Cut Apart Tags

Life has been busy and Boston has been insane. I'm not even exaggerating - just imagine tens of thousands of college students moving in and out in a span of 24 hours, in a compact 5 mile radius, on a long weekend, and in an already busy city? Yeah, not fun - and I was one of those students yesterday. Excuse me for having a short and sweet post for today, but sometimes other things in life take priority. Also excuse me if you were actually in this very city yesterday and my double-parked, jam-packed minivan was in your way or if my transporting a mattress down the sidewalk may have caused me to run you over. I promise I didn't mean any harm. Anyway, I'm already working on another video to put up soon, so that makes up for it, kinda, right?!

Onto the card for today! Have you ever seen those awesome cut apart patterned paper sheets that are so popular right now? Well, I'm currently working my way through the Chickaniddy Date Night collection, and there are a TON of those in this collection! Some of my absolute favorite cut aparts are labels and tags, because they are great and easy accents to add to a card - or to make the highlight. So I chose a couple of tags from one of these handy dandy cut apart sheets (I used this particular paper) and made a really quick card.

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I know that Crate Paper also usually has tags as cut apart elements, so if you have some collections from them, try to find a few! You can also DIY your own tags by cutting patterned papers and punching holes at the top, but I think it is much easier to use premade elements and a great way to use up those cut apart pieces that otherwise might get forgotten about.

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Another reason this card came together so quickly was that in addition to the tags, all the papers for the background and punched butterflies came from the same collection. This made coordinating really easy!

I heat embossed a sentiment from a small Simon Says Stamp set onto the top tag.

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To make the papers stand out from each other, since I had similar colors on top of each other, I inked the edges with navy paper. It really creates distinct edges.

Another reason tags are great - they are so easy to dress up with some pretty ribbon! It adds so much dimension and texture.

I've been making a lot of technique-based cards recently, but this was a really great change of pace. Technique cards usually take me a long time, but this one came together so quick with the coordinated patterned papers! Give it a try if you're ever short on time to make a card, or just have a stash of cut apart sheets to use up! :)