Thursday, July 21, 2011

Obsessed with Tags

So the title of this post pretty much says it all

I am obsessed with tags!

I really love them.  How could one not? They are so easy to make, simpler than an entire scrapbook page to be sure, and even quicker than a card.  Pick a color or theme and go!  Here's some of my latest:

This was a series of tags I did for testing out a couple new products I picked up. 

To make these tags, you need:
  • The tag itself (duh)
  • Ranger Distress Ink and foam applicator
  • Colored cardstock
  • McGill flower punch medium geranium
  • McGill flower punch small geranium
  • Elmer's papercraft glue
  • Colored brads
  • Ranger Stickles
  • Colored ribbon
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (optional)
Wow so that's a lot of crap you need to make just one tag!  But it's super fun, and once you have these base materials you can continue to create to your hearts content (or until hubby says what the heck are you doing up so late let's go to bed).

I will describe how to make these tags in just a sec, but first I will say which combo of products were used for each tag, starting at the top left.  I will list the cardstock color, the Distress Ink color, the Distress Stickle color, and the Glimmer Mist color in that order.
  • White, Worn Lipstick, Pink, Cranberry Zing
  • White, Dusty Concord, Purple, (no glimmer mist used...I really want a purple color though...)
  • Light blue, Faded Jeans, Midnight Blue, N/A
  • Yellow, Spiced Marmalade, Orange Peel, N/A
  • Cream, Antique Linen, Gold, Tattered Leather
  • Cream, Frayed Burlap, Platinum, Tattered Leather (I sprayed 3x instead of 1x compared to the 'Antique Linen' one
  • White, Peeled Paint, Lime Green, N/A
  • Red, Fired Brick, Candy Cane, N/A
  • Light Pink, Spun Sugar, Cotton Candy, Cranberry Zing (only 1 very light spray)
  • White, Tumbled Glass, Turquoise, Electric Blue

Making these are really easy (once you have the loot).  Start out with a blank tag, and rub your choice of Distress ink right on the edge around the whole tag. 

Then start doing the blending technique (much easier to see someone do it, check out and search for Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  This way you can see what I'm talking about).  Blend where you want, this technique is great for buildable color.  At this point you can spray with your Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. 

One thing to note about the mist: do not shake the bottle unless you want bigger blotches of mist to go on your project.  To achieve a finer mist, roll the bottle in your hand, until you see all the solid color in the bottle dissolve.  Also, if you spray close to your project you will get blotches.  If you spray farther away, you will get the finer mist.

To assemble the flowers, use the McGill craft punch in Medium Geranium and Small Geranium.  Unfortunately, I haven't really seen many McGill punches at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.  If you have an Archiver's near you, that is where they are, or you can buy them online.  Also unfortunately, they're not particularly cheap, but I guess what is in the crafty crap world.

Punch out 4 leaves/petals with the larger punch and 4 with the smaller.  Using Elmer's Papercraft Glue, assemble them together to look like a flower.  When they are dry, you can insert a colored brad into the center and then glue them directly on to your tag.  Lastly, add a bit of glitter with your Stickles, in a color that matches your flower.

Thread some ribbon through the hole, and done!

These tags really inspire me, as they are a blank canvas, and you can have a complete work of art done so quickly.  Here are some other ones I created recently:

The one on the left was done at a scrapbooking convention at the Suburban Showcase Collection in Novi, MI as a make-n-take.  I used a stamp to create the flower image, then lined it with three different colors of Smooch Ink (of which I have none...yet...).  Then I added some Stickles on top.

The one on the right was me testing out a new process, as well as my friend's musical note stamp.  So...I don't own one of those Ranger craft mats.  You know, the one that's like $15 and is featured in all of Tim Holtz' demo videos?  I was trying to save some $$ (which never works out, does it?) so I decided to try some wax paper instead.

Stop laughing.

So I blotted some Worn Lipstick, Broken China, and Dusty Concord on the mat wax paper, and sprayed with a Mini-Mister.  It actually came out decent, but not exactly what I was going for.  Eventually I will buy the stupid mat.

Then I stamped Broken China on the music note stamp, and when it dried, added some Icicle Stickle on top of it.  When that dried, I glued on some buttons, gems and a small geranium flower.

The one on the left was fun to do, well they are all fun to do so really that's unnecessary!  I started by blending the top 2/3 with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and the bottom 1/3 with Antique Linen.  I stamped the image on with Archiver Black ink (my favorite black ink).  I sprayed the top with Electric Blue Glimmer Mist, and the bottom with Tattered Leather.  I spread some True Blue and Star Dust Stickles on top, and Platinum on the bottom using my finger - I use some very high tech tools in my craft room.  Added some cute shells and done!

The one on the left was done using the same ghetto wax paper. 

I said stop laughing.

This look was a little more blotchy, but I like how it turned out.  I used some stamps from a Tim Holtz collection, the Eiffel Tower and the harlequin diamond pattern.  I selected some diamonds to fill in with Midnight Blue Stickle and left it at that.

Are you sick of tags yet?  No? Go on you say?  Oh, gosh, I don't know if I

okay here's some more!

Cute and simple, this tag was stamped with this bird image, colored in with Pentel markers, and selected areas I added Stickles: Yellow, Glam Pink, and Lavender.  Added a couple of flower punches from a McGill mini punch, in 3D thanks to some foam tape.  By now I'm sure you recognized the Dusty Concord Distress Ink on the edges.

This one was first blended with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, then sprayed with Black Magic Glimmer Mist.  A couple of stamped images - there's the harlequin again - and some added Distress Stickles in Pink and Black Diamond.  On the side are some mini pink brads from Recollection.  Over top the scrolled stamp you can see some Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, which is clear.

Brushed in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, this is kind of a different effect than the normal smooth look.  Three separate stamped flowers, filled in with marker and some Stickles - Pink, Magenta, and Platinum.  The flowers are from a McGill punch called Petite Petals.

Maybe a reprieve from the heat (or maybe just an excuse to use a new stamp I bought) this tag is delightfully frosty.  One stamped image in Archival Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue on top of a tag brushed with Tumbled Glass.  Stickles - Waterfall, Baby Blue, Silver, and Frosted Lace.  Sprayed lightly with Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist.

This tag kind of shows up as light in this picture, but it is more colorful in person.  Tumbled glass and Peeled Paint Distress Ink blended together, then sprayed with Electric Blue Glimmer Mist.  Flowers are also from Petite Petals punch, and then speckled with some stickles - Eucalyptus and Turquoise.

This tag was based entirely off the ribbon attached to it, coincidentally it is not even in this picture (doh!).  Oh well.  Super quick and easy but so cute!  You can tell these ink colors are not like Distress Inks; much too bright!  These are Colorbox Cat's Eye Queues, spefically Citrine, Mango Tango, Razzberry, and Canary.  Punches are again from the Petite Petals, and Stickles are Lime, Orange Peel, Glam Pink and Yellow.

Hopefully y'all love tags as much as I do, I'd love to see some of yours!

Tag! You're it!


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