One of my favourite stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue is Peaceful Poinsettia. I simply love the line-art images and the large clean font used for the sentiments. Of course it certainly doesn’t hurt that there’s coordinating Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies available too. But today I wanted to bring you a quick project featuring the holly border image.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
To start I needed to create the basic shape for this large gift tag from Thick Very Vanilla Card.
I began with a 2″ x 4-1/4″ strip and shaped the top using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. This has to be one of my most used punches, and while its shaping the top it punches the ribbon slot too.
The holly border image is only 2-1/2″ long which I love. You can stamp it several times to create a long border, I today I wanted that short image. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped a single holly border on the bottom left of the tag, and another in the top right.
Then I used some Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in the images. Each holly leaf was first coloured using light Daffodil Delight, followed by a little dark Old Olive, and finishing with light Old Olive over the whole area. The berries started with light Calypso Coral, followed by light Cherry Cobbler, and then dark Cherry Cobbler.
I tied a length of Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine through the slot and then set it aside.
The ‘Christmas wishes’ sentiment also comes from the Peaceful Poinsettia Stamp Set.
I began by wiping a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static from the surface. Then I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink. I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then once I’d removed a few stray specks I melted the rested using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Now that the embossing was done I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the holly border close to the left edge of the sentiment. Then I coloured in the image exactly as I’d done earlier on the tag base.
CUT AND STICK
To complete the project I used my my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform to cut out the sentiment using the #3 oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (counting from the smallest up).
Then I lined up the holly on the sentiment with the holly border on the left side of the tag base, added some Stampin’ Dimensionals under the left half of the sentiment and fixed it into place.
There’s something very pleasant about this tag. I love the size, the uncluttered layout and the splash of colour on the holly border. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I mentioned at the beginning that there are coordinating dies available for the Peaceful Poinsettia Stamp Set. You can buy them separately, or if you use the single bundle item number you can get both for 10% less than the cost of buying the two individual items. You’ll see that I’ve included a link to the bundles (one with wood-mount rubber stamps and the other with clear-mount rubber stamps) in case you want to look at this option in more detail.