I will be a guest designer in July also for TupeloDesignsLLC so please stick with me for my Saturday posts this month. I'm always behind making my Christmas cards so I'll be making a couple this month for 'Christmas in July'.
For today's post, I'm doing something a little different. I made a matching card, shaker tag and gift bag. What inspired me to do this was a sheet of Alexandra Renke paper with balloons on it. I needed a birthday card for someone and looked through my supplies and saw that I had a balloon shaker window with coordinating tag.
First I made this Eclipse Card using the Alexandra Renke paper called Circus Design Paper - Balloon. I am so hooked on using these 12x12 patterned papers. The paper is thick, not flimsy, so it won't tear, which is the reason I used it for the gift bag in this post. If you would like instructions on how to make an Eclipse Card, HERE IS A LINK to a post I did a few weeks ago. When you see the instructions you'll see that I used 5 layers under letters and that's because I wanted them to really stick out from the card. On this card today, I only used two layers. I used a dark gray cardstock for the letters for a subtle shadow. They still stick out so two is plenty. :) I used a die from My Favorite Things, Die-Namics Big Birthday. (If you want this die, there is a place to click on left side of screen that says email when available).
I love how this tag turned out! I used Jillibean Soup Shaped Shaker Tag Insert - Balloon Shaker with coordinating tags for this. The tags are called, Die Cut Tag & Twine - Balloon. There is a coordinating stamp and die set that goes with these but it's out of stock at the moment.
If you do not know how to make a shaker card/tag or want to make a quick one even if you do know how, these are awesome! Here's how I made this:
First, I traced around the tag and cut it out from the piece of patterned paper. I traced the balloon shape on the tag where it goes and cut it out and then adhered these tag shaped papers onto the actual tag. Next I laid the balloon shaker window down in the opening with the tag open and put the sequins, etc., that I wanted in it. I used some from these Jillibean Soup Sequin Packs. This one is Birthday Sequin Pack (love it)! and I used, Watercolor Shapes. I can promise you that these look so much better in person than in the pics online.
After you fill the shaker window you close the tag down on top of it. Now I did cut out a slightly larger balloon shape to use as the back of the window as well. Then you're just going to use a tape runner or glue to adhere the back and front of the tag together. I cut out the word, celebrate from Thermoweb Toner Paper and used Deco Foil Summer Rainbow and I love how this looks! This is one of my favorite foil colors I must say. I added a few of the sequins from the birthday pack on the tag to finish it off. These tags come with twine but I used a couple of pink colors of twine from my stash for my tag.
I only had a navy blue small gift bag so I decided to show that you can use this paper to cover a gift bag. Unfortunately, I only had one sheet total when I started this so I couldn't cover the entire bag. I'm ordering more though, so I can cover it and show it in a later post referencing this one or even make a video showing you how.
All you do is measure the sides of the bag so in this case, I measured the front of this bag and then I added about 1/4" extra on both sides. You can add more, it doesn't matter because you're going to be folding it back. Next, you make score lines on each side so in my case I made score lines at 1/4". Next I folded the paper back where the score lines are and pressed really good with my bone folder. The next step is to put the paper on top of the bag and fold those sides back around the sides. You're going to adhere these sides down so use either scor tape or strong glue. I used Brutus Monroe glue because I trust it.
You don't have to do this but I had a few small pieces of paper left so I used a Fiskars Scallop Punch and punched the top and bottom of this paper, made scor lines and folded it back around sides of bag and glued down. The scallops just add a little more to the top of bag I think. Then tie the tag to the handle of the bag. I apologize that I didn't have enough paper to finish the bag but wanted to give you this idea in this post.
If you decide to do this, don't start with the front. Start with a side going to the back, other side and then front so that you don't see the scored 'flaps'.
I've seen people stamp on bags so that's one way to get the bag you want or like I did here, you can use patterned papers. I hope you will try Alexandra Renke papers because like I said, they are thick, so they're not going to tear. I'm hooked on the quality and the beauty of these papers.
That's it for me for now. I think the recipient will really love these! How fun!
I hope I inspired you to make your own coordinating cards and shaker tags. The coordinating gift bag is just a fun extra.
If you shop at TupeloDesignsLLC, you will get free shipping, no minimum purchase.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!