Today’s project came about because I wanted to remind you to consider dies even if you don’t like the coordinating stamp set. As it happens I did buy the stamps for the dies I used today, but it was the dies that drew me in. That’s because as soon as I saw the Forever Flourishing Dies I could see how useful they would be. I have a lot of flower stamps and dies but not nearly as many leaves and branch dies. So adding these dies would expand my design options. To prove my point I decided to pair the dies with the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set to create this pot plant gift tag.
First though I had to make my gift tag using a 2″ x 4/1/4″ piece of Seaside Spray Card. I began by using the Detailed Trio Punch to punch an a oval hole in the centre of one end. Then using the corner rounder option I shaped the top left and bottom right corners of the strip.
Now I had the basic shape I decided to add texture by embossing the tag. For this I chose the new Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing Folder.
Then I threaded some Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon through the hole and secured it in place with a Mini Glue Dot.
In no time at all I was ready to start building my plant.
POT PLANT PIECES
I wanted to keep the design on my plant bold but simple. I began by using Early Espresso ink to stamp the flower image from the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set three times onto So Saffron Card. Then using the coordinating Small Bloom Punch I punched them out.
Next I stamped the plant pot image from Basket of Blooms onto Terracotta Tile Card. There’s no die or punch for this but is was a simple task to cut it out using my Paper Snips. Then I set this piece aside with the flowers while I worked on the plant stems.
From the Forever Flourishing Dies I chose one of the larger dies and cut it from Pear Pizzazz Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached it to the front of the gift tag base.
Next came the flowerpot and the three flowers all added using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
That just left the “Birthday wishes” sentiment which I found in the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set. After stamping it onto Thick Very Vanilla Card with Early Espresso ink, I simply cut around it with Paper Snips. Then once I’d added it to the tag with more Stampin’ Dimensionals my project was complete.
So what about you, do you only ever look at bundles as a job lot? Or have you considered whether just one part might be a useful addition to your craft supplies?
As I said, I did actually buy the Forever Flourishing Dies in a bundle with the Forever Fern Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you did want to look at that option too.