It is no secret by now this week that I love the Shortie Tags Die set. It is so versatile! You can use it as simply a tag to use alone or put into a pocket or join several together to create a mini book. Even more, you can use the decorative edges at least 3 ways to give your tags different looks!The die set includes one tag die, six edge dies, and one hole reinforcer.
I am using a Spellbinders Platinum machine. My dies are universal to other machines. Follow the wafer thin or chemically etched die sandwich recommended for your die cutting machine.
The tag is the same size as a standard #8 tag but shorter. You can use the tag as is…
… or add a decorative edge. Place the tag on top of your bottom cutting plate. Lay the edge die blade side down on the tag matching the edge of the die to the bottom edge of the tag.
If you are using a magnetic platform, the die should stay in place. If you are using a non-magnetic platform or want to be extra safe, use washi or masking tape to hold the die in place. Place a cutting pad on top and pass through your die cutting machine.
Your tag is now slightly shorter with a decorative edge. Super easy super cute!
For a different look, create a decorative border strip to the tag. To create a border strip, place a scrap of cardstock on the cutting plate. The scrap only needs to be about 1/4″ larger on each side than the die. Place the die blade side down on the cardstock scrap. Add the top cutting pad and pass through your die cutting machine.
After die cutting, you will have a piece of cardstock with a decorative slit in it.
Cut away the sides of the sides of the scrap so that you have a border strip. The die makes an imprinted line above the decorative edge. Use this as a match line.
Adhere the decorative border to the back of the tag. Use the imprinted line made from the die to match up to the bottom edge of the tag.
Trim the sides of the border to match the sides of the tag.
The third look is a cutie and a great use for scraps of pattern paper. Place a scrap of pattern paper on your cutting pad. Place the tag die on the paper. After die cutting you will have a tag topper.
Use a decorative edge to shorten the topper to the desired length and to add a decorative edge. On this topper, I used the imprint from the tag die as a match line for the top of the edge die. Like before, you can hold this in place for die cutting with tape or a magnetic platform.
After die cutting, you will have a tag topper.
Adhere the topper to the top of Shortie Tag.
Use the hole reinforcer to die cut a reinforcer for each tag.
Adhere the reinforcer to the hole in the tag.
I love that with one die set you have at least three looks!
Look 1: Tag with decorative edge.
#2: Tag with attached decorative border.
#3: Decorative tag topper.
The tag is so fun on its own. It also fits in the following pocket dies: