Spring – Word Tags for All Seasons

Spring – Word Tags for All Seasons

Welcome to today’s SPRING blog hop! It has been quite some time since we had a blog hop, and a spring theme seemed like just the thing to get us started again. Today I’ll show you my latest version of the Word Tags for All Seasons. I have been procrastinating getting more versions of my seasonal tags done. Not because they take long, but because there are so many options! For a little more background information, you can read this previous post about the Word Tag Blocks, or see the February/love/family tags.

Here are the papers I selected to use for this project. I had them on hand from an old Close to My Heart kit. I’m sure you have some kind of patterned paper that you could use, too!

One sheet patterned paper, three sheets of colored cardstock.
One sheet patterned paper, three sheets of colored cardstock.

I also tore off the back of a 12×12 paper pad to use as the base for my tags. It was perfect to make a great foundation for the tags. Plus it was free! Who doesn’t like free!

The back of a 12x12 cardstock pad - lightweight chipboard
The back of a 12×12 cardstock pad – lightweight chipboard.

To get the most from this backing, I found that cutting it into three 2.75″ wide strips would work best. The following photo shows how the cuts were made for the tags.

Three 2.75" strips worked perfect to cut the tag bases.
Three 2.75″ strips worked perfect to cut the tag bases.

Next, I cut my decorated pattered paper in the same way, to maximize my paper and have as little waste as possible. Then I used adhesive and stuck the patterned paper to each of the base pieces. The piece was double sided, and I could have easily alternated the paper, but I really like the springy look of the pattern, so I just stuck with the one side.  You can see I also inked the edges. If you ink your edges, you may prefer to use a sponge and create a softer look. I just drug my edges across a coordinating ink pad to create a more messy, inky, imperfect look.

Patterned paper adhered to the base pieces and edges inked.
Patterned paper adhered to the base pieces and edges inked.

I cut letters out with my Cricut electronic cutting machine. You could use large die cut letters, stencil the letters, or even just draw them on. Whatever you have for supplies or tools! I even added a flourish to a couple of the letters in a way that changed them up a little.

After adhering each of the letters to the tag, I put a coat of Liquid Glass over the top of each letter, to give it a glossy finish and add a bit more dimension. At this point, I had to go run an errand, so it was a perfect time to let the glossy finish dry. Try not to get the Glossy Accents on any heavier than will cover it, as it will just add to the drying time.

A bit of a flourish attached to the basic letter. Then a coat of Liquid Glass.
A bit of a flourish attached to the basic letter. Then a coat of Liquid Glass.

 

More dimension added to the long 7.5" tag.
More dimension added to the long 7.5″ tag.

The long tag was perfect for a bit of spring grass and flowers.  The little flowers were sized into three sizes and cut on the Cricut. The grass was just a strip of green that was fringed by scissors.

Each tag got a loop made of bakers twine and attached with more Liquid Glass on the back. Allowing time to dry.

That’s it, the spring word tags are done! Now they are ready to set out to display. I hope you’ll try some and share a photo of yours with us!

Spring Word Tags
Spring Word Tags

Thank you for joining us on the Spring Blog Hop!

Next up is Alice Boll. Let’s see what she is up to!

Cheers to YOUR Artful Adventures!

KS

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