This is a great project if you have been hoarding your beautiful 12x12s for just the right occasion! You will create a fantastic matching set of items to complement a special gift for someone. Just make sure its someone who deserves your best papers!
What you will create:
You will need:
One sheet of 12×12 paper / card
Small scraps of white paper and card
Ribbon / twine
Envelope punch board
Gift bag punch board
Step 1: Trim the pieces as shown in the diagram and described below. Numbers in circles are the cutting order. Other numbers are measurements in inches.
a) Create one 4×12” strip by cutting along line 1.
b) Cut this strip into one 4×2” strip and one 4×10” strip by cutting along line 2. Put these to one side for the moment.
c) Take the remaining 8×12” piece and cut into one 8×4” strip and one 8×8” square by cutting along line 3. Put the smaller piece to one side.
d) Trim the 8×8” square into a 6×6” square, making sure you keep the trimmed pieces.
Step 2: Score and fold the 8×4” piece in half to create the 4×4” notecard. If required, cut a 7×3” piece of white paper, score and fold in half, to create an insert. Use tear tape to attach to the inside of the notecard. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write in the card.
Step 3: Round the corners of the 4×2” piece to create your gift tag. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through. If required, cut a 1×2” piece of white card and adhere to the back of the tag. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write on the tag.
Step 4: Round the corners of one of the long, thin offcuts to create your bookmark. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through.
Step 5: Take the 4×10” strip and create the gift bag according to the instructions on the gift bag punch for a SMALL gift bag. Assemble using tear tape.
Step 6: Take the 6×6” square and create the envelope according to the instructions on the envelope punch – the score line for a 4×4” envelope is at 3”. Adhere using tear tape and add extra tape, leaving the backing in place, ready to seal the envelope.
Most of us like to fuss over our cards for hours! Carefully considering where to place the three gems and what sort of bow to tie in the ribbon. However, sometimes we need something quick and easy because we need to get it to the post box in the next 10 minutes!
With a little bit of stamping, punching and trimming, you can create this colourful card in minutes.
I have used:
the new ‘in-colour’ Stampin’ pads: Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick
Pick a Pennant stamp set
Thoughtful Banners stamp set
Duet Banner punch
Lovely Lipstick cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Step 1: create your card base using Whisper White cardstock
Step 2: trim a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock to make a background layer
Step 3: trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to make your card front
Step 4: stamp the bunting a couple of times in Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove ink
Step 5: stamp the star (first and second generation) in the other ink colours to create a background pattern
Step 6: stamp two banners and the words ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ within them
Step 7: punch the banners out. In my example I have also used the Lovely Lipstick Write Marker to add some dimension to the banners
Step 8: adhere the banners and layer up your card
Step 9: put the kettle on and write the card, you still have plenty of time to get to the Post Office!
Step it up! If you have a little more time to spare, why not add some personalisation to the bunting? Add the recipient’s name or age or an extra message.
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