Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tag! You're It!

During November I always do a lot of baking and gifting.  To make even simple muffins look festive, I believe the secret is in the packaging.  Ben Franklin Crafts has so many seasonal and regular cello bags, ribbons, and paper crinkles to choose from that jazzing up your baked goods is easy.  Of course, I like to make beautiful tags to add to the packaging so I can include a sentiment/recipe/ingredients.  
Tags are a great way to use up scrap paper (gosh I have a lot) and test out new techniques/tools/materials.
Here's a close-up of a new product  (purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts) Mica Fragments (Stampendous) which I used to add a soft shimmer to the leaf.  I think this product (5 types in the package) adds an interesting look to dark paper. I first rubbed ordinary stick glue to the punched out cardstock leaf and then applied the mica powder.  To get it to adhere well, I rubbed it in and then sanded it a bit to bring out the paper texture and make it look less shiny.  Finally the leaf veins were scratched in with a sharp needle point. The edges of this tag were rubbed with the paste paint (Metallic Lustre), which is a super product for many surfaces, sold at BFC.
Of course this is my favorite kind of tag because it has a photo (my son in small kid days) on it.  Making photo tags and wrapping them around holiday napkins makes a good place card and it doubles as a favor.
This tag was cut with a Tim Holtz die (from BFC) and aged with TH Distress Stain.  The artificial leaf was taken from a garland and enhanced with Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post.  I hope it's been an enjoyable experience.  If you have the time, I'd appreciate a comment from you.  It's always good to know there are blogland readers visiting. Okay, "Tag, you're it!" .......your turn to make and show your tags. LOL!

7 comments:

Cheryl Alipio said...

Your tags look great!

Creations by Shirl said...

Oh my you are awesome! It's nothing like homestyle baking and sharing them during the festive holidays. Love the packaging, and your wonderful tags.. Great showcasing on the items you detailed them with. Enjoy your happy day~

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

I agree that packaging can make a simple thing look fabulous. You did a super job with the Mica Fragments on the leaf. Very nice projects. TFS

eva said...

what great tags! i love how you use so many fun elements. i really should try experimenting more with all the new products i see out there.

Niki G said...

Ooo this mica fragments medium looks soooo cool! Great tags and love the photo one...cute!

eunice said...

I am in total awe of your fabulous fall themed tags! Thanks for sharing the deets on how you created each beautiful tag...definitely will have to look for the mica fragments and Metallic Lustre paint on my next trip to BF...

Leanne said...

HI Lynn!!
Your tags and packaging are awesome! I always forget about the scrap papers. These are all fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much for all your kind words. If you don't find the burlap paper let me know I can send you some.
:)