Living in Nova Scotia I can’t help but be drawn to anything sea or coast related. So of course when I saw the Whale Of A Time Suite in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue I knew I had to get it. As well as a great variety of images, I love the sentiments in the Whale Done Stamp Set. Today as I sat down to make a gift tag, it was “birthday fishes” that sparked my imagination.
I began by choosing a design from the the Whale Of A Time 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Thinking about the sentiment I went with a pattern that had fishes swimming around two sides.
To create my tag base I used oval dies from the Stitched Shapes Dies. Using the #4 oval die (the largest) I first cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I used the same die to cut the DSP. Finally I cut a frame from Night Of Navy Card, using the same die but with the #3 oval die nested inside it.
To assemble the tag I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). I started by fixing the DSP to the back of the Very Vanilla oval. Then I fixed the frame on top of the DSP. With that done I used the Detailed Trio Punch to punch an oval hole at the top.
Now the basic tag was complete I turned my attention to the “birthday fishes” sentiment.
Using Night of Navy ink I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I fixed the sentiment onto the tag using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. While the sentiment was OK it looked a bit unfinished, so I went back to the rest of the DSP sheet.
Taking my Paper Snips I cut out one of the other fishes from the DSP leaving a thin border of blue around it. Then with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional I added the fish to the corner of the sentiment. That was much better.
All I had left to do was tie some Linen Thread through the hole at the top and my tag was complete.
It was only after I’d finished that it occurred to me that the frame looked like an oval porthole. Hmm that gives me an idea for a birthday card…
For more projects using products from the Whale Of A Time Suite see these previous blog posts:
- Seabed or something much more
- Whale have a happy Saturday
- Curing frustration with gratitude
- A colourful view of the deck