GIU Day 1 – Tag I’m It…..

Happy Monday to all! I’m very excited to be a Growing In Unity gal this week and share my creations with you all. This week my goal is to share some of the various ways I use stamps to create gifts during the holiday season along with a few other fun ways I use my stamps. Those who follow along all week and comment daily on my posted will be entered in a chance to win one of two prizes. If for some reason you are unable to leave a comment on my blog please hop over to my facebook page and leave a comment on the daily post.

To start our week off I will be being with these fun wooden tags that can double as ornaments. These tags can be added to a nice bottle of wine as a thank you gift for a host or used on a gift bag. The recipient could then use the tag as a Christmas ornament. The below tags could always be changed up to be a birthday tag or a thank you tag too.

Starting out with plain wooden tags I picked up at Michaels’s craft store, I used some matte black chalk paint and painted the front & back of each tag. Once the tags were dry, I could start stamping on them.  To create the snow flake tags I used the Miracle of Nature background stamp. Positioning my tags on my stamp platform so I could stamp all of them at one time I secured them with my magnets so they would not slide, then place the back ground stamp on top of them. After closing the door to my platform so I could pick up the stamp, I inked the image with Alabaster White ink from Brutus Monroe. Using my heat gun, I set the ink on the tags without picking them up. Once the ink was set I used a nail file to go around the edges of each tag to add a rustic touch. To add a touch of color to one of my tags I used Prisma Colored pencils and colored over the with ink. From there I used various ribbons to dress up my tags.

Using most of the techniques above I created this cute little stocking tag below. To add color to this tag I used Gelly Roll glitter pens, then heat set the ink to prevent it from smearing. For the words Merry Christmas I stamped them in the white ink and then used lime green embossing powder to emboss the words, adding a little demission to the tag.

Who else buys pattern paper and then has no clue what to use it for. Below is a fun way to use some of your paper and even the scraps you may have sitting around leftover from other projects.

To create the heart shape tags and the none tag shaped tags I used chalk board tags I had picked up at the dollars store and paper from Unity’s paper packs (Rustic Textile, Coffee Lovers, and Fields of Summer). I started out by turning my patterned paper upside down and then laid my shape on top to trace. Once traced, I cut out the shape and glued it to the back side of my shape. Using a nail file, I lightly sanded around the shape to smooth out the sides and blend the paper to the wooden shape. To dress up the tags I used leftover scraps and sentiments I had on my work station. These tags are a great way of using up scrap paper.

Any of the tags I created today can be written on with chalk too and sealed to preserve it. I hope you enjoyed todays creations. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win at the end of the week.

Products Used

Unity Products 

Miracle of Nature – (BRM-005) Background Stamp

Felt Stocking – (IB-1058) Stamp

Rustic Textiles – Paper Pack

Coffee Lovers – Paper Pack

Fields of Summer – Paper Pack

Misc. Products

Alabaster White Ink – Brutus Monroe

Gelly Roll Pens

Tombow Mono adhesive

Glue Dots

Various ribbons

29 thoughts on “GIU Day 1 – Tag I’m It…..”

  1. Wow Heidi ~ You have started this week off at the TOP with all these super cute and USEFUL tags! I’d have a hard time picking just one ~ they are all adorable!

  2. Vannessa Osbourn

    These are awesome tags Heidi! I especially love the chalkboard ones with snowflakes. Great how you got four tags with one stamping!! Looking forward to your projects this week!

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