Hey, y'all! Bethany here today from Pitter & Glink. If you're a crafter (and I'm pretty sure you are), you know that you can't wait until the last minute to start Christmas crafting. I recently did some Christmas crafting with a few of the awesome new Tim Holtz dies and my Sizzix BIGkick. This crafting session led to my latest jewelry project: a festive evergreen necklace complete with watercolor gift tag "wrapping." This is a great, inexpensive gift that any jewelry lover would be happy to receive.
The centerpiece of this necklace is the Christmas tree charm made using the beautiful Sizzix Evergreen Bigz Die designed by Tim Holtz. And the "wrapping" for the necklace is perfect because of the "Merry Christmas" sentiment made using the Handwritten Holidays Thinlits Dies, also by Tim Holtz. You can find a full supply list at the bottom of the post.
I started this project by making the watercolor gift tag. The first step to doing so was brushing and splattering some red and green watercolors onto a piece of watercolor paper. I did this with no rhyme or reason, but I made sure to leave some blank space on the watercolor paper because that's the look I was going for.
When my watercolor paper dried, I then used the largest gift tag die from the Sizzix Tag Collection Framelets Die Set by Tim Holtz to make my tag. I did this by placing my painted watercolor paper onto a Standard Size Cutting Pad. I placed the gift tag die on top of that, covered it with another Standard Size Cutting Pad, and placed that onto my Extended Multipurpose Platform. I rolled the Sizzix sandwich I created through my Sizzix BIGkick.
I then used the Sizzix Handwritten Holidays Thinlits Die Set by Tim Holtz to cut the sentiment for my gift tag. I made another Sizzix sandwich, replacing the watercolor paper with a piece of red glitter paper. The only other difference in this Sizzix sandwich is that I placed the paper on top of the die since I was using Thinlits. I placed the sandwich on the Extended Multipurpose Platform and rolled it through my BIGkick. Once the words were cut, I used my Sizzix Die Pick to remove the words from the dies.
Once all the gift tag pieces were cut, I used a glue stick to adhere the pieces together.
I used a hole punch to punch holes for sides of my necklace, and I cut some ribbon and twine that I attached to the tag for a little extra texture. Then it was time to create my necklace.
I used my BIGkick to cut shrink plastic with the Sizzix Evergreen Bigz Die by Tim Holtz. I simply placed shrink plastic on top of the die, sandwiched that between a pair of Standard Size Cutting Pads, and rolled it through my BIGkick.
I punched a hole at the top of the tree and used colored pencils to color it. I then baked the tree according to the shrink plastic package directions. Once it cooled, I sealed the colored side with a coat of Mod Podge.
I used wire cutters to cut a length of chain for my necklace, and I attached a lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other. I made a couple of beaded charms by simply threading some beads on headpins and making a loop at the top. I attached them and the Christmas tree charm to the necklace using jump rings.
When the necklace was complete, I threaded the sides through the holes I created in the gift tag. I placed the excess necklace chain in a tiny bag (that originally held a spare button for a new shirt) and adhered it to the back of the tag using double sided adhesive.
Wouldn't you just love to receive a gift like this?!
There's just something about receiving a gift that's packaged in a pretty way that makes it that much more special! If you plan on making this festive necklace and gift tag, make sure that you give it to the recipient in time enough for her to enjoy it during the Christmas season. It would be a shame to get a pretty gift like this and have to wait a whole year to wear it!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today for this Sizzix tutorial!
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