Capture Life’s Moments Stamped Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Explore new techniques when you stamp, color, and embellish this winter beauty.

Materials

  • 7 Gypsies Conservatory Mesa Fauna Patterned Paper
  • Pink Paislee Fancy Filigree Patterned Paper
  • Papertrey Ink: Cream Cardstock, Cream Ribbon, and Twine
  • Vintage Sheet Music Paper and Doily
  • Scrap of Black Cardstock
  • Blank Kraft Card Base, 5″x7″
  • Maya Road Chipboard Snowflake Set
  • Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Pearls

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Shapeabilities Snowflake Pendant Die S4-286
  • Impression Obsession Sled Wood Stamp H1796
  • Sakura: Koi Watercolor Paints, Small Round Brushes
  • Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Tsukineko Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad
  • Stampin’ Up! White Craft Ink Pad
  • Sparkling Crystal Glitter
  • Iridescent Spray Mist
  • Sewing Machine and Cream Thread
  • Distressing Tool
  • Helmar ScrapDots Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Craft Glue
  • Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper towel, hair dryer, foam tape (optional)

Directions

STEP 1

Stamp image on cream cardstock with black StazOn ink.

STEP 2

Use Sakura Koi Watercolor Paints and the small round paintbrushes to paint the image. Let dry.

STEP 3

Spray doily with iridescent spray; add blue watercolor paint to wet doily. Let dry or dry with a hairdryer.

STEP 4

Trim image and distress edges if desired.

STEP 5

Cut patterned papers to size and mat. (4-7/8”x6-7/8” and 4-3/4”x6-3/4”)

STEP 6

Add doily to the matted papers so the bottom and sides touch the bottom and sides of the smallest piece of patterned paper.

STEP 7

Measure your stamped image and trim a piece of black cardstock slightly larger. Add to your card, lining it up so the top and sides have the same amount of space.

STEP 8

Use the glue stick to adhere the vintage sheet music paper to a piece of cream cardstock. Let dry. Use the Snowflake Pendant from Spellbinders to cut out a vintage sheet music snowflake.

STEP 9

Brush the snowflake with watered down Tacky Glue and sprinkle with crystal glitter. Let dry.

STEP 10

Press the chipboard snowflakes into the White ink pad to coat them with ink. Let dry and brush with Tacky Glue and sprinkle with crystal glitter. Let dry and spritz with Iridescent Spray.

STEP 11

Use your finger to spread a thickish layer of blue acrylic paint over the Metal Word Bands and let sit for a few moments. Make sure the paint sinks into the grooves of each letter. Wipe excess away paint. Let dry. When dry, buff the rest of the paint with a paper towel to remove it from the band.

STEP 12

When the sheet music snowflake is dry, layer it over the top of the doily; center it if desired, or place it to the left as shown.

STEP 13

Add the trimmed, distressed image to the top of the black cardstock at an angle to let the cardstock show through a little.

STEP 14

Wrap a piece of cream grosgrain ribbon around the panel, if desired.

STEP 15

Add some straight stitching with a sewing machine if desired. If not, make sure you have plenty of adhesive to keep your panel together.

STEP 16

Use the twine to tie the Word Band to the panel; a little strip of Foam Tape will elevate it a little, but this is optional.

STEP 17

Add the panel to the Kraft Card Base and stitch around the edge to secure in place.

STEP 18

To attach the glittered snowflakes, place a dollop of Helmar ScrapDots on the back of each one and press into position on the card. If the glue comes out the center of the snowflake, cover with an adhesive pearl.

STEP 19

Add some clear glitter to the roof and other areas of the stamped image for a complete winter look; set your card aside to dry.

by Catherine Scanlon for My Creative Classroom (http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com)

Sprinkled With Fun Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add dimension and a new texture to your cards. Premo! Sculpey-embellished cards are safe for mailing and they’re quite a conversation piece.

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Orange, White, Bright Green Pearl
  • White cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design Sugar and Spice Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Embroidery Deep Edge Punch
  • Stamps: Penny Black Sweet Thing; Hero Arts Cupcakes Clear Set, Birthday Clear Set
  • Large acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: StazOn Jet Black; Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Rust, Pearlescent Ivy
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, small paintbrush, toothpick

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Card

(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. Mix large pinch of White clay with half of Orange clay to create marbled color. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, roll marbled clay into long sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

4. Stamp black cupcake row image onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around top of cupcakes. Trim strip to 4-1/4” long; leave clay on tile and set aside.

