Decorative Label

Hi everyone! Kate here this morning with a decorative label that’s sure to add some fun to any summer party or {in our case} a fun way to accessorize a lemonade stand!

Supplies:

  • Any digital kit – I used Deena Rutter’s Homeward Bound Papers, Maybe Solids, and Basic Shapes Cutting Files. I also used some kraft from Shine by Karen Funk.
  • Photo-editing program – like PS or PSE (I’m working in PSE 10 for this tutorial)
  • White cardstock
  • A small dowel or a bamboo skewer with the sharp tip cut off
  • Spray paint
  • A block of wood, about 4×4
  • A drill and a drill bit that’s slightly larger than the dowel or skewer
  • Sanding block or sand paper
  • Some string or yarn
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Instructions:

1. I spent some time in PSE designing my label. Because I knew this label was going to be used a lot and spend time outside, I opted for making it one piece that I would then print off – instead of printing off the individual pieces and adhering them together later.

So I just pulled in the oval shape and the scalloped oval shape from the Basic Shapes kit without resizing at all. They were the perfect size for what I wanted. Here they both are – clipped with my chosen papers. I added a drop shadow to the oval shape.

2. Add some text. I wanted to mix and match fonts for my label. I chose Contribute for the main text and Carnivalee Freakshow for the price. Both fonts are free.

TIP: Clip paper to your fonts to add some texture! I clipped a pretty kraft to the 25c text.

I thought “cookies” looked a little bit plain so I ended up adding a stroke. To do that, hold down the command key (control on a PC) and click down on the thumbnail of the text layer in the layers palette. You’ll now see those marching ants around the text.

Add a new layer on top of the text layer. Then go to Edit > Stroke (Outline) Selection. The box that pops up will allow you to select the size of the stroke as well as the color. Color can be easily changed after the fact if you’ve done the stroke on it’s own layer. I wanted the stroke to be a couple shades darker than my font color.

My settings for this particular label:

Now press command (or control) D to get rid of the marching ants. To add some visual interest, I offset the text layer a little bit by nudging it to the right and then down. All finished with the label!

Print and cut it out.

3. Sand both the block of wood and the dowel. I chose to only spray-paint the dowel because I loved the look of the cedar I used for the base.

4. Let’s assemble this stand! Drill a small hole through the center of the block of wood. Take your dowel and make a small slit at the top and bottom. Secure the yarn or string in the slit at the top of the dowel, and then start winding it around the dowel – securing it in the slit at the bottom. Clip the string off a little bit longer than the dowel and then twist and push the dowel into the hole in the block of wood.

5. Attach the label to the top of the dowel with some hot glue and you’re all done.

I hope this gives you a starting point or some at least some ideas for your own fun labels. Happy crafting!

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