Despite having a room full of stamp sets and other crafty things I still get excited by the new. While I can’t afford to get everything I might want, I do like to treat myself each month. Yesterday I was delighted to finally get my hands on the Silly Goose Stamp Set. My regular readers will know I’m a sucker for cute animal (and bird) images and this one immediately caught my eye. So today I couldn’t help but get it inky to create this super sweet birthday gift tag.
EASIEST TAG BASE
Usually when I create a gift tag I use a die or punch to make the base. However today I wanted to show how to create a tie-on tag when you don’t have something to make a hole for the twine. But first I needed to create the card layers starting with a 2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card.
I wanted my background layer to have a watery feel so I pressed a Coastal Cabana ink pad onto some plastic sheet. Then I sprayed some clean water onto the ink using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Picking up the plastic I lightly touched it onto some scrap paper to remove most of the excess water before touching the plastic onto the card strip a couple of times. Basic White Card really isn’t designed to be wet so the surface bubbled a little but that wasn’t going to be a problem.
While I waited for the inky strip to dry I cut another piece of Basic White Card. This one could be a bit shorter at 2″ x 3-1/4″. Then I cut a 6″ piece of Coastal Cabana twine from the Three Twine Combo Pack. After folding the twine in half I attached the loop to the top of the shorter card strip using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Finally, once the inky piece was dry, I added some texture by passing through a crimping tool that I’ve had for years. Then I glued the crimped piece onto the plain piece sandwiching the twine between the two. After trimming off the excess crimped card at the bottom of the tag I was ready to stamp.
Turning to the Silly Goose Stamp Set I chose the one where the goose is sharing a floatie with a cute little frog. Using Basic Gray ink I stamped the image onto a 2″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I coloured in the image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
I began by colouring the floaty with dark and light Flirty Flamingo, with light and dark Smoky Slate for the spots. I also used the light Smoky Slate for the goose’s beak. Next I used light and dark Pool Party for the water, as well as using the light marker on her hat.
For the frog I chose light Parakeet Party, while using the dark one for the leaves on her hat and the hat band. Finally I went back to the light Flirty Flamingo to colour the flowers.
With the colouring complete I trimmed the right-hand edge of the image to about 1-5/8. To do this I used my Paper Trimmer to cut almost to the top and bottom edges of the floatie. Then I cut arpound the right-hand edge of the floatie using Paper Snips.
Next I cut a 1-3/4″ x 2-3/8″ piece of Coastal Cabana Card and glued the stamped image on top, lining up the straight right-hand edges. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the assembled layer to the tag base, once again lining up the right-hand edges.
That just left the sentiment to do and for that I went back to the Silly Goose Stamp Set. I stamped “A silly goose told me it’s your birthday” onto a scrap of Basic White Card using Basic Gray ink. Then I cut out just the words “it’s your birthday” using my Paper Snips.
Using small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the three words indiividually to the goose layer and my tag was finally complete.
I’m so pleased with how this project turned out. Now I’m off to explore the rest of this cute stamp set.
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