Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ways to Use the Seed Packet die

There has been some interest on the PTI forum to share some ways we've used the Seed Packet die, which is a great pocket die that fits gift cards and much more! So today, I thought I'd share some ideas with you!

My favorite use of the die is to make your own homemade glassine wax bags. They are the perfect little bag to store little items. Here's what it looks like when you first cut it out.

And then here it is assembled.

I used 1/4" scor-tape to adhere it together. The adhesive is barely visible and it sticks down on the wax paper very well (other types of adhesive don't stick at all). Here's a closeup of the tape.

You can cut the bags from regular wax paper that you'd buy on a roll, however I've found it easiest to use some precut 6 inch dry wax sheets. I bought them from Miles Kimball HERE, a pack of 350 is $8.99. They are completely flat so it's much easier to cut with.

A few tips about cutting with the seed packet die: you might need to adjust your sandwich, to make it less tight. After cutting the seed packet, if you are getting some cracking, you might try hand scoring along the pre-scored lines. Sometimes they aren't scored enough so you get some cracking.

Here is what it looks like with something in it. It's a bit see through, and has a neat frosted appearance.

The mini envelope die also looks great cut from waxed paper.

The doily dies also work well cut from wax paper and are the perfect accessory to dress up baked goods. I also use the wax paper sheets sometimes to help the paper come out of the dies more easily: just use a sandwich of die, waxed paper, then cardstock. It's also fun to emboss the seed packets with a Cuttlebug folder or PTI impression plate. I don't have an example with the seed packet, but you can see what I mean in my post HERE.

The seed packets are also neat as chalkboard accents. It's a lot of fun to make these!

You could write out a To/From on the front with chalk or personalize it how you like. Michaels sells a big roll of chalkboard sticker paper in the kid's department for only a few dollars. Then I stuck the sticker paper to some PTI kraft paper and then diecut it out! It looks cute with other dies too, but the seed packet provides more room to write on.

By the way, this is how I apply the scor-tape adhesive when I assemble a seed packet.

Another tip, the spiral notebook page die fits perfectly inside the seed packet die. It makes such a cute little note to include in a package you send out! Here it is laid on top of the seed packet so you can get a sense of how it fits.

I noticed this when I was at the Central Florida get together, when Terry let me try out her die and cut a few diecuts (thanks, Terry!). I was so excited to discover this, and so I ordered this spiral die in my recent order.

And here's a completed project I made using the seed packet die. I sent it to my sweet friend Joyce!

I cut the seed packet from A Muse gingham patterned paper card stock. Love that paper! The A Muse gingham paper is 8.5 x 11 and comes in 10 different colors. Really pretty paper. The seed packets look so cute cut from patterned paper. I attached a PTI Tiny Tag to the front with orange twine.

Next I diecut a mini card from the PTI Mat Stack 3 die. It fits perfectly inside the seed packet!

The image is from PTI Flower Fusion #1 and then heat embossed with white EP. The paper is cut from A Muse Sage cardstock. A nice feature of A Muse cardstock, is that it's coated with color on one side and white on the other side, which is great for cardmaking. Love the cardstock and have been using it a lot lately!

Here's the inside.

The sentiment fits great in the top nook of the mat stack, with plenty of room to write a message. The ink is A Muse Orange pigment ink.

Hope you've discovered a fun way or two to use the seed packet. Would love to see what you make with it too.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I have lots more ideas on how to use the seed packet die and hope to share that with you soon! I'll be back soon with ways you can make your own journaling tabs using existing PTI dies. Have a wonderful and sunny day! :)


Kristen :-) said...

Thanks for sharing!!! Wonderful ideas - and i LOVE the mini card made from the mat stack!!! I have that diecut and NEVER would have thought of that! Awesome! :-)

Denise said...

These are great ideas, Monica! I {loved} the tip about the Spiral Notebook die as well as the gift card you made. I'm inspired to get these things out and go to "crafty town"! HUGS

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for all these great ideas, Monica! I just received my seed packet die today in the mail from another PTI forum member and I'm in love with it! :)

Joyce said...

What a sweetie you are for posting all this information about the seed packet die. You know your fans have been clamoring for this info. As soon as I received my little gift from you, I ordered that die, and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Can't wait to try it out on EVERYTHING!!

Marybeth said...

Thanks so much for such an informative post. I love that you used the Mat #3 to make a small note card and that it fits into the seed packed. Im so glad I went ahead and ordered the seed packet and should be getting it soon. Thank you so much! Take care.
Love the wax paper idea too.

Gina said...

Monica! All of those are fabulous but I really, really, REALLY love that you made a card from Mat Stack 3. That rocks!!!!

carol (krillsister) said...

What wonderful ideas. Never thought to use wax paper. How creative. I especially like your project using the seed packet die coupled with the mat stack one. I know I will be borrowing that ides in the future.

Danielle said...

Great ideas! I have a few of those dies so can't wait to try these ideas out. Also, how is the pregnancy going? When are you due? I've got 9 more weeks to go!

June K. said...

Wow Monica. Thanks for all these tips. I learned so much for reading this post.

Cammie said...

Monica, thanks for all these great ideas. I am definitely trying the waxed paper envelopes and checking out the chalkboard paper at Michaels. And I never would have thought of using the spiral notebook die cut with the seed packet. You've opened up many new possibilties for me. You're a jewel!

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping my order with the seed packet die will arrive tomorrow in time for a crafty weekend. I think you've definitely enabled a LOT of people Monica!! =)

Jen Adcock said...

Wow! Thanks Monica for all the fantastic ideas. I have the seed packet die but haven't used it yet as I didn't think I could do it justice. But you've just got the creative juices flowing. I love what you did with the Mat Stack btw...genius!

Sue Ann said...

LOVE LOVE ..... the wax paper is such a fantastic idea and cost effective if you have a big project like a baby shower or something fun like that :) I sold mine even though I loved it .......not sure why that happened...... but now I have another one on the way!!!

Aunt Min said...

I've been "pining" for this Seed Packet Die, you're not making it any easier! Have you tried it with Parchment paper?

Monica K. said...

Hi Aunt Min, Yes, I've tried it with parchment paper and it works great! So that could definitely be an option if you want to bake with it or want a slightly different look. :)

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