With the holiday season upon us I'm definitely on a gift tag making kick. As soon as I saw this leather case I thought it would be a great point to take off for another tag idea. This involves some digital work at the beginning and then a bit of cutting and construction at the end. These would be great for Secret Santa gifts where you want the "From" part of your tag hidden.
The ingredients for this piece are really simple. I selected a photo (top left) that inspired me to create a pattern that is not holiday related and can be used at any time during the year. I used Adobe Illustrator to create a similar pattern by using solid rectangles and a the more subtle option of outlined shapes.
I originally selected red and gray as my colors but I ended up only working with the red.
I then proceeded to cut out a shape shown at the top. Measurements aren't necessarily important here, but proportions are. Just make sure that the two large rectangles are exactly the same size and make sure that you have two tabs as indicated in the diagram. Add a bit of glue to the tabs and close the envelope. Cut out a curve centered at the top (that goes through front and back) and you're done with the envelope.
Cut out a gift card and punch a hole at the top for ribbon. Make sure that the card is snug inside the envelope, so that the latter doesn't fall off.
While making the top envelope and tag I thought of a simpler option—a matchbox type card. This only involves cutting out a shape that is like the bottom diagram. Make sure that the added lengths of side A and side C are at least 1/8" longer than side B. That will allow for the matchbox side A to tuck under side C, when folded and closed. A bit of glue or a staple should be used to hold side C attached to side B. Make sure that a small edge is left unattached so that the cover can tuck under it.
So here are the two tags. Now you can give your gifts and tuck your name safely away until it is time for the big reveal.
Remember that the pattern you just created can be used for printing out matching gift wrap, suitable for small items.