Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Twiz' the Season"

I know, I know...another Christmas post, and we haven't even made it through Thanksgiving, but I really wanted to share this great idea with you.  It's simple, inexpensive and it fits my personal gift criteria...unique and thoughtful.

Before I had my girls, I would spend weekends at the cinema taking in a movie (or two).  There is nothing better than watching a movie on the 'big' screen with a pile of over-priced goodies in your lap!  You can even get nachos!, but I prefer the staples:  popcorn, Jr.Mints and Twizzlers.  

So....when one of my customers (who has become a dear friend) approached me with a gift idea centered around the movies for which she needed a custom tag, I was immediately intrigued and inspired.  

This is how most of my custom orders start...with a photo and an idea.

She found the original idea on Pinterest but wanted to expand on it by purchasing movie gift cards to stick into the tags then tie them onto vintage canning jars full of Twizzlers...a gift for all her movie friends.  She also wanted the tags to read:  "Twiz' the Season".  
How perfect, indeed!

This particular customer is not only a wonderful person, but she allows me free artistic liberty with all of her custom projects, and I love that!

Originally, I thought I'd use standard coin envelopes, but the gift cards fit too snugly inside leaving no room for the tie hole, so I ended up starting from scratch (as they say).  I designed an envelope template to fit my needs and traced it onto double sided paper.  A little more work, but the bonus is I get to choose the paper!

My Minds Eye - Lost & Found 3 Collection

For those of you who know me, you know that I l.o.v.e. texture, and with the paper having a design already on it, I decided that my texture would come from a (painted and glittered) cigar style band wrapped around the envelope.  Another template was born and more tracing and cutting.  So worth it though!

While the bands dried, I delved into incorporating the 'Twiz' the Season' tag line.  My handwriting is fairly legible, but I envisioned the final tag as having a more finished look, so I turned to the computer... 

...and they looked too 'commercial', so I added some red glitter glue.  Nothing says homemade like glitter!  A bit of ink here and there, an added snowflake embellishment and ribbon, more glitter and voila...her idea and my vision realized.

If you're a movie buff as I am, then you'd appreciate receiving this unique and thoughtful gift for the holidays.  Right?!
Similar tags are available at Reverie Creations, and if you make your purchase on November 30th in celebration of Support Small Business Saturday, you'll receive free shipping on your order.

Find some time for yourself today,

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