Sunday, February 2, 2014

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments tag and tute!

Hi there!  Here's a quick Valentine's tag you can make to attach to a gift or simply give as a valentine to a special someone.  I've used Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments collection which has such gorgeous Valentine images!

You can see how the layers are popped up in this close up view.

Steps to make this tag:

1.  Cut out the following pieces:
     base tag - 3.5" x 10"  from Spring Has Sprung 4500806
     2 floral border strips, 2.5" long, Spring Has Sprung 4500806
     Cut Apart cupid picture from Be My Valentine 4500802
     "Be My Valentine" tag from Be My Valentine 4500802
     Fussy cut cupid from Sweet Sentiments 4500800
     Small stamp from Spring has Spring 4500806
2.  I wanted to tone down the color on the base tag so I misted it with Mister Huey opaque white.  Then I sprayed on a little Heidi Swapp Georgia Peach mist.  You can skip this step if you wish since most of the tag is going to be covered anyway!

3.  Adhere the floral strips to the tag, on either side of the center hole.  I originally was going to have just the one strip you see in the photo but after I finished the tag I decided it needed on on both sides!

4.  Glue some small lace all around the cut-apart "Be My Valentine" cupid.  I used a heart lace from Hobby Lobby.

5.  Now to give the tag some dimension, let's pop up some of our layers.  You can use pop dots, foam squares or tape.  Notice that I have used cardboard under the cut-apart.    I love using cardboard because you don't have to worry about sag like you do with popdots and I like that I am recycling.

6.  Now adhere the cut-apart about 2.25" down from the top of the tag to the top of the cut-apart (not the lace).

7.  Adhere the Be My Valentine sentiment to the bottom of the tag.

8.  Now it's time to position the fussy cut cupid.   I had to figure out exactly where the cupid was going before adding foam tape to pop him up.  Then I put one of the little stamps in his hand as if he is holding out a valentine.  Originally I had fussy cut some flowers but decided I liked the little stamp better.

9.  Add some flowers, greenery and a ribbon at the top and you're done!  I made the flowers using McGill's Floriano punch but commercial flowers would work just as well.  Petaloo's Mixed Textures Blossoms in Apricot go very nicely with these papers.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I've got a French Country Banner coming up on Saturday and on Sunday I will be sharing a build a page tutorial, hope you'll come check them out!


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