Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12 Joyful Tags {Authentique Paper - Tutorial}

{As seen today on the Authentique Paper blog}

Hi there!

Today I'm coming to you with a tutorial on how to use this "Surprise" sheet of Authentique Paper's Wonder collection:

And easily turn it into 12 great Christmas tags:

First we will need to create the rosettes (or medallions) for the tags.
{And may I just say in advance that I am fully aware now of why companies use hand models. And no...I don't ever have the hope of becoming one.}

Start by scoring a "Curiosity" sheet of paper every 1/4".
{Tip: I scored the whole 12"x12" sheet at once and then cut it into 12 strips to make my 12 medallions. Much easier than trying to score 12 strips!}

Once your sheet is scored, cut it into 12 1" wide strips and begin to accordion fold each strip.

Use a secure adhesive to adhere the folded strip into a circle.
{Tip: Trim off one section from one end of each strip so that only one section is overlapping to form the circle. This will create less bulk at the overlapping area.}

Using the Foundations paper, punch 12 scalloped circles. Stamp each circle with your sentiment and heat emboss. Then, using some of your Authentique Paper scraps, punch a circle for the back of each medallion.

Use a strong adhesive and place it on the scalloped circle (back piece). Place your accordion folded circle around the back piece and squeeze just at the tops and press down to create the medallion.
{Tip: Use both hands for this process. I used both hands for the actual creation of each rosette, but had to use one hand here to take the picture.}

{Tip: You can adjust the size of your rosette by the amount by how much you squeeze the accordion folded circle in toward the center. You can adjust the final size of a rosette that started with a 1" wide strip (like we have done) from anywhere between 2 1/4" to about 3".}

After your adhesive is secure, add the scalloped circle with your sentiment to the front of your medallion.

{Tip: I use a couple large acrylic blocks to give a little bit of weight to hold my pieces in place while the adhesive is drying.}

While your adhesive is setting up, separate each of the numbered cards from the "Surprise" paper with your paper trimmer. When the adhesive is dry, adhere one medallion on each card.

{Tip: I used the number on each card as a reference for where I would place each rosette. The varied placement on each card gives every tag an individualized look.}

Add some string or twine to each card, punch a hole and thread with ribbon or seam binding...and you've now got 12 beautiful tags perfect for the holiday season!
{Tip: You can use these tags for gifts, but don't stop there - they would also make great embellishments for holiday themed scrapbook pages, tree ornaments, and would even look great strung together as a garland!}

Thanks for stopping by today!

Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Wonder Collection - Surprise, Curiosity, Foundations);
Stamps: Market Street Stamps (Simple Joys);
Ink: VersaMark (Watermark);
Embossing Powder: American Crafts (Zing - Black);
Other: May Arts (Burlap String); Hug Snug (Seam Binding - Chalk White);
Adhesive: Ranger (Matte Accents);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);


Kelly Sas said...

I continue to learn so much from you! WHY would I NEVER think of scoring the whole paper first and then cut it apart so I wouldn't have to score narrow pieces over and over AGAIN?!?!? Great tags today, great idea AND great tutorial. AND your hands look just fine! (who's looking at your hands anyway when being distracted by your amazing projects!)

Angelica - Market Street Stamps said...

WAY cute, and I love the idea of using two acrylic blocks to hold them in place as they dry. Gorgeous everything!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER clever to do the whole paper first--AMAZING!!!! Wish I would have thought of that! LOVE that little wire cart you put those tags in--FAB tutorial:)