Artsy Tags

Back in October I participated in my very first tag swap over at It was a Halloween swap, and the criteria was to create three Halloween tags (anything goes, except no gore!) to send to three members of our lovely community. I had so much fun creating each tag! I got good and inky, layering and blending distress inks, using distress stains, adding stickles, background stamps, fun elements cut out using my Slice electronic cutter, misting perfect pearls, and on and on.


Since then, I’ve been crazy hooked on making one of a kind tags for every occasion. Thanksgiving? Check! Christmas? Check! Birthday? Check! New Year’s? Check! and of course… now Valentine’s!

But before we talk about Valentine’s tags… As I created the Halloween tags, I had a couple additional layers I envisioned, so I went to my favorite LSS – Cool Scrapbook Stuff – with tags in hand to find the perfect final components. When I shared my tags with the adorable staff, they gave me some amazing compliments (especially Danni!), and even encouraged me to design a tag making class for the store! I was so flattered and couldn’t wait to put something together. But as a family photographer, my peak season was staring me in the face, with everyone preparing to send out Christmas cards. So, my tag class would need to wait until the new year.

So here we are… I finally designed a class for Valentine’s Tags! I love the way these came out. I love my LSS and being a former retail boutique owner, I know how important it is to support local small businesses. So I created each tag with a different technique and products. Misting over a stencil? Check! Distress inks using a blending tool? Check! Distress stains using a craft mat? Check!


I’m looking forward to teaching my first class and hope students walk away from the class feeling inspired, creative, and completely ready to use all the techniques they learned!

Thanks for reading and have a joyous, creative day! Happy crafting!


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