Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tim Holtz #8 Tag tutorial

Every year for the last three years, Tim Holtz does a 12 tags of Christmas. He uses a #8 Manila tag that is 3- 1/8" x 6 -1/4". I have not been able to find that size in my local craft store or office supply stores.

These are the two most common sizes available in my area. I don't mind ordering tags, but when shipping is more than the item, I try to find a way to make do. I cut up a file folder so that I had several rectangles cut to the above measurements.

I then used my ticket corner punch to angle to top two corners on the short end of the tag.

As you can see, it is pretty close the the corner cut out of the next smallest tag.

This next step works because I have the Table Setting die. But if you look at Tim Holtz tags they use a simple circle. If using the circle for the hole reinforcement, I would glue a 1/2" circle to the top center and then punch out the center with my crop o dile on the largest hole setting.

But since I have this die, and my sample tags have a similar reinforcer, I am using this small part of the die. I cut it out using close to cocoa paper, but kraft would work well too.

I then folded the die cut in half.

Then I added some Tombow adhesive. A little goes a long way!

I then placed it over the top center of the tag, as shown, and held for a moment to give the glue a chance to set.

Then using the larger of the two holes on my Crop o Dile, I punched a hole in the center.

Voila...#8 Manila tags, and they went together quite quickly.

I had all these made in no time. Now I am off to try and make some of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. I will be using supplies I have on hand to see how close I can come with my supplies.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and to try out Tim's tags, you can view his blog here.
He has the ones so far for this year and also has link to 2008's and 2007's.

1 comment:

Primitive Seasons said...

Very clever Tammy. Nothing like saving a little money when you can. I know your tags will be beautiful!