Hey, y'all! Bethany from Pitter and Glink here today to share a quick and easy gift idea with you. With the season of giving right around the corner, it's nice to have fun handmade and store-bought options when it comes to gift ideas. When I saw the lovely "Favorite Things" collection of dies from Brenda Walton, I immediately knew that I could use a few of the dies to create a gift that would marry handmade and store-bought. Let's face it: sometimes you may not have time to make an elaborate gift for someone, but you can easily make a small, store-bought gift seem really special by the way you package it. An inexpensive pair of earrings immediately looks ten times better when packaged in a beautiful way.
The backbone of this project is the super-fun Sizzix Bigz XL Library Pocket Die from Brenda Walton. By cutting pretty paper with the die and pairing it with paper embellishments cut using the Sizzix Bigz L Mini Inserts & Envelopes Die and the Whimsy & Delight Thinlits Die Set, the end result is a beautiful gift that anyone would love to receive. You can find a full supply list at the bottom of the post.
The first step to making the earring card is cutting all the paper pieces using the different dies. To cut the envelope and insert, place the Bigz XL Library Pocket Die on top of an Extended Size Cutting Pad. Place pretty scrapbook paper or card stock on top of the die. Place an Extended Premium Crease Pad on top of that and roll it through your Sizzix BIGkick. Repeat the process for the Bigz L Mini Inserts & Envelopes Die, but instead of using the Extended Size Cutting Pad and Crease Pad, use a Standard Size Cutting Pad and Standard Size Premium Crease Pad.
Next, cut paper embellishments for the earring card using coordinating scrapbook paper. To do so, place a Standard Size Cutting Pad atop the Multipurpose Extended Platform. Place the Whimsy & Delight Thinlits on top of that. Cover with scrapbook paper and another Standard Size Cutting Pad and roll through your Sizzix BIGkick.
Once you have all the pieces for the earring card cut from paper, it's time to assemble using a glue stick or double-sided adhesive.
To assemble the library card envelope, fold the small flaps in and cover with glue. I like to place wax paper under my flaps when gluing to ensure that I don't get any glue in places that will prevent my envelope from being usable.
Fold the long bottom flap over the small glue-covered flaps and press until secure.
Next it's time to embellish the card. I cut a small strip of coordinating scrapbook paper and glued it to the center of the library card insert. I then glued a couple of butterflies on top of that.
I also added a few paper embellishments to the library pocket.
It was then time to create a way for my store-bought earrings to be attached to the card. I did this easily using the Sizzix Die Pick to pierce holes in the library pocket insert.
To add a little extra "oomph" to the earring card, I rubbed some Distress Ink around the edges of the library pocket insert using a blending tool.
Then all that was left to completing my earring card was placing the library pocket insert inside the library pocket and adding the earrings.
I love that now two pairs of inexpensive earrings are elevated to drool-worthy status by simply placing them on this pretty handmade card that I put together in no time. That's Sizzix magic, y'all!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today for this Sizzix tutorial!
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