Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Santa Tag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use pre-made embellishments to craft this playful Christmas tag in a hurry.

Materials

  • Pretty Little Studio: Vintage Santa Claus Diecut; Christmas at Home Collection Deck the Halls Paper Ribbons, Comfort and Joy 8”x8” Paper, Merry Shipping Tags
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Lovely Collection Pins
  • Green button
  • Green sequins
  • Trims: red/white baker’s twine, sheer white ribbon

Tools

  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, tiny clear dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2-3/4”x5-1/4”

Santa Tag

1. Cut 2”x2-3/4” Comfort and Joy paper strip; notch end with scissors. Adhere to right side of shipping tag.

2. Cut and adhere two paper ribbon banners to first banner.

3. Adhere Santa Claus diecut using foam tape.

4. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to top of tag with clear dots. Thread button with twine, knotting ends at front. Adhere button to bow with clear dots. Push two pins through bow behind button.

5. Adhere sequins with clear dots.

Tip

  • Do not leave tag laying in presence of small children; small components and pins present a choking hazard.

by Celeste Brodnik

Altered Mini Clipboard

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use a mini clipboard to create a piece of art that can showcase interchangeable photos.

Materials

  • Timber mini clipboard, size A5
  • Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Green cardstock
  • Brown organza ribbon
  • Photo

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Die (HCD 727); Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage (472123) and Foliage Two (S5-129), Decorative Elements Nestabilities Timeless Rectangle (031458)
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Paint: Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Guava, Making Memories Scrapbook Colors Manila
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Ink Pads: Stazon Jet Black, Brilliance Crimson Copper
  • Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist
  • Ranger Stickles Crystal Glitter Glue
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Acrylic block
  • Adhesives: foam dots, paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, paint clipboard Manila; set aside to dry.

STEP 2

Cut 6-1/2”x9” patterned paper panel; round corners and adhere to clipboard.

STEP 3

Cut decorative panel from patterned paper; adhere to chipboard sheet (from back of paper pack) and trim as needed. Adhere chipboard panel to clipboard.

STEP 4

Die cut medium rectangle from desired paper; adhere to chipboard sheet and trim as needed. Adhere to center of decorative panel with foam dots.

STEP 5

Stamp, die cut, and assemble seven flowers in varying sizes from patterned paper. For large flowers, cut two each of die 5, 6 and 7. Use dauber to ink petal edges Crimson Copper; spray with Glimmer Mist to moisten. On back, rub with stylus (from tool kit) until cup shape is formed. Turn flower over and gently push center in to allow petals to rise up. Layer each piece from large to small, adhering as you go. Gently bend and curl each petal until overall flower shape is achieved. Repeat for medium flowers with dies 6, 5 and 4, and for small flower with dies 5, 4 and 3.

STEP 6

Die cut foliage pieces and adhere to clipboard as shown. Using foliage as base and photo as guide, cluster larger flowers at bottom left and smaller flowers at top right of chipboard. When desired arrangement is achieved, adhere in place.

STEP 7

Cut ticket shape title and subtitle from patterned paper; adhere to clipboard as shown, placing foam dots in center only to allow photo to slide in and out.

STEP 8

Detail cut tiny butterflies from patterned paper. Fold butterflies on each side of body; shape wings up. Layer two butterflies together, adhering bodies only and leaving wings free and dimensional. Adhere to clipboard as desired.

STEP 9

Apply lines of Guava paint dots along sides of each butterfly body, and in horizontal lines across body. Randomly apply glitter glue along rims of some flower petals. Let dry completely.

STEP 10

Tie ribbon through metal loop at top of clipboard. Place photo in clip.

Tip

  • For display, prop clipboard on small, tabletop easel, or hang on wall using picture-hanging adhesive.

by Alicia Barry for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Jolly Ol’ Elf Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Make a gift album they won’t forget! Paper bags work well for albums because they provide built-in pocket details for tags, photos, and memorabilia.

Materials

  • White paper bags, 3-1/2”x6-3/4”x2”, two
  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Cindy Lou Dot Glitter, Cindy Lou Stripe, Cindy Lou Who Presents; pale green, bright green, and white scraps
  • Holiday-themed paper scraps, assorted
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops Christmas Collection (dd137)
  • Buttons, assorted
  • Trims: seam binding, lace, ribbon, rickrack
  • Silk flower

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Scallops Die
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Seal Punch
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMagic Aloe Vera Chalk Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x3-1/2” (closed)

Note: Ink all paper and paper bag edges Aloe Vera prior to assembly.

