I mentioned the other day that all 2019-2021 In Color products will be retiring soon. So before it’s gone for good today I wanted to showcase Seaside Spray Card and metallic ribbon. All I had in my head was to make a gift tag that wasn’t floral and this was the result.
SEASIDE SPRAY START
I began my project by pulling out some Seaside Spray Card to use for my tag base. The last few tags I’ve made have either been folded or created using one of Stampin’ Up!’s tag topper punches, so today I chose the Stitched Shapes Dies, the #4 (largest) oval one to be precise.
First from the Seaside Spray Card I cut the complete oval shape. Then I cut a piece of Sahara Sand Card using just the bottom 1″ of the die. This piece was to form the ‘ground’ for my scene so I used Paper Snips to add a slight wave along the top. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the piece to the bottom of the Seaside Spray oval.
With the pieces connected I just had to add a hole at the top to turn them into a tag. For this I used the oval hole option on the Detailed Trio Punch.
Before going any further I thought it would be a good idea to add my sentiment. I chose “Enjoy” from the Pampered Pets Stamp Set and stamped it using Basic Gray ink.
Then to finish the tag base I threaded some Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Now I was ready to begin working on the focal point of the tag using more stamps from Pampered Pets and Basic Gray ink.
First on some Gray Granite Card I stamped the happy dog image. Then I stamped just the top part of the dog including the collar onto a scrap of Mango Melody Card.
Next came the dog bowl image stamped twice, once on a scrap of Terracotta Tile Card, and once onto Seaside Spray.
I felt that the dog looked a bit too clean and I needed to add some depth and dimension to him. I achieved this using a Blending Brush to add areas of Basic Gray ink, lighter in some areas and darker in others. This was much better, and I cut out the image using a coordinating die from the Pets Dies.
There’s no die for the dog’s bowl, but it’s not a difficult shape to cut out using Paper Snips. In fact I cut the complete bowl from the Terracotta Tile piece, but only the inside part of the bowl from the Seaside Spray. Then using liquid glue I fixed the ‘water’ onto the bowl.
Next came the Mango Melody scrap of card and from this I cut just the dog’s collar before gluing it onto the die-cut dog image.
With the dog and bowl ready I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the dog to the tag base. Then I added the bowl with two Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals stacked under the right edge, and just one under the left edge.
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
Essentially the tag was complete, but I wasn’t entirely happy with how it looked. It needed tweaking.
So first I used a Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker (from the neutrals collection) to colour in the dog’s nose.
Then I stamped the small hearts image from the Pampered Pets Stamp Set onto a scrap of Poppy Parade Card. Using Paper Snips I cut out the smallest of the two hearts and glued that below the dog’s collar.
That was definitely an improvement, but there was still something wrong with his face. Then it hit me, everything was grey. All I needed to do was use a Stampin’ Chalk Marker to add a little white to his eye and he suddenly came to life. Finally I could say today’s project was complete.
This project took a little while to come together, but I’m really happy with the finished result. What do you think?
For other projects created using the Pampered Pets Stamp Set, see my blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Pampered Pets Stamp Set and coordinating Pets Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to compare these options.
2019-2021 IN COLORS – Remember all 2019-2021 In Color products will definitely be retiring by the end of April. Some may even sell out before then. So if you know you want something, why not order it before the end of February. That way, with a minimum $60 order (before shipping and taxes), you could take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion and get free products too.