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Got it tagged!

I am not good at coming up with original ideas creatively speaking but neither am I good at copying someone else’s work exactly! My ideas are sparked by seeing what other people have come up with and I take bits and add my own slant to it; I am so envious of those very creative people who help to inspire me and appreciate their generosity in showing their work and even, in some cases, doing step by step tutorials.

This tag box is one such sparked idea, I had seen variations of it on various blogs including the Splitcoast Stampers forum. Splitcoast Stampers have a huge resource section to glean lots of ideas from!

Box of tags

Box of tags

The box was made from sturdy cardstock and a piece of acetate saved from packaging material made a good box sleeve to keep the tags clean.

round tags

round tags

All the tags were created from scrap cardstock which was either cut into small tag shapes or punched with a circle punch. As most of the cardstock was either ivory or white, then various coloured inks were sponged on before stamping. The top right circle above was stamped with Versamark and white detail embossing powder added before heat embossing.

more round tags

more round tags

Rectangular tags

Rectangular tags

rounded corner tags

rounded corner tags

A great way to use up scraps of cardstock and try out some of those smaller stamps too! This box of gift tags will be going to a good home as a small present.

Thank you for looking x

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Use a highlighter!

Paula Whittaker , a very talented crafter wrote an article for Craft Stamper magazine (August issue) about a very simple but effective background for stamping over. For the background a highlighter pen is used – those pens used to highlight text on paper – other marker pens can be used for this effect too. The technique is so simple but I had never thought of it!

Highlighter pen background

This is a good way to use up all those offcuts of cardstock we seem to accumulate; I collected together predominantly white cs but also some cream cs. Colour over the whole piece with a highlighter pen or other marker pen such as Copic or Promarker, then swipe distress ink over the coloured section to tone down the pen. In my case I used Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; I was a little light handed with the distress ink over the majority of the piece but darkened the edges more. Use a selection of stamps – silhouette types seem to work well on these backgrounds.

On my base card I masked off an area and stamped some verse or used a script or music stamp through the mask and then adhered the finished piece of cardstock over the top of the script.

Love this technique, hope you have a go!

Thanks for looking x

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