Tags are one of the most versatile small crafting forms – you can use them for their original purpose and attach them to gifts, you can use them as gifts or you can use them as greeting cards. Whatever the intended destination of your tag, the starting point is always the same – make it outstanding for the occasion.
Canvas Corp pattern papers will be perfect for any tag. With a touch of rich tones and old-fashioned printing feel, all the papers have some recycled materials in them; the 12×12 sheets make them perfect source for any size tags and for layering elements. You can leave them black and white as they are or you can add colour of your choice and make them as personalized as you like.
Today, two of our Crew members will show you their take on the tag game using Canvas Corp Papers.
First in line is Jessica Madaglia with a tag made for the one special girl friend who she described as ‘whisky in a cup’ – an old friend with a hint of craziness.
‘I wanted to make a fun tag for the tea (or whisky) lover in your life and the Beans&Bags Spoons paper was perfect for that.’ – says Jessica.
Canvas Corp – Beans and Bags: Ivory& Black Spoons
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Sterling
7 gypsies Gypsy Moments paper pad
7 gypsies Ordre du Jour: Pen & Tell Her paper
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
black and silver gel pens
Tea Cup die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Vintage woman image
sentiment printed on white cardstock
paper distressing tool
- Cut a tag out of your Beans and Bags: Ivory & Black Spoons paper. My tag is a typical #8 tag size. Punch a hole on the top.
- Distress edges using a distressing tool or by running you scissor blade along the edge of the paper. Bend and crumple the tag so it doesn’t look perfect. Ink edges. Using a paint brush, color in the spoons using TA Glimmer Mist in Sterling.
- Cut out two sets of tea cups using two different papers. I like cutting out two full sets each time so that I can play with different combinations of cups and saucers.
- Adhere your cups and saucer to your tag using your adhesive of choice.
- Fussy cut your image, glue and sit it on top of the cups. Cut out your sentiment and glue it to the tea cups. Add your paper reinforcer to cover the hole punch.
- Scribble around the sentiment and in various spots on the tag using black and silver gel pens.
Your gypsy tag is ready. It would make such a thoughtful gift for that special girl friend.
Steph Ackerman takes a little bit different approach where she sticks to the neutral colours of the papers – craft, black and ivory – layering the elements and adding a piece of burlap for texture.
‘My son loved trains growing up. Everywhere we went, if there was a train, he would ride it. I decided to create a tag with a train motif that would also hold some birthday cash!’ – explains her inspiration Steph.
Canvas Corp Cardstock Paper Kraft
Canvas Corp Black on Ivory Cardstock Pad
Canvas Corp Black and Kraft Diamonds
Canvas Corp Decorative Clothespins – Black
Canvas Corp Mini Bags – White
Canvas Corp Burlap Sheet – Natural
Canvas Corp Cord – Hemp Rope Black
Canvas Corp Ivory Bookmarks
Steph shares the steps she followed making the tag:
- Create a tag from kraft cardstock. Cut pattern papers to fit tag, matting the top layer with black cardstock.
- Die cut the train from from bookmark and ink with brown ink. Add piece of burlap to a mini bag and place a die cut train on top.
- Add a strip of Black and Kraft Diamonds across the center of the tag. Adhere the mini bag on top.
- Insert money or a gift card in the mini bag and hold in place with a clothes pin.
Whichever tag fits your style more, remember to not set yourself any boundaries while you are working on your interpretation. Tags are fun so … let’s keep them that way.