Shabby Chic tag cards

Shabby chic tag card

Today I have a couple of cards which developed as I stamped; I had a rough idea how I would do the tag above but nothing more than that. Once the first tag was finished I wanted to try the same technique with another text stamp. When both were finished I played around with layouts for quite a while before I settled on the ones you see here.

To create the tags I stamped the Dots in space background stamp then sponged three colours over most of the tag. Each tag has a branch motif which I stamped in brown tones first then black. The text stamps have an out of focus look intentionally; I stamped them first in Potter’s Clay then again in black but slightly offset from the first impression.

Both the tags were designed to feature but needed to be grounded on the card bases so I picked out a background stamp and an embossing folder. To ground the tag above I stamped part of  the background stamp Indian Wheel in Wheat versamagic then embossed in clear powder before sponging the perimeter of the ivory panel in Memento Potter’s Clay. The tag below is grounded on the card base by an embossed panel created using a  cuttlebug embossing folder which I sponged over lightly.

Shabby chic tag card

I do make tags from time to time but I rarely put a tag on a gift; I usually add a card in an envelope to a gift so these tags are more likely to get given this way than if they had remained as tags. What about you,do you make tags? Do you use them?


Stamps:  Love ChapterFriendship, Dots in SpaceIndian Wheel,  Tweet Tweet (PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s Clay, Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, Angel Pink & Versafine Onyx Black & Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Mix & Match Grand Canyon
Also: Cuttlebug Folder Textile Texture, black ribbon, black twine

10 Comments on “Shabby Chic tag cards”

  1. Dianne says:

    The tags are beautiful, and look great on the cards, I don’t make tags often but I do like them, Thanks for sharing Heather and always inspiring me, have a great weekend..

  2. KatieP says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing then thoughts behind the process.

  3. Pitchoune57 says:

    beautiful tags, I use tags a lot ,bye from France,

  4. Jan Castle says:

    I hardly ever make tags….but, do like what you have done by adding to a card to ground it….may try a few tags now that I like your look! Thanks for the inspiration Heather!!!

  5. Mary H. says:

    I’m another ‘non-tag maker’ but I really like how you did the processes here. Your Dot Stamp is really getting a great workout, and it’s so versatile. Thanks for the how-to’s. Liked both of these cards…good idea to use the tag as a focal point on your cards. TFS

  6. Sally H says:

    These are gorgeous, Heather. I used to make lots of tags, and I still have them! I think this would be a brilliant way of giving them new life. Thanks for the inspiration

  7. Pamela G says:

    I really love these vintage-look tags and, although I rarely make tags, you have inspired me to experiment. Many thanks for sharing your inspiration and your stylish work.

  8. JayNine says:

    These are absolutely beautiful … I don’t have time to make my own tags but when it’s a special birthday or Christmas gift, I do use them! These are amazing thanks for the share!

  9. Lindsey says:

    These are beautiful, Heather! I make a ton of tags at Christmas, the one time of the year I will tag gifts rather than, as you say, put a card with them. I also sometimes make wine bottle tags to use if we’re bring a bottle when visiting friends.
    I understand another winter storm may be heading your way; we can only hope it’s the last!

  10. yiming says:

    Awesome cards! I really like the second card base, the lightly sponged embossed pattern. Could you tell me what kind of sponge you used to create this amazing card please? Thank you! You are so talented!

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