Hello there, Michelle here sharing some basic tips on how you can get the most from your crafting supplies. I often use products as intended but it's so fun to look at them in different ways! Today, I have a tag to share with you and I'll show how you can easily add it to a handmade card if you want to.
Creating the focal point
I started off by creating my tag. I stamped the flowers from the Sweet Cluster Stamp Set onto Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock. I then colored it with Artist Alcohol Markers. I used Galactic Stream, Teal Cave, Aqualicious, and Dew Drops (from Water Garden Set G) for the flower petals. I used Honey Drizzle (from Sunshine Valley Garden Set F) and Vanilla Cream (from Water Garden Set G) for the centers. The leaves were colored with Mountain Pine, Shadow Creek, Grass Field, Firefly (from Sunshine Valley Garden Set F) and Frayed Leaf (from Cosmic Garden Set A).
This leads me to my first tip and that is to mix and match colors from different color families. That might sound silly but I often just stick to one when coloring. The image was die cut out using the Sweet Cluster Die Set and then I also cut another of the die from white cardstock (for the back).
The sentiment, from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set, was stamped onto black cardstock with Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was then cut into a strip. Check out the video for my tip for getting the most from your sentiment stamps!
Creating elements from other dies
The flower and sentiment were adhered to a Terrific Tag die-cut from Vellum Translucent Paper. I then wanted to create a tab for my tag but there is not one in the die set. There is, however, a sentiment strip type of die. I cut it twice from black cardstock with Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets on the back and placed them back to back, lining up the holes in the tag. I then cut it down and created my own tab for the tag!
Twine was tied through the tab and tied in a bow at the front. To finish off, I added a few Pocketful of Sunshine Enamel Dots. If you were keeping the tag as a stand-alone tag, you would want to finish off the back, so that you didn't see the adhesive. The extra die-cut flower cluster piece was added to the back to cover up the foam tape.
Adding the tag to a card
I love the look of tags on cards but sometimes they can look like they are simply stuck on top. To stop this from happening, I like to anchor the tag to the card in some way. I started off by taking an A2 black card base and scoring lines on the front using the Crafter's Essential Bone Folder and a score board. I find that this always adds subtle interest to a CAS card!
Using patterned paper as an embellishment
I took the Essential Black & White 6×6 Paper Pack and cut down one of the sheets into small strips. This was popped onto the card base, behind the tag, so that it anchored it to the card. Washi tape would be perfect for this too, but I have lots of patterned paper and it makes great use of it! I then finished off with an extra enamel dot and adhered the tag to the card with glue tape.
You can see how I created the tag and card in the video below or on YouTube.
I hope I have inspired you to look at your crafting supplies a little differently and get the most out of them! Thank you so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!