You will need:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Gertrude, Colorize (664429)

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doodle Art #2 (664432)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Media Marks (664436)

Sizzix Bigz XL Die w/ Framelits - Curio Box (664419)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 146PK - Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower (664407)

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection (658784)

Accessory Mini Tool Set (Black) (664236)

Sizzix Accessory - Chrome Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies (660470)

Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Distress Cardstock
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Brushed Corduroy
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ribbon, Twine, Thread

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, back today on the Sizzix blog to share a project featuring some of the fabulous new Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 2 release.

Tags are one of my absolute favorite projects to make, as I always find them useful for so many occasions. This cutie pie tag with the new Gertrude the giraffe Colorize die makes me think of the adorable zoo animals that are often used for baby gifts and décor, so I went with that theme in mind while creating this tag. But I love that it could also be used for a best friend gift, or a birthday tag for an older child or family member…either girl or boy. There are so many reasons one could use this playful giraffe, and lots of other new dies from the Chapter 2 collection mix beautifully with this whimsical style.

I've got the full step-by-step tutorial to share, so let's take a closer look.

  1. Die cut the largest tag from the Tag Collection die set from Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Ink blend the tag with Distress Oxide ink, starting with Tumbled Glass at the top, blending into Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire. Spritz the tag with water, and blot it dry with a clean towel. Mix Oxide ink with water, and flick droplets of the mixture onto the tag. Allow the tag to dry.
  2. Cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock that is slightly larger than the tag. Ink blend the cardstock exactly the same as the tag. Die cut the cardstock with the Doodle Art 2 die using the Chrome Precision Base Plate. Use the Sizzix Mini Tool set to remove all the internal pieces.
  3. Adhere the die cut cardstock to the tag using Distress Collage Medium. Trim around the edges of the tag, as needed.
  4. Die cut the scalloped border die from the Media Marks die set from sanded Distress Cardstock. Lay the die onto watercolor cardstock, and trace around the shape using a pencil. Cut the shape out with scissors. Ink the cardstock with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. Adhere the top layer to the background using Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Die cut two banners from the Curio Box die set from Watercolor cardstock: one full banner, and one shorter banner made with the partial die cutting technique. Ink the banners with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. Edge all the pieces with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

5. Die cut Gertrude from sanded Distress Cardstock, and adhere the layers with Multi Medium Matte adhesive.

6. Tuck Gertrude slightly behind the Media Marks "bush", and adhere both pieces to the tag with Multi Medium Matte. Die cut the words "cutie pie" from black Distress Cardstock using the Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower die set. Adhere the words to the die cut banners. Poke holes at the top of the banners with a threaded needle. Adhere the banners onto the tag, using foam adhesive behind sections, as needed. Poke the ends of the threads through the tag, and secure the ends with cello tape.

7. Ink up a 5" piece of gingham ribbon with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink mixed with water. Set the ribbon aside to dry. Adhere pompom trim to the bottom of the tag.

8. Die cut another tag base from plain cardstock, and adhere it to the back of the tag to hide the thread ends. Thread ribbon through the top of the tag, tying it in place with twine. Trim the ends of the ribbon.