A couple of posts ago I provided some ideas about creating simple and professional looking tags for your packaging and wrapping. Today I’m back with more tags! Ways to enhance your tags further and incorporate them into your existing packaging with only one or two simple extra steps. Today’s examples also focus more on colour.
Create tag by stamping image on to thin card. Place a decorative strip of paper behind the tag and wrap around top of bag, box, parcel, envelope etc.
My first example tag (left) and packaging uses a square stamped cream tag and a background strip of complementary decorative paper. The colour scheme and style of this packaging creates a classic look. I can imagine you’d find a hand dyed scarf or handmade soaps inside this package. You can easily change the look and feel of your packaging by using your own business logo, stamping on coloured card/paper and selecting an appropriate background stripe.
Change the look of the square tag by turning on an angle and using it as a diamond shape. In the next example (below right) I have added a larger backing in
Using a coloured and/or textured backing card can add an extra dimension to your tag. Tie the colour or texture to your product style/type or brand.
bright green card which has an embossed 3D effect to it. With the matching ribbon this packaging looks energetic and fun.
Add a 3d element just as an adhesive pearl, crystal or button.
Next, this cute little noodle box (left) has a tag with a matching Asian feel. The white stamped tag is backed with a larger multi coloured flower designed circle. I’ve added an extra detail to this tag with a self adhesive black pearl.
This heart shaped tag (below left) is my attempt at a freehand shape. I stamped the stamp onto the card first and then cut the shape around the stamp. It’s simple, but quite effective.
My final tag today (below right) is a slightly different take on a tag – it’s more of a rosette and ribbon. I selected a gorgeous backing paper and placed a complementary coloured stamped centre on it. Then I folded the ribbon and stapled it to hold the fold in place and sticky taped it to the back of the circle.
Try a freehand shape and coloured card.
A simple thank you rosette would look cute attached to any packaging.
The hardest part of creating any of these tags and packaging ideas is going to be pulling the elements together in the first place. Once you have decided on the size, colour and shape of your tag and have your physical resources in place it might only take half an hour or so to create a batch of tags that you can have on hand ready to pack up your orders.
– Do you have an existing logo? What is its style? Does it utilise any colours? Your packaging will look better if it works well with any existing elements of your brand.
– Try a coloured card for your tag or stamping with coloured ink for a quick packaging pick-me-up.
– Try attaching your tag with something interesting: string, bakers twine, wool, embroidery thread, ribbon etc. It’s these small extra little touches that customers love when they receive a handmade product.
Resource links & inspiration:
Lots of sizes and colours to browse here:
Paper bags – brown, coloured, with and without handles:
Pre-made tags & stickers etc:
Manilla hang tags
Natural cardboard hang tags
A range of paper trimmers:
Bracket style tags in autumn colours
Kraft traditional tag shape
Tags with patterns:
Also see my last post which provides more tag creating ideas and links to resources, tools and inspiration.
Next week I’ll be back with a follow-up to last weeks post – more ideas for crafty business cards. Hope to catch you then.
The Crafty Firefly