Saturday 16 May 2020

Advent Folding Tag Card

     John Next Door has a new design out this week, its' a Tag Card inspired by Barbara Dear. It looks much more complicated to construct than it is, so if you need to send a card with the Wow factor then this design could be it. This card is made using the large Tag Card die set, there is a smaller one aswell.
     There is a video on You Tube HERE, by John, showing how to put the basic card together. I did make one small change to my card though. When the tag insert is folded the single tag sticks out further than the two tags, I didn't like this so I moved my score line over by 5mm to get the tags to sit evenly. I would suggest cutting two inserts in rough card and playing around until you are happy with how it all works, this will save any hiccups with your good card.
     For this card I cut the two covers in dark blue card and then cut five inserts in white card. I coloured the inserts with two blue Distress Inks, there were some patches that weren't perfect but much of the card was covered by flaps and tag pouches so it didn't really matter.
      I decorated all the inserts before folding them so there would be no obvious crease lines showing on the finished card, plus it's much easier to stick things down on a perfectly flat surface.

     There are three tags per page so I die cut 12 little envelopes using a Sheena Douglass die called Sown With Love, it's the perfect size to hold the tag that comes in this JND set. All the envelopes were cut from a paper pad that's been in my stash for years.
      There are also 12 flaps in this card, these were cut from two shades of blue card. I used the shapes in JND Pop Box set for this because each shape has at least two sizes, but any shapes you have will do just as well.
      Each flap is slightly smaller than the decorated white shape it covers. All the white shapes have different pictures or sentiments stamped on them, this is a chocolate free calendar but you could write special message under each flap and turn it into an advent chocolate hunt if you wish.
     Each tag is different, again you could write special messages on these, to be kept in the card or used on gifts.
     In this die set you get a fancy tag as well as a basic shape so there are many possibilities, especially if you raid your stash and use dies and stamps from other sets.
      I have decorated the backs of each tag that sticks out with the same inks, each one has a die cut snowflake stuck on it just to add to the overall look.
      With all pages decorated I stuck them all together, I would strongly suggest laying them up and checking all is right before you start to glue them together, check twice and glue once!

      When it came to the covers I tried them on the card and noticed that the spine stuck out a little, so I trimmed approximately 2mm off the inside of each cover. This allowed the pages to sit neatly within the covers like a real book.
      Again each cover was decorated before it was stuck to the pages, I kept the front simple as the inside is what will be on view most of the time.
      All of the numbers used are from the Advent Numbers set used with the Pop Box die set released last year. All cut in silver mirri card and stuck on at random so the recipient has to search for the right one each day.
      This card did take a long time to make but I hope you will agree it was worth it, after all it will be on show for almost a month.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND100 - Large Tag Card die set
JND147 Advent Pop Box die set
JND148 Advent Numbers die set
JND138 - Deer Scenes die set
JND130 - O Little Town Scenes die set
Strong PVA Glue
Papers, card and inks.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Favourite Colour Combo - Blue & White
Sparkles Christmas - Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine - Twine
The 12 Months of Christmas - Anything Christmas/ option Dec The Paws
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Chrsitmas
Crimbo Crackers - Die Cuts
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Anything Goes/option Ornaments 
Krafty Chicks - Christmas
Fezzwigs Festive - Anything Festive


  1. Goodness, this is an amazing project! What a brilliant gift to share with someone, and a gorgeous design. Perfect showcase of ribbons and twines! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

  2. looks stunning, well worth the effort xxx

  3. WOW, this is amazing, what a great creation, I love all the detail you have added to it. Superb make, Thanks for sharing with me over on Fezziwigs Festive Frolics, Love Hazelxx

  4. Wow..this is fabulous. I does look complicated but I must have look. Love the blue theme. Thank you so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Pat K xx

  5. Such a fun project! Turned out great. Thanks for joining us at the Krafty Chicks challenge, hope to see you again.

  6. Fabulous card and such a clever construction.

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  7. Wow! What a great creation!! So fun!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge!
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  8. This is great fun... and such a lot of work!
    Beautiful card!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge this time!

  9. What a gorgeous festive card and it must have been a labour of love! This wonderful creation will be cherished!
    Thanks for sharing with us at HLS Christmas Challenge.

  10. My word! Gonna have to have a go at this!!
    Brillinat make!
    Thanks for sharing with 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!


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  11. What a great card. I would love to recevied something like this! I am sorry I am so late commenting but I have and computer issues and no one available to fix it. Thank you for sharing your project with us at Crazy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Myrna S. Design Team Member. Please also join us for our weekly Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Card Challenge at


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