Hi everyone, it's Audrey! Today I have some fall tags to share with you, featuring amazing new stamps and dies by Stephanie Barnard. These tags focus on Thanksgiving, with this adorable turkey image. I think these would be perfect for dressing up your holiday table or treat packaging this holiday season. But I'm also sharing ideas for using some awesome new basic shape dies that can be incorporated into your everyday crafting.
As a small shop owner, I use tags like these all the time on my packaging. I love giving my customers a little special surprise as a thank you for shopping with me. These little tags will be perfect for my November orders, and so much more. I think these would make adorable place settings for your Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe tie a tag onto a package of Thanksgiving leftovers you send home with your guests. So many fun ideas!
As you can see, I used both circle and rectangle shapes for my tags. And I created some dimensional frames from the dies, too. It's so easy to do when you have sets of nesting Framelits dies, like these new Dotted Circle and Dotted Rectangle sets from Stephanie Barnard. With multiple sizes available in each set, you have tons of options for projects of all shapes and sizes. I've got a quick tutorial for you, so let's take a closer look. Below are the supplies you'll need:
- Thanksgiving Turkey Framelits w/stamps
- Dotted Circle Framelits
- Dotted Rectangle Framelits
- Magnetic Platform
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Big Shot
Other Materials Used:
- Watercolor Cardstock
- Archival Ink
- Distress Ink
- Glossy Accents
- Watercolor Brush: Ranger
- Distress Cardstock: Core'dinations
- Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
- Twine: Maya Road
- Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh
To begin, select a shape for the base of your tag. For my example, I used the second largest circle from the Dotted Circle Framelits set. Die cut the shape from patterned paper or cardstock, whichever you prefer. For die cutting with Framelits and Thinlits dies, we recommend this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
Since I chose a thin patterned paper for my tag base, I recommend cutting the shape a second time from heavier cardstock, and adhering the two together for extra strength and stability.
To create the dimensional frame, select the next two smallest shapes, and nest them together, as shown. The magnetic platform will help keep the dies in place, but I recommend securing the two dies together with a piece of masking or washi tape, as well. This is so that you can keep the exact spacing between the dies, and die cut the frame a second time from a sheet of fun foam. But for now, die cut the frame ring from cardstock or patterned paper. After you die cut the cardstock, keep the two dies secured together with the tape.
And then die cut the ring a second time from a sheet of fun foam. Since you secured the two circle dies together in the last step, the fun foam ring should be the same exact size as your cardstock one.
Adhere the cardstock frame ring to the fun foam ring, and place it onto the center of your tag base. Die cut the smallest circle die one more time from plain cardstock, to place in the center of your frame. Check out the great dimension you get by elevating the frame with the fun foam. This would make a great shaker element, too.
Now that you have these great basic tag shapes with dimensional frames, you can decorate them any way that you wish. For my tags, I added some adorable turkeys from Stephanie's new Thanksgiving Turkey Framelits with Stamps set. And since I wanted to watercolor my turkeys, I stamped them in waterproof Archival ink onto watercolor paper, before die cutting them out with the matching Framelits die.
Color you images as you wish. I used Distress inks in a fall color palette for mine.
For a bit of extra detail and fun, I stamped the background of the tag with a sentiment stamp from the set, and stamped a thin banner strip with the sentiment, too. And then adhere the turkey to the center, applying adhesive only behind the body of the bird, leaving the wings free. I trimmed off the excess wing on one side of the shape, and left the other side overhanging.
Then simply adhere all the pieces together and top with the sentiment strips. Tie twine around the bottom of the strips, and embellish with sequins and maybe Glossy Accents for the beak and eyes.
To create the rectangular tag, simply follow all of the above steps using the Dotted Rectangle Framelits die set, instead of the Dotted Circle set.