Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What to do with all of those tags?

It's fun to create artwork on manila tags. The stock is durable and such a pretty shade of ivory. They're small-ish, smooth and take well to paint, watercolors, inks, stamps.

They're great for demos at trade shows.

After a season at various Scrapbook Expos throughout the Midwest, I have quite a pile 'o tags! Many of them had artwork created with the Spring Chorus stencils and the WOW Spring Unmounted Stamps along with Gelatos and Big Brush Markers from Faber-Castell.

I spent a little bit of time on Saturday morning sifting through the tags and stamping them with a quote from the upcoming Fire & Ice unmounted stamp collection. (Spoiler alert!)

Then today, in a whirlwind ninety-minute card-making frenzy, I managed to complete a nice stack of beautiful "A2" cards.

Here's how:
1. Trim the tags horizontally at 5.5" and vertically at 3". (This will take off the reinforced hole at the top.)
2. Prep a coordinating stack of 5.5x8.5" scored and folded card bases.
3. Trim a complementary matte for the tags to 3.25x5.5". 
4. Add a simple embellishment from your stash to each card, if you're in the mood.
5. Hand the cards to Kay Williamson and say, "Hey, can you take a few pictures of these?"

Well, you can skip step five. 

But I needed to do that step so you could enjoy the results! I had two batches of cards in two color schemes.

I diverted from the pattern listed in the steps above on this one . . .

And there 'ya have it. Twelve cards in 90 minutes combined with a few days of playtime. I still have about 200 tags to go. But now that I have a system . . . 

I hope your week is splendidly creative!


  1. Beautiful and I love this idea!!

  2. Wonderful idea and the cards are beautiful!

  3. Excellent--just what I needed! I have to say, can't wait for those sentiment stamps... they're finally some that I can use for my particular situation! And LOVE those quick-and-easy cards...

  4. Gorgeous! Great use for the tags, and the cards seem so easy to put together. Another dose of inspiration from Tricia!

  5. They are all so pretty!

  6. Tricia, these are fabulous! Love how you turned simply beautiful tags and turned them into something even more impressive! Great job!

  7. Wonderful! I love how you turned tags into cards.

  8. Tricia, these turned out so great! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  9. Wow Tricia - I don't have as many tags as you, but I'll definitely be pulling them out. And just maybe playing with a few more - LOL


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