In case you haven’t glanced at the calendar yet, let me point out that it’s September 25th. That means there’s only 3 months until Christmas. It’s just a touch scary the way the year is flying by, and December will be here before we know it. I’d planned to be much further ahead with my seasonal crafting by now, but once again I’m playing catch up. So for today’s project I created this fun gift tag with a definite Santa vibe using a sentiment from the Brightest Glow Stamp Set.
I began by choosing the largest of the flat-topped dies from the Tailor Made Tags Dies for the tag base. Using this die I cut one piece of Cherry Cobbler Card and one piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I glued them back-to-back with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next I found the small flat die to cut the reinforcement pieces for the oval hole. This die cuts 3 of these in one pass but I only need two and will save the other for another day. As I wanted to make this special I decided to cut the reinfoecments from a scrap of Distressed Gold 12″ x 12″ Specialty Paper. Then with a little liquid glue I fixed one to each side of my tag.
Now I was ready to add the sentiment and I chose ” ‘Tis the season ” from the Brightest Glow Stamp Set. Using VersaMark ink I stamped the sentiment towards the top of the tag on the Cherry Cobbler side. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with gold powder from the Metallics Embossing Powders pack. After tapping off the excess, I removed a few stray specks then melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
With the embossing done I cut 6″ of gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack and threaded it through the hole. Then I tied it in a simple knot.
Now just needed to decorate the rest of the tag to create Santa’s suit.
For this I grabbed my pocket full of Basic Black Card scraps. I could have simply cut some strips of card for the belt but instead I had another idea. I found a strip of card that was about 1-1/4″ high I then went back to the Tailor Made Tags Dies for the same large tag die. This time I only wanted cut the card strip so it ended up the same width as the tag.
Then I took the smallest of the flat-topped tag dies so I could use it to trim the die-cut strip to the right height. Plus it would add the faux stitched detail to the top and bottom of the belt. Of course I didn’t want the hole in this piece so I had to do this procedure in two parts.
First I placed the black card onto the cutting platform so the left-hand end would go through first. Then I placed the small die on top with the square end going into the machine first. I cranked it through the machine but only a little over half way and reversed it out. Next I turned the card around and placed the square end of the die on the right-hand end of the card (using some of the faux stitching to help line it up). Once again I ran the piece just over halfway through and reversed it out. Now I had the main part for the belt.
If you’ve never created custom shapes from the Tailor Made Tags Dies, here’s a video explanation showing how I do it..
For the belt buckle I made things a little easier for myself. I used the smallest square die from the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut a scrap of Distressed Gold Specialty Paper. Then using liquid glue I attached it to the centre of the belt. Finally using the same technique with the small tag die I created a square piece from Basic Black Card. After gluing the black square onto the gold layer, I added the belt to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was complete.
So that’s all from me for today. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for a new card project.