Is it a Tag, Is it an Ornament…

Hi there fellow KnK-ers!

Around this time every year I sit down and make a batch of gift tags that will be attached to my Christmas pressies, this year I have designed a bell with a large bow at the top. The cut file is available at the end of the post 🙂



  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 9
  • Force = 60
  • Passes = 1

Pic.1. One of the benefits of having my Zing is being able to control the size of my projects, with some careful placement in Make the Cut, I managed to cut 8 tags from each sheet of A4 card:

Bell Tags 1

Pic.2. Here are all of the pieces needed for one tag, I cut the larger bell and bow pieces in the darker shade of glitter card and the smaller pieces in the lighter shade as these will be towards the front. The colour difference will help with the illusion of dimension, that’s the idea anyway ;). As my glitter card doesn’t have a smooth reverse to write on, I cut a second large bell shape from some plain white card to back my tag:

Bell Tags 2

Pic.3. First assemble the bell and bow separately. The smaller bell piece and the ringer are attached to the front of the bell with a strong red liner style tape then the white card is attached to the back of bell. Before I stuck my bow pieces together I gave them some shape, I ran the long edge of a bone folder along each piece to add a gentle curve, a pencil would work well for this step too:

Bell Tags 3

Pic.4. To finish the tag, add some more strong tape (or hot glue) to the middle of the bow and place just beneath the loop on the bell. I added some silver cord to the loop on my tag and popped a sparkle in the middle of the bow:

Bell Tags 4

Pic.5. I made my tags in 3 different colours:

Bell Tags 5

Other uses: The finished tags are so glittery and sparkly that they could easily be used as Christmas ornaments, I would recommend making them double sided if you wanted to use them as hanging tree ornaments so they can spin and be just as pretty on both sides. Alternatively, try making 2 silver bells and placing them side by side with a white bow for your wedding projects.

If you would like to see more projects that I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here:

Here is the Cut File used for today’s project:

Bell & Bow by Bird

Bell & Bow Cut File by Bird

26 thoughts on “Is it a Tag, Is it an Ornament…

  1. Beautiful bell! I had to make it right away out of some glitter cardstock. It turned out perfect! Thank you!

  2. These are great! I think I’ll make these for this years gifts! Have you run into any problems cutting glitter CS with your zing? Does the glitter have an adverse
    Effect on the machine? Thanks for shariing your settings. It’s always good to have a place to start test cutting.
    Sandy H

    • I’ve not noticed any adverse effects on my Zing but it is a bit of a workhorse so that doesn’t surprise me, although it can dull your blade a little if you are cutting very chunky glitter.

  3. I love your bells, Bird. I was wondering what kind of glitter paper you use that will cut out
    on your zing? I love the colors you have chosen and could easily see them as ornaments.

    • I have cut a few kinds of glitter card on my zing with great success, I tend to place the glitter side down on my mat (it needs to be very sticky for this and I use masking tape too if needed) and cut through from the reverse. I’m not sure if it’s in my head or not but it seems to not dull my blade as fast.

  4. Bird, I always love your projects. Thank you very much for sharing your files so generously.

  5. Thanks Bird, love these and will get the kiddies making these for Christmas, they’ll look lovely around my dado rail on the greenery I think. xx

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