Blog Description

A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Joyeux Noël Tags

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The French have yet to succumb to having
Christmas cards, home decorations, shopping displays,
and city holiday lights before December.

But in December,
bedazzles the world and
truly becomes the 
City of Light!


Before I started making a few of my
own Christmas decorations, I also waited until 
after Thanksgiving
to begin Christmas decorations.
Now, I begin making decorations well before December.
One of the hazards of being crafty 
or trying to be crafty.... :)

Recently I saw a Christmas hangtag ornament that
I really liked because of its simplicity.
I love looking at Paris lights, but
am drawn to simpler, more Nordic-style decorations.
See the French Country Cottage's
antique orchard ladder Christmas finery.  Sigh...

The first simple hangtags I made were
Joyeux Noël...
using a new font for me, Aiden Kirnberg.
It looks very Français.

Here's what I used to make these little Frenchy tags...
Heavyweight, textured canvas cloth...
on my inkjet printer...

I created a Table in Microsoft Word with four columns and two rows.
Zero margins...
When I printed the Joyeux Noël tags, 
I realized the tag backs were blank. Hmm...
Always learning...
So, out came the Eiffel Tower stamp!

Using deckle-edge craft scissors,
I trimmed all four edges of the fronts and backs.
Hard to cut this canvas cloth because
the back has a rubbery texture...

I used Mod Podge to glue the fronts to the backs
with a narrow (1/4") gold ribbon inserted
between the front and back before gluing.

I liked them, but they looked a little
too plain, even for Nordic style.
I sewed a tiny, tiny red bell to the front of each.

Just the look I like!

Then, I decided to make some
Merry Christmas hangtags.
I love fonts...  So instead of just one font, I used four!
 Edwardian Script, Papyrus, Zapfino, and Curlz MT
It is the season for
the more, the merrier!

I like using just one on a rosemary tree in the kitchen.

Nordic-style...oh, yes...

Love them all on my garden-shed Fraiser Fir tree...

Did not deckle-edge these...
Added a small metal Christmas tree embellishment...

Remembered to print front and back for each...
Also, remembered to print words 
rotated 180º in row 2...

Ironed the canvas cloth under a piece of white paper
to set the ink...

Cut out the four strips, but did not cut apart 
the fronts and backs...
Instead, folded the strip in half along the border of the
two rows of words...
Ironed the folded strip to get a sharp edge...
Glued the front to the back with Mod Podge
with a 1/4" gold ribbon between the front and back...
Attached the little gold Christmas tree...

The hangtags are heavy, textured, ivory-colored canvas cloth.

Now, I'm thinking...
what else can I print on the canvas cloth? 


Hope to see you at linking parties.....

 Feathered Nest Friday

Fabulously Creative Friday

Cowgirl Up!