Hello all you wonderful people! Well I cannot believe it’s Monday again! The weeks are just flying past. There’s only 60 something days left til Christmas (I’m sorry to those of you who can’t compute that word in October). I used to hate it, but now I’m doing so much more with my crafts I HAVE to start early or I would be in all sorts of a pickle.
I meant to post another blog last week but it just didn’t happen for one reason or another. The week turned out to be very positive as was the weekend. Mr H put up some long awaited shelves for me in my craft room. I still can’t believe I actually have a craft room! I am so blessed!
So, onto how I made the picture
1. The frame came from one of the cheap stores, can’t remember which one, but you can get them quite easily. It cost around £3 and it’s a box frame so you can fit the tags in. It already came in white so there was no need to paint and if you prefer wood you can get them also.
2. I went through a phase of making lots and lots of clay tags. They really are the simplest thing to do. You can make them as basic as basic can be or you can get much more creative! I used Daas air drying clay, which you can get in most art stores and I’ve picked some up at The Range before. You take the clay out of the packet, roll it out and then create whatever shapes in whatever size you like. (Bearing in mind the thicker and the bigger the piece, the longer it will take to dry). I’m a heart fan as I’m sure you’ve gathered ❤️ So that’s what I did. I used cookie cutters. If you want to add to the design this is the stage to do it while the clay is still moist. I used small rubber letter stamps, rubbed some chalk on each letter before I stamped the heart and put the words I wanted on each one. My hearts in the picture say ‘live’ ‘laugh’ ‘love’. You need to remember at this point, if you are going to use them as actual tags, for presents or to hang etc that they will need a hole at the top. (I used a skewer). It’s impossible to do once the clay has dried. Then I put the tags onto a tray lined with grease proof paper and allowed them to dry for at least 48hrs (that’s the really tough part as I’m not very patient and want to carry on!) I usually turn them after 24hrs so they have a chance to dry properly on each side.
3. I used some standard pale blue paper that I had in my ‘stash’, cut it to the size of the frame and stuck it on. Then I positioned the hearts, just by eye, I’m not one for measuring everything exactly, unless it is something that really needs it. Then I used my hot glue gun to stick them in place. Put the frame back together and that was that!
If you are into homemade Christmas or you are thinking about starting, this would make a lovely gift. You can change the colours to work for whoever your making it for. You could put people’s names on the tags, special dates, special places.
Also, if your thinking it’s ok for her she has all the stuff she needs to make these things. I haven’t always had the right tools and there are still tons of things I would like to help me be more productive. I buy things if and when I really need them, but I improvise as much as I can and use a lot that is around the house. Where the glue gun and the rubber letter stamps are concerned, they can both be picked up for very little money. You can purchase a glue gun for around £5 and the rubber stamps where £2 or £3 I think. They are both things that you will get so much use from that they really are worth the money.
I hope I have inspired you to try this for yourself. As always I would love to hear from you and if anyone has a go please let me know how it turned out.
Have a fabulous week! ❤️