Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
And Happy Valentine’s week! Tomorrow is the big day and we’re almost out of time, but today I am sneaking in with one final Valentine project. I’ve got a little last-minute gift tag topper to share, made with my favorite Crazy Dogs and Things from Tim Holtz.
This silly sweet gift tag is perfect for tying onto a simple treat bag or box. I punched a hole in the top of the tag, and tied it onto my goody bag along with a pair of decorative pencils. Or just tuck the tag into an envelope and it makes a great shaped card idea, too.
I added heart accents to my tag, and some pretty PhotoPlayPaper Valentine paper, to dress up this little holiday goody bag. I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share how, so let’s take a closer look.
1. Die cut a heart frame from patterned paper. To die cut the frame, nest two Hearts Framelits dies, and die cut using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies:
Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Framelit dies (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
2. Die cut the largest heart shape again from both white cardstock and watercolor paper. You should now have two solid heart shapes and one heart frame.
3. Dab a variety of Distress Ink colors onto a non-stick craft mat and spray the ink with water. Press the smooth side of the watercolor paper heart into the ink mixture. Allow the ink to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool. Repeat this step to intensify the color, if desired.
4. Place a stencil over the inked heart, and apply a darker color of Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
5. Stamp a dog image and Valentine greeting onto watercolor paper using black archival (waterproof) ink. Die cut the dog using the matching die. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip, and then snip the ends into banner notches.
6. Watercolor the dog image using Distress Inks.
7. Apply a thin bead of liquid adhesive to the edge of the inked/stenciled heart shape. Adhere lace trim to the edge of the heart. Make small snips into the lace to allow it to bend around the tight corners easier.
8. Apply red Distress Ink to the edges of the patterned paper heart frame and the sentiment strip. Adhere the frame to the inked/stenciled heart. Add foam adhesive to the back of the dog and sentiment strip, and adhere them to the tag. Stamp and die cut a heart candy box. Watercolor the image, and adhere it to the tag base. Add Glossy Accents to the dog’s eyes and collar, and to the bow on the heart.
9. Using a bone folder or scoring board, score across the top left corner of the heart die cut from white cardstock. Bend the flap back and forth a bit to loosen the hinge. Apply strong adhesive to the flap section only, and adhere the two heart shapes together. Now you have a tag or a card with room for a handwritten note inside.
10. Punch a hole in the top left corner of the tag. Thread with twine and tie onto your gift package.
The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience: