Saturday, February 06, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 - Love You A Latte Colorize Cafe Valentine Gift Card Tag

That title is a mouthful, yikes! It's accurate though.  When I designed this for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release, I wanted a tag, a valentine, and something to hold a gift card, so I combined them all for this and used the new Colorize Cafe (again because it's wonderful!). ;0) It's a lot to see, but I loved making it...maybe just because I finally used that 'cherries paper', and actually this did not take me long at all, two hours maybe. Enjoy!

Using the Christmas Stash Papers (I used the cherries.), die cut the Gift Card Package, ink the edges of the papers with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and assemble the Gift Card Package. You will not use the bow pieces or mini tag. I also secured the scored fold lines with the red gingham Design Tape for more durability. Also, I added an extra layer of cardstock to the top of the gift card box so it would be raised higher than the bottom. In lieu of the bow pieces, I used Velvet Trimming and adhered it with two sided tape and Collage Medium for the bow itself. Fishtail the ends of the ribbon.
 (Note: I added two sided tape to all the papers before die cutting to make assembly easier.) Using Watercolor Cardstock as the base with the first die piece, die cut the to go cup from the Colorize Cafe set. Use more Christmas papers in red designs for the remainder of the cup pieces (I used black with white dots, cherries, red gingham, and red cardstock.). Use gray and white cardstock for the steam. Ink the edges of all white pieces with Antique Linen Distress Ink, black pieces with Black Soot, and red with Festive Berries so no kraft or white edges are seen. Die cut the smallest heart from the Falling Hearts set and adhere it to the center of the cup. When the cup is complete, trim the cap off of the cup, and mount both pieces onto Kraft Heavystock separately. Trim around them leaving a sliver of a border. Ink the border with Gathered Twigs. Adhere the cap of the cup to the top of the box top with the lip portion hanging off so that when the lid is on the box the cap will match the cup and look whole. Adhere the cup portion to the bottom box with two sided tape. 
 Using a giant #12 Kraft Tag as a base, trim off a piece of the bottom to make the tag 8 1/4 inches long. Cut a piece of Blackout Kraft Stock to fit into the tag, 5 x 8 inches, and trim the corners off to match the tag, but do not adhere yet. Use a piece of the red distressed wood paper from the Christmas Stash to go inside the black cardstock, and trim it to 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, and trim the edges to match the tag. Following the lines of the wood planks, cut the planks apart, there should be three. Ink the edges of the planks with Gathered Twigs. Add two sided tape to the back of the planks along the center only, and adhere to the Blackout tag piece. There will be a tiny gap between each plank for a more realistic look. Add pieces of torn Design Tape (red gingham) to the tag randomly for a little more interest. Use a hole punch to make the tag hole up at the top. Using a sewing machine with white thread, stitch around each plank. You can make one run through by making a plan so you don't have to stop and cut and begin again, and I wish I could figure out a way to explain my trek around the planks, but I don't have the correct keys on the keyboard to show the stitching path I made, but think stitch around first plank, skip second and stitch around third, and then finish with stitching around second. Once stitched, adhere this to the kraft tag base, and ink the edges in Gathered Twigs. Ink over a white tag hole sticker with Festive Berries, and attach over the top hole in the tag. 
For all letter die cutting, it's important to have two sided tape on the back before die cutting. Die cut the 'LATTE' in kraft cardstock and ink the edges in Gathered Twigs. Die cut the love in black with white dots, and ink the edges in Black Soot. Die cut the 'A' from the cherries paper, and then mount on black cardstock and trim around for a border look. Die cut the 'you' in red gingham, and mount on black cardstock and trim around for a shadow look. Die cut the medium and large hearts from the Falling Hearts die from red cardstock. Add foam tape to the back of the bottom of the gift card box (not the top so the card can be pulled off), and adhere to the bottom of the tag. Adhere the 'LATTE' above the box, the 'love' above that. Adhere the 'you' to the top right of the 'love' and the 'A' below it. Adhere the steam above the coffee and the hearts above it so it looks like they are coming off the steam. Add velvet trimming to the tag hole and tie and knot and fishtail the ends.

(Die Cut Machine, Two Sided Tape, Craft Pick, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Paper Trimmer, Sewing Machine with White Thread, Hole Punch, Foam Tape) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Paper Stash (2020), Classic Kraft Stock, Christmas Velvet Trims, Christmas Design Tape (2019), Blackout Kraft Stock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Gift Card Package, Falling Hearts,  Handwritten Love, Thin Pondering Words, Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Festive Berries, Black Soot
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 1 2021): Colorize Cafe, Alphanumeric Stretch Upper 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: Kraft 
-Ranger Surfaces: #12 Kraft Tags 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte
-Tag Holes

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on the last few posts, and of course for stopping by today. I appreciate you all so much. As always, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Fabulous fun - love the wordplay and now I'm off to make myself some coffee!
    Alison x

  2. Absolute perfection! Your stitching is impeccable, I love everything about this!!

  3. Love your coffee love tag, what a great idea. And that gift card die I sill have... now to use it again. Love all the pink!!

  4. That is just so sweet. Absolutely adorable! ๐Ÿ’œ

  5. It certainly is a bit of a tongue twister but you are right, it is correct - they are brilliant and beautifully constructed - love them a 'latte'! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Seriously fantastic! Love, love, and love some more!

    Autumn Zenith ๐Ÿงก Witchcrafted Life


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