I was inspired to create this tag when I was looking through some older stamp sets that I think are going to be retired later this month. Whale Done was one of them and I must admit I haven’t used it much since the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) was retired. This set links really well to a couple of other stamp sets and for today’s project I picked out a sentiment. Then with the Seas the Day Stamp Set, along with the coordinating Sea Dies I set to work.
As I was inspired by the Whale Done Stamp Set, that’s where I began, with the “Hoping all your birthday fishes come true”. Using Misty Moonlight ink I stamped it onto a 3-4″ x 2-1/2″ strip of Basic White Card. Then I punched the left end of the sentiment using the flat end shape option on the Lovely Labels Pick-A-Punch.
With that done I began to think about the tag base and using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored a 3″ x 6″ piece of Misty Moonlight Card. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then to turn this mini card into a tag I opened it up and placed it under the oval hole option on the Detailed Trio Punch. With the crease just to the right of the centre line I punched down to give me a hole at the back of the tag. Finally I threaded 6″ of white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
For the background layers I cut a 2″ x 3″ piece of Basic White Card. Then from the Beauty Of The Earth 12″ x 12″ DSP I cut a 1-7/8″ x 3″ piece of the subtle blue sky/sea pattern. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the DSP onto the card then fixed it to the tag front.
Before moving on I remembered to cut a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card and glue that to the inside of the tag.
SEA DIES CONNECTION
That just left the sea scene to create and I started with the Seas The Day Stamp Set. I began with the fish facing to the right and the Misty Moonlight ink pad. After inking up the fish I stamped-off onto scrap paper to remove a little of the ink. Then I stamped him onto a scrap of Basic White Card.
Next I pulled out the Sea Dies and found the die that coordinated with my stamped fish. This lined up easily and I cut him out using my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
Just one last thing was needed to complete the scene and that was some seaweed. I didn’t have to look far for the inspiration as there are a couple of seaweed type dies in the Seas Dies set. Plus as I looked towards the scraps of Beauty Of The Earth DSP I noticed an abstract green piece. It was meant to be! So using the die I cut out the DSP and then glued that onto the blue layer on my tag.
Now I was ready to add the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals followed by my die-cut fish. And with that my masculine birthday gift tag was complete.
Quick and pretty easy to do, I’m really happy with this project. I have another sea idea linking to Whale Done Stamp Set but that will have to wait for another day.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Seas The Day Stamp Set and coordinating Sea Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This saved me 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.