I love papercrafting but sometimes I worry that I’m running out of interesting ideas. So every now and then I find it helpful to just sit down grab a whole bunch of different products and simply experiment. It was during one of these sessions that I came up with the idea for today’s “Hooray for you” gift tag. Hooray indeed!
BLACK AND WHITE
My project began with a 3″ x 6″ piece of Basic Black Card, scored on the long side at 3″. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create the basic tag base.
To attach the tag to a gift I wanted twine but first I needed to add a hole. So I opened up the tag and punched an oval hole just to the left of the crease using the Detailed Trio Punch. Then I threaded some Whisper White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Obviously being black I’d need to add a lighter coloured piece on the inside to write on. So next I cut a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed it to the inside of the tag. With that done, I set the tag base aside while I prepared the decoration for the front.
HOORAY FOR YOU!
Creating the curved banner for the front of the tag took a little thought. Although the folded tag was 3″ x 3″ I actually began with a 4″ x 4″ piece of Thick Whisper White Card. This would give me a little room for adjustment if needed.
For the curved “Hooray for you!” sentiment I turned to the Quite Curvy Stamp Set. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it diagonally from corner to corner on the Thick Whisper White square.
Next I took the curved die with the tiny circle border and placed it below the sentiment so the circles were closest to the words. Then I ran it through my Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine.
The die cut the card really easily but I noticed a few teeny tiny pieces of card still in the die, so I cleaned these out using my Take Your Pick Tool with the Die Brush Tip.
With that done I placed the die on the other side of the sentiment, once again with the circle border towards the words. I took a little time to adjust the die so the distance between the two curved edges would be as equal as possible, then cut it out.
To add even more interest I then placed the die-cut sentiment inside the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my machine.
Finally I used liquid glue to fix the sentiment to the front of the tag base so the words were centred. Then I used Paper Snips to trim off the excess at each end using the tag base as a guide. With that my little experiment was complete.
I’m so happy with how the tag turned out. It’s a really simple layout but die-cutting the sentiment to create flowing curves gives it a rather unique look. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Curvy Dies together using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included both options below so you can compare them if you wish.