Album Base

1. Measure and mark first paper bag 1” from open end. Cut away 1”-wide strip on front layer of paper bag only.

2. Measure and mark second paper bag 2” from open end. Fold on line; unfold bag.

3. To create album base, place paper bags lengthwise and side by side on work surface with open ends of bags facing each other at center; bag bottoms should face up.

4. Apply double-sided tape to back of 2”-wide flap on second bag and slide flap into open end of first bag. Press bags together to secure adhesive.

First Spread

1. See Photo 1. Cut 4-1/4”x3-1/2” red striped paper panel; score and fold to measure 2-1/8”x3-1/2”. Adhere back of folded paper to bag bottom on left side. Unfold paper and adhere flower and green trim as shown.

Photo 1

2. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Adhere paper to front of first paper bag; this is hidden by longer strip in photo.

3. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Die cut one short end using scallops die. Score and fold strip at 4-5/8”. Adhere straight edge of strip to flourish paper beneath bag flap.

4. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to paper beneath, creating pocket.

5. Create small cardstock tag to slide into pocket. Adhere embellishment to die-cut page. Fold die-cut page to left.

Second Spread

1. See Photo 2. Cut 7-1/2”x3-1/2” red cardstock strip. Adhere to album base, sliding left end inside open bag and right end beneath bag flap on right. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to cardstock layer, creating pocket.

Photo 2

2. Cut 2-1/8”x3-1/2” green/red flourish paper strip. Adhere to bag bottom on right. Adhere braid trim to edge of paper as shown.

3. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pocket on right.

4. Fold die-cut page to left again.

Third Spread

1. See Photo 3. Adhere lace trim to edge of flourish panel covering bag front.

Photo 3

2. Create another cardstock tag to insert into pocket created by open end of bag.

3. Adhere embellishment to back of striped page at far left.

4. See Photo 4. Cut two 3-3/4”x4-1/2” green/red flourish paper panels; score each panel 1” from one short end. Die cut ends opposite folds. Fold on score lines and adhere flaps to top and bottom edges of left-hand album page, next to fold. Cut 3-1/2”x3-1/2” square of dot paper and adhere between flaps. Refold page.

Photo 4

5. Fold bag bottom to left to meet edge of striped page.

Fourth Spread

1. See Photo 5. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” red/green leaf paper strip. Score and fold 4-5/8” from one short end. Adhere to last folded page of album as shown. Adhere green trim to left edge.

Photo 5

2. See Photo 6. To create fold-out dot page, cut 10-1/2”x3-7/8” dot paper strip. Score strip 3-1/2” from each short end; die cut short ends. Fold strip and adhere to last album page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket.

Photo 6

3. Cut 3-1/2”x3” striped paper panel and adhere inside open page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket. Add paper strip and embellishment to bottom of lower flap.

4. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pockets. Close page.

Covers

1. Open album to first spread. Fold striped paper panel closed and adhere Santa image and three red Dew Drops to front to create left side of front cover.

2. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” dot paper strip; score and fold at 4-5/8”. Adhere paper to front and back of album on right side.

3. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” red striped paper strip; adhere to back of album.

4. Cut two 12” seam binding lengths. Center and adhere ends to edges of front covers; let dry. Adhere lace and trim to edges of cover to hide seam binding ends; let dry.

5. Tie album closed as shown.

6. Using photo as guide, embellish right side of front cover.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Be Merry Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Combine chic paper tape and an easy watercolor technique to craft this merry-and-bright greeting.

Materials

  • White cardstock: textured, smooth
  • Queen & Co. Trendy Tape Vertical Stripes Teal

Tools

  • Punches: corner rounder, assorted circles
  • Printworks Stamps: Star Snowflake (B3845), Be Merry (A2764)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Distress Marker, Imagination International COPIC Yellow
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Water-barrel brush
  • Tiny stapler
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x6” top-fold card from textured white cardstock; round bottom corners.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x4” textured white cardstock panel; round bottom corners. Apply diagonal tape strips across panel as shown; trim tape even with panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Stamp sentiment and four snowflakes onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between images; heat emboss with clear powder.

