11/26/2007

Tag Curler card

I was not going to get yet another tool. Well, y'all know how that goes. Making Memories manufacturers a toy...oops I mean tool ...that squeezes metal tags around ribbon. The tool is fun and easy to use, and the tags are oh-so-cute. I store mine and all the tags in a Tim Holtz (BTW, he has a blog now! OMG!!! ) Cropper Hopper Embossing Ink box. Tags from open boxes are stored in glass-lidded tins (from Lee Valley Tools. I cut out the designs from the tag box packaging and keep it in the tins for quick & easy identification. Onto the project: boy birthday cards were on my to-do list. Here's how I created a couple real speedy-like. I just finished stamping 100 holiday cards and didn't feel like stamping - just playing with paper (I promise to show this years' holiday card ideas in a future post). Amanda Blu - critters paper (Archivers), 3/8" green stitched May Arts ribbon, Stampin' Up olive, black cardstock; PaperTrey Ink white cardstock; two large black eyelets & necessary setting tools, MM Tag Curler & tag. I used Nestabilities dies (rectangles & scalloped rectangles) from Ellen Hutson's store for easy stacking/layering. Step 1: Adhere printed paper. This is a standard Valerie Stangle layout. Tie length of ribbon around card and tie in a relatively tight knot. Val has an awesome tutorial on knot tying on her blog here. It does not matter where on the card you place the knot; you will be sliding it off anyway. Step 2: Slide the ribbon loop off of your card. Get your Tag Curler, insert tag, insert ribbon with knot smack dab where it will get all caught up in the curlin'. :) Step 3: Squeeze Tag Curler, encasing ribbon knot. Release. Slide ribbon loop back onto card, position in desired location. This is best done by slightly bowing the card, then slipping the ribbon loop back onto the card. Step 4: I mounted the black and white Nestabilities die cuts after I had the tag placed where I wanted it, to make centering easy-peasy. To affix the metal tag, I used a Glue Dot pop up style. Tweezers were used to handle the Glue Dot, as the minute the oils from your skin hit the Glue Dot it becomes powerless. That sounds very funny to me at the moment but it's true. Step 5: Finished card. Thank you for stopping by!

6 comments:

Sharlene said...

Oh no! I have a feeling I will be buying a new toy...errrr....tool soon. This is such a darling little boy card and I just love the tag!

Tex said...

So THIS is tag curling! Aha!
(Goodness knows that I would be forever wondering ... if not for our faboo Cindy to straighten our floundering thoughts! **bowing**

(((Texas Hugs)))
~tex

Beth said...

MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!
MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!
MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!
MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!
MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!
MUST RESIST URGE TO TOOL SHOP!!!

Otter said...

Cute Cindy Lou! I looked at this, but was unsure how and what it did!!

Rose Ann said...

This is such a darling card! That looks like a fun toy too. Hmmm. ;)

Jenn Balcer said...

Cindy, this is wonderful! I bought one and it still sits in the package. It's so cool to see one in *use*. . .LOL!

Congratulations to you on your new endeavor, too! I always love seeing what you create and look forward to seeing more!