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Friday, April 22, 2016

Botanical Builder & English Garden Lip Balm Holder Weekend Project

Today I wanted to play with something more 3-D than just a card. I had opened up one of the drawers in my workroom and I saw a tube of lip balm.  I had not made a lip balm holder in a long time and there's been so many stamp sets that have come and gone since then that would have been great for this project.  

The pattern is a very simple one and I had found it on Split Coast Stampers.  Here's a little tip for you though.  Not all lip balms are the same height or roundness.  You will need to adjust the top and bottom four cuts so you can add your lip balm.  I would cut and score a piece of copier paper and practice with that before I cut my decorative paper.  

I used the "English Garden" decorative paper here. I embellished it with a flower from the "Botanical Builders" framelit dies.  In the center I added a Daffodil Delight candy dot.  Those are retiring and I have a lot of them to use up! I'm such a hoarder.

Now before I assembled the front, I layered my decorative paper on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I took some ribbon (mine is retired but I need to start using things up around here) and I taped it to the front center of the holder. Then I glued the layers in place.  You really do need to use glue here because tape just won't hold.  Unless you use some really strong tape.  I prefer the glue because I know that once it dries it's going to hold.  I did set a punch on top of it while the glue was setting up and while I was working on the flower and leaf.  

The reason this lip balm is white is because it is designed for you to add your information on it.  Print it out on a label and wrap it around the lip balm.  Now when you give these to your customers or potential customers they will have your info.  Business cards get lost, misplaces or tossed, but most people hang on to their lip balms!!  LOL

Here is another tip for you if you are planning on making a lot of these.  Print out the pattern from Split Coast Stampers.  Cut it out and use it as a template.  Make sure you mark your top and bottom lines so your holder is custom made for your lip balms.  Those top and bottom lines are what keep the lip balm from falling out of the holder.

These are very fun and really quick to make (and a template would speed up the process!).  Click here to see the Valentine's Day one I made. I made a Halloween one that included a little mirror tile on the inside!  I can't find the link to that, sorry.  I buy my bulk lip balms here.  Have fun making these!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

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