I was putting together a birthday card for a good friend and for inspiration, I looked through the pages of a calendar given to me by another friend. The artwork in the calendar, by British artist, Sarah Lugg, had beautiful collages based on small tags full of fine little details.
With her images in mind, I started to pull out bits and pieces of paper, stickers, washi tape, and trim that were all or partially green, and layering them to create a series of tags.
For some of the tags, I traced the tag shape onto paper or card stock and cut it out. For others, I layered the ephemera directly onto a tag.
On this tag, for example, printed paper with a bird design is overlaid with a scrap of dictionary page and the definition of “celebrate”. A tiny bit of sheet music is near the top and a gold-printed branch has been cut out and adhered in place. I colored in a bit of the design with a green marker and stamped a small green clover with “good luck” to complete the tag.
The large card includes a small duck feather, little adhesive jewels, a bit of green twine, a postage stamp, a piece of a color swatch, a scrap of a map showing Yosemite, and one of my favorite little rubber stamped images of a tiny key.
As usual, I signed the back of the card with my lowercase initials and, in this case, added a small paper heart.
This Little Tag card was so fun to make that when my mom requested a birthday card to send to my brother, I did another one.
In this card, I chose to go with fall colors and oriented the tags horizontally. The background card looks almost black in this picture, but it is dark brown with a green envelope.
With less time spent crafting the card, the tags don’t have quite as many details, but I’m still very pleased with the results.
A beautiful butterfly sticker from my Cavallini & Co. “Flora & Fauna Stickers.”
The little acorn was trimmed from another old calendar that I’ve been saving (look for the pear on the first card – it was cut from the same source). Orange-striped washi tape is along the bottom edge of this tag.
Rem’s ham radio hobby provides me with interesting postage stamps from around the world. This one is Italian. The background paper is wrapping paper printed with designs from Japanese kimonos. A scrap of textured copper paper is on the upper edge.
I love creating these Little Tag cards and have already started another batch of tags.
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