Stitched Burlap Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make sending greetings a special experience for everyone with this cute card. Family and friends will appreciate your personal touch.

Materials

  • Pale blue cardstock
  • Burlap, scrap
  • Lace, scrap
  • Assorted rust buttons, three
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Fabric adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” cardstock panel.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/2”x2” burlap strip and 4-1/2” length of lace.

STEP 3

Position burlap on right edge of cardstock, 3/4” from bottom of cardstock. Tuck lace under top edge of burlap strip, overlapping by 1/2”.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread, in color that contrasts with burlap. Carefully stitch 1/4” from edge along all four sides of burlap. (Note: The more slowly the card is sewn, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching. The presser foot will help guide the cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 5

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 6

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 7

Fold cardstock in half to make 4-1/4”x 5-1/2” side-fold card.

STEP 8

Adhere buttons to burlap as shown.

Tip

  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Washi Tape Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use some of your favorite washi tapes to create adorable custom notecards.

Materials

  • Close to My Heart Colonial White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Washi Tape, assorted patterns

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Pink Sketch Pen
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, computer

Directions

Size

3″x3″

Washi Tape Card

1. Create 3”x3” White side-fold card base. Apply washi tape across card front.

2. Open the Silhouette Studio software. Using the rectangle tool, draw two squares – one measuring 3” and one measuring 2.75”. Open the heart shape and resize it to 2.135”x2.15”. Select all three shapes, open the align window and click “center.”

3. Select the inner, smaller square. Opening the line style window, choose dashed line. Select the larger, outer square and heart. Opening the cut style window, choose “no cut.”

4. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and white cardstock. In Studio software, open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

5. In Studio software, change the smaller square to “no cut” and the larger square and heart to “cut”. Open the cut settings window and choose textured cardstock. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to card front.

Tip

  • If you don’t have washi tape, strips of scrapbook paper would work great too!

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Same Products, Different Ways

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Our Design Team members show how versatile our products are by creating two projects using all the same products but yielding a different result. One Design Team member has created a how to construct a card project while the other Design Team member has a photo tutorial for coloring the main image.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black, blue
  • Blending paper
  • Whimsy Stamps Winter Frost Designer Paper, 6″x6″ paper pad
  • Black sheer ribbon, 1″ wide, 18″ length
  • Self-adhesive gems, assorted colors

Tools

  • Whimsy Stamps Rubber Stamps: Winter Friends, Season’s Greetings Notables 7 Sentiment
  • Whimsy Stamps Dies: Layered Snowflakes Set, Notables 7
  • Circle punch
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Ranger Melt Art White Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Ultra-fine white embossing powder
  • Adhesives: Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue, paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, heating tool

Directions

Wishing You a… Happy Holidays Card by Jodi Amidei

1. Stamp Tuxedo Black image onto blending paper. Color image as desired using COPIC markers. Trim to 3-3/8″x3-3/8″, distress edges, and mat onto slightly larger black cardstock. Add VersaMark embossing ink to edges and onto corners of image in an non-uniformed pattern. Dip edges into white UTEE and heat to melt. Create two larger-sized backgrounds from patterned paper and black cardstock, treating edges in same manner. Cut strip of coordinating patterned paper approximately 1-1/2″ wide and mat to black cardstock; treat edges in same manner.

2. Die cut five large snowflakes from white cardstock. Cover each with VersaMark and then UTEE. Using tweezers to hold snowflakes, heat to melt. When cooled, reapply more VersaMark and another layer of UTEE to each snowflake. Heat again to create thicker layer. When cool, adhere gem to center of snowflakes.

3. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock using VersaMark. Apply ultrafine detail white embossing powder; heat to melt. Using circle punch, cut out center of sentiment and adhere to center of last snowflake.

4. Using photo as guide, assemble card onto 6″x6″ white top-fold cardstock base. Before image and snowflakes are added, wrap ribbon around background and tie at right edge into knot; fishtail cut edges. Adhere image and snowflakes using foam tape for dimension. Add sentiment in bottom left corner to finish.

