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Create The Things Tag

January 27, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Create the Things Tag.

I’m loving all the different ideas and projects that I’ve been coming up with using Charlene’s beautiful stamp sets. For today’s project, I’ve create this tag, which uses a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a couple of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my tag at home.

Step One. Die cut the large tag from the Planner Essentials – 26 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Choose one of the reinforcement circles from the Reinforcement Variety Pack and die cut it out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the reinforcement circle over top of the circle on the tag. Sprinkle Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green Magenta Nuance over the tag. Spritz the tag with water. Dry the tag. Apply Emboss It Ink to the block stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp on the tag as desired. Reapply ink as needed to the stamp, stamp a total of four times. Sprinkle White Wonder Embossing Powder over the stamped areas. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose two of the flowers from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to each stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the flowers using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the flowers have dried, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Journaling Elements stamp set, you’ll need the heart stamp. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp onto the watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the stamp and stamp two more times on the same cardstock piece. Colour the hearts using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the hearts have dried, fussy cut eight out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the “Create the Things” sentiment from the Make a Wish stamp set and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut each word strip into a strip for a total of five strips. Ink the edges of the strips using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Adhere the reinforcement circle overtop of the circle on the tag. Adhere the eight hearts as desired on your tag.

Step Six. Use foam square to adhere the two flowers to the bottom left side of the tag as desired.

Step Seven. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the sentiment to the right side of the tag. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine through the hole at the top of the tag.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Create the Things Tag.


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  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
  • Magenta Nuance: Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Molten Dimensions – White Wonder Embossing Powder
  • Misc: Twine and Watercolour Cardstock
Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs

How To Make These Cute Birthday Tag Critters

March 12, 2019

Hey Friends. It’s EK Gorman here today sharing some tags I created using the some of the new critter dies sets.

One of my favorite things about the new critter dies from Joset is that they are so incredibly versatile. What was originally designed for some safari fun, can easily be turned into a bit of everyday birthday day labels. Today, I am taking a few of the new critter dies and turning them into the perfect tags to hang from birthday presents for both the old and young.

Step One: Die cut the piece from the Zebra die set and some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Color the zebra strip die cuts with some alcohol markers. I used N8 copics.

Step Three: Color the hair, tail and hooves with alcohol markers. I used N6, N8, and 100.

Step Four: Color the body, head, legs and ears with alcohol markers. I used N0, N2, and N4.

Step Five: Color the nose and ears with alcohol markers. I used R00, R20, and R22.

Step Six: Assemble the body of the Zebra using Kids Choice Glue.

Step Seven: Using Kids Choice glue, add the zebra stripes to the body. Tweezers help in the placing of these small parts. I used the ones from the 4pc all Metal tool set.

Step Eight: Repeat Steps one through seven, but using the Monkey die set and the Little Chick die set. The Monkey parts were colored with E21, E23, E25, E27 and E29. The Little Chick was colored with Y00, Y02, Y06 and Y08 plus YR15 and YR16.

Step Nine: Die cut balloons, party hats and fun party accessories from the Party Accessories die set. Color them with alcohol markers. I used RV00, RV02, RV04 and RV06 for the pink accessories, R05, R24, R29 and R89 for the red accessories, Y21, Y26 and Y28 for the gold crown, B12, B16 and B18 for the blue balloon, and N4, N6, and N8 for the black mustache. Adhere the accessories to the critters with Kids Choice Glue.

Step Ten: Trim a piece of Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock, True Blue Soft Finish Cardstock and Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Then die cut the top of the tag from the Tags & More Lattice die set. Trim off any excess paper.

Step Eleven: Add the lattice die cut effect to both the top and the bottom of the tags using the Tags & More Lattice dies.

Step Twelve: Add tag reinforcements from the tag die set to the top of the tags. I mixed and matched paper colors to add a bit of whimsy to the card.

Step Thirteen: Adhere the critters and party accessories to the tags. Stamp a sentiment onto each tag using the Safari Sayings sentiment stamp set. Finally, add some colorful ribbon to the top of each tag. I also added some glossy accents to the top of all they party accessories so that the accessories were shinny.

Thank you for peeking in today to my project today. I hope you think they are as much fun as I do. Make sure to share how you are playing with the collection of new critter dies over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page.

Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Layered Gift Tag Set

July 20, 2017

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here today to share with you a fun and easy to do layering technique. This idea occurred to me when I was using texture paste on another project and I realized that I could create a paste-like look without the paste by using only a series of dies. Continue Reading


Marble Pink Poinsettia Tag

November 21, 2016


Hello again, friends! It’s Annette Green with Susan’s Garden Team here today with a festive holiday tag. While in the craft store the other day I was inspired by the pretty displays combining vintage pinks and platinum golds. Such a beautiful combination. I’ve combined both of Susan’s poinsettia dies to create a Marble Pink Poinsettia tag. Let me show you the steps so you can try one yourself.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Snowflake Cards

August 18, 2016

Hi everyone, Sanna here again today to share a set of Snowflake Cards with you. I know that it is a bit early for winter themed cards, but the minute I saw the Brrrr-sentiment die I had to make something fun with it. Here are a few ideas on how to use the same dies in different ways.

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Lily Tag

July 24, 2016

Hi Everyone! It’s Tina here today for Susan’s Garden Club. My DH works with flowers, before I met him I honestly didn’t know much about flowers except roses and tulips.mThis tag is inspired by him for the beauty he showed me and bestows on me week after week. Lilies have become one of my top 5 flowers. Here are the steps to recreate this Lily tag.

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CountryScapes Country Critters 1 Gift Tags

January 20, 2015

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By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Our frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman is back with a batch of easy, fun tags featuring some of our brand new dies: Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s CountryScapes Country Critters 1 and Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Jewelry Dies 3 Dog Tags, Alphabet 1 Caps and Numbers & More 1!

