Sometimes inspiration lies just around the corner… or in this case in the packaging! From time to time, I check out the stamp section at a local craft and hobby store looking for Copic Marker suitable stamp images. LOL… and of course I have to look at all the latest and greatest gadgets and tools.
On this particular occasion, I didn’t find much… sadly everything is so stale! I did manage to pick up a small Prima Marketing Clear Stamp Set with an Easter theme. Under $2… why not? Yesterday I finally opened the stamp set and decided I really liked the background paper insert even better than the little girl and bunny stamp images!Pretty… see what I mean? I liked the pretty tag background, and it inspired me to make a pretty tag!Paired with pretty papers, punches and embellishments from Stampin’ Up! the recycled packaging was re-used to make a pretty Vintage Easter Tag.“Happy Easter” was inked with Soft Suede Classic Ink and stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock. Additional “Summer Silhouette” tiny flower images were inked in Regal Rose Ink and stamped next to the sentiment before fussy cutting and adding to the vintage Easter tag using stampin’ dimensionals.After adding medium basic rhinestone jewels to the centers of each flower, the bunny from the clear stamp set was also stamped in soft suede ink onto very vanilla card stock. The bunny was ‘fussy cut’ around the outline and attached to the layered Vintage Eater Tag base using stampin’ dimensionals.The lovely rose is from the Artisan Embellishment kit and tops a fun layered flower I found in the under $1 bin at Wally World (package of three layered flowers). Don’t you just love the flowers from the Artisan Embellishment Kit? I wish Stampin’ Up! would carry more of these types of items!A matching layered paper flower was sponged lightly using Regal Rose Classic Ink and a wedge of stampin’ sponge. I wanted to make sure the regal rose color on the petal edges was more subtle than strong… so after inking the sponge, I sponged off onto my grid paper (scrap paper) before sponging each petal.There was a logo from the stamp company in the upper right corner of the inspiration piece (packaging insert) that I needed to cover up. The tiny butterfly punch and patterned paper from the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper pack worked perfectly! The color in the photo above is a bit off… sorry.. the background card stock is actually Old Olive not Gumball Green as it appears!
Pretty 1-1/4” two-tone ribbon was slipped through the opening in the tag and tied with Early Espresso Bakers Twine for a finishing touch.Most of the popped, dimensional items were attached to the Vintage Easter Tag base using stampin’ dimensionals (aka pop dots)… but the rose was a bit differently. If you’ve purchased one of the Artisan Embellishment Kits (or more, LOL) you know that the rose actually has a very long green wire stem which holds the paper rose layers together.
So… dealing with the rose stem on your card or paper crafts projects, you can do one of several things…
- Cut the stem shorter, no wider than the rose then secure using glue dots..
- Cut the stem off completely, and then re-assemble the paper rose using mini glue dots or Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.
- Use a paper piercing tool to pierce through layers of flowers and/or cardstock bringing the stem through the layers to bury it beneath.
- Wrap the wire tightly into a circle on the base of your flower (my preferred option) and then secure to your project using mini glue dots.
I hope you enjoyed today’s rather lengthy photo journal post and tips! LOL… and it really all began with recycled and re-used packaging!!
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Recycle & Re-Use Pretty Vintage Easter Tag!