Festive Pen-touch Doodled Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Turn inexpensive glass ornaments into something unique using Pen-touch® Markers and acrylic paint. Personalize ornaments with the recipient’s name or pair simple designs with bright paint for a real “WOW” factor. The paint-like Pen-touch is easy to use and gives rich opaque results.

Materials

  • Clear glass ornaments

Tools

  • Sakura Pen-touch® Black Paint Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Empty egg carton (optional)

Basic Supplies

plastic straw, toothpick, scrap paper

Directions

STEP 1

Remove hanger/cover from top of ornament.

STEP 2

Pour small amount of paint into ornament, taking care not to get any on outside of ornament. (Note: Depending on size of paint bottle spout and ornament opening, it may be helpful to use a plastic straw as a funnel. An empty egg carton works great to hold ornaments as you work.)

STEP 3

Roll ornament to distribute paint as desired along inside areas.

STEP 4

Use plastic straw or toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

STEP 5

Replace the hanger/cover on top of ornament.

STEP 6

Sketch doodles on scrap paper to determine desired design.

STEP 7

Using sketch as guide, decorate outside of ornament using Pen-touch Paint Markers. (Note: The permanent, opaque ink gives a glossy finish that writes beautifully on glass. Regular permanent markers will not give the same opaque results as this valve action paint marker.)

STEP 8

Personalize ornaments with your favorite pattern, year, or names of family members. Journal favorite memories and add new ones each Christmas.

Tips

  • For this project, cheaper acrylic paint is better. Less expensive brands are thinner and spread more easily.
  • Clear glass ornaments can be found almost anywhere during the holidays, including most dollar stores.

Video

  • Click here or on the Sakura of America advertisement below for a video of this fun project.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

 

Noel Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a quick-and-easy holiday card that showcases a simple, elegant die-cut bow.

Materials

  • Cardstock: mauve shimmer, dark burgundy, Die Cuts With a View Metallic Gold
  • My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas Paper: Peace, Noel
  • Self adhesive pearls
  • May Arts Gold Metallic String (SM30)

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsy Embossing Folder (ES-004)
  • Spellbinders Die Templates: Nestabilities Labels Thirty Three (S5-187), Classic Ovals SM (S4-112); Shapeabilities Font One – Uppercase (S6-009), Create-A-Flake Five (S4-404), Jewel Flowers and Flourishes (S5-143), Charmed I’m Sure (S4-399)
  • Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: foam tape, adhesive runner, adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

Size

6″x4-3/4″

Noel Card

1. Create 6”x4-3/4” mauve shimmer top-fold card.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x4-1/2” Metallic Gold cardstock panel; mat to card with foam tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x4-3/8” dark burgundy cardstock panel; mat to card with adhesive runner.

4. Cut Peace paper to 5-1/2”x4-1/4”; emboss using Whimsy folder. Adhere pearls to center of each round flower motif. Adhere to card with adhesive runner.

5. Using Labels Thirty-Three #4, die cut shape from Noel paper. Apply gold leafing pen to die cut edges; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Font One – Uppercase, die cut letters N, E, and L from mauve shimmer cardstock. Using Create-A-Flake Five #2, die cut snowflake from Metallic Gold cardstock. Adhere all elements to card with foam tape as shown.

7. Using Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, die cut swirl from mauve shimmer cardstock. Adhere to right side of card with foam tape.

8. From Metallic Gold cardstock, die cut two each: Charmed I’m Sure pennant, Classic Ovals SM #2 and #3.

9. Place adhesive dot over hole in both pennants.

10. Fold ovals in half width-wise, wrong sides together (like a taco), and secure with adhesive dots.

11. To assemble half of bow, stack small oval atop larger oval, securing with adhesive dot. Adhere oval stack in place on pennant. Repeat for other half.

