I hope you and your family is having a fabulous holiday season! I was fortunate to be invited to teach a holiday class to a group of fairly new artists in Lower Manhattan. We made basic tags and cards. This tag is one that I made with the group. I was inspired by a similar tag that I saw on a blog. What is fun about this lil’ tag is that you can use some scraps to make those itty little trees. How did I make this?
1. Run patterned paper through your Big Shot using the Top Note Die. You can get Stampin’ Up! goodies from my great pal, Kahena Coles.
2. Tear one of the top notes and adhere it to the other one. You can ink the edges if you’d like. I tend to ink my edges as much as possible.
3. Cut trees and tree trunks from scrap paper-glue down. I used a thin marker to outline the trees to make them pop.
4. Punch a hole at the top of the tag and add some ribbon or twine.
Yep-this one is for Christmas but you can use this simple technique to make tags for every occasion. Imagine that little tag with a birthday cake instead of the trees?! Try it out!
Can you guess what I used to make this tag? There are two “sneaky” items on here that you may not be able to guess on your first try! The tag itself is the packaging from Prima Flowers-I have a ton of that packing and save it all! I have been looking for new, cool ways to use all of that good stuff. A lil’ Green? I would like to think so. Prima actually plans their packing with recycling it in mind. The technique on the tag is a little paint, some gesso and a teeny bit of stamping. I wanted you to be able to notice the package so I left all of the stickers on it that were on there originally.
The stamp is a technique that Tim Holtz taught during his Christmas tags posts on his blog. As soon as I saw it, I knew I just HAD to try it out! Buy that cheap foam from your local craft store. It’s that cheapy (kind of stinky) foam that comes in tons of colors and thicknesses-usually in the kids’ section. You have to use the thicker one! Run that foam through your Big Shot using a die of your choice-it has to be one of the bigger dies so it can cut through the thickness of the foam. I used Tim’s new dress form die and VOILA I have my own foam stamp! I painted it with this fun turquoise paint and stamped it onto the tag.
Some Prima flowers & butterflies, a skeleton leaf & a few feathers were the finishing touches on this tag! OH-see those little swirls down at the flowers? Some people cut the wire stems off of flowers before they use them. I rarely cut mine instead take the stem and wrap it around the handle of a paintbrush…a simple technique that adds just a little more pizazz!
Do you LOVE that stamp? (My friend Laurel used it at my class and is now on a hunt for it.) I found it at Michael’s and use it as often as I can. I have also become addicted to making tags. People have asked what to do with tags once you make them-I have two displays that hang from my ceiling of my art room so my tags “live” there for awhile. I have tons of tags made by my artsy friends, UStream friends and ME. From there, the tags can be used on cards or as embellishments on scrapbook pages. Sometimes, I tie them onto gifts.
Bringin’ it back to this tag…I stamped the ladies with black detailed embossing powder. This power is much finer than regular embossing powder so it fits into the details of stamps like this one. I used some beautiful lace trims that I bought from Karla (email me for information on that if you are interested). The gorgeous ruffle at the end is done with the Tattered Angels crepe paper trims. I misted it and then ruffled it at the end of the tag-perfect ending.
Do you make tags? I would LOVE to see them–link your favorite tag to the comment that you leave on my blog. I promise to check it out. Have an amazing Friday!
BIrds, tags, distressing…three of my loves! I have to force myself not to put a bird (or butterfly) on everything that I create. Honestly, it’s hard. I am drawn to them for some reason. Birds more than ever now–my mom & sisters can understand why.
This tag was so much fun to make and I am in love with the results. So, what did I do? (I made it so long ago I hope I can remember!) Marty and I went to Paper Source last summer when we were driving to one of his gigs. What a fun adventure! (That’s one of the really cool things about him…always trying something new.) Anyway, I sprayed the heck out of the tag-it started out sort of a gold color. Cool, but I can’t leave anything alone. The sand on the bottom is this cool product that I picked up at a local scrapbook store about 1/2 hour from Manhattan. It is this neat stuff from Mudd Puddles. I never saw it before. It comes in a little tub and is a sandy product lathered in adhesive. Makes it SO easy to use slather it on!
The frame is one of those foamy things from Pink Paislee. I sprayed it with tons of Glimmer Mist and kept drying it with the heat gun to kind of melt the glimmer into the frame. If you haven’t used those products, try them. You can paint them, spray them, ink them…you name it. So cool!
The flowers are a spray from Prima which (again) I couldn’t just leave alone. I sprayed them and rubbed some Distress Stickles on the flowers. They have this cool texture now. They don’t feel like paper anymore–hard to describe.
The bird? ah…the bird! Eileen taught me this cool trick…take a piece of chipboard and cover it with a wet glue. Then, cover that (while the glue is still wet) with Alcohol Inks. Then, dry it with a heat gun! (fumes, maybe) After that, I covered the whole piece with VersaMark and then clear embossing powder and melted it. I know the technique has some catchy name but I can’t remember it. A lil’ bling for the eye…VOILA!
This is a tag that I made quite some time ago and never shared with you! It is a fun New York City tag made with a cool vintage-looking skyline stamp from Rubber Necker Stamps. I stamped it using VersaMark Ink and then some sparkly black embossing powder from Sparkle & Sprinkle. The NYC letters are these old fabric letter stickers that have been in my stash for probably ten years or so. Just goes to show you never know when something might come in handy.
Yes, Halloween. I am so behind on my projects! This is a tag that I made and just had to share it with you. With all of the snow outside here in New York City, I am spending the day in my Art Studio (THE MECCA) doing tons of projects. I am promised myself that I would add new goodies to my blog. This tag was SO much fun to make. I knew that I wanted to do a creepy tag that was still very true to my style. On Angela Holt’s UStream Show awhile back, she showed a cool technique for making a bloody transparency. I knew I needed to try that!
I grabbed some cool goth (yet vintage) looking embellishments from my stash. Those flowers were sprayed with Glimmer Mist (of course) and the brad is from the new My Mind’s Eye Halloween Collection. The little bat was from my stash (K&Company Halloween Stickers, I think)!
I had so much fun making this tag! I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to cut out the flowers. I used some burlap (and had it ALL over the place–dogs don’t like burlap on their fur)! The paper is from Close To My Heart. I got that from my wonderful friend, Michele. The brads are from my stash…I have OODLES of brads…something perfect for every project. I sprayed the flowers with autumnal colors of Glimmer Mist.
The surface of the tag is covered in paint. There is a cool brown shimmer paint and a few other colors. The shimmer really shines! I waited for the paint to dry and then ran it through The Big Shot with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade (Embossing Folder). How ’bout those pom poms along the bottom? They started out BRIGHT ORANGE (almost 80s bright–ick) so I sprayed them with brown Glimmer Mist and distressed them. Perfect.