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Style up the humble gift tag with Julie Kirk
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.