12. Loop Gold Metallic String through ornament and up toward card top; trim 1” beyond top of card.

13. Using foam tape, adhere both halves of bow to card, pulling string gently through center.

14. Add large pearl embellishments to center of bow and snowflake.

Tip

  • Use a knitting needle or dowel to gently round your bow elements. Simply pull each element across the rounded surface with your thumb riding lightly over top of the paper to aid in the curling.

by Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

DIY Rub-On Labels

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a few more details about a project I created for the Winter 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I love to make homemade treats to give as gifts and am always looking for new ways to package them. When the folks at Grafix sent me some of their products to try, I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a custom rub-on to use on holiday packaging. I loved the way these turned out and wanted to share a bit more about the process with you here.

The first thing you want to do is to design the image you want to turn into the rub-on. I used a computer to make mine, but the products also work with stamps and markers. However, keep in mind that they need to be printed in reverse, so stamped images with text won’t work. I think using a computer and inkjet printer is probably the easiest way to make these. I found some fun chalkboard labels and fonts online and used those to create my design. You can find all the details on that in the attached document at the end of this post.

Once I was happy with the way the label looked, I reversed the image and copied it to fill the page. Here is what they looked like on my computer:

After they were printed, I cut them apart and followed the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the film to the image in order to create the rub-on.

A wooden craft stick is the perfect tool to help work out any air bubbles after applying the film.

Then you need to cut out the rub-on following the outline as closely as possible so that the excess material won’t show around the edges.

From here on out, this works just like any craft rub-on. Peel off the backing and apply the rub-on to the container. I like Weck canning jars because the front of the glass is smooth and that makes it easy to apply the rub-on.

Once the rub-on looks smooth, carefully peel off the protective liner from the front.

And voilà! Custom packaging ready to be filled with holiday goodies.

Looks better all filled up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at the other label I created for containers of my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge.

You know how magazines work several months in advance? Well, this project was created in early July… right around July 4th, and these cookies were something I made for our holiday bbq. Before the party, I pulled out all the ones with red sprinkles and used them for my photo shoot. Wonder if the cookies with blue sprinkles felt neglected?

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and I love this icing: Sugar Cookie Icing. You can download a pdf of the full project with instructions and a supply list, as well as a copy of my grandmother’s famous peanut butter fudge recipe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Cocoa Daisy Giveaway Winner!

Happy December, Crafters! It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Stargazing Kit offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger, Jill Cornell, in her last blog post on November 19th. Read more about Christine Drumheller and Cocoa Daisy monthly kit club here. Whether you’re just into scrapbooking or love all aspects of the paper world, Cocoa Daisy has something for everyone. Plus, their blog contains tons of great ideas to inspire you, so take a look!

As chosen by Random.org, the lucky winner of Cocoa Daisy’s Stargazing Kit is Kim R.

Congratulations, Kim! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

We’d also like to thank Christine Drumheller of Cocoa Daisy for sponsoring this month’s giveaway and to Jill for acquainting us with her club, too! Please visit their websites for more information and oodles of fun and creative paper-crafting ideas.

Happy Crafting!

Linda Homan, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Sizes

5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall

Trees

1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.

Tip

  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Christmas Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This simple but beautiful holiday-themed garland looks sophisticated, yet is easy enough for kids to make.

Materials

  • Bazzill White Cardstock
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Paper Collections: Metropolitan Ruby Red, Leaf; Candy Shoppe Raspberry
  • The Twinery Ocean Stripe Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Craft punches: circle, 2”; snowflake, 1-3/8”
  • Clearsnap Glitter: Winter Frost, Silver Lining

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper plates

Directions

STEP 1

Punch 12-20 circles from each color Echo Park paper. Sort into matching color pairs of main and back circles.

STEP 2

Punch 18-30 snowflakes from White cardstock.

STEP 3

Run snowflakes through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 4

Carefully remove snowflakes and lay with sticky side up on paper plate.

STEP 5

Sprinkle snowflakes with Winter Frost glitter, making sure to cover every snowflake completely, including the edges.

STEP 6

Run glittered snowflakes back through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with glitter side up. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 7

Adhere snowflakes to half of main circle centers, varying colors. Set pairs aside.

STEP 8

Press Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots on remaining main circles in random polka dot pattern.

STEP 9

Lay with sticky side up on paper plate; sprinkle with Silver Lining glitter. Tap off excess.

