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Just in time for the gift-giving season, paper crafter Heather Bautzh has put together a decorative tag-making class to be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Community House in Birmingham.

Bautzh, who lives in Birmingham, became a scrapbooking enthusiast 17 years ago after taking a number of classes and doing a bit of online research. “That carried over into my cards and holiday tags about seven years ago,” she says.

Even if you’ve never done paper crafting, no need to worry — Bautzh promises to make everything easy with plenty of support. “I will precut a lot of the items and have different stations set up, so if they like whimsical there will be teddy bears and reindeers, and they will have instructions for how to put together the tags,” she says. “So, they’re not doing the tedious stuff; they’re doing the fun stuff.”

There’s no limit as to how many tags a student can make and take. Bautzh says, “I’ve had ladies get very intricate and they walk away with four or five tags, and I’ve had others walk away with 25. It’s a beautiful way to customize a gift.”

Along with two paper sources in Birmingham, JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels, Bautzh shops for supplies online and attends local “mega meets where they have different vendors from around the country.” But her most popular tags are the ones she creates using supplies she makes herself with her die-cutting machine and stamping techniques.

Bautzh, who operates her business under the name “Creations by Heather,” has been teaching paper crafting out of her home for the past four years. She says, “I also go on weekend crops, and I will hold an impromptu class with whoever is at the crop and teach them new techniques and designs.”

The fee for her upcoming class at the Community House is $32 (payable in advance), plus a $12 material fee (payable night of class). To register, call the Community House at (248) 644-5832 or visit http://tchserves.org. The Community House is at 380 S. Bates in Birmingham.

Detroit News Staff Writer Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150 or jbrown@detroitnews.com. For more craft news and giveaways, visit her blog at detroitnews.com/crafts.

Country Christmas Star Gift Tag

Level: Beginner

Estimated time: 15 minutes

Tools: Scissors, hole puncher, sponge, ruler

Supplies: Brown card stock, patterned paper, craft paper, three buttons, brown ribbon, twine, distress ink, glue stick

Instructions

1. Cut a 3-by-6-inch tag shape out of brown card stock. (Suggestion: Templates for tags can be found on the Internet.) Then use hole puncher to make hole at top/center of tag.

2. Cut a 3-by-4-inch piece of patterned paper.

3. Using sponge, apply distress ink to edges of paper just cut. Let dry, then attach to brown tag with glue stick.

4. Cut a star, measuring 3 inches wide, from brown card stock and ink edges with distress ink. (Suggestion: a star shape can be made using a star-shaped cookie cutter, or taken from a coloring book or clip art.)

5. Now, cut a star, measuring 11/2 inches wide, from craft paper and ink edges with distress ink.

6. Use glue stick to attach largest star to tag at center. Then center smaller star on top.

7. Make small bow with twine and attach to center of small star with glue. Apply distress ink to twine if it’s too bright for country theme.

8. Use glue to attach three buttons near bottom of tag on patterned paper.

9. Thread a folded piece of ribbon through hole of tag and secure with slip-knot.

10. Attach tag to package with recipient’s name on either side.

(Note: The patterned paper is in muted tones of green and cream to keep with the country theme, however, this same design can be made with bold colors and glitter paper for a contemporary look.)

Contact Creations by Heather at heather@creationsbyheather11.com or creationsbyheather11.ctmh.com

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