The paper bow is my own variation of the tutorial which can be found on SplitcoastStamper's website. However, instead of cutting and gluing 13 individual loops, and using multiple brads, I used fewer strips of longer paper and just one long-pronged brad.
- 6" x 12" piece of double sided paper
(Note - heavier double sided cardstock will also work,
but it will be more difficult to manipulate)
- brad/paper fastener with long prongs
(you can find these at your local office supply store)
- paper piercer (or a thumbtack, for an inexpensive alternative)
- Cut eight 10" x 3/4" strips and one 4-1/2" x 7/8" strip of the double-sided paper.
Tip: First cut your paper into two 6" x 10" and 6" x 2" rectangles. Cut the eight strips from the larger piece and the small strip from the 2" piece.
- Pierce 3 holes down the center of each of the 10" strips: 1/2" from each end and one in the middle.
- Pierce 2 holes in the 4-1/2" strip: 1/2" from both ends.
- With the prongs facing up, place the end hole of one of the 10" strips on the brad, inside pattern side up. Using a figure eight pattern, place the center and second end holes on the brad. Always keep the inside pattern facing up on the brad.
- Rotate 90 degrees and repeat step 4 so that the loops form a plus sign.
- Continue with the remaining 10" strips, rotating so that each new loop falls in between existing loops.
- Finish with a single loop made from 4-1/2" strip. Bend prongs to secure bow.
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I based the design for my personalized tag on Nichole Heady's Mini Gift Cards. I love the simplicity and elegance of Nichole's design! Since I didn't have her stamps, I decided to use a graphic from a Digital Kit instead. I chose the holly leaves from Kate Teague's "Berry Days" Kit which I downloaded from the Two Peas in a Bucket website. I finished it off using Font Diner's Rickles font, my Marvy Uchida Mega Scalloped Square Punch, and some ribbon. I attached my gift tag to my bow using a small safety pin.
Finished size of boxes approx. 4.25" square x 2.75", exclusive of trim.
Bow is approximately 4-1/4" across.
Additional photos in my online portfolio.