Tags, Tags, Tags

November 27, 2014

Guest Designer Judi Kauffman is back with some Tags & More projects for Turkey Day (or, for those of us who aren’t celebrating a holiday, for a good old Thursday!).

Tag 1A

Tag 2A

Tags, Tags, Tags

By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Thanks, Joset. I’m glad to be back. I thought that on a busy day like today it might be fun to just do “show and tell”. Instead of providing instructions, I want to invite everyone to look at the pictures as a source of inspiration. I used Tags & More 1 – Lace and Tags & More 2 – Deco die sets as the starting point.

Tag B1

Tag B2

Next time you get an interesting mailing envelope, hold onto it and create some mixed media collage tags. Die cut the basic tag shapes. Stamp on them with vintage business stamps, staple flat pieces to the surface, add dimensional elements (bird shaped beads, spiral paper clips), pile on the peel-offs (seashells), or pierce holes and use needle and cord to sew things in place (feather charms).


Tag C2

Get out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Offs! Cut tags to a length that looks good with the Peel-Offs. Mixed Media tags are 6.5” long; the Christmas ornament tag is 5”.


(Design Strategies to Use on Your Tags)

Stained Glass – 

The stained glass effect on the seashells was created with alcohol inks on White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Pull an almost-dry ink applicator tool lengthwise to create the streaks. Position the peel-off so the streaks run in the same direction as the shape of the seashell (lengthwise).

Reinforcements and Decorative Corners – 

Vary the shape of the tag reinforcement and decorative corner pieces to suit the project. Each Tags & More die set offers three reinforcements and four corner options. For example: Hexagons create the look of hardware on the mixed media tags.

Mix Shiny and Matte Elements –

Shimmer Sheetz, staples, sparkly mesh, beads and charms, and Glitter Dots Peel-Offs are all shiny, while the envelope, cardstock, stamped words, and Velvet Adhesive Sheet (die cut for the word Peace) are matte finish.

Embrace the Torn Edges – 

For the mixed media tags allow the torn edges and some of the graphics and printed text from the mailing envelope to remain prominent. You’ll find a torn edge, arrows and the words PRESS FIRMLY running lengthwise along the right side of the tag with feather charms; the torn edge goes across the bottom of the seashell tag.

Die Cutting – 

Back the Shimmer Sheetz with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet before die cutting. Use the metal adaptor plate inside your machine’s die cutting “sandwich” as follows: Metal plate, Shimmer Sheetz with altered side facing UP, the die with cutting side facing DOWN toward the metal plate.

Time to Tie – 

Choose ribbon or twine to coordinate with the tag. Quarter- or eighth-inch ribbons are both a good fit.


Add to an art journal
Use on a gift
Send as a card
Hang as a decoration


Elizabeth Craft Designs –
951 Tags & More 1 – Lace
952 – Tags & More 2 – Deco
2575 Seashells Peel-Offs in Black
2573 Round Ornaments Peel-Offs in Gold
7018 Glitter Dots Peel-Offs in Red/Gold and Gold/Silver
503 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheets
Shimmer Sheetz (alcohol ink altered – any color)
Adhesive Velvet Sheets scraps (shown: Red and Black)
Any choice of Border Peel-Offs in Gold (for lines above ornaments)
Die in greeting of choice (shown: 750 Peace)
803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other –
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (idea-ology); Twine; 1/4” ribbon; Cardstock in White; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and ink applicator tool (Ranger); Vintage business stamps; stamping inks in colors of choice; Spiral paper clips; Charms, beads

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  • Mary Prasad December 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Love the tags! I especially like the one with the metal charm embellishments. So cool!

  • Kelly Booth November 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

    So Fun Judi!

  • Judi Kauffman November 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks, Candy. My favorite detail is the little sliver of Shimmer Sheetz I couldn’t resist adding down the side of the tag with ragged long edge.

  • Edwards Design November 29, 2014 at 12:32 am

    As always, lovely ideas!

    • Judi Kauffman November 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Rita.

  • Candy Spiegel November 28, 2014 at 4:59 am

    These are really pretty. I love all of the details.

  • Raquel Mason November 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Love the realistic look on the seashells. Great tags Judi!

    • Judi Kauffman November 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      White iridescent Shimmer Sheetz looks a lot like a shell if it’s toned down just a bit with the alcohol inks, Raquel. Streaking the inks instead of dabbing them on is what gives that effect. I hope you’ll give it a try!

  • Judi Kauffman November 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you. I am now on the lookout for other envelopes to re-purpose.

  • Debra Hensley November 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

    So much great information and ideas. So beautiful!

  • paulaj November 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Fun ideas! Beautiful projects as always.

    • Judi Kauffman November 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you!

  • Melanie Kuzik November 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

    love the tags

    • Judi Kauffman November 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you, Melanie. I hope you’ll make some! The mixed media tags are a good way to recycle. I already have some in the works that are made almost entirely of canceled postage stamps.

  • Louann November 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Fun tags. I love the look you got on the shells, very realistic. The vintage business stamps are an unexpected addition. Thanks for sharing, there are so many good ideas here, as usual.

    • Judi Kauffman November 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, Lou Ann. I really had a good time streaking inks onto Shimmer Sheetz to get that stained glass effect and then figuring out where to position the shell peel-offs.

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