When I’m crafting I like to be able to find exactly what I need when I need it. Mostly that is achieved by having a place for everything and ‘resetting’ my craft space between each project. This is much less stressful than fruitless searching for something among an ever-growing pile on my desk. One of the jobs that I’ve been been meaning to do for a long time is make a list of the label style dies I have. Today’s poinsettia project reminded me I still need to do that.
‘TIS THE SEASON
Today’s project started really simply with the Brightest Glow Stamp Set and a Mossy Meadow ink pad. I chose the “Tis the season” sentiment and stamped it onto some Basic White Card. Then I punched out the sentiment using the Label Me Lovely Punch and set it aside.
Next I decided to make a quick tag base using the Tailor Made Tags Dies. I chose the largest of the curved top dies and used it to cut out some Basic White Card. For the background I chose a scrap of beige and white pattern from the Boughs of Holly 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. After cutting it out using the same die, I fixed the two die-cut pieces together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next from the DSP pack I found a scrap of paper with subtle red polka dots. Going back to the Tailor Made Tags Dies I found the one that cuts out small circle pieces to reinforce the hole in the tag. After cutting these out I glued one to each side of the tag base. Then I threaded some gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Now I needed to create my poinsettia decorations using the larger of the two flower dies from the Pretty Pillow Box Dies set. My original plan was to cut the poinsettia pieces from scraps of card, but then my eyes fell on the Boughs of Holly DSP…
So instead of cutting card I cut four flowers pieces from the small poinsettia patterned paper. While the dies were a different size to the printed flowers I tried to line up the centre of the die with the centre of the printed flowers. For the most part I succeeded, and cut four flowers this way. Then using the same die I cut two flowers from a scrap of abstract green paper from the DSP pack too.
Assembling the poinsettias was a simple task using liquid glue in the centre. First I layered two of the red die-cut flowers together with the lower petals visible between the upper ones. Next, with my Paper Snips I cut the green flowers in half. Then I glued two halves to the back of each red flower.
With the poinsettias made I glued them to the punched sentiment piece. Finally I added the assembled sentiment to the tag front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
In next to no time I had created a pretty poinsettia gift tag. I love the detail on the flowers which was all achieved courtesy of the printed paper. It’s a clever cheat don’t you think?
It was only as I was putting away the dies that I spotted a number of label-style dies in the Pretty Pillow Box set. I could have used one of them for my sentiment instead of the punch but as usual I’d forgotten they were there. So this weekend, creating my list of die sets that include label-style dies is on my to do list… in between Christmas crafting of course!
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Brightest Glow Stamp Set as a ‘bundle’ with the Labels Aglow Dies (not used today). This saved me 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to explore these for yourself.
EARLY WARNING – The Boughs of Holly DSP is being retired and is now only available while stocks last. Also retiring will be the discounted Brightest Glow bundle, although the stamp set and dies will continue to be available at least until the end of the January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue.