Summer has arrived and while I’m really enjoying the hot sunny weather, sometimes it’s a little too hot. When that happens I head to my craft studio for some cool relaxation. I’m still working my way through my new Stampin’ Up! products and today my focus was on the Wreath Builder Dies. Just to keep things interesting I decided to use them to create a pretty gift tag.
I began my project by die-cutting a whole pile of pieces.
From Granny Apple Green Card I cut the wreath shape with the smaller leaves. Then from Magenta Madness Card I cut just one of the largest flower. Next I chose the larger of the two four-petal flowers and cut two of them from So Saffron Card. My final flowers were cut from Pool Party Card using the smaller four-petal flower. I cut six of then for this gift tag.
Cutting the flowers for my gift tag didn’t take as long as you might think. Stampin’ Up! knew we’d want multiples of the smaller flowers and designed the dies accordingly. So there are two dies for the larger four-petal flower, and three for the smaller one.
As I was deciding exactly where to place the assorted flowers I realised I’d need something for their centres. So I went back to my die-cutting machine and from the scraps of card I cut just the centres of the flowers.
As luck would have it the teeny tiny pieces from the centre of the largest flower also fitted the smallest ones I’d cut. So all I had to do was cut the centre of the large flower from So Saffron Card twice to get enough of them. Cutting the centres for the yellow flowers from Magenta Madness Card didn’t take long as I only needed two of these.
GIFT TAG BASE
For the gift tag base I turned to the Stitched Shapes Dies. The #3 circle die (counting up from the smallest) fit the wreath almost perfectly. So I cut that from Thick Very Vanilla Card.
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the inside leaf sections of the wreath to the front of the die-cut circle. Then I layered my flowers on top. Finally using the putty attachment on my Take Your Pick Tool I inserted the tiny flower centres.
I mentioned that the die-cut circle was almost a perfect fit. It actually left a very small gap at the top and I took advantage of this by threading some Linen Thread through the gap. Then I tied it in a simple knot.
That just left the sentiment to do.
As I wanted this to be a summery gift tag I chose the “Best wishes” sentiment from the coordinating Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set.
I stamped the sentiment onto some Thick Very Vanilla Card using VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Once I’d removed a few stray specks I melted the rest of the powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Instead of die cutting the sentiment I used my Paper Snips to cut around it. Then I added the sentiment to the tag with pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals and my gift tag was complete.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set and coordinating Wreath Builder Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links to both options below so you can explore this further if you wish.