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 –
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
Adhesive-backed pearls and gems