Winter Wishes Card by Melissa Andrew

Using cardstock and Whimsy Stamps designer paper, dies, and stamps, create and assemble card as desired. Stamp Tuxedo Black Winter Friends image onto blending paper. Use COPIC markers and Winter Friends Photo Tutorial to color image. Embellish image with glitter glue.

Winter Friends Photo Tutorial

Follow this photo tutorial to color The Winter Friends image used in this project.

by Jodi Amidei and Melissa Andrew for Whimsy Stamps (www.whimsystamps.com)

Silent Night Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Capture the peaceful tranquility of a holy night with this Silent Night Card using Marinanne Design Dies and Glitter Ritz from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: heavyweight navy blue; lightweight black, white, green, navy blue

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marinanne Design Creatables Horizon Winter Village (LR0284), Horizon Pine Trees (LR0283); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Mini Stars (IME086), Small Merry Christmas (IME087)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Light Gold Glitter (32MFP)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40), 5mm (BC5); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 1mm (65000011)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler, tweezers, glue stick

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10-1/2”x7-1/4” strip from navy blue heavyweight cardstock; score and fold to create 5-1/4”x7-1/4” side-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut one of each four colors of lightweight cardstock to measure 5-1/2”x7-1/2”.

STEP 3

Die cut village from white cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut village design to fit card at each edge.)

STEP 4

Place die at top of strip and cut out trees and hills from lightweight navy blue, green, and black cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut edges from design to allow it to fit on card.)

STEP 5

Using double-sided tape and aligning bottom edges, adhere black tree scene to card front on bottom edge of card as shown.

STEP 6

Align and adhere white village scene to card over black scene slightly lower than tree horizon, placing foam pads behind houses and trees to add dimension. Adhere remainder of white scene to card using double-sided tape; trim away bottom edge to fit bottom of card.

STEP 7

Repeat Step 6 for the remaining two pieces, using photo as placement guide.

STEP 8

Die cut Merry Christmas sentiment and attach to card using glue stick.

STEP 9

Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to white cardstock. Die cut two stars and add glitter. (Note: To add glitter, see tip below.) Adhere stars as desired to card front using foam pads.

Tip

  • To add Glitter Ritz, cut and adhere a strip of the Be Creative double-sided tape to cardstock; die cut stars. Peel back tape liner, hold design near edge using tweezers, and dip into glitter to cover entire star. Rub the glitter with your fingers to burnish the glitter to the cardstock (this will brighten the glitter even more). If there are any gaps, re-dip and re-burnish and then dust off access.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Mini Koi® Watercolor Cards Plus Free Printable Template

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These colorful cards are the perfect size to tape to a cupcake box or to hang on a gift bag.

Materials

Tools

  • Sakura of America Koi Coloring Brush Pens
  • Sakura of America Koi Coloring Brush Colorless Blender
  • Sakura of America Koi Water Brush
  • Computer and printer

Basic Supplies

scissors or paper trimmer

Directions

Watercolor Card

1. Click here to access free mini cards template. (Note: Depending on your printer’s ink, the ink may smear when colored over with Colorless Blender. Avoid coloring directly on printed areas, or use a copier to copy cards instead of printing them. Copier ink is less likely to smear.)

2. Trim piece of watercolor paper to 8-1/2”x11” to fit in the printer; print cards. (Note: Use watercolor paper to achieve best results.)

3. Follow Sakura’s Koi Watercolor Tutorial below to color images. Use Koi Coloring Brush pens to add color and Koi Coloring Brush Colorless Blender (filled with colorless ink) to blend shades together seamlessly.

4. When coloring is complete, cut out mini cards on black lines. Fold in half on light gray dotted line.

Sakura’s Koi Watercolor Tutorial

1. Trace letters on printed cards, using very light pressure to create a thin outline. Use coloring brush pens as you would regular marker. The flexible tip allows for fine or bold brush strokes.

2. Koi Coloring Brush pens can also produce a watercolor effect. Color portion of the picture. Use Colorless Blender to distribute color within shape. Messy lines look better when blended than straight ones.

3. To blend a new color, be sure to wipe the blender pen nib on a piece of scrap paper, or it may deposit unwanted color.

