Saturday, January 17, 2004

Project - Remember Your Night on the Town with a Paper Tag

Wouldn’t it be great to lend your card making talents to something practical and fun? Try Tag Art. Turn boring paper hang tags into the perfect hand-crafted masterpiece or embellishment.

For random acts of kindness, artistic tags are both gift tags and greeting cards in one! Tag Art is also used for altered books, bookmarks, scrapbooks or just for collecting and trading.

If you're into miniature art, you'll love this craft. Tag Art incorporates supplies you have already and you can complete a tag or two during your favorite TV program.

I created three different artistic tags, using a variety of materials. Links to the other two tags are at the end of this article. ~ Articles by Kim M. Bayne

Recommended Tag Art Materials List
• Pack of Large-sized Manilla Office/Retail Hang Tags – any color – size: 2.5 x 4.75 inches
• Small Tag Templates or Dies
• Card Stock to make your own tags, if you prefer
• Hole puncher, if you decide to create your own tag stock
• Adhesive, Tape and/or Glue
• Double-sided Foam Squares or Sticky Dots -- good for sticking on found items and/or for creating a three dimensional look
• Plain and Decorative Scissors
• Square Paper Punches
• Miscellaneous Pigment and Dye Inkpads
• Cosmetic Wedges or Sponges -- great for applying ink to paper
• Favorite Rubber Stamps -- alphabets/letters, backgrounds, images, sayings
• Embellishments -- eyelets and setter, beads and wire, stickers, brass and aluminum charms, found objects
• Plain and Patterned Papers (scrapbooking paper, handmade paper, vellum, gift wrap scraps, etc.)
• Alterable Pictures, Old Photos and/or Clip Art (Folk, Vintage, Victorian, Whatever)
• Fibers -- jute, raffia or hemp strands, satiny cords, luxurious yarns, fabric ribbons (i.e. sarabooks™ Fibers & Key Collection in Ivory)
• Small photo album, with insertable sleeves, to store your growing tag collection -- that is, if you collect them, rather than give them all away!

The Tags
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Travel Tag Art - Night on the Town in New York
Travel Tag Art - Night on the Town in New York (click to enlarge)

Tag #1: Night on the Town in New York:
This tag was made for my altered book project titled, "New York, New York," which was inspired by my family’s trip to the Big Apple in 2002.

Starting with a pre-made black paper tag, I added the following items in order:
• Piece of holiday ribbon (black sheer wired-edged ribbon with silver sparkles and silver edges), cut to the the exact size of the tag. (Isn’t it great how holiday ribbon can be transformed into a beautiful night sky?)
• Four 3D puffy star stickers, different sizes to create interest
• Piece of silver lace ribbon -- yes, it's there!
• Torn piece of a used silver-colored paper envelope
• Manufacturer’s tag from a blouse that was obviously 'Made in New York'
• Small rhinestone
• Pair of small white satin roses, found in a collage pack
• Pair of silver square beads -- the letters "N" and "Y"
• Small piece of faux rabbit fur
• Fibers on the top of the tag include two different types of black eyelash yarn, thin black satin ribbon and silver rick-rack

Tag Art in This Series
• "Night on the Town"
• "Colorado Cowboy"
• "Love and Kisses - Letters from the Heart."

Product Resource Guide
• Project photos taken with a 1.31 megapixel Olympus D-460 Zoom digital camera
• Shop for stickers at eSticker
• Find discount art supplies and craft supplies at

Article Description: Now your next gift package can include something extra that no one dare tear or throw away!

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