Americana Tag & Magnets

By  Karen Strubel 

sizes: gift tag, 4"x6"; magnets, 1-3/4"x2-1/2"


  • Cabin Crafters: Star Plaque Ornament (102325), Micro Star Ornament/Pins (102320)
  • Small magnets
  • Swarovski crystals of choice, three
  • Coordinating fabric, scrap


  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7350C Liner 10/0; Series 7300C Shader #8; Series 7500C Filbert #6; Series 7400C Angular Shader 3/8”; Stippler DM 1/4”
  • Small star stencil
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Desert Sand, Driftwood, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Raw Sienna, Rookwood Red, Snow White, Uniform Blue, Williamsburg Blue; Satin Varnish
  • The Artist’s Club Superfilm Sanding Paper 70071 and sanding block
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • transfer paper, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Americana Tag & Magnets

  • General
  • 1. Print out patterns. Transfer patterns to surfaces.
  • Gift Tag
  • 1. Basecoat top of star Williamsburg Blue and bottom of star Light Buttermilk. Shade blue section Uniform Blue. Add Rookwood Red stripes to white section; shade with Lamp Black. Shade white stripes Raw Sienna. Stencil stars Snow White.
  • 2. Basecoat as follows: face Driftwood; wings Williamsburg Blue; shirt, bow, and nose Rookwood Red; eyes, hair, and mouth Lamp Black.
  • 3. Drybrush cheeks Rookwood Red. Shade face Raw Sienna, wings Uniform Blue, and shirt Lamp Black.
  • 4. Stencil stars on wings and shirt Snow White, and on background Williamsburg Blue.
  • 5. Shade entire tag Raw Sienna. Add lines on wings and around tag Lamp Black. Add dots to eyes and lines on nose Snow White. Add hair strands Lamp Black and Rookwood Red.
  • Magnets
  • 1. Basecoat all pieces Desert Sand. Paint red star section of "U" magnet Rookwood Red, white star section of "S" magnet Snow White, and blue star section of "A" magnet Williamsburg Blue.
  • 2. Shade red star section Lamp Black, white star section Raw Sienna, and blue star Uniform Blue. Shade "U" magnet body Rookwood Red, "S" magnet body Raw Sienna, and "A" magnet body Williamsburg Blue. Paint letters and border squiggles Lamp Black.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Drybrush all pieces Snow White; splatter with watery mix of Lamp Black using flat. Let dry.
  • 2. Seal pieces with varnish. Let dry.
  • 3. Adhere crystals to top of and magnets to back of "USA" magnets.
  • 4. Cut strip of fabric; tie through top of tag.