Motivation Monday: Tag, You’re It!

Shhhhh…it’s an early sneak peek!

I guess it’s no secret that the Hero Arts Holiday Catalog is back from the printers. We will be previewing it at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Summer in Orlando, Florida this week…but for all our loyal blog readers here is an “early sneak peek”! Each day this week I will be showing different images from our new holiday collection.


I will be using Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas so I can show you new products, but you can use any theme you wish for the week’s challenge. Our focus will be on tags!

Today I am showing you a bag and two boxes with matching tags. Take a good look at the tags…they are easy to create and by adding layers of colored papers you can simply layer, layer, layer and voila, you have a card!


There are many times when I love a tag sketch but I want to send a card. By layering papers, you have a great card with a beautiful focal point. By using a “non-tag” shape your layered card looks more like it took all morning instead of only a few minutes to create.

Here are some tips for cutting neat clean edges:

  • Don’t forget to change your craft knife blades and paper trimmer cutting blades.
  • If you find your edges of photos or paper have kind of “fuzzy” edges use an emery board to smooth out the edges (an emery board works better than a nail file). Hold the emery board perpendicular to the paper and file down the edges.
  • Cutting handmade paper works best with a craft knife.
  • When you are using a paper trimmer, trim all four sides using the guide to be sure all sides are square.

I used just a single stamp set to create all of these Halloween tags, but the use of small pieces of ribbon, accessories and colored papers make them much more fun. This new Clear Design Happy Halloween set is chock full of Halloween messages in all different styles of lettering, and includes some small Halloween icons as well. All the tags shown today are made using the following supplies:

First is a pumpkin flower tag tied onto a simple kraft gift bag. I always keep several of these plain kraft bags in a variety of sizes on hand for gift giving.



  1. Cut a piece of black paper the desired size and mount a piece of dark orange paper on top.
  2. Ink the solid pumpkin image on light orange paper using a black StazOn ink pad and set aside to dry before punching out.
  3. Stamp a message along the bottom of the orange paper, add a black felt flower, gemstones across a corner and glue the punched pumpkin over the center of the flower, adding a folded piece of ribbon.

Next is a bewitching tag with a fun message that I adorned with various ribbons.


Did you notice that the ribbon with “Halloween greetings” is stamped?


Grosgrain ribbon can be stamped. It’s a bit tricky, but use a bone folder to flatten a portion of the ribbon. Stamp the ribbon using a newer StazOn ink pad. Casual fonts work best for stamping on ribbon and you should always use a test piece first.


  1. Stamp a message and witch image along the bottom of a rectangle of light orange paper. Attach the stamped paper to a folded piece of black paper.
  2. Arrange varying colors of black and orange gemstones along the bottom. Punch holes along the fold of the black card and add an assortment of ribbons.

For my third project I have created a small square tag that sits atop a textured kraft colored box and is tucked inside some orange pom-pom wired trim.




  1. Using scrap paper from the first two cards, stamp orange papers with several messages in black ink. Cut out messages.
  2. Arrange the stamped strips and a scrap of ribbon on a folded black square.
  3. Place a small black flower (before removing the backing) over a piece of light orange paper and trace around it with a pencil. Cut on the inside of your pencil marks and attach the flower over the stamped messages and a piece of patterned ribbon. If you have a small pair of scissors, simply attach the flower to the paper and cut around the felt image.

Even though I have probably driven you all crazy with holiday samples, maybe you will find a tag sketch that you can turn into a card for any occasion.

This week’s challenge is to create a box, bag, card or anything creative that includes a stamped tag. Please include at least one Hero Arts stamp on your project and then upload it to our Flickr Group by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, August 2. Be sure to tag each challenge submission with the word “tags”. By entering you could win a shopping spree of your choice of Hero Arts products from the NEW Hero Arts Online Store! (Shipping charges apply.) Winners will also receive a 2009 Hero Arts catalog, sent separately. The prize amounts are as follows:

  • Fresh Face Winner (someone who has not yet won a contest): $50
  • Scrapbook Page Winner: $50
  • 1st Place: $50
  • 2nd Place: $25
  • 3rd Place: $15

I look forward to seeing your creative tags this week!

Tomorrow, more tags for Thanksgiving…so in spite of the fact that we are all in flip flops, give Thanksgiving a try…no sand or camping stove required.

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    Lillian Child said:

    I keep forgetting about using my stamps on ribbon - great place to put sentiments. Where can I find those unique boxes?

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    nancy said:

    Try the Container Store. they have an online store.

  3. 62

    Elizabeth Williams said:

    This is going to be like Christmas for me-TAGS! And today Halloween-it’s a 2fer. Going to be doing a lot of copying and pasting.

  4. 63

    Jennine said:

    I love all you work! These tags are great!

  5. 64

    Shari said:

    WOW Halloween - my family’s favorite holiday. Love the colors and designs for the tags!!

  6. 65

    Katie said:

    Cute projects. I can’t wait to see all the new stamps…thanks for the sneaky peaky!

  7. 66

    Sheri R said:

    Wonderful projects! I love them!

  8. 67

    Bev said:

    I LOVE Halloween and these cute ideas want me to start right now.
    I think I will just as soon as I stop typing.

  9. 68

    Lya L. said:

    Looks so fun!
    I loved the Thanksgiving set!

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    Christine Doner said:

    The new seasonal stamps are so cute and have the potential for alot of really cool creations…

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