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Monday, February 21, 2022

Graphic 45 “Fashion Forward” Card & Tag Series: January Tag Tutorial

Our year-long card and tag tutorial series continues featuring the “Fashion Forward” paper collection by Graphic 45. As you remember, the Card making technique for January was “Glitter & Glitz”.

Graphic 45 January tag
January Tag

Hello paper crafters! ReNae here, with the FotoBella Design Team. Each month in 2022 I will feature a different technique for cardmaking. I will create one card and one tag with said technique and post detailed step-by-step tutorials for each.

Just like the card we made last week, this beautiful January tag shimmers and shines! Using glitter, glitter glue, your own glitter papers, and this tag tutorial, we are able to take an ordinary black tag and turn it into a sparkling work of art!

The Fashion Forward Paper Collection

This collection is one of the most beautiful collections created by Graphic 45. It’s not a new collection, but the gorgeous vintage images of 1920’s fashion, and the brilliant colors in this collection make it a perfect choice for our card and tag.

Graphic 45 Fashion Forward
Graphic 45 Fashion Forward

Supplies for Card & Tag Tutorial Series

First, Here are the supplies and tools you will need to create the cards and tags for the year-long series: Graphic 45 Fashion Forward 12x12 Paper Pack, Die-cut Assortment, Chipboard, Ephemera & Journaling Cards. Stickers, Scor-Tape 1/4" Double-Sided Adhesive by Score Pal, Tape Runner, Extra Strong Wet Glue. Graphic 45 Regular Tags, Graphic 45 Dies, 110 lb. Cardstock (Ivory and Black). Detailing scissors, Paper trimmer, Ink blending tool, various coordinating inks (listed each month), and Dimensional Tape or Pop Dots. You can find almost everything you’ll need on our website at

Secondly, Be sure to check your personal stash for buttons, ribbons, feathers and other ephemera you can use to embellish your cards and tags! By doing this, you can personalize your projects, creating your own version of the card or tag.

Fashion Forward Tag Tutorial

Graphic 45 January tag tutorial
January Tag featuring Glitz and Glitter

Supplies Needed for Tag

Graphic 45 regular Tag (Black), Graphic 45 Fashion Forward “January“ sheet of patterned paper, Double Sided Scor-Tape, Extra Strong Wet Glue, Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink, Ink blending sponge or tool, various coordinating colors of glitter paper, Graphic 45 policy envelope die, Graphic 45 tag die, coordinating ribbons of your choice, detailing scissors, and glitter glue.

Let’s Make a Tag!

First, select one black tag from the Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album. Set aside. Using the Graphic 45 tag die, cut out a tag shape from light blue glitter paper. With an ink-blending tool, go around the edges of the blue glitter tag die cut using Salty Ocean Distress Ink. Adhere die cut to front of tag. Next, select the tag-shaped die cut of the lady in the purple overcoat. Adhere to purple glitter paper and cut around the tag, leaving a 1/8 inch border. Then adhere tag on top of dark blue glitter paper, leaving a 1/8 border around tag. Finally, adhere layered tag to the top-center of the tag.

From the January patterned paper, select and cut out three images. The first is the strip of pink flowers. The second is the sentiment strip that reads “New Beginnings”. The third is the sentiment that reads “Out with the Old, In with the New” Cut the first from the January sheet and set aside. Cut a tiny frame from dark blue glitter paper using the Graphic 45 policy and decorative dies. Slip the sentiment inside of the glitter frame. Next, adhere the sentiment to the tag directly under the layered tag with dimensional tape or pop dots.

Now, using a detailing scissors, cut out the strip of flowers. Embellish flowers with glitter glue if desired. Remove a flower from each end of the strip, and adhere to tag at the top as shown. Cut a “corner” die cut from gray glitter paper. Set aside. Cut 7 inches of blue ribbon and 6 inches of purple ribbon. Slip the ribbons through the opening at the top of the tag. Tie a loop through the hole. Adhere the gray die cut over the opening centering it above the layered tag as shown.

Cut a large frame from the dark blue glitter paper using the policy and decorative die set. Cut another frame this time from purple glitter paper, cutting off the scrolls and retaining only the rectangle. Adhere the “Out with the Old...” sentiment to the large frame. Turn over the tag and adhere frame to tag. And that’s it! You have completed your card and tag tutorial for January! See you soon!

Graphic 45 January card and tag
January card & tag

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