Yesterday I brought you a sneak peek of another new paper pack from the July to December Mini Catalogue. Despite the Boughs of Holly name there was no holly on my project (and very little in the pack as a whole). Today’s sneak peek features one of the gorgeous new ribbons that will be available from Friday. With a combination of Very Vanilla satin and shiny gold it’s definitely not just for Christmas. To show off the ribbon I pulled out the Pretty Pillowbox Dies, but didn’t make a pillowbox.
When considering die sets like Pretty Pillowbox or Give It A Whirl I always look at what comes with the main die. These extra pieces definitely add value for me and it’s certainly true here. As well as the die to make the pillowbox there are lots of small dies that can be used independently. For today’s tag project I needed the label die and the two pairs of flowers.
I began by using the label die to cut out some Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut one small and one large flower each from scraps of Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green Card.
With that done I used a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to layer the purple flower on top of the green one of the same size. Then I added a small Daffodil Delight embellishment from the Glossy Dots Assortment to the centre of each flower.
Next I noticed my Blending Brushes on the desk from an earlier project and decided to use them to add a little colour to the die-cut label. In the bottom section I added Granny Apple Green ink while the top was coloured using Balmy Blue ink.
For my sentiment I wanted something small and ‘all occasion’ and I found the perfect phrase in the Days To Remember Stamp Set. Using VersaMark ink I stamped “It’s your day!” onto the inked label. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the Metallics set. After tapping off the excess I removed a few stray specks and then melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
TIP – When heat embossing on inked card (or when the humidity is high) it’s important to make sure the card surface is dry before you start. I do this using my Heat Tool set on 1 (low). This helps reduce the amount of embossing powder that sticks to the card where it’s not wanted.
With the bulk of the work done I now needed a tag base and I automatically reached for the Tailor Made Tags Dies. From the set I chose the #3 flat-topped die (counting from the smallest up) and cut a piece of Petal Pink card.
Next I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the two assembled flowers to the sentiment label. Then used more to add the label to the tag base.
To finish I cut some of the new 3/8″ Satin-Edged Ribbon and folded it in half. After poking the loop through the hole at the top of the tag I threaded the ends through the loop. Then I pulled gently on the ribbon ends to secure it in place. Job done.
Of all the new ribbon and twine in the Mini Catalogue this one is most definitely my favourite. For me there’s something very elegant about vanilla and gold, and we’ve had ribbons using this combination before. What I find special about this one though is that the satin runs along the edges with a sheer panel between them. Then two lines of gold thread separates the three sections rather than edging the ribbon as we’ve seen many times before. I think this ribbon would be perfect for wedding and other special projects, and not just for Christmas. But what about you? Please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.