10 WAYS WITH...

Style up the hum­ble gift tag with Julie Kirk

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1 Pick a pocket or two

A vel­lum pocket on the front of a card makes a handy place to store a tag or two. You can use the re­verse of the tag to write an ad­di­tional greet­ing, some hid­den jour­nal­ing or to share a few spe­cial mem­o­ries.

2 Take it from the top

Turn an en­tire card into a tag de­sign by us­ing an in­di­vid­ual tag-top cut­ting die, like this or­nate ex­am­ple from El­iz­a­beth Craft De­signs. Th­ese dies sim­ply cut a dec­o­ra­tive tag shape into any sec­tion of card you choose.

3 Bags with tags

Make your own small gift bags from a strip of card­stock with a tag top punched or die-cut along both ends. Sim­ply make two score lines and bend up­wards to form a base, then fill in both of the sides with strips of pa­per.

4 Top up your stash with tags

Tags make ver­sa­tile, ready cut lay­ers and are per­fect for mak­ing a sen­ti­ment stand out! Keep­ing a pile of tags on hand means you’re never far away from an in­ter­est­ing card-sized layer and an in­stant mat for a greet­ing.

6 Step up your card

Make a stun­ning con­certina style card with­out the need for any mea­sur­ing and scor­ing! Sim­ply cut three tags, trim them down to three heights and fix to­gether us­ing card strips or dec­o­ra­tive pa­per tape as hinges.

5 Love lug­gage tags

Even plain tags can add char­ac­ter to a pro­ject, so why not stock up on some bar­gain lug­gage tags from a lo­cal sta­tionery store? The plain brown colour pro­vides a per­fect neu­tral base to dress up with prints and em­bel­lish­ments.

7 Through the gar­den gate

Turn a tag into a gar­den gate that opens to re­veal a beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal scene hid­den un­der­neath. Add strips of card across the tag to cre­ate the gate, then fix to the card us­ing card­stock hinges.

8 Make it a la­bel of love

Make a stylish work of art worth fram­ing from just a few lay­ered el­e­ments, start­ing with a tag! Add a few die-cuts on top then pop onto a con­trast­ing pat­terned base, frame, hang and ad­mire!

9 Oh baby, baby

Add mys­tery to a baby shower or birth­day party with a sim­ple ‘guess who I grew up to be’ place set­ting! Get guests to send you baby pho­tos of them­selves be­fore­hand, then pop them onto tags to make a talk­ing point!

10 Hang your tags on the line

Cre­ate a strik­ing bunting ef­fect by string­ing up a row of tags on twine. Layer up the tags with small dec­o­ra­tive shapes, such as hearts and flow­ers, then add a sprin­kling of pretty but­tons and gems as a fin­ish­ing touch.

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