Tag Tutorial

Recently, I purchased a Big Shot because I had to have the Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders! Since I have a defunct Epic 6, and I'm not at all a diecut person, I was a little apprehensive about investing in another diecutting machine.  However, the Big Shot is a work horse of a machine-it's nice and sturdy, and cuts so smooth and easily.  Tim Holtz has made a believer out of me with his dies and embossing folders!  His Alterations line is da bomb!

I thought I'd do a quick and easy tutorial on one of the many uses of the Alterations embossing folders

Here's what you'll need:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades-Sheet Music & Diecutting Machine

Acrylic Paint & Pigment Ink

Distress Ink-Vintage Photo   & Blending Tool with Foam

Crop-a-dile Wide Large Eyelets


Tag (1 of 1) To make embossing the tag easier, make a slit in the fold of the folder and pull the top of the tag through.  Do this by making a mark on the folder where the tag is square.

Tag (1 of 1)-2 Using a craft knife, cut a slit in the middle of the folder where the marks are.

Tag (1 of 1)-3 Insert your tag, and you're ready to embossing! Put your folder between two cutting mats.

Tag (1 of 1)-4 Place your "sandwich" on the platform and crank it through.

Tag (1 of 1)-5 Paint the tag with acyclic paint.  For those of you who are like me and can't wait for it to dry, you can use a heat gun.  Not too close though!

Tag (1 of 1)-6 Rub white pigment ink over the raised embossed area.  If you get too much on the flat surface just wipe it off with a wet paper towel before the ink dries.  Heat set the ink with a heat gun.

Tag (1 of 1)-7 Using a blending tool, distress the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  To get more color variation, rub the ink pad over the raised embossed area.  Pretty simple, uh?!

Tag (1 of 1)-8 To decorate, I used some Prima flowers that I set with wide eyelets, and I set one through the string hole, too.  I used some scrap pieces of paper from my 8×8 Steampunk Debutante pad, scrap lace, and hardware to add some finishing touches. 

Tag (1 of 1)-9
Melissa Logo 55 Linked:

Paper Issues Blog DesignBCD 125

11 responses

  1. OMGness! I’ve been wanting a Big Shot myself! This tag is gorgeous and another reason for me to want the Big Shot! I love what you create Melissa!!!
    ~Vanessa W

  2. Your tag is beautiful! I was wondering if you have a hard time getting the white color box ink to dry? I feel like mine takes FOREVER to dry even when I use a heat tool. Any suggestions? Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  3. My big shot is arriving this month, and I am really looking forward to trying new projects with it, having only had the side kick up till now.

    I might just try a little tag of my own ….

    Thanks for the inspiration :o)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *