Cool Yule is an older Sizzix Die Set, but it’s a firm favourite of mine. This is another great set if you are wanting to make mini tags – the sizing for smaller tags is perfect!

I always make a few of each Cool Yule Characters at a time. This way I have a stash available for when I come to make my tags. A little tip is to always add adhesive to the back of your cardstock before you cut the elements. You can use Sizzix Adhesive Sheets or a Xyron if you have one. This just makes life so much easier when you come to assemble the pieces. Simply peel off the tape and stick. A lot less messy than working with liquid adhesive, especially on smaller elements like these Cool Yule Characters

I started with my Santa’s. I coloured two tags using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Candied Apple (the perfect Christmas Red in my opinion!)

Then I edges the tags with a little Aged Mahogany to create a rich edge

I spritzed with a little water and then lifted the ink droplets with a clean paper towel and dried using a heat tool

I stamped some Music Notes onto the background using the Music & Advert Background Stamp Set (CMS358) and Archival Ink Jet Black

Then I stamped some ‘hohoho’s’ onto white hot pressed watercolour paper with Jet Black Archival Ink

And inserted and set my eyelets

I adhered the Santa’s onto the tags using a double sided foam tape for a little dimension

And added the stamped strips

I really felt like the tags needed a little something extra, so I stamped some holy leaves from a free stamp set I got in a magazine

And coloured those in with my Distress Inks:
Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover, and Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany

And coloured those in with my Distress Inks:
Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover, and Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany

And added them to the tags to finish them off

Such handsome little Santa’s!

I sprayed two more mini tags with Mowed Lawn Spray Stain and Mowed Lawn Oxide Spray and added some water to activate and move the colours

Then I applied some Ranger Texture Paste through a stencil and covered with Peeled Paint Embossing Glaze and heat set

Inserted and set the eyelets

I needed a strip of inked cardstock for the sentiments, so I inked a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper with Mowed Lawn and dried that

Then I stamped the sentiments using Jet Black Archival Ink

I stuck the reindeer to the tags using double sided foam tape for extra dimension

And glued down the sentiment strips. I used a little double sided foam tape in the centre of the strips, but glued the edges down using Collage Medium Matte, so they appear slightly curved

These nerdy deer rock my world!

For my last set of tags I sprayed them with Distress Spray Stain Stormy Sky and Oxide Spray Tumbled Glass with a little water and dried using a heat tool

I used some ‘fill in the blanker’ snowflakes from another ‘go to’ set of mine… CMS317 Watercolour Trees.
I stamped them with clear embossing ink and covered in white embossing powder and heat set that

Then I inserted and set my eyelets

I sprayed another piece of cardstock with the same inks to create a background for the ‘let it snow’ sentiments.
I also stamped these with clear embossing ink and covered in white embossing powder and heat set

I wanted another small element for the tags, so I stamped a small snowflake on white cardstock with clear embossing ink and covered with white embossing powder and heat set them

Then I inked over them with Stormy Sky to reveal the snowflakes – still love a resist technique!

And cut them out

I adhered the snowmen down using double sided foam tape and the sentiment strips using Collage Medium Matte. I also matted the strips onto some white cardstock before I stuck them down so that they would stand out against the background

Then all there was left to do was to add the little snowflakes

Voila! Another fun set of Cool Yule dudes