On Friday I took delivery of some new products from the Stampin’ Up! January to June 2022 Mini Catalogue. I’m excited to start exploring the what I’ve received in my pre-order, but first I have a few more Christmas projects to make. While I was putting away my new stuff I found some Christmas/winter stamp sets and dies from the Annual Catalogue. While they’re still considered ‘current’, they’ve been around a while and are likely to retire in a few months. So I’ve decided to give them one last outing, starting today with the So Many Snowflakes Dies.
SNOWFLAKES TO START
For this project I was determined to use the large ‘frame’ die from the So Many Snowflakes Dies. So I used my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine to die-cut some Thick Basic White Card. I could have used this to make a layer for a Christmas card but instead opted to make a large gift tag.
So next I trimmed the die-cut layer down to 3″ x 4-3/4″. Then of course I needed something to go under the hole and so I cut a 3″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Night of Navy Card.
For my sentient I chose “May your days be merry & bright” from the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set. I began by stacking the two pieces of card so that I could see exactly where to place my sentiment. Then I stamped inside the ‘frame’ using VersaMark ink. After putting the white layer to one side, I sprinkled the sticky ink with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Once I’d removed a few stray specks of powder I melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Then with the embossing done I fixed the two card layers together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Now I had to think of a way to attach the twine to allow the tag to be tied to a gift. I considered using the Detailed Trio Punch to add an oval hole, but then I had an idea… I could simply use the piercing attachment on my Take Your Pick tool to poke through a hole already created by the die. So that’s what I did, carefully enlarging the hole until I could thread some white baker’s twine through it. Then I just tied it in a simple knot.
All I had left to do was add a white piece to the back of the tag so it could be written on. As I reached over to get some more Basic White Card I noticed the piece taken from the centre of the ‘frame’. It was quite large and more than enough to write one. So rather than waste it I decided to use it.
First I turned the piece so that the shapes at the top matched the top part of the front of the tag. Then I used liquid glue to attach this piece to the back of the tag. Now instead of white snowflakes I appeared to have unusual snowflake silhouettes.
Finally for some sparkle I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centre of the larger snowflakes on the front of my tag. With that my project was complete.
Now as a reward for using this older product I’m going to play with some of my new stuff. Life’s all about balance, don’t you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Christmas Trimmings Dies (not used today). Placing my order using the single “bundle” item number meant I saved 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 this option.