I used a couple of Sizzix dies for the shape of the gingerbread boy, and the tag base. Once I had the gingerbread boys cut out (I used old sheet music adhered to thin chipboard for their bodies), I used markers to pink their cheeks, and used Ranger Distress ink to brown up the edges a bit. Then, I used a makeup wedge sponge to dab matte finish gel medium onto the body of the boy, and added some crystal glitter for sparkle. I like the uneven coverage I get by using the gel medium and makeup wedge. If some areas don't get glittered, that's OK with me! I used a primitive heart punch, button and hemp twine to add a little embellishment to the gingerbread boys.
The stars were done similarly, just without any paper adhered to the chipboard. I die cut the stars out of medium weight chipboard, inked them brown with Ranger Distress ink, added some faux stitching around the edges, dabbed on some matte finish gel medium, and then sprinkled on the glitter. Before they get glittered, they look like tin, or leather, stars. Once they're glittered, I think they look like little gingerbread snaps dressed up with sugar sprinkles! Easy on the eyes, and the hips! *grin*
Won't these guys be cute on packages of homemade goodies for the holidays!? Oh, and by the way, the little "Be Merry" sentiment on the tag is a sneak peek at a sentiment from a soon-to-be-released Whipper Snapper cling set!