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Bubbles Tag & Parcel


Ever since she was a toddler, my daughter and I have celebrated the arrival of spring by blowing bubbles together. She’s a teenager now, but I want her to know that you’re never too old to watch bubbles drift away on a spring breeze!  I decided to make a little parcel of bubbles and bubblegum as a present for her to remind her of our sweet tradition. I created a fun gift tag for the parcel with May Arts new baker’s twine and an adorable bubblegum machine from the Sweet Stamp Shop  Sweet Tooth stamp set.

Begin by stamping the bubblegum machine onto a shipping tag with embossing ink. Sprinkle red embossing powder over the image, and then emboss it with a heat tool. Allow to cool before proceeding to the next step.

Cut out the “glass” portion of the image with a sharp craft knife.

Use pens or markers to color the image and the reinforcer at the top of the tag. I used these:

 Copic marker {RV29 Sketch Crimson}

Sakura Glaze Pen {Black}

Elements Silver Metallic Pen

Create a sentiment for the tag by printing out a bubble background and text on a sheet of vellum, and then punch it out with 2” circle punch.

A printable version of the bubble background can be found here.  I uploaded this background to Picnik and added text, but you can use whatever editing progam you prefer.

Add a strip of yellow washi tape to the bottom of the tag, then layer on the vellum circle as shown. Uhu glue stick works perfectly for this! Outline the vellum and the tape with a silver pen.

Apply a strip of clear packing tape sticky side down to the back of the tag.  Flip the tag over, lay it on a sheet of wax paper and then sprinkle it with micro beads.  Press gently on the beads with a piece of wax paper to make sure they stick, and then shake off the excess.  This gives a transparent effect so it really looks like a bubble gum machine!

Fill a clear plastic treat bag with bubbles and bubblegum, using a piece of yellow Washi tape to close.

For the finishing touch, tie yellow, pink, and blue May Art’s baker’s twine to the tag and tie it around the top of the parcel.

These would make such fun party gifts or wedding favors! But I can’t wait to give this special treat to my daughter and start blowing bubbles in honor of spring! Thanks to May Arts & Sweet Stamp Shop for sponsoring this tutorial! For a download of the project please click here. Happy Spring to everyone from Kimberly at Serendipity Vintage Studio!

Blog post by: Kimberly Jones

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  1. Lynda

    Thanks for explaining how you made the bubblegum machine.  It's so cute!

  2. Karen McAlpine

    Does the packing tape hold the micro beads well? Will have to try this!!

    1. Kimberly Jones

      Hi Karen! The packing tape seems to hold the beads with no problem! I made sure to press them on very firmly! Thanks to you and everyone else for your sweet comments!

  3. Michele D

    I love your bubblegum beads!

  4. sue wisniewski

  5. Lucy

    What a great tradition to have with your daughter (a fun one, too), as well as a special tag to commemorate it. Love the multi-colored microbeads. Have fun with the bubbles!

  6. Savannah O'Gwynn

    SUPER fun tag–LOVE the cut out for the bubble gum machine!! FAB:)

  7. Sue D

    Very cute idea. I like the bubble background paper and the microbeads.

  8. Chris R

    How sweet!

  9. Sue McRae

    Fantastic use of the micro beads!

  10. Indy

    What a fun reminder of childhood memories!

  11. Natasha G.P.

    Using several different twines looks really cute, and pulls it all together.

  12. Kristie Maynard

    Cute!  I had forgotten that trick of using the packing tape like that.  I have some tiny beads that someone gave me and haven't used them yet, now that you reminded me and imspired me, I might just get them out and make a card with them.  TFS!

  13. sharon gullikson

    That must be some very sticky adhesive. I need some.

  14. B. Poteraj

    I've wondered what to do with mico beads. Now I know. Very cute.

  15. Miriam Prantner

    What a fun project/gift!  Love the micro beads!

  16. Amy Jones

    Very cute.  you dont see much with the bubble gum machine it's nice it's coming back.  Love the colors to twine too.


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