Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Miscellany - Making Lacy Tags & Earring Cards for Jewelry Display

I have a convention coming up down in LA (LosCon) in November. I was thinking about how I want to label and tag my pieces, particularly earrings, which I've not had good hangers for in the past.

I was shopping at Michael's a while ago and saw the punch (center of picture, large & purple) with the tag shape and thought, "Hey! I can use that!" then I saw the corner punch (blue & yellow upper left). I already had the lace edge punch (top, white) from about a year ago which I thought I could use to decorate little white bags - didn't work so well for that, but turns out it works great for my new earring card idea.

I think the square tags with the lace corners/tops in the upper right corner of the picture above, that I cut out with the large purple punch, will be price tags for my necklace lanyards, the larger tags for writing longer descriptions on special pieces (+ prices, of course).

I used my metal punch to put two small earring holes in them, but that only works for open hook earwires and I have a lot of lever back earwire earrings in my collection. So I designed some other earring cards that would work with the leverbacks (upper right, blue paper). If you're interested in a little step by step on how I made them, read on!

First off, I used parchment style light cardstock, with 5 different colors of sheets. It's from the assortment value pack of 80 sheets from The Paper Company, 5.5" x 7.5" size , archival, acid free, lignin free. I have no idea what that means, I'm not a scrapbooker - but they were on sale. I got several packs.

I experimented with the punches and different sizes.
For the small tags, I used a 1.25" square punch to
punch out several plain squares.

Punch the corners with the lace corner punch,
add a hole to the top (I wanted a tiny hole so I misappropiated)
my metal punch and add a string.

Finished tags:

You can also use these as earring hangers.

Lace edge earring hangers - use the lace edge punch.
I did two punches at the top of the paper.
Trimmed it to leave just the lace edge

Fold over just above the lace

Hook the earrings through the lace.
This will work well hanging over a earring rack or lying on a table.

You could also make a standing card.
Start with a lace cut strip (this one is 7.5" long)
and fold over a thin strip at the top with the lace.

Fold again at the 2.5" mark, fold it so it's folded up
behind the lace strip fold.

Make another fold back towards the top to form a triangle
and fold one more thin strip the opposite way at the very edge.

Use double-sided tape or glue to fix the little strip to the front of the card.

And here's what it looks like finished & with earrings.

And here's what one rack of earrings looks like right now. The color of the card is coordinated with the type of metal used. I am thinking about how to print them - sticker? Custom name stamp? Will start researching.

See you tomorrow - I'm going to share the current status of my Halloween necklace from a recent Rings & Things Friday pick.

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Blogger Just A Tish said...

these are great. i love when ppl use a personal touch on their packaging and displays. it compliments the detail that goes into each piece.


October 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger ohdawno said...

Thank you! My daughter saw the card you made for my beautiful earrings and her comment was "that is so cute!"

October 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Davinia said...

Your packaging is fantastic Dawn. Love how the earings hang from the lacy cutout.

October 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger ohdawno said...

Thank you, Davinia - it's been a long time coming considering how long I've been trying to come up with just the right things. I'm relieved to have figured it out finally!

October 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Lindalw said...

Thanks, Dawno, I've been scratching my head, wondering how to best display my earrings (that's about all I sell) and your blog had all the answers. Good luck!

November 14, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger KayzKreationz said...

Just found this post. It's really great. I've just started making some earrings and didn't know how to display/hang them. Thanks

January 16, 2011 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Lindalw said...

Yo, Dawno, I am so glad you are still on the internet; you come up with some of the neatest ideas! And how nice you are to share them with us!

January 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger sharon wilkerson said...

Dawno, I make jewelry too, I'm always trying to come up with new ways to present them. Your idea with the border punches is wonderful. It's 3:30 in the AM now but first thing in the PM I am going to make some of these. Thanks for sharing. I realy like them.


November 25, 2012 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger crazycatladybj said...

Found this on Pinterest. Wanted to say thanks for the awesome tutorial!

May 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger ohdawno said...

Thank you all for your kind comments & the share on Pinterest!

May 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger The Beading Gem said...

Not only very pretty but great for leverbacks too!

August 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Carolyn Grisham said...

These are great. We have struggled and struggled over coming up with a solution for earrings.

February 21, 2015 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Diane Swett said...

Thanks for your tutorial.

April 3, 2016 at 7:54 PM  

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