STEP 4

Lightly trace snowflakes with Evergreen marker; use water-barrel brush to blend color, creating watercolor look. Color stars with yellow marker. Punch snowflakes into circles of assorted size; overlap and adhere to card along top of taped panel. Highlight stars with Glossy Accents; let dry.

STEP 5

Cut sentiment into small, notched flag; staple to upper left corner of card.

Tip

  • For a glitzy version of this card, use metallic tape and outline snowflake images with glitter glue instead of marker.

by Linda Beeson (www.pkod.blogspot.com)

Cloud Clay Embellished Christmas Tags

This time of the year, I am looking to get my presents made and wrapped and to do it all in a creative way and ahead of time. The holiday season is a great time to showcase your DIY talents but, let’s face it, anything that takes hours of work probably isn’t going to get done. Today I have a quick-and-easy Christmas-themed project that combines the drying convenience of AMACO Cloud Clay – a quick-drying air dry clay – recycled clothing tags, glitter, and paint. It hits all the sweet spots: it’s easy, it’s quick, it isn’t messy, it recycles, and it has glitter!

What you’ll need:

  • Small Christmas Tree cookie cutter (mine is about 1-1/2” tall)
  • AMACO Green Cloud Clay
  • Recycled clothing tags (or hand-cut/die-cut tags)
  • Chalkboard paint or other acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Your choice of decorations (I used glitter and white glue, glitter glue, and pale gold acrylic paint)

Start by pinching off a palm-sized piece of Cloud Clay and knead it to warm it up and soften it. Pull it and fold it until it is nice and supple. Roll a piece of the Cloud Clay into a long snake.

Bend the clay snake into a series of loops and push them together gently to make a lumpy rectangle of clay which is larger than the cookie cutter.

Press the cookie cutter into the clay.

Gently remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter (you can ease it out by pressing a small ball of Cloud Clay to the back of the shape – the clay will stick to itself so you can use the ball as a handle to pull the shape out of the cookie cutter.) Cut away the ball of clay with a pair of sharp scissors.

Set aside the shape to dry as you repeat the process to make more trees.

As the Christmas trees are drying, you can decorate them. Here are some ideas:

Using a tube of glitter glue, run lines of glitter along the dips in the clay.

Using white glue, dot the glue on the tree and then dredge with glitter. Wait until the glue is dry to brush off the excess glitter and return it to the tube.

Paint the tree with a generous coat of gold acrylic paint. Wait about 30 seconds then wipe the excess off using a paper towel – the paint will have settled into the depressions in the shape.

Draw on the tree – I use a Ranger Inkssentials white marker.

While your trees finish drying, coat the tags with a coat of paint – I used black chalkboard paint but you can use any color or type of paint. You may need a couple coats of paint to cover the tags.

Cut pieces of ribbon 10″ long and knot through the tags (you may need to punch larger holes in the tags to take wider ribbon).

Attach the Christmas Trees to the tags using glue or dimensional glue dots.

If you use chalkboard paint, you can write on the tags using chalk – other dark paints will take gel pens and lighter paints will take permanent markers.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Joyeux Noel Card

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Beautiful shades of teal and burgundy put a new spin on the traditional tones of the season. Lush, layered accents from Ruby Rock-it’s Joyeux Noel Collection give this card vintage-look elegance in an instant.

Materials

  • Burgundy cardstock
  • Ruby Rock-it Joyeux Noel Collection: Paper Pack, Layered Accents, Diecut Silhouettes, Bling, Trim
  • Trims: white scalloped lace, gold cord
  • Teal/gold silk poinsettia

Tools

  • Sewing machine and dark teal thread
  • Border punches, two of choice
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dot-pattern mask
  • Chalk inks: dark teal, burgundy
  • Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, palette knife

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x5-1/4” burgundy top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5-1/2”x4-3/4” teal damask paper panel and sponge edges with teal chalk ink. Using sewing machine, stitch around panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 5-1/2”x2” burgundy print paper strip, punch both long edges with first border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Adhere across bottom of teal panel.

