Snowflake gift tags are perfect for the season! They pretty much go with anything and everything!
Because I really wanted to use a snowflake but I needed some space to write (the main purpose of a tag, you say!), I decided to make it into a ‘peeking’ pocket tag.
The design is adapted from a free file offered by retired Team KNK Designer, Bird. You can get the original snowflakes file from her blog. She is a very talented designer, check out her other files while you’re there!
First, I created the pocket shape, then I welded the snowflake to it. I created an inset shadow layer, trimmed it and added a half circle from basic shapes. I had to use the skew tool to make it fit the available space correctly, as well as a bit of node editing, but I really like how it turned out.
To match my wrapping paper, I chose a metal finish card stock for the inside and Smooth & Silky for the pocket itself. I used a brad to bind the two together and to give me a place to anchor the tag string.
I considered using my KNK to ‘write’ the message but since all of my gifts are hand made this year, I felt like I needed to do that part by hand as well.
Card stock for the inside and outside of the pocket tag
My blades, blade holders, tools, and other supplies are still in transit from the retreat last weekend. I had hoped to get them today so I could work on an anniversary card for my DH, but instead I’ll have to do something else for him. And as a result…… I get to post an early Halloween project instead!
This project took several weeks to complete, and even longer to gather up the bottles before I could even get started. In the end, I am very happy with the results and can’t wait to decorate for Halloween (although fall can hold off, I am still enjoying summer).
The prep work:
The first step was to remove the labels and then carefully wash and dry the bottles. Next, I covered them with Etchall glass etching cream so that the chalk paint would stick to them very well. After letting them set for 15 minutes, I scraped off what I could and returned it to the bottle. Then I washed and dried the bottles again. To completely cover the glass so no light would show through I had to spray paint light, even layers six to eight times. Once the bottles were dry, I was ready to work with my KNK digital cutting machine, the KNK Maxx Air 24″.
I decided to go with two color schemes: white/silver and aged/dark. I found several free Halloween labels by searching the web. Most of them were pdf downloads, rather than images so I used the snipping tool in Windows 10 to ‘take pictures’ of the labels. There were several different sources: liagriffith.com, Brooklyn Limestone, and Love Manor.
Apply an inset shadow layer as desired to cut inside the ink area (and eliminate white outlines). If using an inset shadow layer for cutting, add alignment marks so that the print and cut registration marks do not move as the layers are hidden or visible.
“Hide” the cut layer during the print.
Place the printable vinyl in the printer.
Send the images to the printer.
Place the printable vinyl on the mat, tape down if needed.
“Hide” the print layer and “view” the cut layer.
Perform the print and cut alignment process and cut the labels.
Apply the labels to the bottles and embellish as desired.
Now I want to collect more bottles and make some more of these!!! If you would like a quick project, my file is included here.
I’ve always altered/embellished a purchased card or made my own greeting cards from scratch. I love that my KNK die cutting machines allow me to explore and create in entirely new ways. They also significantly speed up the process!
I like clean and simple, and this card style adapted from a Pin fits my requirements perfectly. It uses our machines’ ability to write, emboss, and cut in a three step file.
I used a simple rounded rectangle for the reverse side of the card front. In some of the cards, it is simply card stock that shows through the ornament shape, but in others I used Christmas fabrics and then covered them with the rounded rectangle.
As we are well and truly into 2015 and looking forward to Spring, I thought I’d look to Easter for my project today. I designed a Card Cover which makes a simple but fun Easter Egg Card also if you like to give chocolate treats at Easter time, I made a matching Easter Egg Gift Tag. The cut files are available at the end of the post 🙂
I cut the front layer of my card from some white cardstock and the backing layer from some pink paper which I glued together. Once dry, I strategically added some 3d pads behind the Card Cover and popped onto my card base.
To assemble the Tag, simply glue all 3 layers together before adding some thread.