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Creating Tags with Metal Dies

Posted by Graphic 45 05/12/2020 7 Comment(s) Tutorials,Tags,


Hello, G45ers!

  Add a splash of color and some flowers to your next project by using the tips and techniques that Tanya Scrap shares with us in this blog post.  Tanya teaches us fun new ways to use Graphic 45 Decades Ink Pads and #G45Techniques using Metal Dies.  So grab a few ink pads and dies and let's get started!


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#G45Technique  - Bloom Tags

By Tanya Scrap


"Hello, dear G45ers! 

I am happy to share with you my #G45Technique project this month featuring the gorgeous  Bloom collection. I love this collection with all its beautiful floral imagery and stunning colours! Today I am sharing two different techniques with Graphic 45 Decades Dye Ink pads. I have created a set of Tags with some fussy-cut elements and die-cut leaves.


Herewith the Supplies and Instructions you may use to recreate such a project:


G45 Supplies used:

Bloom Collection

Kraft 12x12 Chipboard Sheets (10 pack) 

Large Tags Ivory 

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Antique Moss

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Purple Royalty

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad French Lilac


Other Supplies used:

Mixed Media Cutting Dies

Flowers and Leaves


Seam Binding 

Soft Matte Gel

Adhesive Foam Squares


Spray Water Bottle

Wet Wipes

Masking Tape

Craft Sheet


Cut a tag from a Kraft chipboard sheet with the Large Tag metal die. 


Tip: This will be glued to the back of the ivory tags to make it sturdy. 


Fussy-cut some floral elements from the 8x8 paper pad and journaling & ephemera cards.


Cut a tag from the pattern sheets in the collection. Next, add a mixed media die to the bottom section of the tags and cut.


Tip: Place a small piece of masking tape on the sides of the metal die and stick to the paper keeping it in place. This will ensure the die doesn't move when putting it through your machine. Carefully remove the masking tape from the paper once it has been cut.


Add two colours of the decades ink to the plain tag mixing them up. Place the tag with the die-cut image over the coloured tag to make sure that the area it is covering is evenly coloured. 


Tip: I wanted the colours to be subtle. I used a wet wipe (cut in half) for this process instead of a spray water bottle.


Create your own crinkle ribbon. Colour some seam binding with the Decades ink. I combined the French Lilac and Purple Royalty ink on one piece of the binding..


Add some ink to your craft sheet and spray water onto it. Next, drag the seam binding through the mixture and scrunch it together. Leave to dry overnight or dry with a heat tool.


Die-cut some leaves from an extra ivory tag with the Large Tag and Flower metal die. Colour the leaves with decades dye Antique Moss. Use the same wet wipe as per the step for the tag.



Add some texture and shimmer with sequins. Adhere these with a soft matte gel.


Add the purple and green crinkle ribbon through the hole of the tag.


Add the fussy-cut butterflies to the tags. Tuck some in behind the petals of the flowers.


Tuck in some sisal behind the flowers. Add the chipboard sentiment, adhere with adhesive foam squares for dimension.


Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Papercrafting!”





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7 Comment(s)

Martie Rollin:
05/12/2020, 02:27:58 PM

Beautiful tags! Love this paper collection...very pleasing colors. Well done!

Lynn Harrell:
05/12/2020, 03:07:43 PM

Awesome tags. Love the mix of techniques and supplies used.

Michele Taylor:
05/12/2020, 03:48:02 PM


Sonja Van Laar:
05/12/2020, 06:25:06 PM

Beautiful-love your work.

Glennys Bird:
05/13/2020, 02:35:30 AM

Love the tags - very pretty. Looked at the method of making... but why have you stained one tag.... where is it.... it is not displayed? One ivory with the flower die cut lovely.... the other one with the dsp on the top!! with flower arrangement...If you glued the die cut tag on top of the one with the gomment - you would see the colours?Kind regardsGlennys

05/13/2020, 12:19:23 PM

Your tag designs are so lovely and I appreciate all your tips.

Glenda Buster:
05/13/2020, 05:59:04 PM

Tanya, your tags are gorgeous ♥️! Thank you so much for the tips and tutorials!

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