5. Roll ball of marbled orange clay same size as cherry on top of Sweet Thing stamp cupcake. Place on tile with stamped cupcake border; be sure pieces do not touch. Roll six tiny Orange balls and six tiny Bright Green Pearl balls same size as trim on cupcake border. Place tiny balls on tile; be sure pieces do not touch. Use toothpick to indent center of each tiny ball. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

6. Stamp black Sweet Thing image onto white cardstock; let dry. Color image with watercolor pencils; paint over colors with water to create blended effect. Let dry. Detail cut image.

7. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” green paper panel; ink edges Ivy and adhere to card front.

8. Stamp black sentiment onto orange paper; ink edges Rust. Mat sentiment on larger orange paper piece; ink edges Rust and adhere to card as shown.

9. Border punch orange paper strip; trim to 4-1/4” long and adhere to top of card. Adhere girl image to card as shown.

10. Adhere clay pieces to card with Quick-Dry Adhesive; let dry.

Tip

Coat stamped cupcake with adhesive and sprinkle with ultra-fine glitter for a sugary look.

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

Winter Pup Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Package this cute, flag-embellished card with some homemade New Year’s biscuits and cookies for your favorite pooch and her owner.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Papers: Blizzard, Borders
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Just Write Journaling Stickers
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Collection Flags

Tools

  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel. Cut 3-3/4”x5” Blizzard paper panel; adhere to center of cardstock panel. Use sewing machine to straight stitch pink paper edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Adhere sled journaling sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 4

Cut 4-1/4”-long mitten border paper strip; straight stitch long edges and adhere to card with foam tape.

STEP 5

Adhere dog sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 6

Insert flag pin through foam tape behind mitten border strip; make sure pin head does not extend beyond edge of card.

Tip

Visit the AllRecipes.com site and enter “dog biscuits” in the search bar to find great recipes for homemade treats.

by Kathy Martin for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Happy New Year! Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Send wishes of well-being for the new year with this festive, handmade card.

Materials

  • Worldwin Papers ColorMates Cardstock: Textured Gray Ribbon, Smooth & Silky Blue
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum, Clear, 2”x4”
  • Reminisce Graduation Silver Swirl Shimmer & Foil Paper
  • Beadalon Artistic Wire Permanently Colored Copper Wire: Silver, 30-gauge, 12” length
  • Clear seed beads, 55

Tools

  • EK Tools ZIG: Emboss Marker, Memory System Opaque Writer
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embossing heat tool
  • 3M Scotch: Vellum Tape, Acid-Free Double Stick Tape Pen
  • Fiskars: 12” Paper Trimmer, Two-Sided Craft Cutting Mat

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x7” gray side-fold card, with stripes running horizontally. Cut 4-1⁄2”x6-1⁄2” blue rectangle; attach to center front of card using tape pen.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1⁄4”x6-1⁄4” Silver Swirl panel; use craft knife and cutting mat to cut 2-1⁄4”x4-1⁄4” opening into center of panel. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply vellum tape to blue rectangle, 1⁄4” from edges; press Silver Swirl panel in place.

STEP 3

Cut out pattern. Place Translucent Vellum over glass; trace with pencil. Trace pencil lines with embossing marker. Apply embossing powder; emboss with heat tool. Cut out glass. Use craft knife and cutting mat to cut slit above front rim of glass.

STEP 4

Write “Happy New Year!” with silver marker. Place glass on card in desired position; lightly mark bottom and top side edges of glass with pencil. Remove glass and apply vellum tape to area inside marks, trimming tape to fit. Press glass in place.

STEP 5

Thread seed beads onto wire. Bend and kink wire to look like champagne bubbles. Insert half of wire into glass through slit at top and drape remaining length over glass edge. Tuck wire end under frame and use vellum tape to secure.

by Cindy Groom-Harry for CMC Staff

Gems & Petals Thank You

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Be sure to show your appreciation to loved ones for that special gift with a beautiful, heartfelt “Thank You” card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: pink, white
  • Robin egg blue/white polka-dot paper
  • “Thank You” rub-on
  • Photo corners: pink, lime green, three
  • Pale lime green flower, 2”
  • Rhinestone frame stickers: lime, 2″ square; pink, 3-1/2″x5″
  • Pink/Dark pink button, 5/8”
  • Pink embroidery floss

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Tools

  • Sewing needle
  • Paper adhesive

Directions

Size

4-3/4″x5″

Card

1. Make white 4-3/4″x5″ top-fold card. Cut 4-3/4″x5″ polka-dot panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere square gem frame to white cardstock; cut out around frame using photo as guide. Sew flower and button to center.

3. Cut slightly larger pink cardstock piece; adhere white panel to pink, and pink to card as shown. Adhere photo corners over three corners.

4. Apply “thank you” rub-on beneath flower.

5. Use photo as guide to cut apart rectangular gem frame and adhere around card edges

by Kathleen Paneitz

Winter Wishes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Adorable, easy-to-paint wooden snowmen can be displayed or reused throughout the winter season.

