Woodland Gift Tags using Tim Holtz designs by Tattered Nest Designs

Hello, I’m Stacy, and I am so excited to be here sharing a project with you today. I have been a maker and self proclaimed Tim Holtz fan for many years. His eclectic vintage style speaks to my heart and gets my distressed loving creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and are inspired to get making.


Supplies needed-


Sizzix Vagabond

Sizzix Pine Branch

Sizzix Deck The Halls

Sizzix Circle Words Christmas

Sizzix Stacked Tags

Sizzix 3D Lumber Texture Fades Embossing Folder



Distress Watercolor Paper

Distress Sprayer

Distress Splatter Brush

Distress Mini Blending Tool

Heat It Craft Tool

Distress Collage Matte Medium


Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain

Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain

Forest Moss Distress Paint

Iced Spruce Distress Paint

Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Spray

Picket Fence Distress Paint

Gathered Twigs Distress Ink



Glass Media Mat




Christmas Adornments - Snowflakes, Stars, Christmas Tokens

Mini Pins


Kraft Stock Paper




 1) Emboss a sheet of Distress Watercolor Paper with the 3D Lumber texture fade.

2) Spritz the watercolor paper with a spritz of water and then spritz on Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stains and dry with a heat tool.

3) With your finger, rub a small amount of Forest Moss and Iced Spruce Distress Paint onto the lumber paper and dry with a heat tool.

4) Spritz the lumber paper with Ground Espresso Oxide Spray, spritz with water and dry with a heat tool.


5) Repeat the process and create a variety of lumber backgrounds using a variety of sprays and distress paints.

6) Cut small tags out of the lumber background papers using the smallest tag from the Stacked Tags Thinlet Set.

7) Cut the tags using dies from the Circle Words Christmas thinlet set.

8) Create background paper for the lumber tags with a piece of kraft stock paper, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Picket Fence Distress Paint and a Splatter brush. Blend the kraft stock with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a blending tool. Add Picket Fence Distress Paint to a Craft or Media Mat and dip Splatter Brush into paint. Splatter the paint onto the kraft stock and dry with a heat tool.


9) Trim the kraft stock background paper to fit behind the small tags leaving approximately 1/8” border around the tag.

10 & 11)  Using distress inked paper scraps, cut out pieces of trims and greens from the Pine Branch and Deck The Halls thinlet sets.

12) Assemble the holly and pinecones with Distress Collage Matte Medium and arrange the pieces onto the tags. Adhere the pieces to the tags using pop dots and Distress Collage Matte Medium.

Tie pieces of jute onto the tags through the top hole and add idea-ology Christmas adornments (Snowflakes, Star and Christmas Token) using idea-ology Mini Pins. Tie the tags onto gifts and give to friends and family!

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5 thoughts on “Woodland Gift Tags using Tim Holtz designs by Tattered Nest Designs”

  • Ann Barnes

    Wow Stacy, these tags would be a fantastic way to adorn my Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talents. I am thrilled to see your work here!

  • Sibylle

    These are magnificent. Thank you.

  • Julie Bush

    Lovely- really country Christmas

  • Nancy Buzzard
    Nancy Buzzard Nov 17, 2019 at 07:36 am

    Gorgeous tags, Stacy! It’s great that you have a tutorial for Sizzix, and I love the tags! I wonder I’d Sizzix would consider adding to the circle word die collection? Would love to have a collection of different words!

  • Cindy Redmond
    Cindy Redmond Dec 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Love these tags. Especially good to use for the guys on your gift list.

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