STEP 4

Cut 5-1/2”x1-1/2” gold print paper strip, punch both long edges with second border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Wrap gold ribbon around center, adhering ends at back. Adhere strip to card.

STEP 5

Place mask over random areas of card and apply modeling paste using palette knife. Remove mask and let paste dry completely.

STEP 6

Cut lace to fit across top of card; adhere in gentle swag.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, sponge edges of layered accents and silhouette with burgundy ink. Adhere elements to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use modeling paste with plastic masks and stencils to create interesting texture on cards and other projects; let dry completely after application.

by Lisa Novogrodski (www.lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com)

Holiday Tea Tin

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Upcycle tea and coffee tins and boxes into festive gift boxes for all ages!

Materials

  • Dark green cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Home for the Holidays Collection: 12”x12” Paper Pack, Sugar Coated Icon CS Stickers, Christmas Mini Bows Kit, Candy Cane Washi Tape
  • SRM We’ve Got Your Border Christmas Stickers
  • Maya Road Bottle Cap
  • Red tulle

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 5” Creative Station, Mega Runner, 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Using the tin or box as a pattern, cut papers and cardstock to cover sides of container.

STEP 2

Run papers through Xyron 5” Creative Station for an even distribution of permanent adhesive.

STEP 3

Adhere papers to container.

STEP 4

Adhere washi tape around top and bottom edge of container base and top edge of lid. Adhere sticker banner and medallion to lid.

STEP 5

Wrap tulle around container, securing with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 6

Adhere Santa and snow stickers inside bottle cap. Adhere cap to container using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 7

Following manufacturer’s instructions, create green bow, securing with Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 8

Adhere bow to container with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

by Yvonne Yam for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Whimsical Christmas Stocking with Removable Silhouette

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This personalized, keepsake stocking will not only fill your home with HOLIDAY CHEER, but will grace your walls ALL YEAR!

Materials

  • Wooden oval plaque, 5″x7″
  • Circle stickers
  • White, canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Side profile photo printed on photo paper (sized to fit on wood plaque)
  • No-Sew Velcro, white
  • White, all-purpose thread
  • Ribbon, in color of choice
  • Small Santa hat

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Standard Compressor or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2oz.: Opaque Red, Opaque Green, Opaque White, Fluorescent Green
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Painters tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, craft knife, sewing machine, straight pins, scrap paper, hot glue gun, glue sticks, camera

Directions

Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking

1. For pattern, freehand draw stocking shape onto scrap paper, allowing additional 4”-5” at top of stocking to be folded down for cuff. (Note: An existing stocking can be used as pattern.) Cut two stockings from canvas cloth.

2. To create chevron design, fold down approximately 4”-5” of top layer of canvas cloth to create a cuff. (Note: Do not sew cuff into place.) Cut 2” pieces of painters tape and adhere to cuff of stocking in zig-zag design as shown. To create polka dot design, place circle stickers on front side of stocking in desired pattern just below cuff.

3. Cover work area with the Cleaning Drop Cloth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble airbrush to your chosen air source. Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Opaque Red Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

4. Practice airbrushing on piece of paper. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off. Roller at front of airbrush allows adjusts flow of air. To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Opaque Red paint on stocking, covering all circle stickers. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

5. Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, insert wire tool included in airbrush kit into opening of cap to remove any dried paint. If airbrush is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

6. To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place. Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Cover polka dot stocking to protect it from overspray. Airbrush Fluorescent Green paint over painter’s tape on cuff to create chevron design. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

7. Remove circle stickers and tape to reveal designs.

8. Airbrush wooden plaque with Opaque White paint. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

9. Print photo of your subject’s side profile on photo paper. To create stencil, cut out silhouette with craft knife as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for spray adhesive’s temporary bond application and adhere silhouette stencil to painted white plaque. Use painters tape to mask off exposed areas on plaque from overspray. Airbrush Opaque Red paint over stencil. Let dry and gently remove stencil.

10. Pin both stocking pieces together with wrong sides facing out. Machine-sew stocking together, making sure to leave top of stocking open. Trim off any excess seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out. Fold cuff down. Using canvas scrap, create loop and machine-sew inside cuff. Sew over seam several times.