STEP 10

Run decorated circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 11

Lay several back circles 1” apart across work surface, in desired color pattern. Starting 6” from end, lay twine across center of back circles. Adhere decorated circle to matching color back circle and twine, pressing firmly. Repeat until all circles are adhered or desired length is achieved. Trim twine 6” beyond last circle. (Note: Increase starting and ending lengths of twine to 12” or more if intending to tie around column or post.)

Tips

  • Xyron makes it easy to add the glitter with very little mess, especially when crafting with children.
  • Make this garland as long or as short as desired by making more or less circles.

by Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs for Xyron Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season with an elegant ivory ruffled wreath airbrushed and accented in gold.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Ruffled knit ivory fabric, 60” wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Offray Pearl-Edge Ivory Sheer Ribbon, 2” wide, 4 ft.
  • Gold ball holiday stems
  • Pearls, two
  • Straight pins, two
  • Headpins, two
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztek Fine Line Nozzle
  • Testors Aztek Pearl Gold Acrylic Airbrush
Paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, painter’s tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface), clothes hangers

Directions

STEP 1

Separate ruffles by cutting fabric into 1-1/2” strips that consist of 1” of ruffle and 1/2” of flat border. (Note: Knit fabric doesn’t fray.)

STEP 2

To paint ruffles, secure both ends of each strip to covered work surface with painters tape. Work in sections if space is limited to paint an entire strip at one time. Ruffle edge should be taut but not so tight it curls.

STEP 3

Using airbrush with fine nozzle attached, create line across edge of ruffle with gold paint. Use light trigger pressure, as too much pressure from the airbrush will lift delicate fabric. Repeat for all ruffle strips. Drape ruffles over hangers to dry.

STEP 4

Attach end of one ruffle strip to top center on back side of wreath using glue gun. Use craft sticks to hold the fabric in place while glue sets.

STEP 5

Wrap strip around wreath, creating small tucks  –  one on outer edge, one on front flat surface, and one on inside edge. Adhere tucks in place.

STEP 6

Bring fabric strip to back of wreath and continue with next row. Ruffled hem from previous row should cover flat border of new row when it is adhered in place. On curved areas, overlap ruffles at inner edges of wreath more than outer edges because of difference in diameter.

STEP 7

Continue working around one side of wreath to bottom center, adding strips as needed. At bottom center, cut strip and adhere in back. Move to top center and attach end of ruffle strip to back side of wreath. Working in opposite direction, overlap strips in center to create flat double border to be covered later. Repeat Steps 5-7 to finish covering remaining side of wreath with ruffles.

STEP 8

Wrap length of pearl-edged ribbon over flat double border, bringing it to back of wreath. Fold ribbon, creating 6” loop. Slip raw edge of ribbon against wreath. Dab hot glue on straight pins and insert into wreath to hold ribbon in place.

STEP 9

Cut branches from gold ball holiday stems and adhere to center ribbon on front side of wreath as desired. Slip some stems under ribbon and adhere in place.

STEP 10

Create bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon. Secure bow with wire, twisting the ends together. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 2” tail.

STEP 11

Using scissors point, poke hole through ribbon and into top center of wreath.

STEP 12

Fill hole with hot glue and push wire ends of bow inside hole; let dry. Use ribbon tail to cover wire; adhere in place. Add more stems below bow as desired.

STEP 13

Cut several gold ball stems and poke into wreath in clusters. Dab stem wires with hot glue before poking through fabric and into wreath.

STEP 14

Finish wreath by securing loop made in Step 8 (on back of wreath) to top center of wreath. Insert headpin through pearl, dab pin with glue, and push into wreath at left edge of ribbon. Repeat on right edge of ribbon. (Note: Attaching ribbon to center will allow wreath to hang properly.)

Tip

  • Never airbrushed before? Testors Aztek Airbrush System is simple to use and maintain. Plus, it makes fast, easy, and accurate work of turning your projects into beautiful masterpieces.

by Lisa Nielsen for Testors (www.testors.com)
designed by the Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com)

Santa Treat Sacks in the Embroidery Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This quick-and-easy in the hoop project is perfect for stocking stuffers or last minute gifts. Fill with small treats like candy, spools of thread, chapstick, or any other small gifts.

