Birthday Bonanza Gift Tag

Welcome to Part 1 of my Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bonanza Suite Showcase! There is a slight change of plan this week as the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set was on backorder and hasn’t arrived in time for the blog! However, I do have the Bonanza Dies and the Birthday Bonanza DSP so I designed a project using these. I hope you like it!

Let’s make it…

Start by cutting three of the tag shapes – two from Bermuda Bay cardstock, and one from the Birthday Bonanza DSP. Adhere the DSP tag to one of the Bermuda Bay cardstock tags to reinforce it. Next, cut a window out of the remaining Bermuda Bay cardstock tags using the Stitched Rectangles dies.

Cut the two banners from Birthday Bonanza DSP and adhere to the Bermuda Bay tag so that they cross the ‘window’. Trim so that you only have small ‘tails’ extending beyond the tag. Adhere this tag to your DSP tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Colour a length (approx. 20cm) of Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon using the Mango Melody Dark Stampin’ Blend. Thread this through the hole in the top of the tag. Finally, tie a length (approx. 15cm) of Whisper White Bakers twine around the ribbon for extra decoration and to stop it coming loose.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Join me next time for more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bonanza Suite. We might even do some stamping!

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click the links below and you head straight to my online shop. Or click here to browse.

Happy crafting, h x

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Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.

As many of you will know, I love creating gift tags, lots of gift tags! Recently I have been making a lot of tags with watercolour elements. I know that a lot of people are wary of water-colouring but if you start simple you can create stunning projects and, the more you practice, the better you will get. With that in mind I wanted to explain how I created this gorgeous Honey Bee gift tag with a watercolour background.

Let’s make it…

I start by cutting out my basic tag shape. For this I trim a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to 2″ x 4″ and use either the Scalloped Tag Topper or Delightful Tag Topper punch for the top, and the Detailed Trio Punch for the bottom corners.

Next I stamped the bee image and the sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink. It is important to use the correct type of ink at this stage because anything water-based will smudge when you apply the water.

The first step in creating the watercolour wash is to apply the water to the paper. I like to use quite a thick brush at this stage but you can experiment to see what you find easiest. You need to apply a reasonable amount of water but don’t completely flood the paper. Again experiment until you achieve the desired result.

I then press my smallest Clear Block (A) into the required ink pad so that it becomes a mini pallet. In this case I used Pineapple Punch. Pick the ink up off the block using an Aqua Painter and touch it onto the wet watercolour paper. The ink will quickly transfer and start to spread. Keep applying the ink until you achieve the required shade. I then leave it to dry naturally but you can use a heat gun if you’re in a rush (be careful though as it may move the water and ink around).

Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

As I finishing touch, I have used a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon.

As with most things in crafting, the key here is not to be afraid to experiment. Try different brushes, different amounts of water and different amounts of ink until you are happy with the results. The great thing about tags is that they are a small, less intimidating canvas and if it doesn’t work you have only used a small amount of paper. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think and then you can move on to bigger projects or colouring images rather than just creating a background wash.

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I’ll be back next week with more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the items featured in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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Painted Poppies Gift Tags

Hello and welcome to my December Stamp Set Showcase! This month I will be featuring a brand new Stamp Set that will be available in the Stampin’ Up! January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue. The stamp set is called ‘Painted Poppies’ and is part of the ‘Peaceful Poppies’ Suite.

The whole Suite is delightful and includes two stamp set and die bundles, DSP, sequins, ribbon and die-cut elements. You’ll find it on pages 24-27 of the new catalogue once you get yours! If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalogue just get in touch and I’ll be happy to send you one.

When I get a new stamp set, I have started creating gift tags using all the images (and dies where appropriate) because I love the small canvas that tags provide. It means you can see, at a glance, what options you have available and provides a source of inspiration for larger projects. The examples I have to show you today use every image and every die from the bundle!

Let’s make it…

As well as the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies bundle, I have used Whisper White, Shimmery White, Watercolour Paper and Garden Green cardstock for the tag bases. Most have been cut out using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch but I have used one of the dies from the set for one of the tags. I have used Poppy Parade, Garden Green and Memento inks (as well as Stazon for the watercolour tag). The ribbons used are the Garden Green Double-Stitched ribbon and the Whisper White Crinkled Seam binding ribbon, which I coloured using the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend.

As you can see, all of these tags have been created using the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies bundle and some basic supplies. These could be easily ‘stepped-up’ using the coordinating DSP and/or sequins and I’m sure you can see how any of them could be expanded to create matching cards and 3D projects.

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I hope you have enjoyed this initial look at the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies stamp set. Next week I’ll be including the DSP and some of the embellishments to provide you with more inspiration.

If you can’t wait until January to order your Painted Poppies stamp set, you can join my team of Happy Crafters and you’ll be eligible for the preorder, staring on December 3rd! Find out more here.

To order the items used in these projects (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop! Note: item numbers for NEW products will be: Painted Poppies bundle 153827, Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon 151326

Happy crafting, h x

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Stitched Stars Tag

Hello, and welcome to week one of my Stampin’ Up! So Many Stars bundle showcase. This bundle consists of the So Many Stars stamp set and Stitched Stars die set and it is simply gorgeous!

For today’s project I have only used the dies but the stamp set has some fabulous imagery and a great selection of sentiments so we will be exploring that a bit more next time.

Let’s make it…

The main body of the tag is made up of 4 of the Stitched Stars die cuts. I have alternated between Crumb Cake cardstock and the Wrapped in Plaid DSP as the stars decrease in size. The particular sheet of DSP used contains the colours Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and gold so I have used these colours in the extra embellishments and sentiment.

I have cut out a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock using the Sprig punch and a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper using the snowflake die from the Frosted Frames die set. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Whisper White cardstock. This has then been cut out using the Classic Label punch. The sentiment piece is adhered using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I have also added an extra couple of stars, one from the DSP and one from Gold Glimmer Paper to tie it in with the rest of the project.

The final touch is to add a length of Linen Thread. I adhered this to the back of the tag using Tear & Tape.

I think these tags look really luxurious and I’ll definitely be using them on my family’s presents.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Join me next week for more inspiration from the So Many Stars bundle. If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Happy crafting, h x

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