Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner! I hope your August is starting out well and you’ve had some craft-tastic time’s so far!
I like to make my first project of the month a “kit only” project as much as possible, and this one is no different! I created these tags using a couple of basic (staple) items from my stash and the rest is all from the August Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club!
I used some corrugated cardboard for one of my tags, and some chipboard for the other. You can use a variety of items from the home to make your tag bases, such as cereal boxes and Styrofoam trays. (Just remember, Styrofoam isn’t going to be able to handle heat!) Check out my video to see how I put these tags together!
Now for a few close-ups:
Here you can see those beautiful pieces of Tres Jolie Chipboard that came in the kit this month! I just grabbed up my Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink to give them a little shine! I think a nice gold embossing powder is a good staple item to have in your stash, metallics go with all colors and styles and are great at adding a little extra “pop”! You can also see my white gesso splatters sprinkled about, adding a bit more of that shabby feel to these tags.
In the photos above you can see some more details. I used quite a few of my fussy cut pieces to create my clusters, and even cut apart one of the Prima stems to add some extra texture to my tags. It took me a long time to be able to cut apart pre-packaged embellishments, but now that I have become more comfortable with it, I have found it has led to more creativity because I look at items with a “how can I use this” mentality instead of a “how is this supposed to be used” one!
I have a $5 glue gun that has been working well for me for years now. I like to use a low-heat gun most of the time because it allows me to touch the items I’m working with (almost always paper!) and shape it! And that’s what I did for my butterflies and flowers—I shaped them around globs of hot glue!
Thank you for joining us here at Tres Jolie, I hope these tags inspired you and gave you some ideas of what you can do with the items found in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit! I’ll see you again next Thursday!
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My “staple” items: Prima/Finnabair Heavy White Gesso; Ranger “Gold” Embossing Powder; Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink; hot glue gun; Art Glitter Glue; chipboard; cardboard