In case you were wondering, Christmas Day is twenty weeks today. A couple of people I’ve mentioned this to seem less than impressed so I thought it best not to add insult to injury with a Christmas project. That didn’t stop me reaching for some new products from the Stampin’ Up! August to December Mini Catalogue though. As it turned out my Coming Home gift tag could be for just about any time of year.
BIG HOME SMALL HOME
This project all started with the Coming Home Stamp Set and a Basic Gray ink pad.
On a piece of Thick Whisper White Card I stamped one each of the tall house, the house with the round window, and the two trees. Then using the coordinating Home Together Dies I cut out each of the pieces.
To colour the images I turned to my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. For the trees I chose light and dark Shaded Spruce, with Bronze for the trunks. Next I coloured the smaller house using light and dark combos in Soft Sea Foam and Seaside Spray, with Bronze for the roof. On the larger house I used light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Petal Pink. Then to finish I coloured all the windows using light and dark So Saffron.
With the colouring complete I was ready to start work on the tag base and sentiment.
Using my Paper Trimmer I cut a 2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I shaped the top using the Fancy Tag Topper Punch. I initially planned to sponge some colour onto the tag but instead opted to use the Stampin’ Blends in front of me.
At the bottom of the tag base I scribbled some light Soft Sea Foam followed by some dark Soft Sea Foam. Then I added a little light Shaded Spruce over the top. For the sky I started with light Seaside Spray and then added dark Seaside Spray, simply scribbled on as I’d done for the grass.
Before assembling the tag I just needed to stamp my sentiment in Basic Gray ink. However the Coming Home Stamp Set is an image only set so needed a second stamp set, and I new exactly where to look.
I chose the “Warm wishes from our home to yours” from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set. I noticed it a few days ago when I was making another project and immediately thought it would be perfect for so many projects.
LOTS OF LAYERS
After stamping the sentiment onto a strip of Thick Very Vanilla Card I was ready to bring all the pieces together.
First, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the two trees to the houses. Then I fixed the tall house to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next came the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals (stacked two high under the part that extended past the edge of the house). Finally I added the smaller house with Stampin’ Dimensionals (two high under the right half of the house).
All I had left to do was tie some 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim through the slot at the top and I was done.
I’m so pleased with how this tag turned out. The Coming Home Stamp Set is definitely one I ‘ll use all year round. The fact that there are coordinating dies doesn’t hurt either!
COMING HOME GIVE BACK
This season Stampin’ Up! has selected the Coming Home Stamp Set as a way to give back to the community. For every one of these stamp sets sold Stampin’ Up! will donate $4 to charities devoted to adoption, foster care and infertility. Money raised from sales in Canada will go to Canadian Charities. Whether you order just the stamp set, the stamp set and dies bundle, or the entire suite, every purchase will count.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Coming Home Stamp Set and coordinating Home Together Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost buying the two items separately. The Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set can also be bought in a bundle with coordinating Poinsettia Dies (not used today). I’ve included links to both bundles in case you want to explore these options.