Happy Tuesday! Today is a super fun day because not only to I have a tutorial for you, it is part of a fun blog hop with the teams from Xyron, Graphic 45, and Petaloo. Today I am sharing as part of the Xyron team and later this week on the 26th I will be sharing on the Petaloo blog as their guest. I will post here with a link for you to help you find my post there. It features a fun Halloween banner that I hope you will check out.
Today’s project is a Halloween themed XL tag that can double as a card. You’ll see how down below…
Begin by placing adhesive on one side of a large #10 black tag. I used my 9″ Xryon Creative Station to make it quick and easy and mess free.
Place the tag adhesive side down on the back side of the desired pattern paper. (Pattern paper used: Frightful.)
Trim around the edge of the tag with a craft knife and ruler or scissors to cut away the excess paper.
Sand the edges of dark pattern paper to expose the core of the paper to add a distress effect. If you plan to ink, exposing the white core will allow you to add a brown ink and have it show more than if you apply it directly onto the black pattern paper.
Cut or tear a strip of contrasting pattern paper to 8 1/4″ l x 2. (Pattern paper used: Tick Tock.)
Tear or cut a triangle out of the center bottom of the strip to create a double-pointed flag tip.
Place a piece of vellum over the banner. Make a light pencil line about 1/4″ inside of each edge. Cut along the pencil lines.
Place the banner on top of a piece of vellum. Make a pencil line about 1/4″ outside of each edge. Cut along the pencil lines.
(optional) To add an aged color to the paper, mist the tag, the banner, one large die cut tag, and one small die cut banner with Antique Linen Distress Ink (placed in a mister bottle). Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
(These are the elements I used.)
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of three flowers, both vellum pieces, and the stained pattern paper pieces.
Apply adhesive to the back of the wide vellum banner. Xyron adhesive is great for vellum. It gives it complete adhesion that doesn’t show through the vellum.
Adhere the wide vellum banner to the front center of the tag.
Apply adhesive to the top 1 1/2″ of the pattern paper banner. Place the thin vellum banner over the pattern paper banner, matching up the top edges.
Make a fold line about 3/4″ from the bottom of the large die cut tag. Apply adhesive to the center back of the larger part of the tag.
Place the small die cut pennant face down onto the large die cut tag.
Place the pattern paper banner (with the small vellum banner attached) vellum side down onto the back of the large die cut tag (over the top of the small die cut pennant).
When you turn the assembled piece over, this is what you will see…
Turn the assembled banner piece back over. Place strips of Xryron High Tack 1/4″ tape to the part of the large die cut tag that is on the other side of the fold.
Adhere the assembled banner to the tag so that the fold in the large die cut tag lines up with the center top edge of the tag. The narrow part of the large die cut tag next to the fold should adhere to the back of the tag. It creates a hinge so that the assembled banner can to lifted like a card.
Use Xyron Adhesive Dots to adhere the three flowers to the front of the die cut tag.
Ink the edges of three small mini die cut pennants. Punch a small hole (Fiskars 1/16″ hand punch) to the top corners of each mini pennant.
Weave thin twine through the holes in the pennants. Place the twine through the prongs of a brad on each end.
Punch a small hole on each side of the large die cut tag. Place the brads through the holes to attach the mini pennants to the tag. Flatten the brands on the back side of the large die cut tag.
When closed the layers of banners create a lot of dimension that is interactive.
When open, the inside vellum strip creates a place to add a sentiment and writing surface. The vellum helps to mute the background so that any sentiment will stand out.
I hope you enjoyed this project! I think it was fun to create a sophisticated Halloween themed project that wasn’t too cutesy and a great way to create a card from a tag!
Be sure to visit the blogs of the hop sponsors to check out the prize packages they are offering! Enjoy the hop!