Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.


How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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14 thoughts on “Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

  1. Charlotte

    Absolutely fabulous…Ab Fab! I was so impressed with what you did here, every element so delish, that I ordered the full set of Imagine. Well, I was gonna do that anyway. One DCE will not be enough for this collection. What are those tiny beads you’ve added to your flowers? Charlotte

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hi, Charlotte! Thanks so much for this lovely comment! You really made my day! I’ve sent you an e-mail with the info you requested! Happy crafting!

  2. stampersuzz

    What a beautiful mix of soft beautiful details and grungy metal touches. I love how you added touches with the tokens and metal embellishments. The beautiful papers and tags are lovely and then you follow it up with the perfect embellishments to add depth and texture. Fabulous!

  3. Helen

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This tag box idea comes at the perfect time! I just got G45 tags and dies in the mail a few days ago and planned to play with them over the weekend. You’ve got my imagination soaring like the words and designs on your project. You’ve incorporated so many special touches from charms to embossing and ribbon work–the details are awesome. As always, thanks for inspiring me.

  4. carol edwards

    Beautiful Kathy and so useful. Thank you for your really clear instructions on the tag. You are so clever my friend xx

  5. Autumn Clark

    Oh Kathy! This is a wonderful harmonious color display with so much texture and interest. It’s utterly divine and makes this paper come alive! I just love this and am so inspired by your use of tags. Hugs, Autumn

  6. Suzy Q

    Gorgeous Kathy! Just luv this folio idea with the tag box! Your ideas are so awesome! Cannot wait to try this! Thanks for another great idea! And a great tutorial too! Hugs from Suzy Q

  7. Gena Krannig

    OMG! I got TWO of your projects in my email this morning. Just been sitting here drinking my coffee and “sighing” over the exquisiteness of this folio. I wish I had it in my hands this very minute. You have outdone yourself in the detail and the color matching. Do you win prizes for these challenges, because this is a 1st placer if I ever saw one! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Tristan Robin Blakemant

    What a beauty! Definitely going to tuck this email into my special folder of gotta-try-to-make-this-someday! And, I thank you for doing the trial and error of color matching for us LOL.
    Just out of curiosity – I’m intrigued and envious of your neat clean score lines. What do you use? I have a Scor-Pal and Martha Stewart Scoreboard and have tried just about every bone folder on the market. I can’t get that nice crisp clean score line … mine is less precise and ‘muddier.’ What do you use?!
    I’m almost finished with my massive studio purge and reorganization – then I only have three commitments to finish and I can play, Play, PLAY with all the things I’ve been wanted to make for fun and for me!
    Thanks for sharing this really lovely piece!

  9. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow, Kathy! You have once again blown me away with your creativity and attention to detail! Your Burnt Copper Leaves base really sets the stage perfectly for those gorgeous steampunk papers from G45! I have been oohing and aaahing over all of the tags, and what a clever design this is as a whole! Your a creative genius! Thank you so much for all your hard work on this challenge theme! Sending hugs!

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