I view myself as mainly a scrapbooker. But, I do like to dabble in the art of card making from time to time. Therefore, it is very hard for me to spend money on store bought greeting cards. Sooo…, when I need a card or gift tag I set a timer to create something quickly. Here is one such gift tag.
In this instance, I started with a pre-made gift tag that I had purchased in a set a few years ago and added my own embellishments to really make it special. I started with teal buttons for the owl’s eyes with a bit of embroidery floss.
I combined stamped leaves, baker’s twine and a flower from a trim (who knows where I got that) to make this sweet arrangement, that gives interest to the bottom of the tag. At the top, I removed the simple white string the tag came with and threaded baker’s twine and two colors of floss through the hole. Now this beauty is ready to be attached to a bag or package!
Since, I am a pretty methodical art maker…setting a timer is a challenge for me. But, I find good things come out of it…like not taking forever to search for the perfect piece of paper or embellishment and just down right going for it. I set my timer for 30 minutes…but, if you want to try this and are a faster worker than me try 20 or even 10 minutes. Also, using up those old supplies is a challenge, too! It forces me to use my ingenuity and come up with new and creative ways to use that old stuff. I find these new discoveries tend to fall over into my other work.
So, YAY…I made a tag that didn’t take much time and didn’t cost and arm and a leg! Now I can use that money I didn’t spend and buy some new scrapbooking supplies…see how that works 😉 😉
Supplies: Owl tag: World Market; Pattern paper: Karen Foster Design; Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink; Baker’s twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Adhesives: Glue Dots, Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium; Other: buttons, flower; Background paper: Provo Craft.