Over the past month or so I’ve been trying out some new ideas with my colour schemes. More specifically, experimenting with using fewer colours on my projects. It was a concept I saw on Instagram, and the notion of less colour being more visually attractive really intrigued me. Overall I’ve been quite pleased with the finished projects that have an elegant simplicity I hadn’t expected. Today’s project features the Give It A Whirl Dies and Splatters 3D Embossing Folder using just Very Vanilla, Starry Sky and gold foil cardstock.
I began with an idea to create a 3″ x 3″ folded gift tag. First, using my Paper Trimmer I cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then with the long side at the top I scored the card at 3″ using the attached scoring blade. After folding the card along the scored line I sharpened the crease using my Bone Folder.
Next I cut a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and embossed it using the Splatters 3D Embossing Folder (from the Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders pack). With that done I mounted the embossed card onto a 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Starry Sky Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Now to turn the 3″ x 3″ folded card into a gift tag I needed to add a hole. Today, instead of using a punch I decided to take advantage of one of the smaller dies in the Give It A Whirl Dies set. So I opened the folded card and placed it onto the cutting plate of my Cut & Emboss Machine. Then I put the smallest of the three circles on the triple circle die close to the fold line, completed the die-cutting sandwich, and ran it through the machine. Finally I threaded 6″ of Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Weave Ribbon through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
With the tag base prepared I added the layered embossed piece to the front of the tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals. All I needed now was a decorative sentiment layer.
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For this I chose the compact “you’re the best ever!” from the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set. Using Starry Sky ink I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Card. Then from the Give It A Whirl Dies I chose the circle with the little location tab (although the tab part wouldn’t be needed). The circle was the perfect size for the sentiment that leaves a subtle embossed border around the edge of the cut piece. Once I had my circle I added it to the tag front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Going back to the Give It A Whirl Dies I picked out the triple star die and used it to cut a scrap of Gold Foil Sheet. Then with small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of each star I added them to the sentiment. With that my gift tag was done.
Gift tags are a great way to use up small scraps of card and ribbon, and to try out new ideas. Have you ever experimented with using a limited number of colours on a project? Please leave a comment below and let me know your experiences.
For more projects using the GIve It A Whirl Dies see these earlier blog posts: