Handmade gifts and gift wrappings for men can be a huge crafty challenge. I like to add feminine touches such as bling, tulle and sheer ribbons to my projects, not exactly appealing to most of the men I know.
I have been wanting to create these gift tags for awhile, so when I ran across an interesting shade of Dye-Na-Flow from Jacquard Products, I decided it would be the perfect start for these mixed media tags.
I poured the Dye-Na-Flow mixed with water in a 1:1 ration into a plastic container and using jewelry tweezers, dipped the tags into the mixture of Pewter.
Next, lay the wet tags on waxed paper and use a heat tool to speed the drying time. To make the background more interesting, I used the jewelry tweezers to flick small dots of the paint mixture on the tags and heat set.
To add to the mixed media look and also add a little color interest, use some Lumiere in Halo Gold Violet and dry brush the tags.
I used a Castaway stamp pad in place of a watermark ink pad to stamp an interesting and man friendly image onto the tag.
Add a special touch using these super cute Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Plaquettes. Simply insert brads through the holes to secure. These plaquettes are available through Scrapbook.com.
You may also want to add some texture such as fabric swatches. To add the sentiments, I printed small words from my computer onto Jacquard Inkjet Cotton Percale sheets.
There are many ways to use the tags. Create an interesting gift bag...
I would love to hear from you- How would you use these tags? Bookmarkers? To dress up gift jars?
Live Life Creatively,