4. The blender pen can be used to “borrow” color from another area. Use blender pen to pick up some pigment to create lighter washes of color.

5. Add shading and dimension by depositing more colored ink over area that is already blended.

6. Use broad side of brush pen to draw border or fill in large areas. Go over it with the Colorless Blender to soften strokes and mimic watercolor paint.

7. Layer different colors to add depth to the image. Choose two shades in the same color family and overlap them. Use Colorless Blender to create a seamless gradient.

8. Fill in large areas by using Koi Water Brush to pick up and deposit color. Fill tube with water, then squeeze gently to release one drop. Pick up color with brush and blend it on the background.

Tip

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

 

Glitter Candlelight Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

With Ecstasy Crafts products, it’s easy to create this glistening holiday card to send warm wishes glowing with Christmas spirit to family and friends.

Materials

  • Ivory card, 4”x6”
  • Cardstock: heavy-weight moss green, Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Red Linen A5 (80990009)
  • Stickers: gold lines, Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Sticker Variety Sayings Christmas (362)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dee’s Distinctively Dies Candle Set (IME010)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder (EFE001)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Holly Leaves Punch (FLP015)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter: Fire Red (34MFP), Light Gold (32MFP)
  • Green pigment ink pad
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 0.5mm (65000010), 2mm (65000003)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, craft knife, tweezers, ruler, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Glitter CandleLight Card

1. Emboss ivory card front using Nellie’s Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder.

2. Die cut candle base from Joy! Crafts Red Linen Cardstock; set aside.

3. Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to red linen cardstock. Die cut wax dripping design and two flame sizes from cardstock/tape combination.

4. Add glitter to wax dripping design and large flame using the Fire Red Glitter and add Light Gold Glitter to smaller flame design. (Note: To add glitter, simply peel back tape liner, hold design near edge, and pour glitter over design. To burnish design, rub glitter with finger.)

5. Cut candle to 3″ height. Use back edge of scissors or tweezers to slightly curve cardstock from long edge to long edge to create dimension. Adhere candle to center of card front using 2mm foam pads in middle and 0.5mm foam pads near edges. (Note: This will allow candle to keep curve and appear dimensional.)

6. Adhere glittered wax drippings on top portion of candle as shown. Attach flame pieces to top of candle, first the larger flame using 0.5 mm foam pads and then the gold glittered flame using small piece of double-sided tape.

7. Punch three holly leaves from moss green cardstock; use sponge dauber to ink edges green. Adhere leaves to base of candle using 0.5mm foam pads.

8. Create gold line frame around card using sticker lines as shown in photo. Add “Merry Christmas” sentiment sticker on top left of card as shown.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Eek! Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Patterned tags and cardstock circles are an easy way to embellish handmade cards for any occasion.

Materials

  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Papers: Cobwebs, Creepy
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Layered Chipboard
  • SRM Stickers We’ve Got Your Sticker Treats
  • Divine Twine Halloween Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Circle punch, 1”
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4”x5-1/2”

Eek! Card

1. Make 4”x5-1/2” side-fold card from Cobwebs paper. Fold with black side to outside.

2. Cut two 2”x2-3/4” tags from striped side of Creepy paper; see Tip. Adhere tags to card as shown.

3. Punch two 1” circles from white cardstock. Adhere spider and “Eek!” stickers. Adhere circles to chipboard tag using clear dots. Cut and loop multiple lengths of baker’s twine through hole at top of tag. Adhere chipboard tag over paper tags as shown.

4. Adhere “happy halloween” sentiment sticker to Creepy paper. Trim sentiment to 4-1/2”x1/2”, notching ends to create banner. Adhere to card on angle below tags.

