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If you have kids in sports, like I do, you are probably looking for fun ways to support the team and spread a little team spirit. And it's always fun when we can find ways to incorporate crafting into other areas of life! You might remember that I shared some tags last year that I did for my daughter Hana's swim sister on the high school swim team. I have some more tags to share that I created for this year and this time I played around a bit with creating a shaker tag with a bit of a twist. Come see how you can create tags like these to cheer on your favorite team!


Instead of cutting out letters to add to a shaker project, I thought it would be fun to make the actual shaker window from the negative image life when you die cut letters from cardstock. I started by cutting out some tags using the Monthly Moments: Journal Tag 6 die. I cut two for each tag from contrasting colors - Pure Poppy and Dark Indigo - to match my daughter's school colors.

Then using the Headline Alphabet dies, I die cut the school name from the tag. Tip: use some washi or other removable tape to hold dies in place on your project when you are die cutting.

When the two colors of tags are layered together, the contrasting color tag really helps the word stand out on the front of the tag.

You could die cut any word you want to customize your project or you could even cut an image from a tag or card front to do this technique.


Next, I added some clear cardstock to the back of the tag that I die cut the word from using a strong, double sided adhesive.


I die cut the tag again from some double-sided foam adhesive sheets and then used an exact knife to cut an opening in the middle. Make sure your opening is big enough so that it doesn't show through the die cut words. The opening doesn't have to be perfectly shaped as it will be hidden inside of the tag.


I attached the foam tag frame to the solid tag base, removed the paper from the top to expose the adhesive and carefully added some sequins into the opening of the foam tag frame. You want enough sequins so they easily show through the word window, but not too many so that they can't move inside the tag.


Next, add the die cut word tag over the top of the foam tag frame.


I went back and added the letter details to the word window using some liquid adhesive. You could leave the letter details off, but I really like the polished look it gives the tags to add them back into the letters.


I had fun adding some fun details to the tags that I die cut from some shiny and glitter papers that I had in my stash. The die cut phrases are a part of the Pennant Flag die collection and the stars are from the Small Sketched Stars die collection. I ran the papers through a sticker machine before I die cut them to make adhering them to the tags quick and easy.


I love the look of the shaped window from the negative that was left after die cutting the letters from the tag! I think I might try this same idea on some future tag projects. How fun would this look be for a birthday or even for the holidays?


These tags are ready to attach to some swim sister gifts and I might need to keep one to slide into Hana's swim scrapbook too!

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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you were inspired try this twist on a shaker to use on your next project. I will be back soon with more to share!