Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tags with flair


I was looking through the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog the other night with a friend and she pointed out that there were these cool accordion flowers/fans that were displayed on one of the pages. She asked me how I thought they were put together and I just started playing with a scallop circle until I got it.

The next day I looked online to see if I could find out how others do it. I found a great tutorial by Kelly Lunceford, here. Now, I have tried it her way and my way, it gives a slightly different look, depending on which way you do it. In the samples above I did it Kelly's way on all but the tag that has the Eiffel Tower. On that one I punched out 3 scallop circles with Stampin' Up!'s 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch out of my old book that I have used for some of my paper flowers in the past. I folded it in half, opened it up, rotated it and folded it in half again at the next scallop. I kept doing this until I had folds in all of the scallops. Be sure to fold between the scallops. I then cut on one of the lines to the center of the scallop and then folded the scallop back and forth like an accordion. I did this to all three of the scallop circles that I had punched and then I glued them together with Crystal Effects. I like using Crystal Effects because it's a strong glue and it doesn't leave a "tacky" residue if you go outside the lines. I used flat glue dots that I have, placed in the center of the "flower" on the front and back to hold it together. It takes a little practice to be able to do it easily. One thing about going the route of the scallop circle/circle punch is that you can get smaller flowers out of it. I might try to do a picture tutorial to show step-by-step what I did, if anyone's interested.

I would use these as either a replacement for a card when being placed on a gift (just write on the back) or I would just throw it onto a card base for an instant card. I really love how they turned out. I think that the Eiffel Tower one is my favorite, what's yours?

All of the supplies that I used were Stampin' Up!, except for the flat glue dots. I used Artistic Etchings Stamp Set, Shimmery White Cardstock, Sahara Sand Cardstock, Spring Silhouettes DSP, various corduroy bottons, Linen Thread, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Twill Tape (colored with my Baja Breeze ink pad), Champagne Shimmer Paint, Chocolate Chip Ink, Baja Breeze Ink, Soft Sky Ink, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4 Circle Punch, Table Setting Bigz XL Die and Sponge Daubers.

Have a great day!



  1. Awesome tags! I really like the way they turned out. TFS!

  2. I think the Eiffel Tower one is my fave too! And I like the look of your accordion flower better - might have to try your technique! TFS.

  3. How cute are these?! The flowers are darling! TFS

  4. Great tags - and yep, I love the Eiffel Tower one best too!

  5. Very Cute.. What a great idea for a tag on a gift!

  6. What a cute idea. I have yet to try this...though I think about it all the time. thanks for sharing.