Inspired by a photo on Facebook, I decided to make my own pattern for this St. Patrick's Day adult gift card. This is a holder for those small bottles of liquor, specifically Irish Whiskey (in this case). I started making one for a bottle I had at home, but then discovered the Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles were a bit larger. I ended up with two patterns for the different size bottles. Now I'm ready to gift all of my Irish (and non-Irish) friends on Saint Patrick's Day!
Depending on what size bottle you wish to include in the gift card, load either of the included XCS files into the Xtool Creative Space program.
If your gift bottle is of the square type, you'll need to make a little change in the pattern. The larger ring that holds the bottom of the bottle will need to be made into a small square. This goes around the base of your bottle. Measure the size of your bottle and make a small square to fit around the bottle, yet also fit into the card. You can use the larger ring as a guide. The smaller ring may also need to be changed to fit the top of the bottle.
When developing or adjusting any pattern, I like to make a test cut first to see if any adjustments need to be made. To save material, I use cardboard for the test cut. Like me, I'm sure you have plenty of Amazon boxes.
Just use the cardboard for your cut, then test to see if your bottle will fit the pieces.
When all is well, you can then make the final cut into the 3mm Basswood sheet. As a side benefit, you'll also end up with a nice clover leaf cutout. This cutout can be used for another project or decoration.
Using your favorite method, paint the various pieces. After the paint was dry, I ended up engraving the words into the clover leaf. I never could cut out these small words without them falling apart. But if you've perfected this, you could cut out the words, paint them white, and attach them to the clover leaf. I'm sure it would look a lot better.
Engraving the words makes them a little difficult to see, but in the right light, they shine.
Let the party begin!