As the mother of two daughters I am constantly whipping up last minute gifts for them and their friends. The goodies in my craft studio have saved me many times from having to make a late night trip to Target in my fuzzy slippers and I thought it would be fun to share one of the most requested and quickest to make gifts for these types of occasions.
First you need to know your audience, what you select to use should be based on age, color preferences, and style. For example, my scrappy friends would love a magenta camera from the Photography set. But my 10 year old niece maybe not so much, the pink pig from the Classic Animals would be her fave. Not sure about what they might like, try the Vintage Letters, everyone appreciates a monogram.
The owls are always a hit with my teens, so they get selected quite often, but sometimes they like the robots from the Dingbat set or the wings and crowns from the Wings set. Once you have an idea of what color and image to use, select your clear overlay and select a Fragment (an acrylic charm by Tim Holtz) that best fits the size of your project.
To trim the overlay into the desired shape, trace the Fragment onto scrap paper and cut it out to create a template. Trim a piece of the overlay into a manageable size and then lightly adhere the template to the overlay so that the adhesive doesn’t stick permanently. Trim the overlay out and gently remove the template. I have to admit cheating this step once in a while when the shape is pretty basic. But if you like precision, the template is the way to go.
After you get your overlay trimmed into the size you need, apply your rub-on image carefully. The fun thing about the rub-ons is that they can be used in layers or groupings, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
After the images are applied, it is time to adhere it to the Fragment. Apply a light layer of a clear glossy adhesive on top of the overlay and carefully place the Fragment on top. Lightly press out any air bubbles and then set aside with the Fragment side down to let it dry. While it is drying, prepare the length of chain and the jump ring that you will be attaching the charm to.
With just a couple of fab products and a little adhesive, you can create a personalized and very memorable gift that is sure to please and impress, and saving yourself that trip to the store in your fuzzy slippers is the gift you give yourself.