A little over twelve years ago, before I started my blog and business, I tried to get my craft projects published in “real” magazines. Remember those? The kind you had to go to the store and buy. Or wait patiently until the mailman delivered it to your physical mailbox. I had quite a few published. You can see some of those projects HERE.
Here’s one of the items that I sent to Somerset Studio Magazine (one of the Stampington & Company creative magazines), but it didn’t make the cut. So I’ll “publish” my article here. This makes a cute Christmas or Valentine tag or any other occasion. I also hung it on my Valentine tree.
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I happened upon this technique several years ago when I was searching for a white pen to draw on some of my darker papers. I had seen a white Sharpie online and thought I’d look in the office supplies section of Wal-Mart to see if they had any. No, not here either. But wait… there’s a white pen. It was a Bic Wite-Out pen.
I didn’t know if I could use it to write with or not but for around $2.00 each it wouldn’t hurt to try. I was really happy with how it turned out. I had so much fun I used up the pen on the first day. I lovingly call these my “idiot ink” tags. That’s what my mom always called correction fluid and the name kind of stuck.
Valentine Tag Supplies
- Shipping Tags
- Bic Wite-Out Pen
- Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker
- DYMO Label Maker
- Autumn Leaves scrapbook paper (or paper of your choice)
- Colorbox Chalk Ink, Chestnut Roan (UPDATE: The chalk ink has been discontinued but they make the same color in a different type of ink.)
- Vintage Seam Binding (I tea stained this piece.)
- UHU Glue Stick
- Bone Folder
- Hole Punch
How to Make Valentine Tags
- Completely cover one side of the shipping tag with adhesive. I used a UHU glue stick for this project. Press down onto the wrong side of the paper. Turn over and rub a bone folder over the right side of the paper. Trim with scissors. Punch hole. Repeat on the second side of the tag. Ink edges of small scraps of coordinating paper, glue to tag, and rub with a bone folder.
- Edit your photo to black and white and size. Print, cut, ink edges, and glue to tag.
- Ink edges of the tag.
- Draw swirls and scribbles around the photo, overlapping at points. Allow drying.
- With the black fine point pen, draw highlights on white scribbles.
- Lightly rub the ink pad over the white scribbles to age them just a bit.
- Print word with Dymo label maker & attach.
- Tie vintage seam binding through the hole.
This was originally written before chalkboards became so popular but you could also use a chalk pen. The Uchida pens are the ones I use.
If you make one, please send me a link to your photo! I’d love to see what you can come up with. And please pin my photos! Thanks!!!
My Finished Gift Tag