Materials

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Basswood: 3/16”x3/8”x24”, 1/8”x3”x24”
  • Glossy royal blue gift bag
  • White cardstock
  • Papers: black-and-white gingham, blue-and-white snowflake print
  • Small black brads, 18
  • Black alphabet stickers
  • Black-and-white gingham ribbon

Tools

  • Drill with bits: 1/16”, 3/16”
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, orange
  • Black dye ink pad
  • Adhesives: paper glue, glue gun and glue sticks, Plaid Paper Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, black fine-tip marker, fine-grit sandpaper, foam brush, round paintbrush

Directions

Prepare Wood

1. Cut three 4-1/2” lengths from wide basswood strip. Cut one 6” length from same piece for tag. Cut two corners from 6” piece to create tag shape; set aside.

2. Cut three 4” lengths from narrow basswood strip. Cut three corners from remainder of same piece for snowman noses.

3. Sand all pieces. Using round brush, paint 4-1/2” pieces white, 4” pieces black, and noses orange. Let dry.

4. Cut three 3”x2-1/2” gingham paper pieces. Adhere pieces to top half of each white snowman for hats. Adhere black wooden hat bands across snowmen as shown; let dry.

5. Using drill and 1/16” bit, drill four holes for mouth and two holes for eyes in each snowman. Insert brads; bend ends at back to secure. Adhere nose to face. Draw eyebrows with marker.

6. Cut three 2-1/2”x1-1/2” white cardstock strips; ink edges and adhere to hats.

7. Ink bottom edges of snowmen.

Card

1. Make 5”x6-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 5”x6-1/2” snowflake paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere snowman to center of card using glue gun.

3. Cut three 5” ribbon lengths; adhere two lengths to top and bottom of card. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “Winter Wishes.”

Tag

1. Trace basswood tag onto back of snowflake paper; cut out paper tag and adhere to wood tag using Mod Podge and foam brush. Let dry. Ink tag edges.

2. Using drill and 3/16” bit, drill hole in top of tag.

3. Adhere snowman to center of tag using glue gun.

4. Cut two 5” ribbon lengths. Thread one length through hole in tag; knot ends together. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

5. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “to” and “from.”

Gift Bag

1. Cut 4”x5” snowflake paper panel; ink edges and adhere to gift bag.

2. Adhere snowman to center of snowflake paper using glue gun.

3. Cut 6” ribbon length. Knot center and adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “For You.”

Tip

Adhere a magnet to the back of the snowman before adhering to surface with double-sided tape. Recipient can add it to the fridge for a fun winter decoration.

by Melony Bradley for Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com)

Merry Little Christmas Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Banners, and presents, and polka dots – oh my! Bright, playful chipboard stickers highlight this adorable, retro design.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Quadrants, Borders, North Pole, Candlelight, Cute Cuts
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Stickers: Alpha & Bits, Chipboard Icons, Miniatures

Tools

  • Open scallop border punch
  • Brown ink pad
  • Black journaling pen
  • Derivan KindyGlitz Chrystallina Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x5-1/4” kraft side-fold card. Sponge edges with brown ink.

STEP 2

Cut polka-dot panel, slightly smaller than card front, from Quadrants paper. Use black pen to draw faux stitched border around edges; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 4-1/2”x2” panel from red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Cut two 4”x1” strips from green side of North Pole paper; border punch one long edge of each strip and sponge edges brown. Adhere scalloped strips beneath top and bottom edges of red panel; adhere piece to card 3/4” from bottom edge.

STEP 4

Cut white, green, and red journaling card from Cute Cuts paper; mat on yellow side of Candlelight paper, leaving narrow border. Adhere upside down to card, 1/2” from left and bottom edges. Adhere red banner sticker across top of journaling card.

STEP 5

Sponge edges of chipboard tree and pink star stickers with brown ink. Adhere stickers to right side of card as shown.

STEP 6

Detail cut assorted packages from Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Remove chipboard package stickers from sticker sheet; sponge edges brown. Using photo as guide, build package border along bottom of card, using foam tape to add dimension.

STEP 7

Remove two small round stickers from Miniatures sheet, sponge edges brown, and adhere to packages as shown.

STEP 8

Remove sentiment sticker from Alpha & Bits sheet and cut after “yourself.” Sponge edges brown. Mat stickers on yellow side of Candlelight paper; sponge edges brown. Mat again on red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Adhere to card with paper adhesive over tree and foam tape over journaling card.

STEP 9

Highlight tree and packages with glitter glue; let dry.

Tip

Create a smaller scene on a kraft package tag instead.

by Kerryn Fry for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)