For up, let's see everything all together. I used Nichole's new 2011 Holiday Tags to tie the tin and card together visually. The "Let It Snow" tag in particular has an open hexagon pattern on it, just perfect for coloring with Copics.
Next up, a photo of the card. Adore adding felt to the snowman. Warm and cozy. I have a sentiment from Wonderful Words: Holiday stamps and dies there for some visual interest.
A close up of my storage case. Mega Mat Stack 3, a tag/snowflake combo that matches the one of the card, and sentiment from Made of Snow. There is also a sentiment from the new In the Meadow set that works as well--"In the Meadow, We Can Build a Snowman". You know, if you just need an extra little nudge in that direction:). All the elements on the cover of this metal DVD case are first die cut out of adhesive magnet sheeting and covered with another die cut out of cardstock. They stick to the front, but are removable. That will factor in here in a moment.
Open up the case and you have all the elements of a good time. You have magnetic snowmen, snow slopes, hats, gloves, words, arms, and trees. Again, everything is cut twice--once out of adhesive magnetic sheets and again out of cardstock.
As a space saver, the shapes magnetize to each other and are stackable. See my trees there? I think I have a total of four, one on top of the other.
Now, upon receiving this gift, the lucky child can get right to work arranging his/her snow scene on the front of the tin. It's the storage, gift wrap, and play surface all in one.
Another example. With Wonderful Words: Holiday and the dies, finding the proper arrangement of words (or making up new ones) is a great activity for a new reader.
And another example. Why not turn the tin 90 degrees for a landscape orientation? And because the snowflake tag from the cover was magnetized as well, it can be thrown in as an additional design element.
Of course, there are many other combinations. You could even add in more stamp/die sets for more playtime fun.
Let's talk numbers now. You are probably wondering what this project cost to make. I bought a 1x2 foot piece of adhesive magnet sheeting at Michael's for $6 using a coupon and I used every bit of it. The DVD case I had leftover from previous projects. I bought a ton here once upon a time for cheap, but you do have to buy in larger quantities and pay for international shipping from Canada. Might be worth it for you. Or, browsing through the aisle of Michael's today, I saw some other options in the form of tins and lunch boxes. With a coupon, probably around $3. So a $9 homemade gift. A little on the high side, I'll admit, but worth it for that special little someone. This one is headed over to England for my niece and nephew in a few months. I can imagine a hostess sending this project to her little guests to enjoy as they travel to her house to spend the holidays. Or even fun for the neighbor kids.
And that, my friends, wraps it up for me this month. I'm off to pay the whip cracking husband some attention. It's a dance party tonight with the new Just Dance 3 in the house. Thank goodness nobody but us witnesses that spectacle!
Be sure to blog hop on over to the PTI blogs to see more projects using Wonderful Words: Holiday and 2011 Holiday Tags. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Magnetic Build a Snowman Project
Stamps: 2011 Holiday Tags, Wonderful Words: Holiday, Made of Snow, Shape Up Snowman Accessories
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Versamark, True Black
Dies: Shape Up Snowman, Damask Snowflakes, Wonderful Words: Holiday, Christmas Tree die, In
the Meadow, Mega Mat Stack 3, 1.75" Limitless Layers
Patterned Paper: Damask Designs, Funky Town, Christmas Prints
Other: Copic Markers, metal DVD case, adhesive sheet magnets
Felt: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy
Button: Simply Chartreuse