Saturday, December 14, 2019

Die-cuts, fussy cutting, and paper scraps = Beautiful Tag!

The Funkie Junkie Design Team has a special post for our regular Showcase Saturday series.  Sll og us have created a special tag and tutorial for you showcasing some of our favorite Funkie Junkie items.  Stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to see all the DT tags.


How to Make a Tag with Less Than Perfect Papers!

It's not that the papers aren't perfect, it's that I can't bear to throw a scrap away and this is how I use them.
  1. Use a Graphic 45 large ivory tag or recycle a large packaging tag as I did.  Sometimes the edging on the recycled tags looks fine but in this instance, I didn't like the look, so I just painted around the edge.
Assemble the pieces shown in the photo below:
  • Trim a cut-apart to about 3 1/8" x 4 3/4". (I used a scalloped die to cut mine).
  • Die-cut a frame that is approximately 4 1/2" x 6".
  • Fussy cut a bird and roses cluster as shown.
  • Use the Graphic 45 large tag die to cut a base for the tag.  Notice that my blue base has a hole in it and the top is missing.  Yep, I utilize EVERY scrap of paper.  The center is going to be covered so who cares if there's a hole in the middle.  And, my paper scrap wasn't long enough to cut the entire tag.  Soooo, no problem, I used the tag die to just cut the top portion and covered my tag with the two pieces.  (see the 2nd photo.)


  2.  Assemble the tag -
  • Glue a strip of beads at the bottom of the tag.
  • Then cover the base with the blue patterned paper and the separate pink top.
  • Pop up the die-cut frame and adhere about 1 1/2" from the bottom. Yes, I know the paper is upside down, but the die-cut at the bottom is a little messed up and that's not a problem because the bottom will be covered.  No one will notice that the paper is upside down after its all finished.



  • Pop up the Joeux Noel cut-apart and adhere over the center of the frame.
  • Pop up the fussy cut bird and place over the right side of the tag as shown in the photo.  Add some pretty flowers and a bow at the top.  
  • Tie a pretty Christmas tree charm to the bow.



Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas Deluxe Collector's Edition
Silver Tone Christmas Tree Charms - Set of 5Graphic 45 - Large Tag Album - Ivory
Burlap String - 12 Colors
Spellbinders Romantic Rose Spellbinders Romantic Rose (very similar to the frame die I used)


8 comments:

  1. I love this!!! I have used up my leftovers before by layering and love that you reminded me of this and in a gorgeous tag! Beautiful holiday tag and wonderful tutorial! Have a very happy holidays with your loved ones and a blessed New Year!

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  2. This is such an elegant tag and uses those leftover bits and pieces of paper to their best advantage. Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  3. Yep, I love using up my scraps as well. Maggie, do you happen to have a tutorial as to how you tied that fabulous bow that looks like it also came through the top hole somehow?

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    1. My little secret, :-) most of the time, I hot glue my bows onto my tags and if I need a string thru the tag, I thread one through before I hot glue the bow. I use a Zutter bow-it-all to make my bows and you can find some great bow making videos by looking for Bonnie Garby of Really Reasonable Ribbon on youTube. Occasionally, I actually do tie the bow onto the tag and when I do that, I form loops with a piece of ribbon and then with a separate piece of ribbon, I lash the looped ribbon onto the tag forming a bow. I hope that makes sense, not sure how to explain it.

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    2. Thanks so much Maggie, you explained it just fine!

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  4. Maggi, your leftovers turned into this fabulous Christmas 'dish'! I just love using bits and pieces that others might regard as trash and making them into something beautiful, and you have done just that with these scraps of gorgeous papers. I adore the bird/rose image, and the flowers and bow really bring this together so nicely. Great tutorial, too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  5. Great layering! Such fabulous tag from scraps!Love it!

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  6. Not a scrap wasted - I love this tag Maggi! No one would ever know that you cut around and covered the less than perfect bits to create a beautiful, perfect tag for the holidays. Thank you for sharing so many fabulous tips. Happy holidays! xx

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