How to Make Cards and Tags with Stripes and Dots

comments (7) August 6th, 2008     

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The range of patterns you can make with these simple items is endless!
A few of the simple supplies you need to make these cards and tags.
Cute little tags look pretty on a gift wrapped with newsprint or kraft paper.
The range of patterns you can make with these simple items is endless!

The range of patterns you can make with these simple items is endless!

My mom is one of those people who keeps a shoebox filled with cards for pretty much any occasion you can think of. I am not one of those people. Although I always remember to get a gift for my friends and family, I am usually scrambling around my house looking for something to make a last-minute card with. Here are some quick card and gift tag ideas you can make with things you probably already have lying around the house. Make a bunch of them and you too will be known as someone who is always prepared for that last-minute birthday party! For recycled gift wrap to match, I think packages wrapped up in newspaper and tied with sweet red and white baker’s twine is very smart and stylish.

What You'll Need:
Assorted sizes of cards and tags
Magazines and other paper from the recycling bin
Decoupage glue such as Mod Podge
Small brush
Hole punch
X-Acto knife and cutting mat
Optional: Sewing machine with a leather/vinyl needle and thread color of your choice

1. With an X-Acto knife and cutting mat, cut different-colored strips from magazines. I like them to be free-form strips, so I don’t use a ruler.

Cut strips from magazines in a variety of colors and widths.

2. With a hole punch, punch different-colored circles out of magazine pages.

You can hole punch through several magazine pages at a time to make lots of circles!

3. Lay your design elements onto a blank card or tags. You can come up with endless designs just using stripes and dots, so be creative! Lay out a sheet of newspaper and brush the back of each piece with a small amount of glue. Smooth each piece onto the card or tag.

Brush a small amount of glue on the backs of the magazine strips.

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Comments (7)

Anasofia writes: I have to say.. i WILL try it!
they are perfect for gifts or scrapbooks!
Posted: 3:23 pm on December 7th
SimplyLA writes: Great tutorial! Featured here: Thanks!
Posted: 8:02 pm on September 21st
delladesigns writes: I now know why I have been saving all the beautiful little paper scraps and other goodies. Look out, friends. You are about to be tagged!
Posted: 7:36 pm on August 9th
Carriecan writes: This is awesome! I love how bright and cheery they are!
Posted: 7:48 pm on August 7th
MizMosa writes: Those are great! I have a big box of blank tags, now I know what to do with them.
Posted: 1:55 pm on August 6th
swelldesigner writes: these are so cute. What a great idea for all those scraps!
Posted: 1:24 pm on August 6th
Sister_Diane writes: I love these! Thanks for the great tutorial!
Posted: 1:11 pm on August 6th
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