While I’m waiting for my next order to arrive I’m trying to be good and continue reorganising my craft studio. Yesterday I went through my dies and made sure only the current ones were in my immediate work area. All the retired dies and stamp sets are kept elsewhere in case I want them for personal projects. Anyway, while tidying I came across the Poinsettia Dies and I wasn’t totally sure if they retired or not. I was delighted to find that they’re still in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue along with the coordinating Poinsettia Petals Dies. So to celebrate I took a short break and made a non-Christmas gift tag with flowers that are decidedly un-poinsettia like.
I wanted this tag to be unrecognisable as a poinsettia so I started by choosing Bermuda Bay for my main colour.
I cut a 1-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ piece of Thick Basic White Card and a 2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay Card. Then in the centre of the white piece I added an area of Bermuda Bay ink using a Blending Brush.
Next I fixed the two layers together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I used the oval hole option on the Detailed Trio Punch to add hole at the top. Finally I threaded some white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Now all I needed was to create my flowers and stem.
There isn’t a true stem in the Poinsettia Dies so instead I chose the berry stem and die-cut it from Gold Foil. Then with a little liquid glue I attached the stem to the tag front.
Next I took the small five-petal die with the integral veins and cut three of these from Thick Basic White Card. There’s actually two of these dies in the set so that saved a little time.
With the die-cutting complete I went back to the Blending Brush and added a very light touch of Bermuda Bay ink onto the ends of the petals. Once that was done I fixed one flower to the top of the gold stem with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional. Then I attached the other two flowers to the stem with liquid glue.
To finish off the flowers I added a small Gilded Gem to the centre of each one and my gift tag was complete.
Well I set out to make an un-Christmassy gift tag using a Christmas themed dies set, I think I succeeded. What do you think?
If you’re looking for a Christmas card idea using the Poinsettia Dies and coordinating Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set, check out this blog post from November 2020; Heat emboss instead of using ink.
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