I’ve a lot to get done today so my blog project is a quick one. But doesn’t that happen to us as papercrafters? We suddenly realise we need a card, or gift tag and only have 30 minutes to make one. Well here’s an idea with spring flowers and a cute mouse that made me smile despite the stress of the morning.
This all started when I decided to create a gift tag with spring flowers. I wanted pastel colours and so pulled out So Saffron, Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Gray Granite ink pads.
Then I grabbed the Special Someone Stamp Set and the large and small flower outline images. On Whisper White Card I set to work stamping the smaller of the two flowers in Balmy Blue. Then I stamped the larger flower in Blushing Bride and So Saffron.
Next I took the solid flower images and stamped inside each of the outlines with the same colour ink. This time however after inking up the stamp I ‘stamped-off’ onto scrap paper before stamping inside the outlines. This meant that the solid colour stamped in a lighter shade.
Finally I stamped the larger flower outline onto Soft Sea Foam Card using Mint Macaron ink.
With the flowers done I turned my attention to the cute little mouse in the set. I stamped the outline using Gray Granite ink, then using the stamping-off technique again I stamped the solid image over the top.
That just left the “for a very special someone” sentiment which I stamped using Blushing Bride ink.
Now I’d finished stamping it was time to get to work with the coordinating Special Day Dies to cut out the flowers and the mouse. I also cut out the sentiment using the speech bubble die in the same set.
For the tag base I turned to the Painted Labels Dies. I chose the circular die with the fancy edge and used it to cut some Champagne Foil Sheet.
I still had a couple of things to do before I could start putting it all together. First I cut off the stalks from all the flowers. Then I cut the green flowers into individual petals as these would become the leaves for my floral arrangement.
Once everything was cut I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the flowers, leaves and mouse to the foil tag. Then I added the sentiment with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally I tied a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the top and my quick spring tag was complete.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Painted Labels Dies in a bundle with the Painted Poppies Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to look at this option.
SPECIAL DAY DIES – these dies are only available for a limited time and not shown in any catalogue.