5. Adhere two chipboard photo corners to bottom right and upper left corners of card.

Tip

  • Cut tags from center section of Creepy paper to preserve die-cut edges to accent a future project.

by Celeste Brodnik (www.celestebrodnik.blogspot.com)

Congratulations Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a special card for a special couple using intricate dies and beautiful papers from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Paper Packs: Pearl Paper Pack (80110409), Wedding Design Paper Pack (80110555), Glitter Paper Pack (80110424)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design White Adhesive Pearl Swirls (CA3101)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Open Up Pop-Up Church (60032001), Floral Flourishes Heart (60030005)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Creatables Anja’s Label Die Set (LR0241)
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, glue pen, tiny foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5-3/4”x5-1/2”

Card Front

1. Cut black cardstock to measure 11”x5-3/4”. Score at 5-1/2” and fold to create card base.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel; adhere to card front with double-sided tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x5-3/8” panel from Birdcage Wedding Paper; adhere to card with doubled-sided tape, leaving a narrow white cardstock border visible.

4. Die cut two Hearts from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper. Adhere first heart to left side of card using glue pen. Using tiny foam dots, overlap and adhere second heart to card as shown.

5. Adhere Pearl Swirl to bottom left corner of card.

6. If desired, die cut Anja’s Label shape from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper, personalize sentiment using stickers or stamp, and adhere to card.

Card Inside

1. Cut Silver Pearl Paper to 11”x5-5/8” and die cut Pop-Up Church. This die is a panel die, as shown below, so be sure to cut paper to measurement specified; align paper carefully before cutting.

2. Adhere die-cut paper inside card, lining up center fold lines and leaving a narrow black cardstock border visible. Be careful not to glue or tape down church portion of die cut.

3. Cut Cake & Swirls Glitter Wedding Paper to 11”x5-5/8”, same as Silver Pearl Paper. Be sure cake design shows at bottom right corner of paper. Die cut Pop-Up Church and carefully separate paper panel along fold line. Adhere bottom portion inside bottom half of card; paper will fit nicely in and around church when card is opened.

4. To pop out the church, carefully crease on score lines where indicated to create dimensional church inside card.

5. Die cut two doves from Black Glitter Paper using Pop-Up Church die. Die cut two Hearts from Black Glitter Paper. Using photo as guide, adhere die cuts inside card as shown.

Tip

  • Carefully crease score lines on die-cut church and fold so church “pops out” from flat card base.

by Nancy Ste. Croix for Ecstasy Crafts (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Birthday Butterfly

My sister’s birthday is coming up this month, and she has a green thumb and loves working in the garden. I decided, with the weather changing and the gardening becoming more pruning and cleaning up, that I would give her one last butterfly for the season.

I placed a beautiful stencil on my cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist to give a soft gray shimmer background. Next, I stamped the butterfly image directly onto the background using water-resistant black ink.

I then colored the butterfly using a combination of purple and orange watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a hint of shading around the butterfly with gray watercolor pencils. I softened it with a waterbrush.

I stamped the sentiment across the top of the wings of the butterfly. Then I trimmed the image panel to fit my card front.

Finally, I punched two border strips from white cardstock and adhered them to the top and bottom of the image panel. As a last touch, I added tiny adhesive pearls to the borders.

Products:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Cling Trio Butterflies
  • Prima Flourish Stencil
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tattered Angels Silver SugarGlimmer Mist
  • Tiny white adhesive pearls
  • Waterbrush
  • White cardstock

Schedule some time to create this week. You deserve it!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Kit Club Winners!

Happy Tuesday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the THREE lucky winners of the kit club kits offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger Jill Cornell in her last blog post on October 8th. Read more about the fabulous Noel Mignon and Citrus Twist Kits monthly kit clubs here. Whether you’re a scrapper, card maker, or altered artist, you’ll love the abundance and style offered in these monthly kits. They are definitely worth a look!

As chosen by Random. org, the three winners and their kits are:

1) Red Jess won the Noel Mignon Union Square Kit.

2) Mary Ann won the Citrus Twist Kits Monthly Kit

3) Pam Payne won the Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit

Congratulations to all of our winners and a huge THANK YOU to Noel Mignon and Citrus Twist Kits for donating these amazing kits to Crafts ‘n things blog readers. Thanks to Jill for introducing us to both kit clubs, too! Please visit their websites for more information and tons of inspiring paper-crafting ideas.

Winners, we’ll contact you via email for your mailing addresses.

Happy Kit Club Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff