I’m a big fan of finishing touches. Whether it’s the top stitching on a shirt…
…the decorative stitching on a stuffed toy for Jace…
…or using varnish to polish off wooden beads…
…it’s the finishing touches that take something homemade from sweet to wonderful. The same goes for how I present accessories that I either sell in my Etsy shops (Jilly Bean’s Babies and Ruffles ‘n Such) or give as gifts. I like to put clips and pins on cards, similar to how you would get them if bought in a store. I’ve done two types…
The first one I used my Silhouette for. I cut out the outer shape in a sparkly pastel cardstock, then cut an inner border and inner box with two slits in it from white cardstock. Then I just glued them on. This card looked amazing. It took forever though, so I probably won’t go so extensively again.
When I ran out of the white centers, I just cut slits in the left over pastel cards and thing they still added a great touch without taking up too much of my time (and patience). How much prettier is that than just handing someone two clips?
My other card is a lot of fun for little girls. I actually had someone buy a pair of clips at a show just because of the card.
I picked up some Disney Princess Golden Books at Goodwill for $1 each, then cut the pages out, and cut rectangles of the princess parts of the pages and Mod Podged them on cardstock pieces cut to the size of a playing card.
I originally had a different idea different use for these in mind, hence the numbers, but they’re just so perfect for displaying little girl clips and pins.
And how fun is that to have Cinderella in her finest displaying some pins with bling?
What kind of finishing touches do you like to add when you give homemade gifts?
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