Sunday, December 16, 2012

Clay monogram gift tags

I am not usually a crafty person, but when I came across this on Pinterest, I immediately ordered the supplies.


Check out the tutorial at A Pair of Pears. Here's how mine turned out:


Clearly I'm lacking in the styling department, compared to the designer couple who run A Pair of Pears! And I had no good light to use for photos before the gifts got opened today during our first gift exchange. Such is life.

I don't think I've used clay since I was in elementary school, other than Play-Doh during an office brainstorming session or for a baby shower game. The jury is still out on the usefulness of the "cookie cutters." It's difficult to get the clay to release because the cutter isn't open on both top and bottom like normal cookie cutters. Sometimes the clay wouldn't shake out and I had to pry it out, which causes the clay to get misshapen. Creating the monogram is actually a second step. Once you cut the clay into the appropriately sized rectangle with the cutter, you turn the cutter over for the embossing. The shape of the letter itself is just smooshed into the top of the clay. I had assumed the letters would be embossed into the clay during the cutting process, rather than after, so that was a bit of a disappointment.

The good news is that because the letters are raised, I could possibly dip them in paint and use them as stampers for a project down the road. Hmm ....

Do you make crafty gift tags, or do you just use the peel-off stickers with To/From?

Hollie

3 comments:

  1. First off, I think yours came out just as nice (including the styling) as the originals! And you know I liked this DIY because I pinned it ;) They look great!

    I see what you mean about the 2 step process of cutting out and then 'stamping' - I got the impression the cutter did all of that too... and digging out the clay and smooshing your design doesn't sound much fun! lol That said, the end result is fab, love a monogram!!

    I designed & printed my own tags last year but this year, I decided to just use the tags that came with the gift wrap. I am trying to reduce how stressed out I was last year so the less I need to worry about, the better! lol I'm finishing my present wrapping today so thanks for the motivation! :)

    Happy Weekend darling! xxx

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  3. They turned out great! Maybe you're more crafty than you think. ;)

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