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Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekend "Victorian Tag" Tutorial-- (Or Move Over, Martha Stewart!)

Oh gosh, I wonder if Martha is jet-setting this weekend or if she does crafts and cleans the house like the rest of us! With the weekend upon us, I thought you might enjoy a tutorial to make some tags if you have some quiet, creative time.

So, I will give you a step-by-step look at how these 2 tags were completed.

First, I printed out a fabulous sheet from Dezinaworld--and yes, I had plenty of images left over to make more tags JUST from one sheet!

I took 2 tags...

Then, I cut and added the pictures with glue dots.

Next, I stamped the sides of the tags for an antiqued appearance.

Then, I used Staz-On ink to stamp seam binding...

I tied the seam binding onto the tags and added lace, coffee-stained cheesecloth and embellishments...

On this one, I made a "double tag" with burlap and tied the 2 together....

After I took pictures of the tags, I used them in my header above....If you are in need of headers or blog buttons, just email me at:

I hope you have fun making tags! And I hope you have an awesome weekend. If you would like to make a Victorian Christmas journal or book, I have 2 styles--just scroll down.

To give you an update on my husband...He is coming along and can eat on his own--so progress! Thank you for your prayers...They mean the world to me.

This weekend, I will be editing my book and working on blog headers, so if you don't hear from me, just know that I am in the "Work Zone!"




Sush said...

Oh thank you for the update on Ralph. It means a lot to know he and thus you are improving...
Lovely tutorial...and I love your Ohh-la-la...
Have a lovely weekend dear heart!


Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Beautiful tags Cindy and I love the idea of adding the burlap behind the tag. Glad to hear Ralph is doing well, love and hugs sent your way !Marilou

craftattack said...

Thanks for divulging your secrets! Valerie

Suz said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Cindy. I am so glad to hear about your husband. That was really scary!
Big hugs,

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful tags, so glad to hear your husband is getting stronger too. Have a great weekend.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeee this! I loveeeeeeee that burlap and the vintage images! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
they are simply stunning and what a great tutorial too. I love the way you use materials.
beautiful work and thanks for showing off the pink santas so well,
I am glad Ralph is doing ok and wow isnt he determined to be so far ahead managing on his own
June x

Anonymous said...

Love it, Cindy. You are not only talented but very creative. This is beautiful.
If you are online, would you do me a very quick favor? Would you click on my page and let me know if the scroll on my header at the very top is the same tone as the beadboard background and the font for the date? Just comment the colors you see. Just want to check from a second monitor.
Thank you, chica.

Chris Arlington said...

All your vintage art is lovely! June is so lucky to have you on her team. Glad to hear Ralph is doing better.
Hugs, Chris

Sue said...

Hello Cindy
Firstly I am thrilled to hear that DH is progressing well long may it continue.
Secondly, thank you so very much for your lovely comments on my work.
Thirdly, the tutorial was fantastic, you turned a lovely image into a most exquisite Tag.
Have a good weekend my friend.

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous tags Cindy and a lovely tutorial too so thanks for that.
Glad to hear your hubby is doing well too.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias, muchacha! ;)

Anonymous said...


I just had to laugh...with the 'Move Over Martha Stewart' title! you are just too too 2 2 cute!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Netty said...

so pleased to hear your dear husband is progressing well Cindy xx

Cindy said...

Thank you, Cindy! I'm going to try making some tags now for Christmas! Very happy to hear the progress that Ralph is making!
Hugs, Cindy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I never know where to start! And I'm praying your husband continues to improve! Take care of yourself, too, my friend! ♥

Gayle Page-Robak said...

This is totally amazing, Cindy....such beautiful artwork, a tutorial as well, and then to see your blog header featuring all of it is exceptional.
Kudos to you for your wonderful creations. Hugs, Gayle.

Just me said...

Love, love, love these tags! The images are great and I love your lace! I need to go lace shopping. I do have some burlap, I am so borrowing that idea! lol
Yay for your hub's! Glad to hear he is pushing forward!

Myric said...

They are pretty as usual!! Oh I can't wait to make my own. I bought blank tags from michael's, but I have to finish my other project first!
Thank you for the tutorials! Bless you!!


Linda M. said...

Hi Cindy, Happy Pink Saturday! I love this sheet of images from June I think I'll have to get this one too. Your tags are beautiful. Hugs, Linda

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous tags Cindy! I didn't know something happended to your DH. I'll be going back to see whats up. I do hope he's o.k?
Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck. I'm off to enter yours now!
Hugs Lynn

Hope Filled Living said...


Donna said...

Thank you for sharing such good news on your sweetie's health progress. That is so wonderful to hear!

I have loved this week, Cindy! I'm so happy I found you through Danielle. I have enjoyed all of your projects you shared with us!

I love your blog header, and as soon as I decide on what I want to do with mine, I will contact you!

