Sunday, November 20, 2011

Winter warmer

Well, it's Sunday at 11.00 p.m. which means it's time for a new challenge on the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is to make something, anything, that isn't a card. I haven't shared a gift card holder with you for a while, so this seems the perfect day to do so:

The pocket is held together by the ribbon and held shut by the Merry Christmas label which is only stuck at the bottom.  Although it's still a little pretty, it's not overly feminine and I would be happy to give it to anyone, male or female.  I'm going to make a couple more to have as 'just in case' gifts - I hate been caught out.

If you want to make one yourself, here are the ingredients / instructions:

Base (french roast polka dot) - 10" x 3 1/2", scored at 3" and 7"
Top panel base: (candy cane) - 1 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Top panel (vanilla) - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Label (vanilla) - 3" x 2" approx.

Let's start with the top panel - stamp and colour the mug from the holiday tags collection.  Mount onto the candy cane backing.

For the label, I first stamped the label outline (vintage labels) and then cut it out using the coordinating die - the die comes with a positioning plate to help line it up.  Stamp the greeting and the poinsettia.

Fold the base along the score lines and using a 1 1/2" circle punch, cut quarter circles from each corner of the top and a semi circle from the centre of the pocket (if you look at the two pictures you will see what I mean). Tie the pocket together using ribbon, attach the top panel, and finally attach the label - remembering to only stick the bottom half.  You want to position it so that a slight bend of the holder causes the flap to pop out.

If you didn't come from the challenge blog, why not go and visit now - I can promise you will find lots of inspiration there - and if you can find time to play along this week, do join us.

All the supplies for today's project are from Amuse Studio and are available for purchase here.

stamps: holiday tags, vintage labels, nordic noel, happy christmas
paper: french roast polka dot, candy cane, vanilla
ink: memento black tuxedo, cranberry, french roast
misc: cherry stitched grosgrain ribbon, copics - G28, R27

1 comment:

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love this idea! I am going to steal it and see if I can adapt it to hold one of those hot cocoa packets. I have a small group of crafting women who give a little something gift and this would be perfect!

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