Just because a new product is an early release from the January to April 2024 Mini Catalogue doesn’t mean it can’t be used for any season. As soon as I saw the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set and coordinating punch I knew it would be versatile. But even without the stamp set the Heartfelt Hexagon Punch is worth getting. In fact I decided it was going to be very handy for cutting angled sentiments and mat layers. So that’s exactly what I did when I was designing this two-part gift tag.
One of the first things I noticed about the Heartfelt Hexagon Punch is that it is symmetrical on two axes. This would make it much easier for punching and layering. So I began by punching out two shapes from Basic White Card.
Then from the O Holy Night 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack I chose the starry sky design and punched two hexagons from that as well. Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached one piece of DSP to each of the Basic White pieces.
With that done I placed the assembled pieces pattern side up on a Stampin’ PIerce Mat and made a hole in the middle of one of the shorter sides on each piece using the piercing attachment on my Take Your Pick Tool.
Finally, after placing the white sides together I lined up the holes. Then I threaded 6″ of gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack through the holes and tied it in a simple knot.
Now all I needed was a sentiment and for that I chose the simple “for you” from the Hearftfelt Hexagon Stamp Set.
First I cut a 5/8″ x 3″ strip of Basic White Card and stamped the sentiment onto it with Night of Navy ink. Then I slid the stamped strip into the punch, lining up the bottom of the strip about 1/4″ from the shorter side of the hexagon shape. Then I punched out the sentiment.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 3″ strip of Distressed Gold 12″ x 12″ Specialty Paper. Using liquid glue I mounted the punched sentiment on top leaving an even border above and below the white strip. Then I slid the assembled piece back into the punch and slid it down until the white section fitted perfectly inside the punch area. Now when I punched this time it gave me a perfectly angled sentiment with the gold mat only visible showing above and below.
Finally I attached the sentiment to the front of my two-part tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was complete.
Of course it was only afterwards that I realised there was a simpler way to create that sentiment and mat! All I had to do was stamp the sentiment and glue it straight onto the gold strip, and then just punch once. Oh well maybe next time…
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Heartfelt Hexagon Punch. Buying the two items using the single ‘bundle’ item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to explore them further.