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Texas Boot Shaker Tag


Texan Tami here on the blog with you today! 

I have been wanting to design a project using Clear Scraps Mini Boot Shaker.

Clear Scraps has lots and lots of great shaker designs, but being from Texas, the boot held a special appeal.

I collect lots of vintage "junque" and have a box dedicated to Texas stuff. So I pulled it out and started playing.

I decided to make a tag thinking I might use it as a cover to a mini album later on.


I started with one of Clear Scraps chipboard tags from the Chipboard Tag Album. You get 4 tags in the pack, so you can use them all together for a mini album or create separate projects with them.

I was trying to figure out what to use for the base of the tag - what to cover or alter the chipboard with. I had some felt that was embossed to look like leather. I thought about using that, but decided to emboss the chipboard instead!

I found a plate that resembled designs found on leather and ran the tag and plate through my machine. You may have to play with how to "stack" your pieces to get them to run through your machine...

I inked the chipboard with a base color, then added accents of a lighter color. Make sure to press hard to get the ink down into the nooks and crannies and cover the entire surface...

To make the embossing stand out, I lightly ran over the tag with a dark brown ink to hit the raised embossed areas. I also distressed the edges and inked the top boot frame with the same ink...

Here's a closeup pic of the embossed and inked tag...


For the background for the boot. I decided to use a piece of a vintage Texas map that I had. I positioned the boot frame over the map so I could position San Antonio in the foot. I traced around the outside of the boot with a pencil. I cut it out slightly inside the line, then adhered it onto the back piece...

I assembled the shaker. I thought about putting sequins or something inside it, but decided I liked the look of just the map background...


Next, I wanted to incorporate the Chicken Wire Chipboard Embellishment, 'cause it's TEXAS ya'll! 

I inked it with a few different inks to mimic rust, then added accents with a silver metallic rub...

I had some Texas themed stamps, so decided to add a quote and make a mini tag to hang from the top. I stamped them in brown ink on some light kraft colored cardstock. Then cut them out and distressed the edges...

Then it was time to layer it all up and adhere the pieces to the tag. I also gathered a few other bits to finish embellishing the tag with...

I used 3D Dots stacked up to adhere the Lone Star bottle cap like a concho to the boot. I cut strips from a bandana to tie the tag with. I tied bows from bleached jute and denim threads to add to the center of the bandana knot. I tied a cowboy hat charm to the end of a safety pin, then used the pin to add the mini tag.

Thanks for visiting today; I hope you enjoyed the project and can incorporate some of the ideas into your own projects!


Clear Scraps:

Mini Boot Shaker

Chipboard Tag Album

Chicken Wire Chipboard Embellishment

Other: Ranger: Oxide Inks, Clear Snap: ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Paper Wings Productions: Stamps, Embossing Plate, Vintage Texas Map, Lone Star Bottlecap, Jute, Bandana, Denim Threads, Cowboy Charm, Light Kraft Cardstock

Tools: Pencil, Scissors and Embossing Machine



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