Lately, I’ve gotten on quite the big DIY kick. In an effort to make healthier lifestyle choices for me and my family, I’ve been experimenting with making my own health and beauty products with all natural ingredients. So far I’ve tried out headache salve and achy muscle cream, moisturizer, and shaving butter. I’ve even made my own laundry soap and lavender-scented fabric softener. I have definitely become a believer in the power of essential oils, and I think their benefits are worth sharing. So for my friend Susie’s birthday recently, I decided to put together a gift set for her with some of my handmade products and favorite gentle Castile soaps.
Of course with handmade health and beauty products like this, it’s essential to properly label them with directions for their use. Otherwise, of course, nobody would know what on earth they are or how to use them. That’s where my computer and Sizzix dies came in handy. In no time at all, I was able print out labels and instructions on plain cardstock in a pretty lavender colored ink that matched my theme. And then I turned to my Sizzix dies to dress them up and make them pretty.
The Jar Lids die and embossing folder set from the Where Women Cook line was the perfect fit for embellishing the tops of my containers. I mean, seriously perfect. And I knew I wanted to use tags, too, tied with big pretty bows around the neck of the bottles. So simple to do with the thin framelits dies, where you can place the dies directly over your printed sheet and move them around until you have the text centered just right. But it’s a bit more tricky to get perfect placement with the larger Bigz or XLBigz dies, like I used here. But I’ve got some great tips for you.
Here’s where I started, with my filled containers, all ready to go.
On my computer, I printed out product labels and instructions for their use, leaving enough space around each for die cutting. I used a pretty natural cardstock from Stampin’Up that has light flecks of recycled papers throughout, and changed the font and color in my word document. You may notice that I did a little piecing with my paper…that’s because I didn’t have a full sheet in my stash. I simply added a bit of removable adhesive to the backs of the cardstock, and attached it to regular copy paper before running it through my printer.
The tricky part is getting the printed text to line up perfectly within the space of the die. But here’s a great tip. Die cut a large piece of scrap paper with your chosen die first. Remove the positive shapes and retain the negative panel. Place it back over your die, lining up the die cut openings with the die below. Then slip your printed piece of cardstock under the negative, and center the text using the negative outline as your guide. Place your cutting pad over the top, and run the whole thing through your die cutting machine.
I used the Tags #3 and Jar Lids dies here, but this trick works for basically any large die, for perfect placement every time.
Once I had my shapes die cut, I added a few stamped images for embellishment. Since my products are lavender-scented, I went with a soft floral stamp set stamped in tones of lavender and green.
The Where Women Cook Jar Lids comes with a matching texture embossing plate. After die cutting the lid shape and stamping a few branches, I embossed the lid and sponged the whole with lavender ink before adhering to the tops of my containers. The tags were just tied on with string and trim in big happy bows.
To give my tags a soft and worn look with a vintage feel that I love, I did the water flick trick that is so popular these days. Simply wet your hand under the sink, and drip or flick water onto the finished tags and labels. But go gentle, or you will wash away all the printing.
I hope I’ve given you some fun ideas for your next die cutting project. And I’m also super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you, my blog friends, 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.)
Happy Friday, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cardstock, Stamps, Ink: Stampin’Up
Trim: Papertrey Ink, Craft Supply
Buttons: Maya Road