Twelve Tags for 2012 – March – Instructions

Apologies for the delay in posting instructions for the tags for March and April – Neil has been busy at college and demonstrating at the NEC! It turns out that doing both tags in our Craft Club session was a little ambitious, so hopefully these instructions will help the tags get finished off! Here’s what you’re making, in case you’d forgotten:

All you need is a luggage tag (size 6), Tim Holtz Terminology tissue wrap (or similar backing paper), distress ink, double sided tape, embossing powders, a steady hand and a sharp knife and a page torn from an unused book. A downloadable stencil template for the daffodils is available from Neil’s blog,

Here are the instructions for making this tag:

Start off by sticking a piece of Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue Wrap to your tag using a stick glue – it sticks better if you put glue on both the tag and the tissue wrap. Trim to shape and allow to dry before distressing the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. If you find that the edges catch as you are distressing, then dry off the distress ink and stick ’em down again.

Now add three lengths of double sided tape to the tag to form the stems of the daffodils. Neil found it easier to get a curve on them by peeling off the tape from the backing sheet and sticking the top end down first (although this is quite fiddly!). Cover with WOW! Primary Evergreen embossing powder (this is translucent colour), tap off the excess and then heat set.

Print out Neil’s daffodil stencil template on to either paper or acetate (which will last longer) and cut out the black areas. Place the stencil over an page torn out of an old book and apply a clear embossing ink onto the page through the stencil, being careful to not let the stencil move. If you use a large pad, try to use just  an edge to avoid the pad ‘sucking’ up the stencil as you lift it.

Remove the stencil, and cover the inked area with WOW! Primary Lemon embossing powder (this is also a translucent colour which allows the image beneath to show through). Tap off the excess and heat set. If you don’t have a see through yellow embossing powder, then apply yellow ink through the stencil, and emboss with clear gloss embossing powder instead.

Next, use a clear embossing ink pen to outline the edges of the daffodil trumpet and apply WOW! Primary Sherbet embossing powder to highlight. Tap off the excess and heat set. Take care not to over heat your powders which will cause them to soak into the paper and darken the overall colour.

Neil then cut out each flower and placed it face down on a Black Soot Distress Ink pad – at club, others did this before cutting around the flowers. Either way is fine, but Neil’s uses less ink!

The aim is to get a good black outline round the embossed areas which will make them stand out.

Use a blending tool or cut’n’dry foam to move the ink off the embossing powder (which acts as a resist) onto the paper. Dab a piece of kitchen paper onto a baby wipe (a baby wipe is too wet to do this directly) and wipe over the image to remove the last traces of distress ink from the coloured areas.

The finished daffodils showing the coloured outline on the trumpets and the black stained glass effect outline from the Black Soot Distress Ink. Allow these to dry completely  before attaching to your tag with double sided tape (background flowers) or foam pads (for foreground flowers). If you use your heat tool to dry them off, be sure not to remelt the embossing!

All that’s left is the text: Neil used ‘Opposites Attract’ on a Cricut machine to cut the text from 300gsm card, and embossed each letter with the WOW! Opaque Primary Sunny Yellow embossing powder before sticking them to the tag. Alternatively, cut the lettering from yellow card stock and embossing with clear gloss instead.

WOW! Embossing Powders can be purchased from their website:


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