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A fun book themed Back to School gift idea to give to your new teacher on the first day! Make this fun gift tag with your Cricut Maker and some Kraft Board!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

   Debossed Book Tag wrapped around a stack of beginning reader books with Bakers twine.

Less than a month left until my kids go back to school! This summer has flown by! We’ve had so much fun, but I’m exhausted and getting excited for a routine to return to our life! I sat down the other night and made a list of things I needed and wanted to do before school started back up. I decided to start with putting together my kids teachers Back to School teacher gifts!

I was raised by an educator and major literacy advocate, so this year I thought it would be fun to get the teachers a gift that would benefit their entire classroom — books and/or a book store gift card!

I decided to make some fun book themed gift tags with my Cricut Maker! I just got some fun new Cricut Tools and have been wanting to try them out! Cricut just released FOUR new tools! When Cricut launched the Maker 2 years ago, they said the reason they released this new machine is because of its Adaptive Tool System. This system makes it possible for them to expand their tools and capabilities exponentially! They have not let us users down and only keep adding more tools, that can only be used with the Maker, and allows us to create far beyond anything we could do by hand!

CRICUT DEBOSSING TIP

Debossing Tip fo the Cricut Maker!

One of the new Cricut Tools that I was most excited to try out was the new Debossing Tip! Prior to now you needed the Cricut Cuttlebug to get the debossed look. But, not anymore! Folders are no longer needed!

I love the subtle look that debossing gives your designs! You can add crisp, detailed debossed designs to any of your crafts! Add designs to kraftboard, foil cardstock, coated paper, shimmer and glitter paper, foil cardstock, basswood and more!

Today, I’m going to share how I created these fun Kraftboard Book Tags to the back to school gifts that I put together for my kids teachers!

Book Money Gift Tag made using the Debossing Tip and the Cricut Maker.

A Kraft Board Bookmark Gift Tag made with the Debossing Tool and the Cricut Maker.

Book Themed Gift Tags

Make these fun Book themed gift tags with your Cricut Maker and some Kraft Board!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 3 Gift Tags

Equipment

  • Cricut Maker w/ Fine Point Blade
  • DeBossing Tip for Cricut Maker
  • Wavy Blade for Cricut Maker

Ingredients

Cutting Machine, Cutting Mats and Tools

Craft Materials

Instructions

Kraftboard Gift Tags

  • Open the Book Themed Gift Tags Design Space file! At this time go ahead and resize any of the tags that you want to.
    Book themed Gift Tags Design Space File Preview
  • Once the file is sized the way you want it, hit 'Make It' in the top right hand corner. Verify that the file is laid out on the mat correctly and then hit 'continue' in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  • Choose your machine from the drop down menu and select your material to 'Kraftboard.'
    Design Space Screenshot when you're using the Debossing Tip.
  • Put the Debossing Tip in your Cricut Maker and load your Kraftboard on the LightGrip Mat and load it into the machine.
    The Cricut Maker using the Debossing Tip to create gift tags.
  • Once the 'C' is flashing then go ahead and press hit and watch your gift tags Deboss. Once the Debossing is done, Design Space will prompt you to take out the Debossing Tip and load your Fine Point Blade. It will then cut your Gift Tags out.
    The Cricut Maker cutting out the Gift Tags that have been Debossed.
  • After they are done, I used Distressing Ink to lightly go over the surface of the Gift Tags to help the design stand out a little more. I just used the tip of a finger, but you could also use a foam paint brush or sponge.
    Up close picture of the book tag made with the Cricut Maker and debossing tip!

Tassle

  • Open the Tassle Design Space file! It's currently making a 3.8" tall Tassle. Feel free to resize it if you want it bigger. Just makes sure to resize the top of the tassle pieces too.
    Tassle Design Space File Screenshot
  • Once the file is sized the way you want it, hit 'Make It' in the top right hand corner. Verify that the file is laid out on the mat correctly and then hit 'continue' in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  • Choose your machine from the drop down menu and select your material to 'Medium Cardstock.'
    Design Space preview to make the Tassle.
  • Put the Wavy Blade in your Cricut Maker and load your Medium Cardstock on the LightGrip Mat and load it into the machine.
  • Once the 'C' is flashing then go ahead and press hit and watch your tassle cut!
    A tassle cut with the Wavy Blade on the Cricut Maker.
  • Next, go ahead and roll your tassle and use the hot glue gun to secure it.
  • Take the first short trim piece and create an arch over the top of the tassle and secure it with hot glue.
    Assembling the tassle by adding the top arch trim piece.
  • Then take the 2nd trim piece and wrap it around the top of the tassle and secure it with hot glue. And that's it! It's ready to attach to any gift by threading some twine through the top!
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Debossed Book Tag wrapped around a stack of beginning reader books with Bakers twine.

CRICUT WAVY BLADE

The convenience of the Wavy Blade is exciting! You can now add the decorative edge to any designs in half the time! The Wavy Blade works on all the popular materials that the Cricut can cut — vinyl, iron on, cardstock, paper, fabric and more!

A tassle cut with the Wavy Blade on the Cricut Maker.

I’m specifically excited to use this to make party decor! The tassels I used to add some fun to one of my teacher gifts would be super cute as a bunting to hang for a party! I also think it would be so fun to add the wavy edge to party invites! The possibilities are really endless!

CRICUT ENGRAVING TIP

The people have been asking and Cricut delivered! The engraving tool is perfect to use with flat, soft metals, leather, acrylic, plastic, anodized or sublimated aluminum, and more! Cricut even has aluminum sheets coming to their store soon!

You’ll be able to make intricately engraved dog tags, name plates, inscribed art and decor, jewelry, monograms, and keepsakes!

Cricut Engraving Tip -- works with the Cricut Maker.

CRICUT PERFORATION BLADE

The Perforation Blade really got my brain going with fun ideas! The new tool creates evenly spaced perforation lines that allow for clean, even tearing without the need to fold beforehand! Even designs that have shapes with curves.

You can create projects with tear-out booklet pages, raffle tickets, homemade journals, or for any project that demands a clean tear.

The Cricut Perforation Blade -- a blade with even spaced blades that creates cuts perfect for tear-away projects.

I have been so impressed with all the new fun Cricut Tools. Cricut keeps adding to their growing collection of tools for their adaptive tool system, with no signs fo slowing down! Make sure and tune in to HSN July 16 for an exclusive bundle with the Maker, Wavy Blade, Fine Debossing Tip, and Engraving Tip!

Cricut's 4 new tools -- Engraving Tip, Debossing Tip, Wavy Blade and Perforation Blade!

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Back to School Book Gift Idea & Tutorial to create Debossed Book Tags


Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

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