You don’t need to have followed me for long to know that I hate to waste my craft supplies. Whether it’s finding new ways to use tools and materials, or simply making the most of what I have, I love to make my crafting budget go further. So when I ended up with a small (1-3/4” x 2-3/4”) piece of Beary Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) there was no way I was going to throw it away. Instead I decided to turn it into a quick and easy gift tag.
BEARY CAREFUL CUTTING
There’s lots of pretty patterns in the Beary Christmas DSP but today’s project (and the card I’ll show you tomorrow) uses a more scenic pattern with multiple polar bears among the trees. I actually made the card as part of my recent World Card Making Day marathon challenge and began by cutting the 12″ x 12″ sheet in half vertically at 6″. Then I cut the right-hand portion in half horizontally at 6″ and kept the bottom 6″ x 6″ section. Next I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ strip off the top, before finally cutting the remaining 3-3/4″ high piece in half vertically at 3″. With this cut done I began making my card using the all the pieces except the portion containing the polar bears with the gifts.
Eventually, picking up this final piece I needed to carefully separate the trees from the bears. To do this I cut across the piece at 2-7/8″ just missing the top of the star on the blue tree. I used the tree section to complete my card project and the part with the gift carrying bears wasn’t needed. Until now.
So picking up this small scrap of DSP I trimmed off the right hand edge so that it was 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the DSP onto 1-7/8″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Night of Navy Card.
FOLDED GIFT TAG
For my tag base I cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of Balmy Blue Card. Then with the long side at the top I scored it at 3″. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder and opened it up again. Sliding the card under the slot option on the Very Best Trio Punch I lined up the crease to the right of the centre line on the punch then pressed down. This gave me a hole at the top of the tag back close to the crease. So then I threaded 6″ of white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Next I cut a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card and glued that inside the tag base. That just left the front to complete.
I wanted a couple more layers and cut a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Basic White Card along with a 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Night of Navy Card.
From the Beary Cute Stamp Set I took the “Merry Christmas” sentiment and using Night of Navy ink I stamped it towards the top of the Basic White layer. With that done I glued the sentiment piece onto the Night of Navy one, before mounting them onto the tag front.
Finally I added the assembled DSP layer on top using Stampin’ Dimensionals and my tag was done.
Oh my goodness of all the designs in the Beary Christmas DSP pack this has to be my absolute favourite. I have so many more project ideas for this paper I may have to buy another pack. But before then I must show you how I used that pile of pieces I cut from my original 6 x 6″ section. It’s another beary cute project. You’ll find it in my blog post Polar bear Christmas card.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Beary Cute Stamp Set coordinates with the Beary Cute Punch (not used today). These can be ordered as a ‘bundle’ saving 10%. off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option. Unfortunately the Beary Cute Punch is currently out of stock however more are due at the warehouse around November 6th. This means if you want the bundle you’ll need to wait until then to place your order.