Just a quick one this week to share a cutting file for a tag with a pocket that you can use with your Brother Scan N Cut machine.
I designed this after I recently tried out some Rhubarb tea (not as nice as it sounded) and thought how wonderful it would be to give someone a little individual teabag in a tag that was attached to a gift of tea time treats like some lush biccies.
Something along these lines.
I tried getting some biccies to use as “dressing” for the photos of these tags however when I opened the packet they were mostly broken!
So I basically ate them instead. Lol!
Anyway, first of all, here is the link to the cutting file set.
There are multiple files together in a zipped file on this occasion. To download, right click on the link above and choose ‘save link as…”. This time, unlike before, you will need to save this to your computer, unzip it (right click on the folder and choose ‘extract all’) and then transfer the uncompressed files to your USB stick – files will not load/cut on your Scan N Cut until they are uncompressed.
The tag with pocket cuts as one piece. Construction is easy peasy, just fold over the tabs, apply glue and then fold over the front and stick to the back. I used a wet glue and held it in place with small pegs as it was drying, which didn’t take long.
You can cut two from an A4 piece of cardstock so I have put two on the cutting file, but they can be individually edited so you can delete this after loading up if you don’t want to cut it.
Just a couple of notes before I show you what I have made with these.
Because you fold over the front to meet the back, it will be better to cut from cardstock that is the same colour/texture on both sides. You can of course cut it from a double sided cardstock for a different effect.
In the cutting files there is also a mat/layer for the front of the pocket (as you will see in the ones that I have made). Cutting these from plane cardstock allows you the freedom to stamp, doodle or print something in that panel before or after cutting it out.
As a finishing (mostly construction based) touch there is also a circular hole reinforcer cutting file included for the top of the tag. This will help prevent the top edge from tearing if you are going to insert a ribbon or piece of cord from which to hang the tag.
These are all provided as individual files so that you can pick and choose how your tag turns out or cut them from different cardstocks if you need to.
Combining all of these together gives a “complete” look but it’s by now way compulsory. Just have fun! :)
Here are a few decoration ideas that I tried out.
This tag was simply a combination of basic cardstock and some background cardstock that I had created using the wax resist technique some time ago.
I thought that it might work well as you could then colour theme the tags according to the brand, flavour or intended purpose (i.e. relax, rejuvenate etc).
The next design incorporated a Balzer Designs stencil from TCW. I used it to trace out a flower and then coloured it in with a small selection of pro-markers.
This I thought was a nice simple decoration idea and doesn’t take that long but still gives it the handcrafted feel.
This final design idea uses some texture stamps to create a texture (like tea leaves floating in the water) on the panel and then I have used little letter stamps to stamp out the word “tea” onto a small pennant which I then attached to the design.
Now, of course, it doesn’t have to be for teabags, it could be for seed packets, mini bookmarks, gift tokens etc.
Anyway, like I said, just a quick one today.
Hope you enjoy making things with this file. Please feel free to tag me if you are sharing your images on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/GentlemanCrafter) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/john_bloodworth).
Just a final point re the angel policy for the cutting files that I am sharing.
As this file was designed from scratch by me I am happy for you to make and sell as many completed tags as you like. Please don’t sell/share the unfinished cuts or the electronic file. If you know someone that would like the file then please direct them to this blog post.
As ever, if you have any questions or comments relating to this post, please feel free to use the comments section below.
Thanks for reading.
Look forward to seeing you next week fellow scanners!