Pop-Up Tag!

Ever since I received the Scallop Pop-Up die by Karen Burniston, I've been more than a little obsessed with it. I have loved interactive cards since I was a kid, there is just something fascinating about them! When I was tidying up my work table recently, I spotted a tag and the wheels started turning...

Why not make a pop-up tag?! By combining the pop-up die with Tim Holtz' Tag and Bookplates die, you can elevate a simple file folder to a fantastic, one-of-a-kind interactive tag. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and are inspired to make your own!

Begin by cutting a strip from a manila file folder just a bit wider than the tag shape on the die. Don't worry about the length - if it's a standard size file folder it will be long enough.

Next, place the piece over the tag opening on the die, making sure your piece covers the entire tag area. Align the folded portion with the top of the tag and then slide it down about 1/16th of an inch from the edge. You want this fold to stay intact while die-cutting. To keep it from shifting, you can hold it in place with a little strip of Tissue Tape. Die-cut using desired machine.

Ta da! You've just cut a folded tag. How easy was that? Now we can get to the fun part!

Open the tag and insert it into the Texture Fade as shown. Emboss it, then slide the folder down and emboss the bottom half.

Using desired inks, color the front of your tag.

Open tag and ink the top and bottom portions. Stamp the bottom portion with Jet Black Archival ink using the Clockwork stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Remnants set. Set tag aside.

Now, we're going to make a little embossed label for the front. Die-cut a piece of chipboard using the Mini Baroque Movers and Shapers die with the Movers and Shapers Base Tray.

Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut the ends off as shown.

Ink piece using Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. Use a heat gun to completely dry the ink.

Next, stamp sentiment using Black Soot Distress ink. Cover with black embossing powder, tap off excess, and emboss with heat tool. Let cool.

When cool, cover entire surface with Distress Embossing Ink.

Cover inked piece with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). You don't need a small mountain like I have here - I got a little carried away taking my 'action' shot. ;-)

Tap off excess powder and melt using heat tool. Be very careful! UTEE gets very hot and can burn you! If desired, you can add another layer of UTEE by applying more ink to the cooled piece and repeating the process. When finished, set aside to cool.

Now let's make a little foil trim! Take a strip of cardstock and cover with foil tape. Using the Vintage Lace die, cut two strips the width of the tag. To save on foil, I try to cut my pieces down to the size of the lace shape I want. You can use a larger piece if desired.

Adhere the sentiment piece to the front of the tag using a strong adhesive. Glue a Pen Nib to the bottom of the label. Place a piece of Tissue Tape along the bottom of the tag. Attach the foil piece on top as shown. Screw a Hitch Fastener to the center (this photo shows the fastener sitting on the tag, before I attached it). To cover the hole at the top, cut a reinforcer from chipboard using the Tag and Bookplates die. Ink and emboss with UTEE and then adhere.

Now it's time to work on the inside of our tag. Using Jet Black Archival ink, stamp subway sign image onto white cardstock and trim. Ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.

Using the Scallop Pop-Up die, cut one piece from acetate.

Adhere the stamped panel to the top inside of the tag. Following the directions here, fold the pop-up piece and adhere to the tag as shown. The pop-up piece is a little larger than the tag, so you will have to trim off the sides just a bit.

Cut a length of black elastic cording and attach to the bottom back of the tag using the Tiny Attacher. This will be your closure.

Stamp the sentiment as shown, and adhere the foil trim to the bottom, covering the staples from the other side.

We're almost done! Yay! Using Jet Black Archival ink, stamp hot air balloon onto watercolor paper.

Trim closely and color using Distress Reinkers and a water brush.

Using a strong adhesive tape, attach the balloon to the upper tab of the pop-up. Make sure you test fit this first! You want to make sure the top of the balloon doesn't extend past the bottom of the tag when it's closed. I had to cut off the top point of the balloon and the little sandbags to get it to fit properly.
Finally, stamp the air mail image and attach it to the bottom tab. That's it! You're done! How fun was that?
Close your tag and secure by hooking the elastic around the Hitch Fastener. Now it's ready to give to someone special! There are infinite ways you could customize this tag - different images, sentiments, etc. You could even use it as a gift card holder by attaching one to the bottom or top tab.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Don't blame me if you become just a bit obsessed and start dreaming of pop-ups - they're too much fun!
misc. supplies: Chipboard, Manila File Folder, Watercolor Paper, Acetate, Elastic Cording

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