Creative Price Tags a Tiny Tutorial



 As part of living the creative life I enjoy  infusing beauty into what can be the totally mundane. In this case I needed some  price tags / hang tags for some new pieces I am working on and it was the prefect time to let the creative side of me just PLAY.

I love hang tags that are little pieces of art themselves and have been known to tack them up on my inspiration board to look at again and again when the design was good. I hope the tags that I create encourage others to do the same, or at the very least linger with them a bit before putting them in the recycle bin.

I get a lot of questions about how I create my various tags since I do new tags for each collection I create- this collection will be called Reborn and when I saw this little finch graphic at the Graphic Fairy I knew it was just what I was looking for.

Tags are fast and easy with a little help from Photoshop or any other graphics enabled program. In the case of this design all I needed to do was add the wording and tweak the graphic for a bit more vibrancy



and then I printed it out on a multiple per sheet layout. I printed on some wonderful linen weave cardstock that really gives these a very upscale look and feel.



Next is cutting them all up. For this I love my guillotine style paper cutter which is totally NOT child friendly but makes perfect cuts a breeze but since I can't cut and shoot there is no photo but mine is like the link I included. ( Don't cheap out on this purchase, you want a strong sharp blade)


After that  I fiddle around with how to trim the cards. Sometimes with a simple corner clipper for a smooth rounded edge. Sometimes with something a lot more fancy like a scallop and dot or corner detail, it all depends. Heck sometimes plain is best!



Here I mixed it up a bit with this card to play with the flower shape and the negative white space in the card. I went with a simple rounded clip on the sides and the a detail punch in the one corner. I am really happy with these! I used some thin jute for the tie for the organic earthy feel it brings to the project.

What do you think..do tags make a difference to you?

9 comments:

Georgie Horn said...

These are lovely!!

Brenda Cregger said...

The tags are really special looking...like everything you do. And yes the tags make a difference.
Thank you for sharing. B

Dina said...

They look really great! :)

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

These are really beautiful Maddie! Definitely worth displaying, I can't imagine anyone putting them in the recycle bin!

Lynn said...

Hi Maddie, I used to own one of those guillotine type paper cutters. I let the people at my office use it, and when I lost my job, the cutter was taken too (by mistake or not; no one seems to know)! But, I miss this wonderful device like crazy, so I am happy for you. The tags are lovely! Nice job! Lynn

Stitchfork said...

Too pretty to cut off these tags!
xo Cathy

Tina said...

WOW! These are really pretty.

firstnightdesign said...

Sensational tags!

Audrey Pettit said...

My gosh, these are beautiful, Maddie! Love, love the personalized touch these would give to any transaction. You chose such a beautiful image. Love how you've trimmed these out, too. :)