Hi, Crafty Friends!
Today I have a Sizzix tutorial to share and a project idea for creating a masculine birthday gift set.
My Dad has a late October birthday, and he happens to be a lover of candy corn, like I am. So I knew I wanted to put together a matching card and candy corn treat package set that was both masculine in design, and fall inspired. Perfect excuse to break out one of my all-time favorite Tim Holtz sets, Leaf Blueprints.
I think the blueprint style of this set works so well for masculine projects, and I love that you can change the feel of the season with this set by simply changing out the color palette. Since he has a fall birthday, I pulled out a variety of Distress inks to suit, and added in lots of natural kraft for a warm autumn look.
I’ve got the full tutorial to share, so let’s take a closer look.
1. Stamp the leaf blueprint image onto watercolor paper using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
2. Place a Stitched Rectangle Framelits die onto the image, and die cut using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
3. Dab Distress inks onto a non-stitch craft sheet and mix inks with a bit of water. Apply clean, clear water onto the watercolor paper around the image to help the color flow, and then drop the ink colors onto the paper.
4. Allow the watercolor to dry. Then spritz the paper with a Distress Sprayer to create water droplets. Allow to dry for a few seconds, then blot the paper with a towel.
5. Stamp the leaf image again onto kraft cardstock using the Potting Soil Archival ink. Apply a bit of brown Distress ink onto the image using a mini ink blending tool. Then die cut the leaf using the partial leaf dies from the set.
6. Die cut both sections of the kraft leaf. Adhere one portion onto the watercolor panel. Save the second half for the treat packaging.
7. Stamp the leaf image again onto text print patterned paper. And die cut both halves.
8. Nest two Stitched Rectangle dies together to create a frame. Use the same size as you used for the leaf panel and the next size larger. Hold them together with a bit of washi tape, and die cut the frame from kraft cardstock. Adhere the text leaf print onto the watercolor image. Save the second half for the treat package.
9. Emboss a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of kraft cardstock with the Diamonds embossing folder. Adhere to a top folding card base, and round the two bottom corners.
10. Swipe a Picket Fence Distress ink pad over the raised embossed areas and around the edge of the leaf panel. Add a strip of matching text-print paper to the bottom portion of the card.
11. Die cut the label from the leaf set from watercolor paper. Stamp sentiment in the brown ink. Edge with Distress ink and add a few splatters of ink color using a wet paintbrush.
12. Wrap twine around the bottom of the watercolor panel and tie into a bow on the left side. Adhere the panel to the card base using foam adhesive. Adhere the sentiment over the twine using additional foam adhesive. And finally, add a few enamel dots.
Use the leftover die cut leaf pieces to create a matching panel for the treat packaging. All of the remaining steps are the same, although I added my treat panel onto a Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame die for the base of the hang tag.
Thanks so much for stopping by! And huge thanks for all your sweet comments and support on the opening of my Holiday Shop! You guys are the BEST!
The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: (Affiliate links used where possible)
Patterned Paper: Authentique
Treat Stamp: My Creative Time