Hey all! Melissa here for today's Sizzix Tutorial with a little warmth to cozy up in this holiday season! As someone who is always cold, I pretty much wear sweaters all year round. One of those being a huge, over-sized red knitted Christmas sweater that I got last year for an ugly sweater party. And while it wasn't ugly enough to win the contest, I can pretend it did win by awarding myself a ugly sweater contest gift card holder!
To start off, I used the Sizzix Big Pocket Die with designs by Jillibean Soup™ to cut out the envelope that would be the base of the sweater. To cut, I used the following Sizzix sandwich (from bottom to top): A Cutting Pad, the die with the cutting side up, the construction paper and then a Crease Pad. Once cut, I folded the envelope according to the crease lines and adhered the edges shut with double sided tape.
I then used a scissors to trim off the top rounded part of the envelope and cut a half circle for the neckline.
Once trimmed, it was time to add some not-so-ugly textures to the sweaters! I don't know about you, but these beautiful textures from Tim Holtz are anything but ugly! In fact, I think I'm obsessed.
I created a sandwich of the Multipurpose Platform (on Tab 1), a Cutting Pad, the envelope inside the Holiday Knit Embossing Folder, and then another Cutting Pad on top. For the blue sweater, I used the Greetings & Greens Embossing Folders set to add that gorgeous floral pattern.
The next step was to create the circles & gift tags that would list the award rank & gift card value. I used the 1.5" zig zag circle from the Labels Thinlits Die Set for the rank listing and then a Thinlits tag from the Tags Framelits w/ Stamp & Die set. I created a sandwich of the Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, the Thinlits Dies, colored construction paper, and then another Cutting Pad on top.
Once cut, I wrote either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on each circle label, as well as the value of the gift card. I attached the gift tag to a mini clothes hanger with bakers twine and then taped the clothes hanger to the top of each gift card. To create the sleeves, I cut out two thin strips from the leftover paper and adhered them to the back of each sweater.
It's amazing the fun things you can create with just a few simple dies! Here's a shot of all the dies used in this project.
And voila! You have yourself a fun gift card idea that will be sure to win you that first place host award at this year's holiday parties!
Other Supplies Used:
- Colored Construction Paper
- Mini Clothes Hangers
- Gift Card of Your Choice
- Bakers Twine