This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Hey, y'all!  Bethany here from Pitter and Glink today to share an adorable, inexpensive gift idea using some of the new dies from Brenda Walton's Merry & Bright Collection.  Being a life-long maker, I have always loved to create gifts for people, and Christmas gifts just so happens to be my most favorite gifts to make!  I love that with just a bit of effort and some imagination, I can create a special gift for someone much cheaper than I can buy something.  Dies from Sizzix and my Big Shot Plus make the gift-making process so easy.  I used them to create the reindeer necklace and the stocking the necklace slips inside for easy gifting, and today I want to show you how easy it is for you to create your own handmade gift.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is EverythingTo create your own reindeer necklace with an adorable mini paper stocking to hold it, you'll need:

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I love the versatility of these dies.  You can create this project I'm sharing today, but you can make cards and even ornaments using the same dies!  You can find a full supply list at the end of the post.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

To get starting making this great gift, start by creating the paper stocking.  To do this, you'll need some pretty patterned paper, Brenda Walton's Stocking Gift Holder Die, an Extended Size Cutting Pad, and an Extended Premium Crease Pad.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is EverythingPlace a piece of the paper on top of the die and sandwich that between an Extended Cutting Pad and an Extended Crease Pad.  (The cutting pad goes underneath the die and the crease pad on top.)  Roll the Sizzix sandwich you created through your Big Shot Plus.  I repeated this process several times so that I would have different patterned pieces that I could mix and match.  I LOVE mixing patterns!

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Once all your pieces are cut, it's time to add a bit of dimension to your stocking pieces.  Sure, you could leave them plain, but adding a bit of ink to the edges of the paper pieces will really make them pop.  I usually add ink to the edges of any paper project I work on.  Simply use a blending tool to rub Distress Ink in a coordinating or contrasting color to your paper pieces or just rub the edges of the paper pieces along the edge of a black ink pad.  If you're feeling adventurous, you can even do both!

Glueing Gift Card Stocking

Next, assemble the paper stocking using a glue stick and/or an adhesive roller.  There's a great video and a PDF on the Sizzix website listing for the die that shows you how to assemble the stocking.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Next it's time to create the reindeer charm for the reindeer necklace.  You'll need your Big Shot Plus, shrink plastic, the Bigz Reindeer Die, and a pair of Standard Size Cutting Pads.  I don't know if you've ever used a Bigz die to cut shrink plastic, but it works great, and you can use the resulting shrink plastic shapes to create charms or embellishments for lots of different projects.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

To cut the reindeer, place a piece of shrink plastic on top of the Bigz Reindeer Die, sandwich that between two Standard Size Cutting Pads, and roll through your Big Shot.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

You can use several different types of media to add color to shrink plastic.  Consult the packaging for your shrink plastic to find all the different types.  I used a marker to color on the rough side of the shrink plastic, and I punched a hole in my reindeer so I'd have a place to put a jump ring later.  Once you've colored and punched your shrink plastic deer, bake them according to your shrink plastic directions.  While they're cooling, create the necklace holder.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Take a piece of card stock or Little Sizzles and lay it on top of the Gift Tags Bigz Die.  Sandwich the paper and die between two Standard Size Cutting Pads and roll through your Big Shot.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

To finish creating this gift, use jewelry pliers to add a jump ring to your reindeer charm, and thread the charm onto a necklace.  I think people are intimidated by jewelry making, but how easy was it to create this charm?  And think of all the different charms you could make using your other Bigz Dies!  To finish creating the "packaging" for the necklace, ink the edges of one of the gift tags you cut in the last step and punch two holes in the tag to thread the reindeer necklace through.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Open the necklace and thread the ends through the holes you created in the gift tag.  You can use a small piece of tape to secure the excess necklace to the back of the gift tag.  And that's it.  All that's left to do is give the cute gift you created to someone special!

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

You can put a small piece of tissue paper around the reindeer necklace and slide it inside the paper stocking for gift giving.

This Handmade Christmas Gift is Everything

Whoever receives this adorable gift from you is sure to feel special!  And if you attach a small ribbon hook to the top of the stocking, the recipient can use the stocking as an ornament after opening the gift.  How fun is that?!

Thanks for hanging out with me today for this Sizzix gift idea!  Have a wonderful day!

Bethany

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