Happy Monday! Do you have a bunch of seasonal decorations that you swap out through the year? Our house didn’t really have a place for me to set up a pretty display until this past weekend. I finally got the shelf I wanted for the corner of the kitchen, so now I have a place to display my Rae Dunn collection-in-progress and all kinds of lovely seasonal stuff. I’m so excited!
There’s a problem with seasonal decor, though: finding space to store the off-season pieces. That’s why I opt for paper and cardstock decorations; fun to make and super easy to stack away.
Today, I have the cutest giant tag to show you! I cut it with my CAMEO®, which I have to admit has been collecting dust over the past year since I’ve been working primarily on cards. It was nice to fire it up again.
To do this project, I used the Fall Pumpkin (ID #275585), Autumn Word Art (ID #47146), and a Tag Set (ID #197341) in the Silhouette Design Store. I always make a mock-up in the software by coloring the pieces and testing size and placement so I can visualize how it will turn out and to make sure the dimensions look good.
From there, I separated all the components by copying and pasting them into separate design space tabs.
For the tag, I ungrouped the design, kept the one I wanted to work with and deleted the other. Then, I chose 'Release Compound Path' in the right-click menu so I could make the hole in the top of the tag smaller and move it higher. When I was finished, I selected both shapes and used “Make Compound Path” so it would cut properly.
I resized it to 8.25” x 10.75”, loaded a piece of Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock onto the cutting mat and sent it to the CAMEO® to cut. The settings for Textured Cardstock in the design software cut the tag beautifully.
While the machine was working, I set up my other two designs with an extra mat I had lying around. They weren’t very big, so I just put a piece of Basis Cardstock in Green on the top of the mat and a piece of Curious Metallic Cardstock in Mandarin on the lower portion.
I resized the design to 8" wide first, then ungrouped the two pieces of the pumpkin and positioned them all the way to the left of the page in the software (by using the rulers on the sides) so they would cut in the right place on each piece of cardstock.
Once I unloaded the completed tag from the machine, I used the cut settings for Heavyweight Coverstock to cut out the pumpkin and stalk. When they were finished, I resized the word art to 6.5" wide and cut it using the same settings from a piece of Basis Cardstock in Natural.
I thought the stalk needed a little something extra since the pumpkin was cut out of the sparkly Curious Metallics. I used a gingham background stamp from Whimsy Stamps with some Versamark Ink to add a fun pattern to the die cut.
You get the best impression if you use the stamp face up and press down on your cardstock (don't forget to cover it with a piece of copy paper to keep your fingers ink-free!).
The last thing I did before putting everything together is to add a little bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges of the pieces. Then, I adhered the pumpkin and stalk with foam squares and the word art with tacky craft glue. To finish off the tag, I threaded a piece of cord through the hole in the top to make a hanger and tied a pretty bow around the stalk.
Don't forget the orange and brown cardstocks are all on sale this month! Do you have an electronic cutting machine? Leave a comment below and tell me what's your favorite brand of machine :)
Thanks for reading today!
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