While I’m sitting here wilting in the heat and waiting for the humidity to drop I’m looking forward. Six months forward in fact. Six months from today will be Christmas Eve. So I wonder if it’s simply a coincidence then that later this afternoon Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators will get their first look at the new Mini Catalogue. This one used to be called the ‘Holiday Catalogue’ in the US and Canada, and the ‘Autumn/Winter’ in Europe and I think it was ‘Spring/Summer’ in the South Pacific market. This made it very confusing. So now it will be known globally as the August to December Mini Catalogue, Mini for short. Anyway, to celebrate I thought make a sweet Christmas poinsettia gift tag using products from the Annual Catalogue.
WOODEN TAG BASE
I’d already decided that I wanted a bright and cheerful poinsettia for this tag so that influenced my tag base choices. In the end I found this amazing wood effect pattern in the In Good Taste 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. It’s actually just one of a number of wood patterns in the pack and partly why I bought it.
To start I cut a 2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of the DSP and then an identical sized piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I glued the two pieces together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Once it was dry I shaped one end of the assembled piece using the Fancy Tag Topper Punch.
Next I cut some Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon and attached Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back. Then I fixed the ribbon diagonally across the front of the tag and trimmed it following the shape of the tag.
To finish the tag base I threaded some Linen Thread through the top and tied it in a simple knot.
PRETTY SIMPLE POINSETTIA
For my poinsettia I turned to the Wreath Builder Dies. Taking the six-petal flower die from the set I cut two from Real Red Card. Then I cut one from Garden Green Card.
Assembling the poinsettia was really simple. I started by layering the two Read Red flowers on top of each other with liquid glue. When doing this I took care that the bottom set of petals peeked between the top set and I could see clearly through the holes in the centre.
Then with Paper Snips I cut the Garden Green flower into three sections with two leaves in each one. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached two of the pieces to the back of my flower. Now my flower had leaves. The last section of two leaves was set aside for a future project.
I still had the little holes in the flower to deal with and for that I found a small scrap of Mango Melody Card. Then using liquid glue I attached the scrap to the back of the flower.
For the sentiment I pulled out the coordinating Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set and the “Merry Christmas” stamp. Keeping it simple I stamped it onto Thick Very Vanilla Card using Garden Green ink. Now I was ready to finish putting my tag together.
First I attached the sentiment to the wood background with liquid glue. Then I added the assembled flower using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the red ‘petals’, and liquid glue on the green ‘leaves’. Finished in no time!
This tag turned out exactly as I’d hoped. The contrast between the ‘wood’ background and the bright poinsettia really catches the eye. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set and Wreath Builder Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I also bought the Fancy Tag Topper Punch in a bundle with the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set (not used today). I’ve included links to both bundles below so you can explore these options if you wish.
JOINING OFFER ENDS SOON – Until the end of June anyone joining Stampin’ Up! can add a stamp set/punch bundle or stamp set/dies bundle to their Starter Kit for free. There are so many perks from being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you’d like more information simply visit my Join Stampin’ Up! page.