With a little over two weeks until Christmas it’s time to get wrapping. Of course that means more gift tags. When I first started papercrafting I tended to concentrate on cards, probably just like most people. But then I discovered the pleasure of designing and making gift tags. Today’s tag is quite simple in its design, but the added texture really makes it special. The Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folder, patterned paper and ribbon are all retiring, so only available while stocks last.
TAG WITH TEXTURE
This project actually started with some scraps from the retiring Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Using Paper Snips I simply cut around a couple of the poinsettias and set them aside.
Then I cut a 2″ x 4-1/4″ strip of Thick Whisper White Card for the tag base. However when I placed the fussy-cut flowers onto it I really disliked how they looked. The white was just too stark. So I went looking for something more subtle and complimentary. In the end I settled on Soft Sea Foam Card, and cut a piece 2″ x 4-1/4″ to match the white strip.
To add interest I decided to emboss the Soft Sea Foam Card using the dashed design from the retiring Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folders. They are both narrow folders (designed to fit through the new Mini Cut & Emboss Machine). Unlike on previous projects, today I put the card into the folder at a slight angle. Then when I embossed it I had a pattern that looked quite different.
With the embossing done I then used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the embossed card to the white strip. This would provide a smooth surface on the back to write on. Then using the Detailed Trio Punch I punched through the two layers to add an oval hole at the top.
POINSETTIA PLACE SCRAPS
Now the tag base was ready for me to embellish, starting with the fussy-cut poinsettias. As I was planning where to place the two flowers I decided that I wanted three leaves on one of them. So I went back to the scraps of DSP and simply cut out an extra leaf. Then using liquid glue I fixed it to the back of one of the poinsettias.
To attach the two poinsettias to the tag I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, leaving a gap between them for a sentiment.
To be honest, at this point I could have made this tag for any occasion but opted for “Merry Christmas” from the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set. Using Garden Green ink, to coordinate with the colour of the leaves, I stamped it onto some Soft Sea Foam Card. Then I cut it out using the #1 (smallest) oval die from the Stitched Shapes Dies. The sentiment fitted perfectly in the gap and I secured it in place with more Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
After that all I needed was a way to tie the tag onto a gift. For this I chose the Old Olive/metallic gold ribbon from the retiring All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack. I simply threaded it through the hole at the top of the tag and tied it in a knot. With that my elegant textured tag was complete.
Do you know, I can’t remember if I’ve ever made a tag with a textured base, but I love how this turned out. It’s interesting and the texture simply makes me want to touch it. I’ll certainly miss this embossing folder when it’s gone.
I used three different retiring products for today’s project and all three are reduced in price. The Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders and All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack are both 50% off. The Poinsettia Place DSP is on sale at 30% off. However as I mentioned earlier, all retiring products are only available while stocks last. So if you want anything from the Year-End Closeout make sure you place your order via my online store right away.
I also want to remind you that the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set is a limited edition set. While it’s not part of the Year-End Closeout, it will only be available until January 4th.