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Encouraging Tags


Hello crafters!

It has been such a busy week here on the blog! Inspiration every where!

Our current challenge is Encouragement and I decided nothing could be more encouraging than the sweet characters in the Lil Hoot set from Hero Arts and Operation Write Home. I also really wanted to play around with some backgrounds so I decided to create some tags. Often times I feel a little overwhelmed when trying to use large backgrounds on a card. A tag is a perfect way to use a little bit of a busy background!

I should note that these tags were created by me. I know I should get a die but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I cut my paper and then traced the edge of a large circle die. Trimmed off the top and punched a whole it in. BOOM! Tag 🙂

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For my first tag I smooshed distress inks onto my craft mat and sprayed it with water. I kept dipping my tag in until I like the background. after it was dry I laid down the arrow stencil and put even more distress ink on. Finally I shifted the die over to the right and used my white embossing paste. I like how just bits of the darker color are peaking out. I added a bit of stickles to the tips of the arrows. The elephant was colored with copics, fussy cut, and added with dimensional adhesive.

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For this background I used the Tweed stencil and more distress ink. I just kept shifting the stencil up to get the ombre chevrons. I love the blended look it gives. I flipped the stencil horizontal and added embossing paste creating a subtle cross hatch. I outlined one side of the embossing paste with stardust stickles. Again I colored the bears with copics, fussy cut, and added dimensional adhesive.


This last one was the most fun to create! I love how the starry sky turned out! I added several colors of distress ink keeping it lighter where I knew my moon would be. I flicked on some water and let it dry. I added the stars using the Starry Night stencil then used a silver pen and stardust stickles to add some dots. Copics, Fussy, Dimension. All done!

These guys couldn’t be any cuter! I just love this set 🙂

Don’t forget you still have three days to play along with the challenge and get your comments in on the Hero Arts Digital Blog hop!! Don’t miss your chance to win gift certificates to the store. If you do decide to do a little shopping feel free to use the code KELLYL15  to get 15% off 🙂

Thanks for stopping by


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Author: Kelly Latevola

Hi guys! I’m Kelly. I’m married to a wonderful man named Craig and we have a gorgeous two year old son who is the light of my life. I can’t leave out our boxer/mastiff Molly who is my little one’s best friend. I’ve been cardmaking for about seven years and running my blog for around five. I am loving every minute of it! I’m a huge fan of clean and simple cards. I adore a good one layer card or building a scene. Also glitter, and lots of it

6 thoughts on “Encouraging Tags

  1. Kelly, these are DARLING – I couldn’t pick a favorite! (And I still make my own tags, too!)

  2. Hi Kelly — These tags are as sweet and can be and would be so wonderful for children’s birthday gifts or even adults who love a bit of whimsy! I alos LOVE your fabulous Copic Coloring and think you did a wondeful job on these! My favorite…..and its’ hard to choose woudl have to be the Hoot Owls, because of that fabulouso “Starry Night” background! Love Love Love it and always love the amazing look you can get from Distress Inks!! Thanks for sharing you super creative tag idea! I also look forward to seeing your posts!!

  3. Really cute tags, Kelly! I love how you used your stencils for the background on each one, and how you added texture and dimension, especially on the last one! Really fabulous Copic coloring, too!

  4. I love your tags Kelly! The backgrounds are amazing. The owls are my fav. 🙂

  5. Aww how adorable are these ..I loved all three tags very much ..Thank you so much for sharing how you created them ..The third one is my absolute fave 🙂

  6. amazing backgrounds and coloring! love the bears bestest. 🙂

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