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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Six Ideas for Making Tags

There are times when you need a tag, rather than a card. There is no need for those occasions to be littered with unsightly and boring tags. Tags can be made and decorated in a matter of minutes. As a matter of fact, making today's 6 widely different options took me only about half an hour for the lot. I use different mediums and techniques to make these tags, once again attempting to inspire you to explore your own creativity, rather than simply copying what I did.


There are a number of die-cut machines on the market with which to cut tags. You can also use a punch, as I do, or you can trace a tag from a template/stencil and cut it out. Or perhaps you opt for buying a set of plain tags and decorating them yourself. The options are certainly plentiful. I used my punch and some off-cut paper I had left over from cutting frames for a scrapbooking project.


I will be showing you six different ideas, rather than creating a set of six tags.


Tag 1
For this label I need an ink pad and a stencil. This is actually one from the kitchen, intended for making pretty pictures on the thick froth of a specialty coffee, but it works well in the craft room as well.


I turn the ink pad upside down and press it onto the stencil.


I then use an earbud, which I dab onto the ink pad, to get into the small nooks that I could not reach otherwise.


Carefully lift the stencil away and wipe with a damp towel to clean it.


I then use a fine-liner fiber tipped pen to draw a frame around the tag.


Tag 2
I use the ink pad again, but this time with some stamps, which is perhaps more traditional.


Normally I would mount the clear stamp on its base, but this time I refrain from doing so as I want you to be able to see more clearly what I did. Note how the strawberry on top of the cupcake rests on the red cushion, the icing on the pink and the wrapper on the orange. I positioned it this carefully on purpose.


When I now press the stamp down on the paper, it gives a much more appealing finish, because I was careful in selecting the colors.


I added a second stamp, using the same technique.


This time my 'frame' does not go all the way around the tag, but it rather accentuates it.


Tag 3
For the third tag, I draw a rather silly cock with a pencil.


I then use a Black Posca Marker with a brush tip to redraw the pencil lines.


Then I color the drawing very loosely with Derwent Inktense pencils.


Finally I paint the pencils to bring out their natural bright colors, using a Pentel Aquash Brush.


Sitting back I realize that the drawing seems to be floating. I add some corn on the ground with a Black Fine-Liner fibre tipped pen to anchor the drawing to the ground.


Tag 4
I use yet another stencil in this tag, but this time I fill it in with a thick layer of Dala Fabric Liner. Be very careful when lifting the stencil away, as the thick paint can easily smudge. Wipe the stencil clean with a damp cloth.


While the paint is still wet, I use the point of a palette knife to draw quick lines through it. This gives it a more edgy finish.


In my final step, I spray Dala Fabric Spray onto the tag and set it aside to dry.


Tag 5
This time I use three rolls of Washi Tape and stick this onto the tag.


I turn the tag over and use the guidelines at the back to crop the tape.


Done!


Tag 6
I use another one of those kitchen stencils on this tag.


This time I use my Sharpie markers to color the stencil. I carefully get my Brown in place.


This is followed by Pink. Pay attention to the directional coloring.


I then lift the stencil away and add a few more lines, completely changing the original design from a blotch to a ballerina!


This one is a great take on alternative art, don't you think?


And there you have it. Six widely different tags in the blink of an eye. I bet everyone has a favorite here. Which one is yours?


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