11. Using hot glue, adhere Velcro in a cross formation to stocking back (hook side) and plaque back (loop side) as shown. To make removable plaque hanger, cut 4” ribbon length to create loop; secure with hot glue. Cut small piece of hook side of Velcro and adhere onto base of the ribbon loop as shown.

12. Tie small ribbon length into bow and adhere to girl silhouette as shown. Adhere Santa hat to boy silhouette. Or, embellish plaques as desired. (Note: If you would like to hang plaque year round, do not permanently adhere Santa hat.)

Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking

1. To create Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking, repeat steps for Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking with the following changes. Adhere painter’s tape diagonally across stocking below cuff, then place circle stickers on cuff. Airbrush cuff green and below cuff red. Airbrush plaque green and silhouette white. All other directions are the same.

Tips

  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.
  • Using Velcro allows you to remove the silhouette plaque and hang in your home throughout the rest of the year. And as your child grows, you can recreate and attach a new silhouette. Color schemes can be adapted to match your décor.

by Emma McDonald for Testors (www.testors.com)

Christmas Mailbox Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Customize these nature-inspired Susan Louise fine art images using water-reactive inks and a fun technique that creates a realistic snowfall look. Layer multiple images to create beautiful dimension.

Christmas Mailbox Card

Materials

  • Susan Louise Paper Pics Christmas Set 4 Mailbox Image (see Tip)
  • Cardstock: gold linen, deep red, dark green
  • Papers: Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother, white
  • Scrap paper
  • Red satin ribbon, 13/16” wide
  • Small red metal nailhead sticker

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Set, Impression Obsession Pine Bough
  • Large corner rounder punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pads: Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool and Foam Pads
  • Small water mister or water dish
  • Adhesives: adhesive runner, assorted foam squares, Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, cardboard box with no lid, paper towels, non-stick craft sheet, heat tool (optional)

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Christmas Mailbox Card

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

2. Cut 3-1/8”x3-3/8” deep red cardstock panel; round corners with punch.

3. Die cut #6 label from patterned paper, #5 label from one Paper Pic image, and #4 label from second Paper Pic image. Use photo as guide. Die cut pine bough from dark green cardstock.

4. Cut 6” ribbon length.

5. Measure and lightly mark top and bottom edges of card front 1-5/8” from fold. Mark again 3/4” from first mark. Using adhesive runner, apply adhesive between marks along top and bottom edges; apply 2” of adhesive down center of card. Press ribbon to card; trim ends flush with card.

6. Using photo as guide and ink blending tool, apply Distress Inks to scrap paper to test inking technique. Working on craft sheet, ink foam pad and apply to paper edges in circular motion, starting off edge of paper and working toward center. Ink will be more concentrated around paper edges and fade in center.

7. In same way, first apply Iced Spruce Distress Ink to upper portion of large Mailbox Paper Pic, and then apply Frayed Burlap to lower portion. Apply inks in same way to smaller Mailbox Paper Pic. Ink edges of patterned paper piece with Frayed Burlap.

8. After inking, clean craft sheet. Place inked Paper Pics images onto craft sheet. To create snowfall effect, either spritz each image with water (for smaller dots) or dip fingers into water dish and flick water drops over surface of images (for larger dots). Keeping images level, place paper towel over them and press down to blot water until all water is removed; do not rub. Remove paper towel. Repeat water technique if needed. When pleased with effect, gently dry images with heat tool if needed.

9. Using adhesive runner, center and adhere red cardstock panel to back of patterned paper label. Adhere layered piece to center of card.

10. Place pine bough die cut inside cardboard box and spray back side with adhesive. Adhere shape over lower edge of layered papers.

11. Apply four large and two small foam squares to back of large Mailbox Paper Pic; remove backing and adhere to patterned paper label.

12. Repeat Step 11 to adhere small Mailbox Paper Pic to card as shown.

13. Adhere red nailhead sticker to center top of patterned paper label.

14. To finish inside of card, cut 5-1/8”x8-1/8” white paper panel; score and fold paper. Using adhesive runner, apply 3/4″-long line of adhesive to inside front of card near fold. Center folded paper inside card and press card closed to secure liner.

Tip

  • Paper Pics image is included as part of a set, but may also be ordered by the sheet. To order, email susanlouise@live.com or phone 608-206-6987.

by Penny Pierick for Susan Louise™ (www.susanlouisearts.com)