{Rustic Tags – 3 Ways}

As seen on the Paper Whimsy Inspire Blog

Rustic Tag Mini Journal
Rustic Tags
Moleskine Pocketsize
Antique Hues Ribbon
Digi Sheet 287
Digi Sheet 237
Digi Sheet 280
Art Bits 06 PNG
Double Sided Tape
E6000 Glue
Perfect Paper Adhesive or Matte Gel

(1)Cover the moleskin journal cover using double-sided tape on each edge and a piece in the center. Cut pattern paper about 1 inch overlapping the edges. Place paper on top of journal and smooth out to make sure tape sticks. Crease overlapping edges and run tape on the back of the edge and stick to the interior (like wrapping a present) and fold corners in. Cut another piece of pattern paper for the inside to cover the tucked edges and place double-sided tape on back. Center and stick inside album cover. Do the same to back and interior of journal.
(2)Distress edges of Digi Sheet 280 ATC size and adhere to front cover using double-sided tape. Layer punched paper shapes on top.
(3) Using Perfect Paper Adhesive of Matte Gel Medium collage front of rustic tag using torn bits of pattern paper, beautiful face, butterfly and word art. Once dry, adhere to front of journal covering using E6000 glue.
(4) Tie seam binding ribbon on edge of journal.

Rustic Tag Pendant
Rustic Tags
Digi Sheet 283
Pebble Key
Tim Holtz Ball Chain
E6000 Glue
Matte Gel Medium

(1) Collage the front of rustic tag using collage image (punched in circle shape) and backdrop (script punched out in flower shape). Add lace using little dabs of E6000 glue and cover lace with matte gel medium. Trim off access lace on edges of tag.
(2) Add a wee bauble to center of lace.
(3) Add key and buttons to chain and thread tag on to piece.

Time Worn Rustic Tag
Rustic Tags
Digi Sheet 268
Digi Sheet 237
Antique Hues Ribbon
Digi Sheet 280
Lace Remnants
Needle and thread
Tea/Coffee stained shipping tag
E6000 Glue
Matte Gel

(1)Layer lace on top of dyed shipping tag with needle and thread. Little “tack” stitches to keep the lace in place.
Cut a small piece of seam binding ribbon and pleat and stitch to gather at bottom of tag. Add little beads and buttons as accents on ribbon and side of tag.
(2) Collage face on to rustic tag using matte gel medium. Add a bit of torn paper and layer word on top.
(3)Punch out Digi Sheet 280 with flower shapes (small and large) and stitch a small button in center. Glue on tag.

There are oodles of ways to create art using the rustic tags, beautiful faces, ribbons, and other lovely items available in the shoppe. I have tried to showcase 3 totally different projects to get your mojo moving and your imagination inspired. The projects would make great little gifts for the upcoming holidays. Or use the tags to make special keepsake ornaments to give loved ones this year.
I would love to see your rustic tag creations!

About Sugar Lump Studios

I am a dabbler. I love to create using all sorts of mediums...pattern papers, stamping, fabric, assemblage, collage, altered art, a never ending smattering of whatever strikes my fancy in whimsical moments. I find creating allows my soul to be fulfilled and love to spend hours in the studio.


  1. Love the tags!! I love anything vintage and I love the lace too! Beautiful work.

  2. Hi Nancy,
    I love your journal and your two tags! Just lovely. The rustic tags are awesome! I want some! And the images of the girls are lovely. I love what you did with ribbon on the last tag. Your a genious, Nancy! Such a joy to see your work!

  3. Oh Nancy your work with teh rusty tags are amazing.
    Wonderful inspiring. I must buy this by Gale.
    Absolutely gorgeous.

    Have a lovely sunday my dear friend. xoxo

  4. Oh Nancy, you have again made quite fantastic artwork! Really adorable!

    Unfortunately, I could see no blogs for a while. My computer had a crash because of a Trojanvirus. But now everything is okay again!

    Have a nice weekend my dear!
    MARTINA oxo

  5. Dear Nancy- they are all wonderful. I love your very altered tag- you stained yourself , are the rustet ones also done by you?
    The dark brown tones looks so warm, and beautiful,like chocolate, and together with the fragile laces ,just gorgeous.
    And the P.W. faces are alwayes and forever so lovely.
    Thankyou for the tutorial Nancy-and a happy sunday to you.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful Nancy. Thank you for the how to! penny

  7. What a charming Journal. I love everything about this one.

  8. Nancy
    Your art is always worthy of a “swoon” and those rustic tags are no different.

  9. Nancy…these tags are so sweet. They definitely are filled with your special style and grace. Love them! <3 Candy

  10. As always just gorgeous,Nancy!! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely Sunday. Would you like some snow? We got plenty:)

  11. So beautiful Nancy! The journal and tags are gorgeous!! I have tagged you on my blog. Have a great weekend! xxoo, H

  12. beautiful tags!

  13. Nancy! I saw these on PW blog! They are awesomely beautiful! xxoo

  14. beautiful tags and i love the laces you used!

  15. Everything you do is such a precious treasure. They leave me speechless…..


  16. As usual, all your creations are absolutely breathtaking!

  17. They all look great!

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