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Thanks for inviting me back, Joset. I love all of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s dies, but the CountryScapes series, especially the Country Critters 1 set, is a special favorite. The ten little birds and animals are realistic and absolutely irresistible. Measuring in at a mere 1/2” – 2”, they were designed to be combined with other CountryScapes series dies to create scenes (split rail fence, wagon wheel, and all the rest…), but I thought they were just the right size for making gift tags.

Seven of the tags have a single monogram for the recipient’s first name; the others include more lettering. The largest size Dog Tag die has plenty of space for a word or two.


I chose pencils and a fine nib pen to color the Critters, but feel free to pick a different medium – PanPastels, watercolors, markers – or use a combination.


1. Cut Country Critters 1 from smooth white cardstock or watercolor paper.


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2. Color the Critters with a realistic palette. Thanks to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s attention to detail, the dies have de-bossed lines to help you see where wings, faces, and legs are positioned. Tip: View photo images online to give you ideas for color combinations. (Example: You’ll find photos of bunnies in white, black and white, gray, tan, brown and white, dark brown, caramel brown, black – lots of options!) Because the Critters are so small it only takes a few seconds to color each one!

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3. Cut Dog Tags from gray cardstock in the medium and largest sizes of the three in the die set; distress the edges with sepia ink.

4. Cut letters, numbers and/or symbols from Velvet Adhesive Sheet in Black.

5. Complete the tags with a monogram, word or words, and a Critter or two as shown. Use foam tape for dimension beneath the Critters.

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6. Add cord, twine, or narrow ribbon. Write names, date, and a message on the back of the tag.

More Options:

*Add extra details, like whiskers, eyes, or feathers, using a fine nib Pigma Micron 005 Pen in Black.

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*Instead of using foam tape to add dimension to the Critters, back the cardstock with double sided adhesive sheet before die cutting and make flat tags.

*Instead of Dog Tags, use Tags & More 4, 5, or 6 (ECD #957, #958 and #959) for the tag base. These tags are larger so there is more space for spelling out words, dates, greetings.

*Hand-letter the tags instead of die cutting letters, numbers and symbols.

*Use a series of tags as a “banner” across a card front or as party table décor, one letter per tag to spell out a name or date.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

989 CountryScapes Country Critters 1

956 Jewelry Dies 3 Dog Tags

967 Alphabet 1 Caps

968 Numbers & More 1

406 Velvet Adhesive Sheets in Black

Other –

Pigma Micron 005 in Black (Sakura of America)

PrismaColor pencils or coloring medium of choice

Cardstock in White and Gray

Sepia ink

Craft sponge

Foam tape

A Stand Up Helper using the new Tag & More 2!

September 27, 2014

Hi, Kelly Booth here. Have you seen the New Tags & More dies that just came out by Elizabeth Craft Designs? So many fun uses for them. I wanted to create a card using the New Tags & More 2 – Deco set. Since Els does a lot of Stand Up Helpers, I thought it would be fun to do a tag one!

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1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 3 1/2″ by 11″. Using medium gray ink stamp a Happy Birthday background on both sides leaving a 1 inch space of white at the bottom of one side.  Stamp a Happy Birthday greeting in that space using black ink.

2. Score the piece at 2 3/4″ and again at 2 3/4″ with the stamped Happy Birthday greeting to the right side.

3. Die cut a Circle Stand Up Helper into the larger side at 3 1/8″.

4. Die cut another Circle Stand Up Helper from a small piece of light gray cardstock backed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Adhesive and snip it off at the scored line. Adhere this to the Stand Up Helper you just cut into the card.

5. Cut a piece of light gray cardstock 5 1/2″ by 3 1/4″. Cut the tag at the top end using Tags & More 2.

6. Back a small piece of dark gray cardstock with double sided adhesive cut a tag hole reinforcement ring. Adhere at the top of the tag.

7. Cut a piece of white cardstock 3 by 4 1/4″ and emboss it using the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder. Color the dots using markers of your choice.

8. Using black ink stamp 1 large sheep, 1 small sheep, 1 cupcake top and one cupcake bottom.  Color with markers.

9. Take a small piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Adhesive and place over the colored cupcake top. Remove the backing and pour some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto it and polish using your fingers.

10. Fussy cut around all stamped images.

11. Stamp Happy Birthday Sentiment in black ink on white cardstock. Die cut a banner using the banner die from the Lorna Label PopUp.

12. Cut a piece of dark gray cardstock 3″ x 3″ and cut the rolling hill using the rolling hills die from Outdoor Edges.


13. Put adhesive on the back of the first 2 3/4″ section. Fold forward and adhere the light gray tag.

14. Adhere the white dotted piece on top of the tag spacing it evenly on three sides.

15. Place the rolling hill at the bottom.

16. Place the Happy Birthday banner at the top using foam mounting tape or pop dots for added dimension.

17. Place Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots around the Stand Up Helper and color them to match the dotted background.

18. Place the cupcake on the rolling hill with the small sheep on top. Place the larger sheep close to the greeting at the bottom using pop dots or foam mounting tape for all. Tie a crinkly pink ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag and the card is done!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

952 – Tags and More 2 – Deco (Available soon)

914 – Outdoor Edges

915 – Lorna Label PopUp

E114 – Lots of Dots Embossing Folder

641 – Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

501 – 5″ by 12″ 5 pack Double Sided Adhesive

7018 – Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots Peel-offs

Other Supplies:

Copic Markers

Stamps:  Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp

MFT Black Hybrid Ink Pad


Die Cutting Machine

Foam Tape or Pop Dots

Pink Crinkly Ribbon

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