TAG...you're it! With Concord & 9th 54
We're THRILLED to bring you a collaborative post with one of our FAVORITE new companies - CONCORD & 9TH!
Angie and Greg (owners) are some of the most amazingly talented, driven, hardworking, organized, generous and kind people on the planet. All this AND then throw in FUN and you have Angie and Greg!
Their products are the most Innovative and Unique products I've seen in a long time. The investment you make in them are well worth it! You'll find yourself using them over and over and over again! They brought us the AMAZING Take a Bough tree dies, Sophisticated Script alphabets and the HUGS and THANKS card dies that are taking the stamping/crafting world by storm! If you don't have them yet, you'll want to have them!
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And now on with the incredible TAG projects Angie created for us.
Hello! Concord & 9th here! We have been working with Jody and the Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts team for some time now. We just adore Jody and her team, so we thought it was time to collaborate on a blog post showing some fun ideas to adorn your holiday packages. Yes, it’s only August 18th, but Christmas will sneak up on us before we know it. We think that if you make a handful of tags here and there, you’ll be ready to dress up your packages, and enjoy the crafting process, rather than stressing out in December!
Today we’ve made 6 different tags to help jump-start your creative ideas! Each tag offers it’s own look and highlights different techniques. You could make a bunch of one design, or have fun making lots of different tags.
The products we’ve used are from Concord & 9th and can all be found at Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts.When we designed the O Christmas Tree stamp set we wanted the images to work on cards, but also on tags. The sentiments are sized to work with our Bags & Tags dies either portrait or landscape. The Bags & Tags dies offer different options for different tag toppers, bag toppers and even a word bubble. The Take A Bough dies can make fun 3D trees, pine boughs, wreaths, and even multiple sizes of snowflakes! The Stripe Builder stamp set is a great basic set for building striped backgrounds, either large or small. You can even create plaids, which are very popular during the holidays!
Here are a few more details on each individual tag:
DECK THE HALLS: This is a quick & easy tag. We used the Stripe Builder stamp set to create the bold, gray stripes in the background, and the teal dashed lines along the bottom of the tag. Using a MISTI makes it easy to stamp those big stripes! Stamp “deck the halls” from O Christmas Tree stamp set in red ink over the stripes. Stamp the outline of the small ornament in black ink so it hangs off the bottom of the ‘S’. The inside of the ornament is the solid circle in the stamp set stamped in green ink, and the tiny star in black ink. Use Bags & Tags dies to die cut the top of the tag shape. Finish it off with your favorite twine.
SNOWY SHAKER: Start with a kraft piece of card stock. Die cut the large snowflake from Take A Bough dies towards the bottom of the tag leaving the negative space. Stamp the little snowflakes from O Christmas Tree stamp set in white on to the tag. Use that same white ink to do a little blending around the die cut snowflake to highlight the area so it pops! Die cut green boughs using the different sizes bough dies from Take A Bough dies. Blend some white ink on the boughs too so they look frosted. Tie those to the top of the tag with your favorite ribbon/twine. The top of the tag is die cut with Bags & Tags dies too. Now for the shaker part - use foam tape or craft foam on the backside of the tag in between a piece of acetate. Fill it with your favorite beads, or sequins and adhere it to the back of the tag. Shake away!
O CHRISTMAS TREE: On watercolor paper, stamp the trees from O Christmas Tree stamp set in green ink. Watercolor an aqua sky. Spritz water over the top and dab off with a paper towel. The ink will lift off where the water splatters, leaving a snowy look in the sky and over the trees. Dry completely. Stamp O Christmas Tree in black ink over the trees. Die cut the large and medium snowflakes from Take A Bough dies and adhere them on to the tag with a clear drying glue. Die cut the rounded top of the tag with Tags & Bags dies. Finish it off with your favorite ribbon or twine.
