I am really enjoying getting to know how to use my Silhouette Cameo, but this time, I decided I needed to try something a little more complex. Admittedly, I am a complete beginner as far as a Silhouette cutting machine is concerned, and there is a huge learning curve, especially when it comes to deciding the right setting for the cutting blade (as you will see later!!!) but nevertheless, I decided to try my hand at making some fancy tags. I have been wanting to do this for a while as sometimes, a gift wrapped present just needs a little extra something, you know, to set it off?
The cutting files Tag 1 by Valentina’s Creations seemed perfect for the job:
Not only do these cutting files make a gorgeous tag, you could also use them as bookmarks as well! Two for the price of one!!
As you can see, the tag comes in four parts, but if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can easily omit the detailed cutting file and replace it with a rectangle cut to size and then decorate it with flowers and so on. You could also try your hand at fussy cutting or use small punches to punch out shaped patterns or flowers.
I started off with some Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla cardstock and used this to cut out each part of the tag:
I used a setting of 3 for the blade which worked perfectly. The detailed cutting looks somewhat bitty in the photo below, but once I removed all the flowers, circles and leaves, it looked fine.
Obviously, I couldn’t just stop there, now could I? So I cut further sets of tags out using some coloured cardstock, Core-dinations cardstock (which is textured) and some Stampin’ Up! Naturals composition Speciality paper, which is actually heavyweight cardstock. To be honest, I think I need to work on the blade settings as none of these cut as well as the Very Vanilla cardstock. This is due to my inexperience with the Cameo, though, rather than Valentina’s cutting files.
The first tag I made was with the coloured cardstock and the Very Vanilla cardstock. The separate parts of the tag fit together very easily and, really, all you have to do is adhere them together. I stamped an image on the top part of the tag but you could just as easily print something on the tag before cutting or use a photo or other image or even just embellish it.
I used the leftover pieces from the cutting to make small flowers for the tag:
I just adhered these into the gaps in the detailed part of the tag:
You can see from the above where the cutting was not quite as sharp as I wanted but the flowers go some way to hiding this. I then rounded the corners of the tag at the bottom, covered the back with some patterned paper (from Valentina’s Just a Word kit), and added a ribbon to finish the tag off:
Here is the reverse of the tag:
The second tag I made was with the heavyweight card and I took the opportunity to play with my distress inks to give the tag some colour:
The cardstock was embossed so I just cut out some of the flowers in the pattern and added some pearls to embellish the front of the tag.
My daughter has her birthday next month, and I am fairly certain she will be getting one of these tags on her present!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016