Here's a great way to stretch your supplies. Do you like to die cut, punch out or otherwise cut paper? I sure do! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a large sunburst for a scrapbook page. After cutting I had two designs: the negative (left) and the positive that I was using on my page (right).
It's a shame to waste all that paper by throwing away the negative portions. You can easily use them as a stencil! Normally I just lay the negative piece over my paper, however, this one has lots of points that didn't want to stay still, so I used a light coat of repositionable spray adhesive to tack them down. I then laid my tag on top of the sticky side then flipped it over. This kept the points where I wanted them.
Next step - applying the Best Glue Ever. I used a foam brush with a pouncing motion to distribute the glue. Here's the tag after the glue was applied:
I pulled out my bag of gold leafing and a stiff paintbrush. After dropping some leafing on the tag I used the paintbrush to move the leafing over the tag.
After the tag gets coated with the leafing I use the brush and press down harder to burnish the leafing and remove any extra. Here's a tip: put a piece of paper underneath your project to catch the extra leafing. It makes it easier to shake the extra back into it's container.
And now the tag is ready for some embellishment...
I stamped a sentiment from this month's Cocoa Daisy kit, punched it out with a circle punch, and attached it to the tag. Then I used a We R Memory Keepers punch to make the tag smaller. I love this technique - the gold leafing really catches the light and turns an ordinary tag into something special.