Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! I have a sweet birthday card and a quick tutorial to share with you, featuring the latest dies and embossing folders by Lori Whitlock for Sizzix.
The set I am using today, Lori’s Embossed Gift Tags Thinlits and Textured Impressions, was designed with gift tags in mind, and I know it will quickly become one of my favorite go-to supplies for gift packaging. But today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate gift tags into other papercrafting projects, like this fun birthday card.
The matching embossing folders, I think, are what really make this cute set. The birthday, thank you, and baby themes are something I can get a lot of use out of, and I love that the dies have different layering pieces, allowing you to cut out just portions of the images, as needed. Isn’t that little cupcake adorable? Yes, there is a die just for that.
I think the embossed gift tag makes such a fun focal point for my little birthday card. And it was super easy, too. Here’s all you need to do.
Let’s start with the tag. Begin by die cutting the largest tag shape from pretty patterned paper. I used the Harmony collection by Authentique, our product partner this month on the Sizzix blog. If you’re not familiar with the die cutting process, I recommend using the Magnetic Platform with the Thinlits dies, using this basic Sizzix sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Thinlits die, paper, topped with a second Cutting Pad.
Next, die cut the largest layering label shape from contrasting patterned paper. One cool thing about the Magnetic Platform is that you can perfectly place your dies and have them stay put, with no fear of shifting or moving. In this case, I like to reverse my die cutting sandwich just a bit, by placing the paper first, then adding the Thinlits die on top, face down. This allows me to visualize exactly how the finish die will look, and that’s key when die cutting particular areas of patterned paper, or die cutting around stamped images.
Once the label is die cut, place it into one of the matching embossing folders.
Here’s a little tip: I found that I couldn’t quite center my die cut label inside the folder as I wanted without bending the top tip a bit. To avoid that, I made a small slit in the crease of the folder so that I could poke the top of my label through.
Run the embossing folder through your die cutting machine using the Extended Cutting Platform open to Tab 1.
Isn’t it cute?
Now we’ll die cut just the cupcake to add an additional layer. First, insert patterned paper into the embossing folder, and run it through your die cutting machine. Then place the cupcake die over the embossing image. Here’s where the Magnetic Platform came in really handy. Love that I could place my images so that one little flower ended up at the top of the cupcake. Makes me think there’s a cherry on top.
Lightly sand over the embossed areas, revealing the white core underneath.
I wanted a bit of additional texture, so I added Distress Crackle Paint to the frame of the label and the icing of the cupcake. Allow crackle paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step. Once the crackling begins to appear, you can speed up the rest of the drying process with a heat tool.
Then die cut the smallest bow from Tim Holtz’ Bow Tied Decorative Strip Die from yellow patterned paper using the Extended Cutting Platform. Assemble bow to add to the top of the tag.
Cut a panel of patterned paper to fit the front of a 3.5 x 5 card base. Cut a 1.5 x 5 strip of paper and cut a V-notch into one end. I like to add brown ink to the edges of all my paper pieces to give a bit of contrast between layers. Adhere the banner strip down the center of the card base, followed by the large die cut tag shape. Then top the tag with the embossed label and cupcake shapes, using foam adhesive between for a bit of extra dimension. Lightly swipe a yellow ink pad over the sanded embossing. Finish with the die cut bow and a few pearl buttons.
I think my finished card makes a beautiful set with the gift package I made recently, don’t you?
I hope you enjoyed my quick tutorial. And don’t forget, I have a special discount code to share with you, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!