Once upon a time I was a card maker who couldn’t use anything but the card and ink that I’d acquired. Back then my designs were very simple and rarely included layers, But as my skills developed I realised that often what gives interest is texture and dimension. Sometimes that might be through the use of patterned papers, or lifting elements off the main surface. But right now my favourite method is to use fun techniques with embossing folders like this one from the Thanks & Hello Embossing Folders pack.
I began with a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Basic White Card and placed it into the Thanks Embossing Folder . Once I’d centred the card under the large “thanks” part of the design I simply ran it through my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.
Then to make the embossed words really stand out I used a Blending Brush to add some Polished Pink ink over the surface. With that done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the embossed piece onto a 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Polished Pink Card.
To turn the card layers into a gift tag I placed the top edge under the circle hole part of the Label Me Fancy Punch. After making sure the card was centred I punched through the layers. Then I cut 6″ of Linen Thread and separated the strands into two and set one aside. Finally I threaded the other piece through the hole and tied in in a simple knot.
Here’s a quick video tip for using the Label Me Fancy Punch to create the small hole.
PRETTY PINK FLOWERS
I could have left the tag as it was, but instead I decided to add a few pretty flowers. So I reached for the Petal Park Stamp Set and chose the triple flower outline and solid stamps. In fact I only wanted the smaller of the three flowers but the see-through photopolymer materials made that easy to do.
Using Mossy Meadow ink I stamped the small flower outline twice onto a scrap of Basic White Card. After cleaning the stamp I inked up the small flower with Polished Pink ink and ‘stamped-off’ onto some scrap paper. This removed a little of the ink so when I stamped again into the outline I had a lovely pale pink flower.
Once both flowers were done I used Mossy Meadow ink to stamp the small single leaf outline four times. Then using the same stamping-off technique I stamped the solid leaf image inside each one. Now all I had to do was punch out the flowers and leaves using the coordinating Petal Park Builder Punch.
To add the pieces to the tag I first used liquid glue to attach two of the leaves in the top left corner. Then I took the second piece of Linen Thread and created some small loops, holding them in place with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional. On top of the Mini Stampin’ Dimensional I added one of the flowers.
For the second flower I used liquid glue to attach two leaves to the back, then fixed the asembled piece to the tag with another Mini Stampin’ Dimensional. With that my thanks tag was complete.
For some more projects using the Thanks Embossing Folder see these earlier blog posts: