I’ll admit it … I have a weakness for chocolate. I also think it makes the perfect gift! While a bag of Hershey’s Kisses or M&M’s will often do the trick, I find I just can’t give them away until I dress them up
Here’s what I used to get me started:
- Clear Top Tin (5.5″ W x 3.7″ L x .9″ H)
- Hershey’s Nuggets (12 total)
- Adhesive – I used Double Sided Tape
- Jumbo Circle Punch – Marvy Uchida
- Mega Scalloped Circle Punch – Marvy Uchida
- Miscellaneous Embellishments & Cardstock
- Just Breathe Digital Kit by Kelly Mickus @ The Digichick
I started by creating labels to wrap around my nuggets. I opened a new 8 1/2 x 11 inch document in Photoshop Elements and created a 1 x 3 inch clipping mask to create my label. I knew I was going to make 4 different labels so I copied my clipping mask 4 times. Then I had fun choosing my papers and embellishments from Kelly Mickus’ new kit called Just Breathe … it’s gorgeous! I found that in order to center any text or elements to fit on the top of the nugget (when wrapped) it was easiest to use the line tool to draw some guidelines. I drew one line at 1 1/4 inches and a second line at 2 inches. Here’s a screenshot:
After I had my labels designed I copied each of them 3 times for a total of 12 wrappers. Then it was time to design a band to wrap around the tin. I made it 1 3/4 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches long so that it would wrap all the way around and still fit on my 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. A circle embellishment for the top was the last of my design work – a 2.1 inch circle to be punched out with my 2 inch circle punch! You can see from my supply photo that all of this was easily printed on one standard size sheet of paper (I used Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte … one of my *faves*).
Now for the fun!! After cutting out all of my pieces I wrapped each nugget (securing with double-sided tape) and placed them in the tin.Then I dressed up my circle design that would be the highlight on the top of my tin … a scalloped circle punch, some ink on the edges, a felt flower, and a rhinestone brad made it extra special
To finish it off I wrapped my printed band around the closed tin and added my scalloped circle to the top with foam dimensionals. Quick, easy, and always appreciated!
What if you don’t have one of those darling tins? I’ve got an easy fix … cellophane bags!! I used the same idea to create a batch of nuggets using Sugarplum Paperie’s Strawberry Cafe [revised] kit available at The Digichick.
I decided to use my circle element to create a tag to attach to a cellophane bag. I stuffed the bag with my wrapped nuggets, some white shredded paper, and attached my tag with some fun coordinating ribbons. A simple alternative for those who may not be able to get their hands on the tins … or those who ran out and forgot to order extra.
Other Articles by karistamps:
- Composition Notebooks - August 16th, 2009
- Neighbor Gifts in a "Jiffy" - July 27th, 2009
- Photo Bracelet Winners!! - May 19th, 2009
- Photo Bracelet - May 13th, 2009