12 Tags of Christmas…{day 9}


supplies: craft sheet, distress inks, ink blending tool, glossy accents, archival ink, paint dabbers (ranger); film strip ribbon, tiny attacher, hinge clip, foliage, long fasteners, numerals, mini pins, type charms, texture hammer, design ruler (idea-ology); scissors, craft pick, distresser (tonic); fabulous flourishes, captured moments/photo studio (stampers anonymous); #8 tag, dymo, ribbon, photo corners, photos, pliers
step 1: determine how long of a piece of film strip ribbon you'll need for the size tag you're working on.  the #8 tag uses 9 window frames on the film strip ribbon.
step 2: since the photos really make this tag, i'm posting the photos i used.  feel free to right click and (save image as) and save them so you can print them out, or use your own vintage holiday photos. *the image size needed to fit behind each film strip window is 1/2" wide x 5/8" tall.
step 3: cut the images out using your scissors or a paper trimmer. *tip: i hold them behind my design ruler since it's easy to see the measurement with ease and i just trim along the ruler edge.
step 4: place one of the photos behind the film strip to make sure it fits properly.
step 5: cut out all of the photos needed.
step 6: apply a small line of glossy accents on the BACK of the film strip ribbon along the black divider lines of each window.
step 7: place the first photo face down.  *it's also important to figure out whether your film strip ribbon will go horizontal or vertical, that will determine your photo style.
step 8: continue gluing the rest of the photos one frame at a time.
step 9: once you're finished, turn the film strip ribbon over to make sure all of your photos are facing the direction you want.
step 10: choose your main photo for your tag and cut it wallet size-ish (about 2×3 is good).
*again, i love this photo so here it is if you want to (save image as) and use it… funny!
step 11: adhere photo corners to the corners of the photo – i think this give it a nice vintage look.
step 12: ink the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool. *i used weathered wood for this step.
step 13: ink over various areas with a darker color distress ink to create a mottled background. *i used faded jeans for this step.
step 14: drag a paper distresser along the edge of the tag to create a tattered edge.
step 15: ink the edges of the tag with brown distress ink using an ink blending tool.  by distressing the edges first with the paper distresser, the edges get darker and look burnt.
step 16: stamp the flourish with weathered wood distress ink – this will give the image a watermark look/tone on tone.  if you want to see more of it, stamp in a darker shade.
step 17: stamp the photo image with archival ink several times on the tag going in various directions.  *this stamp is so cool on the back of ATC's too!
step 18: attach one end of the film strip ribbon to the top of the tag with a tiny attacher.
step 19: pull the ribbon taunt and attach the other end with the tiny attacher.
step 20: attach a hinge clip to the top of a photo by simply clipping it on.
step 21: place the photo and hinge clip on the tag and place it on piercing mat, pierce a hole through the tag through the back hole of the hinge clip using a craft pick as shown.
step 22: attach the hinge clip with a long fastener through the tag.
step 23: place the numerals on the bottom of the tag and pierce holes through the tag using a craft pick.
step 24: attach them with long fasteners.
step 25: create text "for goodness sake" using a dymo or print text yourself. *i love my dymo
step 26: cut the pieces apart and attach them to the tag with a tiny attacher.
step 27: adhere the included "s" sticker inside the type charm as shown.
step 28: apply the included epoxy sticker directly over the top to create a finished type charm.
step 29: create "s" and "c" type charms. *you can also create your own custom charms using any 1/2" punch.
step 30: attach ribbon to the top of the tag and pin the type charms on with mini pins as shown.
step 31: apply red pepper paint dabber to a daisy foliage piece to create a poinsettia.
step 32: while the paint is wet, dab it off with a paper towel to create a shabby effect.
step 33: repeat the previous steps using bottle green on the leaves.
step 34: with pliers, bend the petals of the smallest flower to create the flower center.
step 35: stack up the foliage pieces on the tag below the photo and pierce through the tag with a craft pick.
step 36: attach all of the pieces with a long fastener.
step 37: this is another cool trick i had to share… want to create a faux eyelet?  simply place a nail in the center of the brad head and give it a few taps with the texture hammer to hammer the nail into the center of the brad and presto!
in the details: the combination of vintage images, simple holiday reminders, and the nostalgia of a label maker give this tag a personality all it's own.  if you have personal photos to use, all the bette…t!m

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