This Tag DIY Has a Brand New Technique That We're Obsessed With!



Hello friends! It's Anna-Karin here on the blog today, with a tutorial filled with easy and fun techniques. In the summer, I always feel like making flowers, and the new flower dies by Eileen Hull are wonderful and so versatile. They were mixed up with dies by Tim Holtz and the fabulous Sizzix Inksheets.

I love vellum and its translucent qualities and I wanted to try how Inksheets would look on vellum. The result is pretty awesome and so easy to do. The background of the tag was done with a masking technique, to make a single layer look like multiple layers. All the techniques used here work on any type of project: card making, scrapbooking, 3-D art and more. Let's start.


Working on a manila tag, I transferred one of Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals, using a Black Inksheet. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Inksheets Transfer Pad, tag, black Inksheet with matte side towards the tag, die facing down, Cutting Pad. You can hold the die in place with a small piece of masking tape. Run though your Big Shot or Vagabond and watch the magic as the Thinlits die turns into a stamp. Repeat with one of the scalloped borders.


Die cut the same oval and scalloped border from Eclipse Art Masking tape, or from sticky-notes. Adhere to the tag.


Ink with Distress Inks and an ink-blending tool.


Splatter a little water on the tag.


When the tag is dry, stamp with a script stamp and Watering Can ink. Leave the masks in place.


Use a watercolor graphite pencil and draw a border around the oval and underneath the scalloped border. Use a paint brush and clean water to turn the shadow into watercolor. This step adds more dimension to the background.


Remove the masks to reveal the manila background. Isn't it cool?


Stamp a sentiment in the middle of the oval with Potting Soil ink and ink the oval slightly with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone.


Now to the flowers. Die cut flowers from vellum using Eileen's Pansy Flower and Heart & Soul Flower dies. You can layer three sheets of vellum at the same time.


Tim Holtz Mixed Media die sets have wonderful patterns and work great together with Inksheets. Here I used set 1 and set 2. Repeat the Inksheets technique above on the flowers, using different dies. I used mainly Gold Inksheets, with a few white ones. The result is vellum flowers with beautiful patterns. Vellum can be hard to stamp on, but with Inksheets, you don't need to worry about that, and it is completely mess free.


Emboss just a few of the flowers in the Honeycomb embossing folder.


Color some of the flowers at the back with Distress Crayons, blending the color with a paper towel.


Shape the flowers a little. You can use a ball embossing tool and a pair of tweezers, or even the cap of the Distress Crayons.


Layer the flowers together with a brad in the middle.


Die cut enough leaves for your project, using the Spring Leaves die. Repeat the Inksheets and Distress Crayon steps. I used just two of the four leaves on the die.


Glue the flowers to the tag, adding the leaves here and there. If you don't want to use vellum, you can do the Inksheets transfer technique on another type of paper instead. For more Inksheets inspiration check out these tutorials of mine: Butterfly Textures, Paper Leather and Inksheets Board, and Summertime Stand-Ups Card.


The patterned translucent and slightly colored flowers look gorgeous, and they look even prettier in real life than on these photos.


If you didn't know it before-hand, would you have thought that this background was just one layer (apart from the added Industrious sticker), and that the oval wasn't stamped, but done with a die?

vellum_inksheet_tag21The scalloped border at the bottom looks great too, and the stitching on the die adds a wonderful extra touch.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Happy summer crafting!



Other Materials Used:

  • Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Ledger Script, Purely Random
  • Ranger Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso, Wilted Violet
  • Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil, Watering Can
  • Ranger Distress Crayons - Picked Rasberry, Seedless Preserves, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron
  • Surfaces - manila tag, vellum
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Crinkle Ribbon, Industrious Stickers Frames & Trims, Paper String Solids
  • Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle Pencil
  • Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape

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3 thoughts on “This Tag DIY Has a Brand New Technique That We're Obsessed With!”

  • kim

    So gorgeous! Really love the soft colors. Those inksheets look fabulous, gonna have to get some!
    Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

  • cmt

    Every element of this tag is delightful, and the overall effect is like a symphony--more than the sum of all the parts. Great fun. Really loving the vellum flowers and the stitched oval.

  • Shilpa

    Awesome !! Thanks for tutorial full of techniques. :)

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