Stampin’ Up! is great at coordination and often that comes in the form of suites and discounted bundles. But sometimes I see coordination in other parts of the catalogues and it sparks an idea I simply can’t get out of my head. This was the case with the Honeybee Home Stamp Set, Honeybee Blooms Dies and Hive 3D Embossing Folder. It simply had to be paired with the hexagons in the Beautiful Shapes Dies. Today was the day to bring my Idea to life and I really love the result.
HEXAGON TAG BASE
I began my gift tag by cutting the base from Cinnamon Cider Card. I wanted the tag to fold at the top so first I cut a 2-3/4″ x 5″ piece of card using my Paper Trimmer. Then with the long side at the top I used the scoring blade to score it at 2-1/2″. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I needed some dies from the Beautiful Shapes Dies. From the set of four nesting hexagon shapes I chose the largest two, and the solid die with two smaller hexagons.
Taking the largest hexagon I placed it into the folded card with one of the edges just past the fold line. This would prevent that part of the die cutting into the card. Then keeping it folded I cut the card using my Cut & Emboss Machine.
Now I had a hexagon-shaped folded tag but with no way of attaching it to a gift. So for this I needed my Detailed Trio Punch and a small piece of Bumblebee Card. First I punched an oval hole on one edge of the card. Then I placed the twin hexagon die over the top with one edge level with the edge of the card and the hole roughly centred. I ran this through the machine to cut out the hexagon shape complete with the hole. Finally using Multipurpose Liquid Glue I fixed the small hexagon to the back of the tag base.
With that done I cut some Very Vanilla Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After folding it in half I threaded the loop through the hole on the tag. Then I passed the ends through the loop and pulled tight to secure it in place.
Now it was time to work on decorating the tag. I began by using the smaller of the two large hexagon dies I’d chosen to cut cut two pieces. One from Bumblebee Card and one from Very Vanilla. The Very Vanilla piece was immediately glued inside the tag.
Then it was back to the machine with the Bumblebee piece which I placed inside the Hive 3D Embossing Folder. Once it was embossed I added this hexagon to the front of the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
At last it was time for a little stamping and I needed two different stamp sets to complete my design.
First, from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set I chose “Happy birthday you sweet thing”. Using Early Espresso ink I stamped this onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I simply cut around the sentiment with my Paper Snips before attaching it to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
From the Honeybee Home Stamp Set I chose the largest of the three bee images. Then, as before, I stamped onto Very Vanilla Card with Early Espresso ink. To cut out the bee I turned to the coordinating Honeybee Blooms Dies. Then with a couple more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the the bee to the tag. Finally, with the bee in place I finished off by ‘painting’ its wings using a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and my sweet project was complete.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Honeybee Home Stamp Set and coordinating Honeybee Blooms Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links for both options so you can explore these further if you wish.
Also available in discounted bundles are the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set (with the Strawberry Builder Punch) and Beautiful Shapes Dies (with the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set). Although I didn’t use the other parts of these bundles I’ve included links in case you want to explore them further.