Have you all gotten your hands on the new Cityscape dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix yet? What a FUN collection this is! And so versatile, too! I can really see these images being used on travel projects and art journals, or friendship cards and birthday cards for that special little boy. And let's not forget about gift tags for that new baby boy. How perfect would that be?
I no longer have any little boys in my house who like to play with cars and trains and planes, but I do have a great big boy... a senior in college.... who I know will get a kick out of these fun and retro tags dressing up his birthday packages this year. If I can bare to part with them, that is! I love how these turned out! So detailed and so intricate, and just the most fun to piece together.
I've got all the steps used to make these tags to share with you, so let's take a closer look.
Start with a set of #5 manila craft tags, or die cut some tags yourself from one of Sizzix's many tag set options. I love the size of the #5 tags for this particular project, as they are a perfect fit for the Cityscape buildings. Next, die cut a set of round tags from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper using the largest round tag from the Tags Framelits w/Stamps die set. Ink the top 3/4 of the large tags with Broken China Distress Oxide ink, and the bottom 1/4 with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide. Ink the round tags with a light coat of the Broken China Oxide.
Die cut a variety of word sentiments from the new Traveler Words, Thin Thinlits die set from sanded Distress cardstock. Remove the letters from the word strips, and set the strips aside for another project. Adhere the letters to the bottom of the tags using liquid glue.
Now have fun die cutting images from the new Cityscape Suburbia and Cityscape Commute sets from a variety of sanded Distress cardstock colors. These sets has the most intricate and detailed little pieces, making these images so fun and easy to layer and stack with multiple colors. I recommend sanding your cardstock pieces before die cutting, and added a bit of brown Distress Ink to the edges of the finished creations for a time-worn shabby look.
For die cutting with the Thinlits and Framelits dies used in today's project, use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad. Run this sandwich through your Big Shot or Vagabond die cutting machine.
Cut a thin strip of cardstock to adhere above the sentiment. This adds a little separation between elements, and grounds the buildings to the tags. Paper piece the images using liquid glue. Add foam adhesive behind the houses and planes to add dimension to the project. Adhere the round tags on an angle at the top of the larger tags. Then go ahead and add all your buildings and planes. I used the helicopter, too, but adhered it flat to the round tag since the propeller is too small for foam.
I decided to add a matching hole reinforcer to the top of the tags, die cut using the Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelits die set.
And finally, add ribbon to the top of the tags.
Aren't they fun? Such amazing detail on these dies, and there are SO many different images in each set that I hardly scratched the surface of the designs you can create with them. Love how the circle tags remind me of the sun (or moon) up in the sky. Great for calling attention to the transportation images above. So, what will you do with these awesome new Cityscape dies? Can't wait to see!
- Tags Framelits Die Set 9PK w/ Stamps
- Tag Collection Framelits Die Set
- Cityscape, Suburbia Thinlits Die Set
- Cityscape, Commute Thinlits Die Set
- Traveler Words Thinlits Die Set
- Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
- Magnetic Platform
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Accessory- Die Pick
Other Materials Used:
- Coordinations Distress Cardstock
- Ranger Mixed Media Heavystock Paper
- Ranger #5 Manila Tags
- Ranger Distress Ink- Broken China Oxide, Cracked Pistachio Oxide, Brushed Corduroy
- Stamper's Anonymous Layering Stencils- Tim Holtz Latticework, Tim Holtz Dot Fade
- Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Stampin'Up Ribbon
- May Arts Twine