Blessings, Donna

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Cindy,

What wonderful Christmas tags and many thanks for sharing the tutorial.
So happy to hear that your husband is making progress. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.


Myric said...

Oh my gosh. I can't wait!!!


Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Hey Cindy Lou (such a cute name!)

Your tag is absolutely gorgeous and your new header is too. thank you for the tutorial. I've never heard of the StazOn.

Glad your hubby is progressing :)

Linda said...

So glad to hear Ralph is doing well, Cindy! The tags are really lovely and I appreciated learning about the Staz-on, too!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Cindy, these tags are ohsoprecious!! I love anything with a vintage Santa on it, and these Victorian images are great!!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, sweet friend!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Hi Cindy .. this is my first visit here - came over from Carolyns blog where she had a referral. Thank you for a lovely tutorial ... I will definitely be doing some of these! I'm not sure what happened to your husband, however, It must be such a relief he is improving. Take care ... I will go exploring your blog now. :o) Donna

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Cindy,
I love these gorgeous tags! I've always had a thing for Old World Santas, love how you decorated around him.
Wonderful news about your Ralph! I'll continue to pray/meditate about his ongoing recovery. You both are very strong.
Warm hugs to you.

Dorthe said...

They are wonderful dear Cindy,
Love all you added to the tags,-lace ,bling-flowers. they are so cute.
I`m glad to hear your husbond is doing better :) and wishes you a great week-end.
Hugs Dorthe

Elli p.´s Stempelvitrine said...

Wouw, your tags are so wonderful !
Have a nice day, Sabine

Lululiz said...

Good news about your husband, I am so glad he is getting better.
The tags are gorgeous! I do love to see Santas on Xmas cards and tags.

Judith Tetley said...

Gorgeous the stamped seam binding...a lovely vintage look.
Many Blessings to your husband.
Kind REgards

Debbie said...

So glad to hear your hubby is progressing.
These tags are soooo pretty!
Have a great weekend.

Ira said...

These tags are wonderful Cindy! Don't you just love the possibilities of seam binding?? I had to order mine in the US, since I couldn't get it in the Netherlands! You used some lovely lacey pieces here girl, gorgeous!! How wonderful that Ralph is doing great! It must be such a relief for the both of you. Hugs, Ira xox

Sherry Edwards said...

Thanks for the lovely tutorial Cindy - your tags are beautiful and the header looks great too.

Glad to hear your husband is doing well xx

Createology said...

It is your special touch of all the little details that really make these tags so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

Jann said...

Your tags are just beautiful!

Michele said...

you make it look so easy Cindy! these are just beautiful, i will try to follow your example to make something special.. congratulations to Ralph and to you on his progress. good doctors, your love and Heaven's Grace working together make much possible. love to you both. xo

Donna said...

Dear Cindy,

I love your tags, and I just spent an hour at your Etsy Store looking around ~ oh my goodness, you are a marvelous artist! I am so happy to have been blessed with such a wonderful artist as a new friend!

Many blessings,

Anonymous said...

LOL! Cindy, I heard Martha say she hardly ever had time for her crafting anymore. That's sad. I can't imagine having to be a world traveler and so busy creating products that I had no time left for the fun part of it.
I like the "postage stamp" border!
XO Diane

Char said...

Hi Cindy,
I am so happy that Ralph is feeling better and eating on his own.
Your tags are just beautiful and I love the idea of stamping the seam binding. I think I will have to go get some Staz On and try that out.
I have been mia for awhile, I am in San Antonio right now attending the Canton flea market for the first time. It's wonderful and so much fun. I am also with a very close friend, so it's just that much better.
Have a great week and am off to see more of what you are up too.

khess136 said...

Always so happy to know prayers have been answered! Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial...I'm getting ready for a fair at the end of the month, so I better head over and see June at Dezinaworld...LOVE these images! Good luck with all your work, Cindy, you're a sweet friend!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Cindy
So sorry I've not been about but there have been problems with elderly relatives needing my attention.
Snatching half an hour on-line.
Love those tags!!!!
Stamping onto ribbon is something I love to do as it adds a special touch.
June will be filled with joy seeing those tags.
Take good care my friend.

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Cindy,

Your Victorian Santa Tags are over the top gorgeous!!!

I'm so glad your husband is coming along.

Ros said...


Theresa said...

fa la la and a here comes santa clause too! Those are wonderful Cindy and I think I have everything to make something similar... thanks for the inspiration! t.xoxoxo

Donna said...

I love, love, love your gorgeous Christmas tags, Cindy! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm so glad to hear that Ralph is doing better, keeping you both in my prayers:)

jacirascrap said...

Linda tag amiga...obrigada pelo tutorial!!! Boa semana!

Barbara Jean said...

I love those tags, the burlap background, and woohoo, love the stamped ribbon. never thought of that. =)

thanks again.