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Recycled Card Fronts Make Beautiful Tags (Part 2)

Recycled Card Fronts Make Beautiful Tags (Part 1)

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today's post continues the how-to's for the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour made using the Christmas Collage stamp.  As I mentioned during the Tour, one of the traditions I grew up with was to make Christmas gift tags by cutting up Christmas card fronts from the previous year's cards.  My mother challenged my sisters and I to find as many tags from one card front as possible.  Looking at the card front in the previous post, I identified five areas for tags.  Today we'll talk about the first two.

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As a refresher, here is how the cardstock for the card front was prepared (the stamping and coloring of the glossy white cardstock):

1.  Lay the stamp on its wooden "back" and tap the Basic Black ink pad to the rubber to completely ink the image

2.  Place glossy white cardstock face down on top of the inked image and roll a hard rubber brayer over the cardstock to ensure that the ink is completely transferred to the cardstock

3.  Add color to selected images with a blender pen and Classic inks (using the "squish the ink pad lid to the felt" method and picking up the ink left on the lid with the blender pen).  Here are the colors I used for today's featured tags:

Joy:  Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries, and the stripes and dots on the bells; More Mustard for the bells; Not Quite Navy for the ribbon

Silent Night:  Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries

Tag #1

Tag Front:  Cut a 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" rectangle around Joy, round the corners using the corner rounder and sponge the edges of the rectangle with Always Artichoke ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the rectangle and place on a 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (also with corners rounded and edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Always Artichoke cardstock and place, centered, on a 2 1/2" x 2" rectangle of Real Red Textured cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).

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Tag Back:  Ink holly branch (Bells & Boughs) with Always Artichoke ink and stamp on a scrap piece of paper and then across a 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock (stamping off method).  Stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) on the left center of the Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink.  Round the corners of the Whisper White cardstock and sponge edges with Always Artichoke ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Whisper White cardstock and place on a 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (also with corners rounded and edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Always Artichoke cardstock and place, centered, on a 2 1/2" x 2" rectangle of Real Red Textured cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).  Apply a Stampin' Dimensional to each corner on the back of the Real Red Textured cardstock.  Place a piece of Sticky Strip vertically (the 2" height) along the center back of the Real Red Textured cardstock.  Fold a 15" piece of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and knot at approximately 3" from the fold.  Place the tag back face down on the tabletop ensuring that the bottom edges is closest to you.  Remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover and place the ribbon knot just above the top center edge of the tag back.  Smooth the ribbon ends down over the Sticky Strip with the ribbon ends slightly apart.  Remove the Stampin' Dimensional adhesive covers and place the tag front over the tag back (back sides together) aligning the edges of the Real Red Textured cardstock and ensuring the top edges are together before pressing both sides together.  Trim the hanging ends of the ribbon to the desired length with Paper Snips.

Tag #2

Tag Front:  Cut a 3 7/8" x 1 3/4" rectangle around Silent Night, round the corners using the corner rounder and sponge the edges of the rectangle with Real Red ink.  Wrap a piece of Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon around the cardstock approximately 3/4" from the bottom edge of the cardstock (to cover the words from A Merry Christmas but leaving the flourishes exposed) and knot on front.  Trim the ribbon ends with Paper Snips.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the rectangle and place on a 4 1/8" x 2" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Basic Black cardstock and place, centered, on a 4 1/4" x 2 1/8" rectangle of Real Red cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).

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Tag Back:  Ink holly branch (Bells & Boughs) with Always Artichoke ink and stamp on a scrap piece of paper and then across the right side of a 3 7/8" x 1 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock (stamping off method).  Stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) on the left center of the Whisper White cardstock using Always Artichoke ink.  Round the corners of the Whisper White cardstock and sponge the edges with Real Red ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Whisper White cardstock and place on a 4 1/8" x 2" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Basic Black cardstock and place, centered, on a 4 1/4" x 2 1/8" rectangle of Real Red cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).  Place the front and back tags together back-to-back ensuring that the top edges are matching (note that the To/From is the top edge for the tag back) and use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole in the tags (upper left corner of the tag front).  Place the tag back face down on the tabletop.  Apply Sticky Strip next to all of the edges.  Remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover from the bottom edge of the tag.  Place a sliver of Sticky Strip on the end of the ribbon (still on the ribbon roll) and fold the edge over to cover the Sticky Strip.  Place 1/4" of one edge of ribbon along the top edge of the Sticky Strip near the center of the tag bottom and press in place with fingertip.  Fold approximately 1/8" of the ribbon above the Sticky Strip and then press 1/4" of ribbon into the Sticky Strip.  Repeat this process to the corner.  At the corner, place a sliver of Sticky Strip on top of the ribbon pressed to the tag at the corner and fold the ribbon over the Sticky Strip at an angle to make the rounded corner of ribbon.  Then remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover for the next side and continue the pressing and folding process (with corners as required) until the ribbon is applied around all tag edges.  Overlap the beginning point of the ribbon by 1/2" by using slivers of Sticky Strip over the existing ribbon.  Cut the ribbon from the roll and place a sliver of Sticky Strip on the end of the ribbon and fold the end over to cover the Sticky Strip to hold the end in place on the tag.  Place six Stampin' Dimensionals around the interior of the tag back.  Remove the Stampin' Dimensional adhesive covers and press the tag front in place (the tags are back-to-back) taking care to line up the 1/8" hole and ensuring that the cardstock edges are aligned.  Thread 8" of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon through the 1/8" holes and fold in half with the fold in the punched holes.  Knot ribbon approximately 1" from the ribbon ends.  Trim the ribbon ends with Paper Snips.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  In my next blog post we'll look at the remaining three tags from the Christmas Collage card front.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Peaceful Season; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Glossy White, Real Red Textured; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon, Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Sponge, Crop-A-Dile (1/8" hole punch), 3/16" corner rounder

 

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Yapha

So clever!! What a great idea!

Debra Burgin

I love how vibrant these tags are. I'll admit that I'm intimidated by that ruffle, however!

Adriana B

Very pretty! And a great use of past greeting cards!

Cindy E.

WHERE is the start/end seam on that ribbon? You hid it really well!

Jennifer Weide

Gorgeous!!

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Very pretty and a great idea!

Tanya Boser

Such gorgeous tags! These would make a gift really special :) That ruffle is amazing!

Tanya Boser

Such gorgeous tags! These would make a gift really special :) That ruffle is amazing!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Great idea! We did the same thing as I grew up!

Shelley

Lovely tags! Very creative to look outside the box!

Diane Simpers

Very creative! Love your ideas!
Diane

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