Do you have a company? Do you want to see on Etsy or Ebay? If so, you need a tag. I've made big tags, little tags, aged tags, and fabric tags depending on what I was selling. Tags can also be used as bookmarks, gift tags, and additions to altered "smash" type books. You can buy already made tags, use a Cricut cutting machine, a die cut, or just cut them out of scrapbook paper. I used to just trace my tags and then hole punch them. Cheap and easy. You can also use a label maker or handwrite on the tag itself.
My newest company "Alchemy" is getting off to a slow start. I used to be able to make tags quickly. Well, I guess I had more motivation because I was actually selling things on consignment. Anyway, I want to have enough tags to put on some of the things I want to sell this winter. Really, all I have are some knitted scarves, tie dyed scarves, sewn coasters, bibs, burb rags, and maybe some jewelry I made a while back. I would like to sell some DIY laundry detergent but I don't really have a standard container yet.
I used my Gypsy to search for Cricut cartridges that I had that had tags on them. I think this is from Going Places. I just filled the whole page up with tags.
I used some leftover 12 X 12 paper that was cream colored and rather heavy.
Using Microsoft Word 2010, I copied and pasted three columns of "alchemy" in a dark brown color. I used to use heavy cream colored resume' paper but in this case, I just used regular printer paper.
After brewing my Keurig coffee, I brewed a second cup. Using a funnel, I poured the coffee into an upcycled creamer bottle. Then I poured this coffee into a plastic container to paint.
I tore the titles by hand. I like to age or coffee stain almost everything. I used a paint brush to paint the coffee over each label. I usually do this two or three times, letting this dry in between layers.
I like how the coffee blurs the ink. I want the image to look aged so it shouldn't look perfect. I ran the bottom of the tag through a Tim Holtz ink pad.
I also printed some alchemy alphabets and images of the web. I took these up and glued some on the back of some tags.
Let all the tags dry on a sheet of newspaper.
Now, I wanted to age the tags further and add a touch of "gold." There is a long and interesting history of alchemy. Basically, it can be described as turning base metals into gold. It never worked, of course, but alchemy is the beginning of chemistry. (See I learned a few things in chemistry!) I have this Lumiere paint, some inks, and a gold powder. I got these materials so long ago probably at scrapbooking expos.
I just randomly dab the inks, paints, and powders all over the tag.
I also throw some coffee grinds on some tags for some more color.
I just go crazy.
I usually slop some more coffee over each tag. At this point, the tags are wet so I usually blow on them with my heat gun or hair dryer. I also try to unstick them so they don't get stuck to the newspaper. I lay some on plastic to dry.
I might go over the edges around with a brown ink pad. I need to print out more images for the backs of each tag. I will tie a brown or dark red ribbon around each tag. I was thinking of maybe putting a blog link on the back but "learning curve" doesn't really go with alchemy! I guess I could put my email address also.