Tuesday with Tara {take 6}

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a rainy day for me here in North Carolina, so I’m hoping to squeeze in a bit of time in my creative studio getting inky & playing with my new Big Shot machine!  I’ve got some dies that need playing with… and I’m looking forward to sharing with you what I create in the near future 🙂

Today I want to share with you an answer to one of the questions I’ve gotten asked most often when I demo or teach TAG projects- what do you DO with them?  One thing I like to use tags for (besides being a great way to experiment with techniques and just hang on to as inspiration pieces!) is to use them as a focal point on a card.  The card today features what I consider a ‘standard’ #8 tag on a 5×7 card.  Add some ink and some washi tape and you’ve got an easy way to transform a tag into a great card!

My tag was created using a mix of scraps, stencils, embellishments & stamps that I combined to celebrate my Dad’s recent 60th birthday!  I won’t go into a lot of details about the tag, but I hope it shows you a fun way to take some bits & pieces and turn them into a cohesive piece!  The big number was stenciled, outlined and then Clear Distress Crackle Paint was painted over it for texture (you probably noticed by now that I love adding crackle to my projects!).  The idea-ology numbers were painted with a bit of Distress Paint to make them pop and add more color to the tag.  I used black & white elements like the stickers & washi tape in several spots to bring it all together!

To create the perfect card for my tag, I took my base card, which was white, and cut a 1″ strip from the front open edge.  This made my card front a perfect size for a tag to be centered on it!  I used an inking tool to apply Distress Ink around the edges of the card front (lay the card flat on your craft sheet to get good coverage on the open end of the card without getting ink on the inside of your card).  Because I had worked with a mix of Distress Ink & Paint on my tag, I chose to apply Distress Paint along the inside edge of the card, this is the part that shows since I cut that 1″ strip.  Once that was dry I applied a strip of washi tape beside it.  You can make your card look like a perfectly coordinated project by using colors and elements that are the same on the tag and the card base.

supplies used:

kraft #8 tag

crinkle ribbon, inked to match project

5×7 white card

paper trimmer

tim Holtz idea-ology alpha parts, newsprint

distress paint- twisted citron & antique linen

distress crackle paint

tim Holtz idea-ology big chat stickers & small talk stickers

tim Holtz numbers stencil ths020

hickory smoke distress ink & distress marker

mermaid lagoon distress ink

ink applicator tool

washi tape- black with white numbers

assorted scraps of paper from previous projects 🙂

riley the moose stamp


Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration!  If you’ve got a stash of tags you’ve made, why not pull them out and transform them into some quick cards!  Have a creative day!
Inky hugs,

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