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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A French Mannequin/Dress Form Tag Tutorial

Our homes and the way that we choose to decorate them are a reflection of who we are.  But what about the little touches, the smallest of details.  They should be a refection of us too.  The little things that we do whether it's decor for a party that we're hosting or a special gift for a friend.

That is why I came up with these fun little tags.  Our youngest just had a birthday party last weekend and I wanted to make her thank-you notes.  I wanted them to be special.

I made these to attach to the cards

and once I started, I just couldn't stop!

I thought it would be fun to share them with you and tell you how I made them.

Okay, here is a list of the supplies that I used...

cream colored and patterned cardstock
various rubber stamps of your choosing
ink pads in your choice of colors
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink
a dress form die to be used with a die cutting machine
hole punch {I used 1/8 inch)
hemp twine {or any type of string}

1 1/2 inch scalloped circle punch
glass pearl beads
crepe paper cut into strips or crepe paper streamers
French script stamp
gossamer ribbon

First, I cut out the tags with my die cutting machine and then I used the distress ink to "age" the edges of the tag.
Now comes the fun part, dressing them up!
You can embellish any way you want.  For mine, I stamped them with different stamps that I had on hand.  I used black ink for some and pale aqua chalk ink for others.

I made some paper flowers to embellish some of the tags by punching several scalloped circles and then stacking them to create the flower.  I added a glass pearl bead in the center to finish it off.

For the ballerina dress forms, I stamped some crepe paper and then ruffled and glued them along the waistline.  I tied a pretty pink gossamer ribbon around her waist to make her lovely!
{These will go on our thank-you notes}

You can also use pretty patterned papers and just leave them as is.  Once you're happy with your tags, punch a hole in the tops, string them and you're done.

Hope you have fun making them!
If you don't have the cutting die/machine but you still want some, I've made lots of these and they're available in my Etsy shop.
If you have something special in mind that you don't see here, let me know because I may have just what you're looking for and I'd be happy to do a custom order!

Happy Thursday!

xo and God Bless,


Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Very cool! I just made some clothing tags out of sepia toned toile paper. I attach them to the garment with simple store string and a teeny little gold safety pin. What great ideas you have here.Thanks for sharing.

Alison Agnew said...

These are lovely! I can think of so many ways to use them as ornaments or gift tags. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are really cute, Kathleen! I love all the different ones you did. I don't have a die cut but I guess you could find a good template/pattern to trace.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Love all of these, Kathleen! Beautiful tags, and they would also be great for wrapping/storing ribbons and lace.

Thank you for the great tutorial & gorgeous inspiration! I'm off to visit your shop...

Debbie said...

These are adorable! Since I love dress forms...I really like these.
Your blog is wonderful!

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

These are "Oohlala" so adorable!!! My favorite is the script skirt and well, all of them are my favorites! Thanks for sharing~~~Mickie

Junkchiccottage said...

These are really sweet. I love the french script skirts and pink ribbon ties. Those are my favs. They are all so cute.

chateau chic said...

These tags are so adorable!!! I love them!
Coming over from Kris' Saturday Spotlight feature on you. Happy to be a new follower.
Mary Alice

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty!

Tamara said...

I'm visiting from Junk Chic Cottage. It's nice to meet you and I'll be following. Your tags are so pretty and what a sweet idea to use them for thank yous!
Blessings to you,

Art and Sand said...

I am visiting via Junk Chic Cottage and so glad to have found you.

Susie said...

Kathleen, I am in love with those sweet tags !! You are so very crafty. I know your daughter must love them. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Lady Pamela said...

Hi. Just found your blog for the first time via Kris at Junk Chic Cottage. Lots of lovely inspiration here. I have 2 questions. What is the name of the die? and What kind of paper or cardstock did you use for the base?
Thanks so much

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

How incredibly cute!...Hopping over from Junk Chic!!

Tante Mali said...

Hi Kathleen,
they are beautiful, wonderful, amazing.
Thank you for sharing it. Such a lovely and great idea!
Have a sunny time

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are so charming, Kathleen...I LOVE the little stamped crepe paper skirts! Thank you for sharing!