Do you ever find that sometimes you are your own source of inspiration? I wanted to create something for celebrations with this happy collection. I took a stroll through my past blog entries and saw my formula to make these clever bottle toppers!
All you need are four pieces of paper to get things started. (I used Paradise Blue/Green and Orange Pineapple/Pink for Papers A and B, and Green Leaf/Blue and Orange/Pink for Papers C and D.)
Here is the original formula:
Score 8.5x11 Papers A and B vertically at 5.75". Trim horizontally at 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75". Use a die, punch or craft knife to remove a 2" circle or square from the center of the 2.75" scored area.
Trim 8.5x11 Papers C and D vertically at 7.25, 5 and 2.5". Cut each 2.5x11 horizontally at 5.5". Trim the 2.25x11 horizontally at 9, 6.75, 4.5 and 2.25". (If you plan to use die cuts, cut vertically at 5 and 2.5" and trim each 2.5x11 horizontally at 5.5". The rest of the sheets can be used as you wish.)
Since I occasionally succumb to my thinlit die addiction, I couldn't resist purchasing a tropical set of dies to coordinate with Paradise. I combined them with a fun "birthday" die and various sentiments from the Paradise rubber stamp sheets and before I knew it, my craft area looked like it had been hit by a tornado! (This ever happen to you?)
For die cuts that may be too large for the topper, simply adhere the element and trim the edges.
I couldn't resist slinging this retirement-themed topper on a bottle of vodka. It really works for someone who is no longer working.
I'll keep my stash of bottle toppers near my gift wrapping supplies so I'm always ready to treat a hostess or bring a last-minute gift.
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