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by Kristine Mysah Khatri
February 12, 2020
Hello everyone! Today I want to show you more of what you can do with the 'Little Love Tags' stamp set from Concord & 9th, being one of my favorite sets, because its just super versatile. I'll be showing you how to stamp out your own pattern, to either make your own unique wrapping paper, or make your own gift boxes. Feel free to choose your own colors or use the same ones that I'll mention below. I'll be making my own gift boxes with the help of the 1-2-3 Punch board from We R Memory Keepers and I'll be using a 90lb Neenah card stock. If you'd rather make gift wrapping paper, use a lighter card stock. Included are links to our shop that will take you directly to some of the products I've used for this project, if you wish to purchase any. Do watch the video at the end of this post, as it will show key tips on getting your pattern right. Without further ado, let's get to it!
Cut a piece of card stock to 8" x 8" and using the 1-2-3 Punch board diagonally score at L and perpendicularly at S and use the top right corner punch to punch out a slot. Taking the rough rectangular stamp from the set, mount it on an acrylic block and and stamp it on four sides. I used Passionate Pink from Gina K. for this box. Then using a heat tool, I made sure it was dry, and stamped my sentiment using an embossing pad. I covered it with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich and heated it up till all of the embossing powder was activated. You can apply an adhesive to the inner flaps to make the box sturdier, but this is an optional step. Also not necessary, though it makes the box a tad bit cuter, I tied a pink colored hemp cord and a small tag made using the 'Love Notes Envelope Dies' set from Concord & 9th. I simply blended Picked Raspberry and die-cut a tag and the words 'with love' on it, and then backed it up with a plain tag.
On another 8" x 8" piece of card stock, I blended a couple of Distress Inks together, using the lightest color first (Dried Marigold), then as I blended further away from the center, I moved on to the next darker color (Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick and finally Picked Raspberry). I wanted a distressed, patterned, ombré effect for this box. Once I was satisfied with my ink blending, I sprayed on some water, let it sit for a bit, and then patted it away with a tissue. I had applied the ink rather intensely, so using an embossing pad to create a watermark pattern was not going to work, so instead I used the same colors that I used to blend, to stamp on a geometric heart in a random pattern that radiates from the center. I think this is my favorite technique so far, I will definitely be using this technique in future cards.
With the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I scored diagonally at M and perpendicularly at M, assembled the box, which again doesn't really require adhesives but I applied some anyway. Tied a bright citron green colored hemp cord around it and added a two layer tag. The bottom layer had ink blended on it and the top layer had a row of hearts die-cut to show the bottom layer.
For this box I wanted to use the little sentiments included in the stamp set as well as a tiny heart from the Concord & 9th 'Happy Words' stamp set. I used another 8" x 8" piece of card stock, and with the same colors stamped out my pattern. This will work well, if the stamp block has a grid on it. To use these tiny sentiments, just place them on the grid, centering them on a grid point, for mine I placed the heart in the middle, with the sentiments 'You make me smile' and 'Love & hugs' above and below the heart. The 'Be mine' sentiment I placed on the right of the heart.
Stamp with one color, and using the grid on your acrylic block as a guide, center the grid points on your stamped print and then stamp again with another color. The video below will show you which grid points to align with. You can use just a single color or two, its entirely up to you. I just wanted a more colorful pattern so I just used the colors I had used in the previous box. Alternatively you can just randomly stamp each of the sentiments anywhere you wish.
The 1-2-3 Punch Board just makes it so much easier to make a box, for this one I scored diagonally at L and perpendicularly at S. After which I cut the flaps and then assembled the box with tape. I punched holes on the four corners using my Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch & Eyelet setter and threaded an orange hemp cord through the holes. I also attached a stitched heart tag made using the 'Little Love Tags Dies' set to the hemp cord. I honestly struggle at tying a bow for these little boxes, thankfully I can edit those parts out of my video! 😅
This box was made using a 6" x 6" card stock, and the same colors. I used the heart pattern from the 'Little Love Tags' stamp set. You'll see in the video below, that all I did was just stamp, and before stamping again I aligned the stamp, basically eye-balling it. I love that its so easy to repeat as a pattern. Once I was done stamping, I scored the card stock diagonally at S and perpendicularly at S for a nice square box. I tied a pink hemp cord around it and attached a cute tag I made using the 'Bags & Tags Dies' set from Concord & 9th.
Like the previous box, I cut out a piece of 6" x 6" card stock, and with the same colors, I started stamping out my pattern. For this box I used the 'XOXOXOXOXO' stamp from the 'Little Love Tags' stamp set. I wanted a staggered effect with the colors, so for this one I would align the first X of the stamp, underneath the second last O.
Like the previous box, I scored the card stock diagonally at S and perpendicularly at S. Then I punched holes on each corner, cut the flaps and assembled the box, using tape to keep it together.Then I threaded a bright citron green colored hemp cord through the holes and added a small tag I made with one of the dies from the 'Bags & Tags Dies' set.
You can put in some trinkets, candies or wrapped chocolates inside these boxes, to give to friends and loved ones for Valentine's Day, or anytime of the year to show your love for them.
With this technique, you can use other stamp sets to make fun and unique patterns, and is one way to get more use of your stamp sets. I hope you'll try out these fun techniques for yourself and have fun while doing it, and do share your work with us on Instagram!
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