Every Christmas I make the tags for my family’s gifts. This year I decided I wanted them to be something that they could keep as ornaments. While out shopping I saw these little metal tags in the $1 bin and my husband said, “These will work with your engraving tool for your Zing.” Well they sat around my craft room for months and I finally got the nerve to try to engrave them.
- Metal tags
- Engraving tool
- Blue painter’s tape (Not “Duck” brand. It does not hold well enough)
- Force: 140
- Speed: 9/10
- Offset: None
- Passes: 2
- Blade Height: 25 post-its
- I created my file in MTC and chose a font and the images I wanted to use. Searching “Holiday clip art black and white” yielded numerous possibilities.
- I imported and made a duplicate copy of my images and text so I would have an engraved outline.
- I used a previous post from Michele to create the fill for the engraving and used Boolean join to fill one set of my images and words.
- I stacked the two sets of images/words and placed them on the virtual mat where I was placing the tag on the actual mat (I also made a shape of the tag to ensure I had the correct size).
- I taped the tag to the mat using blue painters tape to ensure it wouldn’t move.
- I then placed the mat in the machine and used WYSIWYG to line up the engraver and let it do its thing.
- Last, I flipped over the tag, re-taped, and engraved on the back.
- Voila! You have a gift tag and an ornament.