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Stretching your Dies

Birthday Tags

Hi All!

For something different, I’m creating some quick and easy tags today. I used partial die-cutting to elongate my Lawn Fawn Tag Your It tag die.

I used Vertigo paper to die cut my balloons. I used this paper awhile back on THIS CARD. It’s so interesting to look at.




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Lawn Fawn Tag Dies
Lawn Fawn Tag Dies
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
Balloon Framelits
Balloon Framelits
Vertigo, Taffeta
Vertigo, Taffeta
Zipper Panel Dies
Zipper Panel Dies
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
StazOn Emerald City
StazOn Emerald City
StazOn Gothic Purple
StazOn Gothic Purple
Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots


  1. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 7:25 am


    Where are the instructions to do partial die cutting?


    • wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Rita. It’s the first thing I do in the video.

  2. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 11:46 am


    Very cute! And great tips– love that you the sentiment behind and in front of the balloon– so smart!

  3. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 12:52 pm


    I have been wanting the Lawn Fawn stamp set and matching dies for awhile now. Maybe this is my excuse to cave! Thanks Darlene.

  4. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Patty Beers

    You introduced me to Vertigo paper and I absolutely love it. It makes great shaker cards that you want to look like water. I haven’t tried balloons so thank you for that idea. They look great!

  5. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 1:29 pm


    Oh Darlene, I love this Taffeta paper, looks amazing!!! I would love to buy it in different colors, because I don’t have any of those Stazon ink pads. I love how you really stretched this dies, I have some tag dies that I think I will use to try this technique.
    Beautiful tag, making a set of them would be an awesome gift.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • wrote on February 15th, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria. Unfortunately, the Vertigo paper doesn’t come in colors, but you could use your Stampin’ Up! inks on them. I used Daffodil Delight on the yellow balloon. It’s not as permanent as the StazOn, but I found it worked fine for me.

  6. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Evelyn B

    Great ideas! Darlene- thanks for sharing with us. Just love the balloon paper – I have a piece of that but didn’t know what it was called and still haven’t used it. What fun way to use as a balloon and as water. Love the extended tag and thanks for showing us how you did it – especially the stamping of it – great job!!

  7. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 2:41 pm


    Darlene…your videos and directions are awesome and always on point. You always explain everything so well as you’re demonstrating things. I never thought about having the long part of the twine hanging down before attaching it to the balloon. Such a simple step but oh, so necessary.

  8. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 2:46 pm


    Did you use the Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight on the yellow balloon? Did it come off or dry permanently?
    What a great tutorial..love how you elongated the tag…thanks so much Darlene!

    • wrote on February 15th, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, I did use the SU ink. It dried pretty well. I don’t notice any of the color coming off with my finger when I rub it. But, it is yellow so perhaps I just can’t see it. In any event, it didn’t seem to affect the color on the balloon itself.

  9. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 3:01 pm


    Great tutorial! I have elongated a banner die, but never a tag. That could be fun. Thanks for sharing this neat idea.

  10. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 4:33 pm


    Beautiful tags, Darlene! Love the colors you used on the balloons. I was curious if alcohol inks (like from Ranger) would work on the vertigo paper as well? I have lots of those, but only 3 colors of Staz-on. Seems like that should be an option, though, since they work on slick surfaces. I would think Copics or Spectrum Noir markers might work, too. Anyway, I am sorely tempted to get some of that paper. Thanks for the enabling! 😉 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on February 15th, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I don’t have any of the alcohol inks, but the copic markers will work on the Vertigo paper. You just have to be careful about the application so it doesn’t look streaky.

  11. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 4:46 pm


    Love, love, love these tags. I’m thinking we could also place the tag on a card front with an adjustment of size of the tag (with the balloon of course!!}. I have never seen or heard of Vertigo paper. Love it. Have to delve into availability here in Australia (are you watching this Connie???!!!). Thanks a lot Delvene.

  12. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 7:04 pm


    Darlene, thank you so much for this video. Such a great job and perfect instructions. I love making tags as much as cards. Would love to see more videos different tag ideas.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. wrote on February 12th, 2016 at 7:44 pm


    Clever girl…. Using your cricut mat… I’m going to steal this idea!

  14. wrote on February 13th, 2016 at 12:49 pm


    So beautiful tags Darlene ! I love the vertigo effect , perfect on the ballons !

  15. wrote on February 13th, 2016 at 6:29 pm


    So many great tips and techniques in this video! Thanks so much!!

  16. wrote on February 15th, 2016 at 8:52 am


    Such a cute tag. Simple and sweet. Gotta say using the Cricut mat for the Misti is absolute genius!!

  17. wrote on February 15th, 2016 at 12:41 pm


    Hi Darlene and thank you for your reply. I love the way this paper shimmers with the colors, I think I will invest in a few permanent inks, maybe 2 or 3 pads, just so the ink wont smear on the paper.
    Such a beautiful effect, just love it!!!

  18. wrote on March 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 pm


    Great tags! I love the Vertigo paper. So many ways to use it. Thank you for the great video.

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