Thursday, March 24, 2011

Slit Tag

I decided to make a tag that didn’t use any adhesive. There are times when you don’t want to damage your image with cutting or gluing (or maybe you just don’t have any adhesive around), so instead I created a “frame” for the image.

I found some images I wanted to use from Advertising Spot Illustrations of the Twenties and Thirties, another Dover clip art book. I kept it pretty simple by just adding type and colorizing the images.

I measured the image I wanted to use. Using a piece of chipboard (or cardstock would work), I cut out a rectangle with a 0.375 inch border larger than that of my image dimensions (except for the top part of the tag which I made a 0.75 inch border since I would be punching a hole there later).

I placed my image where I wanted it to be on the chipboard and then traced around it. I then estimated where I wanted my diagonal slits to be (about a quarter of inch away from the corners) and marked it. With an x-acto knife and ruler I then made my cuts, which were each about 0.625 inches long.

On the front of the tag, I slid my image into the four slits. Looking at the tag, it seemed a bit plain to me, so I took a rounded corner punch and punched each of the corners. I punched a hole at the top of the chipboard and finished it by tying an elastic ribbon to the tag.

The Vermin Exterminator tag is my favorite of the slit tags I’ve made. When I initially saw the image, I immediately liked it (I mean, look how happy that man is chasing that poor little rat). But while the image was amusing, I wasn’t sure how I would use it. After letting things simmer for a while, I decided that “Congratulations on the divorce!” would fit perfectly with the image.

Here are a couple other slit tags:

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