How to Make Cute Shaker Tags

Hello, hello! How cool is this? I am writing a post about tags I made using MFT’s Up in the Air stamp set, while being UP IN THE AIR too! Although not completely literal as I am currently on a layover…but I guess I will count it anyway. 🙂


So, I recently met up with my childhood friends and wanted to surprise them with some lolly jars decorated with cute shaker tags. The supplies used are listed at the end of this post.

From the MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 5, I used the tag die with two windows for the front, and the solid tags for the back. All the tags were die-cut from white card stock. I then die-cut another solid tag out of watercolour paper and applied distress inks using stencil brushes for a beautiful soft shading. Using two layer of foam tapes, I created a well and filled it with seed beads in coordinating colours.


These hot air balloons from the Up in the Air set is my current favourite! I recently transformed the balloon into a pumpkin carriage for this fairytale inspired card. To have the puppy peeking from above the balloon, I first stamped him on a piece of Neenah card stock, and then again on a post-it note to create a mask. I then fussy cut the post-it note and adhered it onto the first puppy before stamping the balloon over him.


I repeated the steps but this time using the elephant and then bear. I just can’t have enough of the adorable images from this set! I did some simple Copic colouring on the images, using two or three shades each time to create depths and dimensions. I also like to keep the colours minimal, in this case, within the families of red, yellow and mint green.


My ScanNCut did a great job with precision fussy cutting of what could have taken me a good 30 minutes. Step aside, muggle/ no-mag scissors (and pinched nerves)! The scenes were then put together with a strong double-sided adhesive. With such gorgeous seed beads, I know for a fact that there will be a lot of shaking going on and it would be a shame if the beads came loose.

Finally, I will be tying these tags with twine around jars filled with lollies –  a little something sweet for the ladies. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you find inspiration here today.




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