Deco Delight: Tags & More 2 – Deco

November 2, 2014

By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Judi Kauffman is back with a batch of tags she calls Deco Delight, named after the new Elizabeth Craft Designs die set Tags & More 2 – Deco. Tell us more, Judi!

Thanks for inviting me back as today’s Guest Designer, Joset. Whenever I get on a roll in the studio I let projects take shape in my usual ‘By the Batch’ method. I’m madly in love with Tags & More 2 – Deco, so it was easy to keep going and going.

I started with the six tags that incorporate Kraft brown/dark brown 2-sided natural fiber cardstock – one with a pocket and five flat.






That led to a sheet of handmade paper and another pocket tag.



And that, in turn, led to the two tags that have more of a mixed media look (dark brown at the top, collage for the body of the tag, and dimensional flowers).





Here are some design strategies to help kick start your tag projects:

* Six inches is a nice length for tags; experiment to choose your favorite dimensions. Samples shown range from 5” to 6.25”.

* Cut a longer tag if you plan to make a fold-up pocket. The pocket can be straight across or die cut for a decorative shape.

* Use the small label-shape die to cut side pieces for the pockets. They are both decorative and functional. Folded in half over the side of the tag, these pieces help keep the pocket secured.

* Cut reinforcements, corners, and label shapes from Shimmer Sheetz that has been altered with alcohol inks for a mottled effect. Back with Elizabeth Craft Designs’ NEW Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet before die cutting and don’t forget to use the Metal Adaptor Plate! (The cutting side of the die faces the Adaptor Plate, Shimmer Sheetz is between the two – these layers go inside your machine’s cutting ‘sandwich’.)

* Embellish tags with a mix of:

a. Dimensional or flat elements like flowers, seashells or leaf peel-offs (on alcohol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz, patterned paper)

b. Die cut Shimmer Sheetz or cardstock flowers (with leafing flakes for subtle sparkle and pattern)

c. Pre-printed sentiments

d. Peel-off or die cut sentiments

e. Torn paper collage

f. Use reinforcement shapes as decorative elements (hearts on ‘Love’ tag).

g. Save the scraps – leftover circles from reinforcements work as corner elements (‘So Very Thankful’ tag with seashells), as well as for flower centers and more.

* Look for Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video about Tags & More die sets, coming soon, to learn more about how these amazingly versatile dies work! (Scroll back through the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog for more projects and tutorials featuring Tags & More.)


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

503 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheets

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

7018 Glitter Dots Peel-offs in assorted colors

Shimmer Sheetz in assorted colors

Peel-offs in various styles including 0437 Leaves, 2579 Crystal Flowers and 2575 Seashells

Dies in various styles including 730 Curvy Leaves, 729 Bunch of Flower 2 and 924 Crystal Flower Set 1

Other –

Jolie Collection die cut cardstock sentiments (Anna Griffin)

Leafing Flakes (IndigoBlu)

Alcohol inks in assorted colors, ink applicator tool (Ranger)

Cardstock, patterned paper, handmade paper

Foam dots

Adhesive-backed pearls and gems


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  • Reply Deeann Siler November 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Great tips…thank you! These are gorgeous…just stunning!!

  • Reply Bibi at Rubber Dance November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Gorgeous tags and many great ideas! Those tag die cuts are super cool!

  • Reply Nancy Walker November 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Great tag ideas, Judi! thanks for inspiring all of us.

  • Reply debbieg2014 November 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    these tags are gorgeous! thanks so much.

  • Reply Judi Kauffman November 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Many thanks – I’m so glad this batch of tags has been a hit! I ended my Sunday with another using Tags & More 2 – Deco, but this time two shades of pink and black, more feminine. I’ll share via the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page. Hard to stop (they’re like potato chips).

  • Reply Denise November 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I love the earthy tones you used. The metallic flakes are a nice addition. They really turned out nice.

  • Reply Candy Spiegel November 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I love the pocket!

  • Reply Debra Hensley November 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    What a great variety of fabulous ideas and techniques. Love your creativity, Judi!

  • Reply Melanie Kuzik November 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    So delightfully gorgeous and easy TFS

  • Reply Judi Kauffman November 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you for the enthusiastic and positive comments! And a big thank you to Joset for letting me put so many projects into one blog post – For anyone who has not tried leafing flakes: Die cut a flower from cardstock that has double sided adhesive sheet on one side, expose the adhesive and use leafing flakes instead of Silk Microfine glitter, polish with a finger and save the extra flakes… (SO EASY and so gorgeous – Els made that flower and gave it to me for a present, I added the pearl…).

  • Reply barb macaskill November 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    GORGEOUS! LOVE the tag dies and they really really really need to come live with me!! Thanks for the inspiration and for being an enabler! LOL

  • Reply clickityklak November 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Out of this world ideas ! ! ! Love every one of them & THANK YOU FOR SHARING ! ! !

  • Reply Karen Aicken November 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Such a great variety of tags. Thank you.

  • Reply Rita Edwards November 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    So many great ideas, Judi! What a pretty collection of tags.

  • Reply Louann November 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

    The fold over tags would work nicely for gift cards. Love the earthy colors and textures. Thanks, Judi for more beautiful inspiration.

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