Thursday, May 23, 2013

Not Just a Graduation Card--Stitch Together a Graduation Tag

If you can't find the perfect graduation card, but you want something special and creative to house your cash gift--stitch up a tag!

This one came together with some pretty paper scraps and a white cardstock base. I like the white base because we were able to write our message on the back. I used glue dots to adhere a little homemade envelope for the cash above the message.

There are four layers glued together here to make the sandwich. The third layer, a faint peach print was punched to look like lace on the bottom. The fourth layer has a mixed-media style design, and I punched the corners with a star punch. Then, with lime green embroidery thread I machine stitched down the two long edges of the top pretty scrapbook paper here, using a fun little floral stitch. But, you could use a zigzag, or even just a straight stitch.


I stamped my niece's name at the top, and smeared dark pink gelato under the stamping. I added a self-stick chipboard flower and glued on a piece of ric rac for the stem, and then added a sticker word "happy day" and the definition of "graduation" torn right out of an old dictionary, with more gelato smeared underneath, and finished the bottom with a wavy stamp.

If you can find a library booksale--buy old dictionaries--they are great for mixed-media art, art journaling, and all kinds of cards. I got a huge dictionary recently with the gold-edged pages for 25 cents!

Before finishing the top of the tag, I inked all the edges with a dark purple ink pad.

The top is finished with a floral grommet, ribbons, more of the ric rac, and a key. It's like a little piece of artwork for a special artist!

Making tags are so fun--you'll want to make a collection for yourself! They are also perfect to add texture and interest to your art journal.
Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch a Tag

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