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Start with a white piece of card stock. Use a blending tool and distress inks to blend ink on the bottom portion of the tag. Stamp the little ornaments at a variety of lengths on to the tag. The little, tiny images in the O Christmas Tree stamp set such as “JOY”, “NOEL”, the heart, star, small snowflake and little stripes are meant to fit inside the ornament. Stamp MERRY CHRISTMAS in black. Use a permanent black marker & a ruler to draw strings down to the ornaments. Add a little strip of glitter paper, and a glitter tag reinforcer die cut from our Bags & Tags dies for a little bling.
JOY WREATH: This is easier than it looks! Die cut the white circle from our Bags & Tags dies. Stamp JOY from O Christmas Tree stamp set in black ink onto the white paper. Die cut small, green bough sprigs from Take A Bough dies. Adhere the sprigs around the white cardstock circle. Top it off with berries die cut from Take A Bough dies, with a little heart stamped on the berry from O Christmas Tree stamp set, and white ribbon.
And, last but not least,
FROM ME TO YOU: From the O Christmas Tree stamp set, stamp “from me to you” in black ink onto vellum and the hand-drawn stars onto white cardstock. Add color to some of the stars with your favorite coloring medium. For these we used Zig Clean Color Markers. Finish off the tag with a die cut reinforcer from Bags & Tags dies and some gold twine. It’s fun to see the background through the vellum!
So, there you have it. Six tags, all with different techniques such as watercoloring, ink blending and paper piecing, different looks, yet all the same stamps & dies. We know it’s important to make those crafty dollars stretch, so we do our best to design products that can be used in multiple ways. If you like these tags, try incorporating these same ideas onto cards!
Now, we’d really like to see what you create with these products! Be sure to TAG us @concordand9th and #concordand9th so we can be inspired by you! Tag...You’re it!
THANK YOU so much to Jody for collaborating with us today! We look forward to future collaborations and many more years working together!
How to make your own Hinged Stamping Tool/ Stamp Positioner 12
Let's face it, if your a crafter, you're a DIYer.
I just can't help myself from trying to "make it myself".
The idea to use a hinged stamping tool has been around for a while. I've used my Lifestyles Crafts Letterpress platform for stamping for some time now and when a cleaver crafter reworked the hinged stamping idea and released a popular tool, it jump started the interest in this type of tool and it has newly interested many stampers, cardmakers and scrappers.
I just wanted to share here how I made a hinged stamping tool that is limited in some functionality to other tools you may have seen but it works great for me. The compact size is awesome and so is the cost. Yes, it's cheap!, Yes, It's not high quality, but it works great. If you want quality look into the MISTI TOOL. They're fantastic!
Here are the supplies I used to make this fun DIY stamping tool
1 DVD/Stamp Storage Case with Hinge
1 Sheet 3mm Fun Foam OR you can use 2 sheets of the thinner fun foam
Here's a video showing how I did it and a couple of ways to use it. I'm sure you can think of many more.
One thing I didn't mention is that I removed the tabs from the case that would normally hold the (paper) artwork for a DVD just to give a little more room in the stamping area. They are VERY easy to remove. Simply bend them back and they come off very easily without braking any other part of the case.
I also have another version that doesn't need the "sticky" surface. I added a thin piece of sheet metal under the fun foam layer and use a strong magnet to hold the paper down. If I'm only creating 1 card, I like the "sticky" version better. I also have just taped my cardstock down with washi tape or Micropore tape (my very favorite low tack tape for crafting) and that works great too!
Items used or shown in Video or mentioned in blog post:
White Fun Foam Sheet
Grid Paper (But you could even print some off from files from the internet)
Tim Holtz Scissors - to trim thin metal sheet (be careful, it can be sharp on the trimmed edges)
Introducing the Wink of Stella GLITTER Brush 0
Introducing the Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush pen
They have no smell, completely odorless and are xylene free!
These fantastic brushes can be purchased from Hallmark Scrapbook HERE.