Every now and then Stampin’ Up! creates a stamp that’s so amazing I believe everyone needs it. Knit Together from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue is one such stamp. As soon as I saw this image I knew it had to be included in my first order. Knit Together is a large background stamp that quite simply mimics a piece of knitting. What’s more there’s no special techniques needed to get an stunning effect, as my project today shows,
This gift tag was actually one of those last minute projects created from scraps left over at the end of a crafting session.
First there was a holly image from the Happy Holly-Days Stamp Set that I’d stamped onto Thick Very Vanilla Card with Soft Suede ink. Then using Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers I had coloured the image before cutting it out with Paper Snips.
Next there was a piece of Vellum Cardstock that I’d embossed using the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder. It had been cut off a larger piece and was only 1-3/8″ high but there was enough of it to be useful.
However what I really wanted was to get my new Knit Together stamp inky. It’s a very large stamp that I struggle to hold so I used my Stamparatus to help me. After mounting the stamp on the hinged plate I inked it up using Soft Suede ink, then I stamped it onto some new Kraft Paper. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t believe how realistic the knit pattern was! All I had to do was cut it to 2″ x 4″ and I was ready to go.
To turn the stamped Kraft Paper into a tag I simply punched the top using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
Now I just needed to add the decorative scraps to the tag base.
First I cut the embossed 1-3/8″ high vellum strip to 2″ wide, and then cut a 2″ x 1-3/4″ piece of Soft Suede Card. Next I added a thin layer of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) over the back of the Vellum using a Sponge Dauber. Then I mounted the Vellum onto the Soft Suede Card before attaching it to the tag base with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
With the first piece in place, I used more Mini Stampin Dimensionals to add the holly so it overlapped the top of the musical layer.
For the “for you” sentiment I went back to the Happy Holly-Days Stamp Set. Using Soft Suede ink I stamped it onto a 1/2″ x 1-5/8″ strip of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut a V at the end of the strip with Paper Snips. With that done I attached the sentiment to the tag using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals once again.
All I needed now was to add some Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials pack. I cut 6″ of twine, threaded it through the hole created by the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, and tied it in a simple knot. In next to no time I had created an amazing masculine / gender neutral gift tag.
I hate wasting supplies so being able to use up the embossed vellum and holly image left over from previous projects makes me happy. But setting that aside, I smile every time I look at the Knit Together tag base. I already have lots of other ideas for this simple background stamp so watch this space!
In case you missed them, you’ll find the projects that resulted in my scraps in these earlier blog posts:
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So that’s all from me for now, I have a long list of things I want to get done in my craft studio today so I’d better get started. In the meantime I’d love to know what you think of the Knit Together background stamp. Please leave a comment below and let me know.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Happy Holly-Days Stamp Set is available by itself or as part of a bundle with the Holly Border Punch (not used today). Buying the two items using a single ‘bundle’ item number will save you 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.