After waiting far too long for UPS to deliver the new limited availability Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits they’ve barely left my craft desk. I had a feeling I’d have fun with this set and I have certainly not been disappointed
Sadly I have a very busy day ahead of me with things that I absolutely must get done. So I’ve decided that I’ll do those things first and reward myself with some gratuitous crafting later.
For now though, here’s a quick gift tag I created using this amazing bundle.
Starting with my Big Shot and multipurpose platform I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade Card using the #2 label die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits, and a piece of Very Vanilla Card using the #1 label die from the same set (counting from the smallest up).
Using Poppy Parade ink I inked up just the word ‘merry’ on the long ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and covered the word ‘Christmas’ with a piece of sellotape, just in case. Then I stamped ‘Merry’ onto the Very Vanilla label piece.
I removed the sellotape and cleaned the stamp thoroughly before inking up the word ‘Christmas’ with Poppy Parade ink. I covered the word ‘Merry’ with sellotape and stamped ‘Christmas’ onto the Very Vanilla piece so that my two word sentiment was now stacked rather than being in one long line.
TIP – I would normally recommend stamping first and then die-cutting, but I was so keen to try out these new dies I bent my own rules.
I punched a hole at the top of the Poppy Parade label using a 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the Very Vanilla piece on top. I threaded a length of Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
On a scrap of Very Vanilla Card I then used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the long holly image from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set. At each end of the image there are a three holly leaves and berries that are perfect for using in isolation, so I used a Blender Pen to colour them with Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce ink from inside the lid of my stamp pads. Once that was done I cut out the coloured portions of the image with Paper Snips.
TIP – Extend the versatility of your ink pads by squeezing the closed case so the foam pad is pressed against the inside of the lid. This will result in some of the ink from the pad being deposited on the inside of the lid, and from there you can pick up the ink with an Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Sponge or Sponge Dauber to create different effects on your projects.
Going back to my layered tag, I used pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the holly accents above and below the sentiment and then finished it all off by adding a glossy coat to the berries using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
I love the clean and simple lines of this 2-13/16″ x 4″ gift tag. The layers, complete with faux stitching around the edge, really add an elegant touch. Those dies also hold another secret, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what that is.
BUNDLE BONUS – Starting August 1st customers will be able to buy the limited availability Blended Seasons Stamp Set and Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, but only during August, and only while stocks last. You’ll be able to get them separately or if you want both items make sure you use the bundle code to save 10% off the cost. I’ve included links to all the options below, but as a customer you won’t actually be able to add the items to an order for another week.
If you really want to order these limited availability products today, contact me and I’ll tell you how you can, you’ll find a link in the bar at the top of the page.