While my love for them hasn't died, I do feel a new craft trend coming on for this year. Tags. Ok, can you really call it a trend when I can only link back to one tag project (for this year, at any rate. I did make these cuties last year)? I think it's safe to say yes because I already love them and I already want to make more and my mind is already full of other ideas!
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's talk about these!
- cardstock and old book pages (I used a worn out dictionary)
- a glue stick
- a template or stencil for making a bunch of tag shapes (I don't recommend a die cutter for this project)
- rubber stamps and ink
- scissors, pencil, a hole punch, and a ruler
- twine or embroidery floss or maybe a super thin ribbon
The first thing I wanted to do was glue the dictionary pages to a firmer piece of cardstock. I wanted polain backs to the tags and obviously those kinds of pages need way more stability. If you trim the two pages down, they fit very well onto one sheet of cardstock. Just coat the cardstock in glue and place your pages, trimming off any excess. Let it dry and then trace your tags onto the paper. As I mentioned above, I don't recommend a die cutting machine for this. One: because of the glue. Why take the risk? Two: it is way easier to stamp onto a large sheet of paper then to try to hold down a little tag while you mess with a stamp.
Once you have all your tags traced out, now you can start stamping. What I love about this look is pretty much anything is going to look neat on this background. I went with a nautical theme, but I was just as likely to consider a botanical, Victorian, or even furniture theme. That makes these really easy to customize for the person getting the gift as well.
As I mentioned, I stamped before I cut them out. To give myself some direction, I ended up making little nautical themes:
And turned the other way:
The other thing that's great about this project is if your stamp skills are rather weak (like mine can be), all the writing sort of masks it. Now I will mention that certain images and colors show up better on the page than others. For example, the vibrant pink is a winner for me, but the green for the turtles weren't (even thought the ink looked bright on the pad). If you're nervous about the colors, a test swatch never hurt. I decided to just wing it. Also, unexpectedly to me, I liked stamps with some detail. The smaller octopus and the seahorses didn't have as many details and often work great on other projects, but didn't look as good to me on this one. It's all a matter of taste, though.
After they are all stamped, you can go ahead and cut them apart and punch your holes.
I decided I wanted to go a bit further and ink the edges of each stamp. All that means is holding the ink pad at a 45 degree angle to the paper and running the pad along the edge. If you want it to creep a bit more, use a short brushing motion. If you really want to age a tag, I suggest brown ink lightly brushed along the entire surface (in addition to the edging). You can add other embellishments as well, such as the sequins on the large seahorse.
Now just add your twine or ribbon and get to wrapping!
In case you're wondering, all stamps are Hero Arts, but the ink pads are various companies. And, though I'm sure you have no doubts, let me assure you that I had all the supplies, therefore staying true to my Just Stash January mission!
What other things would you stamp on the tags? Are there other kinds of pages you think would be really effective? Let me know in the comments!