What a frustrating morning! My vintage style gift tag made using the Very Versailles Stamp Set was done yesterday, and today I just had to write the blog post. However, on-going problems with our rural internet have been worse than ever. Just recently it’s been extremely unstable, cutting out every couple of minutes. Right now we have a temporary fix, but long-term we’ve been told we should upgrade our service. So instead of my planned crafting day I’ll be researching our options. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this pretty project.
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This folded gift tag actually began with a scrap of floral paper from the Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I love the delicate design and even though it was only a 2″ x 2″ piece it included a complete floral image. So picking up my Paper Snips I set to work and cut it out.
The DSP also influenced my colour choices for the rest of the project, Basic Gray and Cinnamon Cider. Then to give everything a vintage look I opted for Very Vanilla as my card colour, rather than Basic White.
With the flowers cut I pulled out the large script image from the Very Versailles Stamp Set. Using Basic Gray ink I stamped it onto a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then using a Blending Brush I added Cinnamon Cider ink around the edges. Over the corners I added extra ink to really add a dramatic contrast.
Going back to the Very Versailles Stamp Set I then chose “Have a beautiful day”. As before I used Basic Gray ink to stamp it onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card. To cut it out I used a long hexagonal die from the Tasteful Labels Dies and my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.
Despite being on Very Vanilla Card the sentiment was still too bright, so I decided to add ink to that piece too. Just Cinnamon Cider made everything look a bit too brown, even with the brighter flowers on top. So taking my cue from the tiny flowers at the bottom I pulled out my Fresh Freesia ink pad. After adding this ink around the sentiment it was definitely much better.
It hadn’t taken me long to prepare the pieces, now all I had to do was put them together.
For the tag base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a 3″ x 6″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
To turn this mini card into a tag I opened it up and placed it into the Detailed Trio Punch. Then with the crease just to the right of the centre mark on the oval hole option I punched. Now I had a hole at the back of the folded tag. I chose Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack and threaded a piece through the hole. Finally to secure it in place I tied the ends in a simple knot.
Finishing off the front of the tag was really quick and I started by attaching the background layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Then with more liquid glue I added the fussy-cut flower to the sentiment around the left side of the words. With that in place I cut off the excess part of the die-cut piece with a Paper Trimmer. Then I just needed some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the completed sentiment onto the tag. Job done.
I don’t design a lot of vintage effect projects as it’s not my natural style. However the more I do the happier I am with how they turn out. What do you think?
For another project featuring the Very Versailles Stamp Set see my earlier blog post A little vintage rose and razzleberry.