking, painting with watered down acrylic paint, and dying with Easter egg dye tablets. For this project, I just coffee dyed them.
Step 2 - Form the Tickets
After the drywall tape dried, I cut it in half lengthwise to make two strips of tickets. Next, I made the perforations. (And they rip SO WELL!) I decided how long I wanted each ticket and I used a ruler to run the tracing wheel against it a few times.
Then I used a hole punch to make circles or semi circles. A video of the whole process is here: DIY Ticket Video.
Step 3 - Decorate the Tickets
For all of the tickets, my first decorating step was to cut a strip of paper a little thinner and shorter than the tickets and attach it in the center of the ticket as a background. Then I used a sticker, a number, and a rub on element. I used those four elements to make each of the tickets above.
I oriented some of the tickets horizontally and some vertically. I didn't have anything fall themed other than pumpkin stickers, so I used fall colors. That gave me the effect I wanted.
I used a brad to attach these fall tickets to kraft cardstock place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.
I used the same formula for my Christmas tickets: A background strip of paper, a sticker, a number and a rub on element. Here's a link to the Tim Holtz Specimen Remnant Rubs I used: Specimen Rub-Ons
I glued the tickets to a background, then I attached them to partially decorated tags to make quick yet beautiful Christmas Gift Card Tags.
I'm so excited to use these gift tags this holiday season. I hope you feel inspired to make some. Here's a video if you want to see more: Holiday Ticket Projects
Let me know if you have any questions.
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