Friday, September 22, 2017

DIY Laminated Monogram Luggage Tags

Hey, Crafty Friends!! I'm back! 
This time with Team Xyron! This week the design team made projects using the laminate refill cartridges. And today, I made a few DIY Laminate Monogram Luggage Tags!

Supplies Used
140 lb. Mixed Media
Stitched Traditional Tag STAX (My Favorite Things)
Colorista Aqua Stamp Set- Love (Crafter's Companion)
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers- Landscape, Nature (Crafter's Companion)
PITT Artist Pens- S, B (Faber-Castell)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen (Ranger)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Metal Findings/ Keyrings

I started by die-cutting 3 tags from 140 lb mixed media paper. I used this paper as the base of my tags because I was doing stamping and coloring and didn't want my colors to bleed through. This mixed media paper is nice and thick and it holds up to moisture very well.

I also die cut a 2.5" circle from patterned cardstock. Use whatever color you want for this part. White on white hurts my eyes and I just used a bold pattern to make it easy for me to see. 

Then, I ran my circle die-cut through my Xyron Creative Station Lite using the 5" Repositionable Cartridge to make the circle into a mask and placing it on my tag.

 I used a stamp positioning tool to help with exact placement and quick stamping. It really comes in handy when making multiples of the same project.

The rubber stamped I used on my tag was pretty big, it overlapped my tag on both sides. So, I placed my TAG at the 3" line so it would have room on either side of the stamp and not have a wall of the platform in the way of my stamp. I made sure to lay a piece of typewriting paper under my tag so I wouldn't get my platform inky.

Then, I placed my stamp on the "rubber" side of the platform lid, inked my stamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and pressed firmly down on the stamped image.

Then, I lift up the lid to make sure the stamp gave a good impression.

 Once satisfied with the impression, I remove the circle mask. Then, I placed a new tag down in its place (in the same spot, at the 3" mark). Then repeated the previous steps onto the other two tags.

Then, I came to my favorite part, the COLORING!!

I used my Spectrum Noir Aqua Makers to color in the flowers and leaves of the stamped image and then blended the colors out with a water brush.

After I was done coloring, I placed the mask back onto the tag to re-mask the blank area.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Antique Linen to shade the outer perimeter of the tag, leaving the center white.

I removed the mask, and hand drew my monogram. I call it faux hand-lettering. I can't hand-letter to save my life (#GOALS)!
But, I can draw each letter which is good enough for me, for now anyway! LOL

For my "faux" hand-lettering, I start by lightly drawing out my letters with a pencil. That way any mistakes I made or things I want to change can be erased.

Once I was satisfied with how my letters looked,  I traced over the pencil marks with a permanent ink pen. Then erased any pencil marks that I left behind.

I needed to switch out my cartridges. I wanted to make my luggage tags water resistant and more durable. So, I replaced the adhesive cartridge with a 2 Sided Laminate cartridge instead.

I punched holes at the top center of the tags. Then, ran them through the Creative Station Lite.

Next, I trimmed off the excess laminate and left a 1/8" border all the around.

I re-punched the hole to remove the adhesive. Then, slipped in a metal finding and attached a keyring onto each tag.

And here are my gorgeous Floral and MONOGRAMMED Luggage Tags!!

These can't just be used for suitcases!

How about on backpacks???

On School Supplies???

On purses and handbags???

Or why even hang it on a bag at all?? How but just using it as a keychain? 
I pretty sure you won't lose your keys now!! LOL

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!

And if you can't hand-letter, have a go at "FAUX" lettering and draw them instead!

Hope you all have a very crafty day!!
Until next time, Friends!

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