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Hand-Painted Chalkboard Tags, Etc.

I happened across some lovely, hand-painted tags on Pinterest the other day and thought: “I could do that!” (Do you ever say that while browsing Pinterest?) Well, it turned out that I really could do that—and you can, too!

Just cut out some 3" x 6" tags from Basic Black Cardstock, get out your Blender Pen—which for me worked better than a paint brush—and paint some simple flower shapes using acrylic paint.

The roses were so easy. Just paint a white circle—and apply the paint thickly. Swirl in a little bright orange, bright red, and some rosy pink. Add a tiny dab of golden yellow. Let the paint dry for a few minutes, then add a few more bright accents . . . and you’re done!

The leaves were just as easy. Paint a curved line in lime green. Paint some ovals for leaves. Add a little white and golden yellow. Done. Add a few turquoise dots, and you have a lovely tag.

I made a few fabric necklaces to put inside my gift box. These were super-easy, too. Use a strip of 5" x 44" for short necklaces and 5" x 50" for long. Finish the ends of the fabric strips with a small hem. Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together, and sew using a 3/4" seam. You now have a fabric tube. Turn the tube right-side out. Fold the fabric tube in half to find the center, and drop a wooden bead inside. Tie knots on either side of each bead.  I used three large, six medium, and six small beads.

Here is another view of the fabric necklace – which can also be used as a teething necklace!

And here is another view of the Extra-Large Gift Box. Notice the fun bow made using Basic Black Cardstock, the Big Shot, and our brand new Gift Bow Bigz L Die from the holiday catalog!

Try creating your own tags using cardstock and acrylic paint—they are so much fun to do and would make great gifts themselves! And please let me know how it goes in the comments section below.

Cindy B.
Sr. Staff Writer