Materials

  • Acrylic or Wool Felt, 5”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Machine embroidery thread, 40-weight: red, green
  • Satin Ribbon, 1/4”, 12” length: red, green

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape

Directions

Treat Sack

(Note: All designs shown in main image are included in set. Directions apply to all designs.)

1. Hoop stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1, which stitches outline of treat sack.

2. Lightly spray wrong side of one felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place sticky side down in hoop, ensuring it completely covers outline of design.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which stitches felt to stabilizer. Run colors 3 and 4, which stitch the lettering on the design. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

4. Turn hoop over so BACK of hoop is visible. Lightly spray wrong side of 5”x5” felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place felt on back of hoop so it completely covers outline of design. Smooth with fingers to adhere felt.

5. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 5, which stitches the two pieces of felt together by outlining design. Remove hoop from machine.

6. Unhoop design and gently tear away all stabilizer from around design.

7. Using sharp scissors, trim around design using stitch line as guide, leaving about 1/4” of allowance outside the seam line as shown. Reach inside opening and gently tear away stabilizer inside sack. (Note: It may be easier to turn treat sack inside out to remove all stabilizer.)

8. Insert candies, gift card, spools of thread for your sewing friends, etc.

9. Pinch top of sack together with fingers and tie with one or two lengths of ribbon that match your sack.

Other Designs

  • Santa Treat Sacks In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set includes several different Christmas sayings. Quick and easy, make several in a very short time!

Tip

  • Felt will dull needles quickly. Be sure to change your embroidery needle often.

for Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

 

O Holy Night

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Easy-to-cut, self-adhesive, and removable, Silhouette vinyl is the perfect way to add your favorite quotes and designs directly to the walls of your home and projects. To get your Silhouette Holiday Sale discount, visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/black between November 28 and December 8 and enter promo code CNT upon checkout.

Materials

  • Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit
  • Ceramic tile
  • Picture easel

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Designs: Nativity Wisemen, Star

Directions

O Holy Night

1. Load vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo without cutting mat. Select “Silhouette Vinyl” in media menu of cut settings.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create and cut image in the Silhouette Studio software using Nativity Wisemen and star designs, plus font of choice for sentiment. After image is cut, remove vinyl from the Silhouette and peel away negative space, so all that remains on vinyl backing is design.

3. Cover vinyl design with section of transfer paper and smooth down using the Silhouette scraper tool.

4. Lift transfer paper off liner and arrange on tile. (Note: The vinyl design will be held in place making it easy to arrange on your tile.)

5. Rub vinyl firmly on clean, dry tile. Lift transfer paper, carefully making sure that all vinyl is stuck down.

6. Place tile on easel.

Tip

  • The vinyl starter kit contains all the materials you need to get started with vinyl décor, including four colors of premium vinyl, 10 feet of transfer paper, 10 vinyl designs, an instructional DVD, and Silhouette’s hook and scraper. Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl has a stronger adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s gentle enough for most indoor walls, but resilient enough to withstand the sun and weather.

for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Cardinal Greetings Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Recreate the feel of a walk through winter woods with this sparkling, embossed card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird
  • Red/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System and Distress Stripes A2 Embossing Folder
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment stamp
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers: Black, Red, Orange
  • Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, clear dots, Sakura of America Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters, scrap paper

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Cardinal Greetings Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” kraft side-fold card.

2. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock panel; emboss panel with Distress Stripes texture.

3. Stamp sentiment as shown.

4. Using photo as guide, highlight embossed “branches,” a few at a time, with glue pen; sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container.

5. Continue applying glue and glitter until background panel is complete.

6. Using wire cutters, snip legs from wooden bird. Color and shade bird with markers. Adhere to background panel with clear dots.

7. Wrap twine several times around base of panel, tying bow at right side. Adhere panel to card with foam dots.

Tip

  • Flip embossed panel horizontally to create snowy ground effect.

by Cary Eldred