Hi everyone, I am joining Jan's Primitive Linky Party over at The Primitive Outhouse and so decided to make up a tutorial on how to make your own vintage hang tags. I don't know about you, but it is almost impossible to find hang tags in stationary stores around here any more. So I decided to make my own using card stock, some vintage graphics and my computer. I don't have a fancy PSP graphics program or anything, I just use my Microsoft PictureIt! program that came with my computer. You will also need:
- cardstock (kraft paper colour or white)
- scissors and/or a paper cutter
- hole punch
- glue stick or craft glue
- vintage graphics (download free graphics off the internet or you can also purchase vintage graphic tag sheets on-line, see the links in my tutorial)
- sand paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (or equivalent)
- Sparkles Glitter Writer (or equivalent)
- embellishments if desired (buttons, brads, rusty safety pins, etc.)
I use a kraft coloured cardstock that I buy at Michael's. You can use white card stock if that's all you have and if you want it to be nicely aged looking, just give it a little bath in some coffee or tea and then dry it. You'll get a nice "wrinkly" texture if you do that as well which is perfect for a real primitive look.
The Graphics Fairy, Reusable Art and Vintage Holiday Crafts. But there are lots more, just do a Google search for free vintage graphics. If you don't feel comfortable making up your own collage sheets, you can also purchase premade sheets on-line, a great place to start looking would be at EweNMe Printables, PatternMart or Crafty Avenue. If you've purchased premade collage sheets, print out your file as directed and cut out the vintage pictures. If you have downloaded some free graphics to your computer, here's how to make up your own collage sheets. Just open your vintage graphics or pictures with your picture editing program. I use PictureIt! and open multiple pictures at one time so I can see and edit them all together to save time.
Tim Holtz, I love it! I get it at my local Michael's store in the stamping department and I like the Walnut Stain but you can get it in other colours as well. I also bought an inking pad to apply it with but you can just use the Distress Ink pad itself to apply the ink, it's just a little big to use on smaller pictures.
www.duncancrafts.com but it links to another website now?).
Michael's (are you detecting a trend? It's the only craft store in my area LOL!). The bottle has a really small tip so you can add just a wee drop of glitter here and there on your picture. I love the look of the old, aged picture and tag with just a hint of sparkle on it! I don't usually add too much, just a few drops here and there, on this picture I just added some glitter to the flowers.
Want it really aged looking? Then grab it in your fist, scrunch it up and then smooth it out again so it's all wrinkled and used looking. Take a wee piece of sand paper and scuff up the edges so it looks worn. Add some embellishments such as buttons, brads, rusty safety pins or whatever else you have on hand. Print some words or a saying onto your hang tag if you have room above or below your picture. If you're afraid of 'free handing' your lettering, just open up a Word document or Wordpad and type out the words you want in a font you like. Size it so it will fit onto your hang tag and then print it out with your printer. Use a piece of carbon paper to trace the letters onto your hang tag and then go over the words with a felt pen or even the Glitter Writer. Voila, perfect lettering! Here's my finished vintage hang tag.
Ewe N Me Printables for this cute vintage bunny image! Have fun making your own tags, it's easy to do and you can add your own personal flair to each and every one. I often include a few hang tags as a wee 'gift' with purchase when I sell my crafts at Etsy or at my selling blog and I have also used them as business cards; just print your business information onto the cardstock, then cut out your hang tag shapes and embellish away! If you have any questions about this tutorial, give me an email and I will try to help if I can. Just remember I'm no computer expert, I just like to play around to see what I can create. There are lots of folks out in blogland who know way more than I do, so if you have a technical question if might be better to go searching for a real expert! Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you'll hop on over to Jan's blog to join in the fun at her linky party! Just click the button below and go blog hopping, have fun!
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