Pinch to Grow an Inch Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A mix of floral patterns and butterflies is perfect for summer birthday greetings.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Soho Garden Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Jillibean Soup Birthday II Collection Soup Labels Stickers
  • White crocheted lace trim
  • Pearl brad
  • Blue paper blossom

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Butterfly Die
  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Plate
  • Tiny butterfly punch
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut smaller teal floral and newsprint floral panels. Distress teal panel edges slightly using scissors blade. Center and adhere panel to card. Center and adhere newsprint panel to teal panel.

STEP 3

Cut strip of blue/white dot paper same width as teal panel. Adhere strip across card as shown. Cut and adhere lace to lower edge of strip. Sew around edges of teal panel, catching blue dot strip and lace ends.

STEP 4

Die cut larger butterfly from white cardstock; emboss with dots texture. Punch two tiny butterflies from cardstock.

STEP 5

Adhere label sticker and two butterflies near bottom of card.

STEP 6

Pierce hole through center of larger butterfly. Join flower and butterfly with brad. Adhere to card.

Tip

  • If you don’t have the butterfly die, use a craft punch or stamp and detail cut a butterfly instead.

by Melanie Douthit (www.melaniedouthit.blogspot.com)

Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part I

Create-n-Connect, the summer trade show sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association, tantalized crafters with a tempting array of nifty new artsy toys and inspiration.

Here’s the first of our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more.

First, we did a little trend spotting. Remember when washi tape was the hot new thing? We still can’t get enough. Whether you call it washi, masking, or decorative, it’s tape-tastic, with much variety.

Scotch, for instance, has shipping, masking, washi, and “magic” tape you can write on, in playful patterns and colors. We cooed at: Little B’s darling tapes, stickers, adhesive labels, and intricately cut sticky notes; We R Memory Keepers cool chevron-cut tape; and boy-centric designs from Queen & Co. There’s more at Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Bazzill Basics Paper, and others.

Love dies? Love stamps? Love dies that match stamps? You’re in luck. There are dies to create pop-ups (Art Gone Wild, Ecstasy Crafts, Sizzix), movement (Stephanie Barnard/Sizzix® Flip-its), boxes, bags, and more.

We’re loving Spellbinders new Nestabilities® Enchancing Elements, which cut, emboss, deboss, and stencil, enhancing existing dies in the line. There are also new embossing folders, embossing plates ideal for Media Mixáge, and hat pin bezels. Check out the Web site for inspirational videos.

Dies are now sophisticated enough to make the most intricate cuts. Explore dies and stamps by Elizabeth Crafts (we’re ga-ga over the ribbon-cut Christmas tree), Penny Black (see delicate birds perch on a branch), Hot Off the Press, Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions, and others. Lifestyle Crafts has wonderful nesting dies, embossing folders, letterpress plates, and more.

A close cousin to dies, stencils are also plentiful; they are great for backgrounds and various techniques. The Crafters Workshop has many sizes, including big and bold; Ranger’s Dyan Reaveley and Tim Holtz contribute funk and grunge; Dreamweaver, a long-time leader with brass stencils, has shapes perfect for Zentangle designs, paste, ink, chalk, etc., plus adorable die/stencil combos.

What crafter doesn’t love tools and storage? We found some doozies. We R Memory Keepers wowed with its Fold-Down Craft Table. It’s a wall unit with a chalkboard and storage. No, it’s a desk. No, it’s both! Don’t even get me started about the stylish wall shutters for cards, photos, etc. The company continues innovating with Punch Boards, like the Envelope Punch Board, which scores envelopes in just a few turns and punches. The new boards make it easy to create boxes and bags. Check the Web site for more cool tools.

The new Sizzix Sophisticut is the cutest thing. Shaped like a purse, it sits on your desk, all demure, but pop open the doors and you have a lean, mean cutting machine. Although limited in scope (it only cuts steel-rule dies, has a limited 3”-wide platform and doesn’t emboss), it is so darling and lightweight you might not care.

Sizzix introduced a magnetic base for its standard cutters and added more delightful dies for everything from weddings, parties, and home baking, to baby, boxes, and bags, not to mention Tim Holtz yumminess.

Want to emboss an entire 8-½”x11” piece of cardstock? Craftwell’s eBosser does it at the push of a button. Large embossing plates are fun, fun, fun.

Xyron’s new 3” Disposable Sticker Maker gives 20 feet of permanent adhesive. Also new: Double-Sided High Tack (as strong as red liner tape, but hand tear-able) and Adhesive Dots. Need a crafty gift? Check out Teresa Collins Class Kit in her signature pink box with magnetic closure. It has a sticker maker, adhesive eraser, tape runner, double-sided tape, foam squares, and clear dimensional glue/glaze. You’ll want to use up everything just for the box.

Imaginisce’s new i-rock Pro has a vacuum suction to pick up and place hot-fix gems, plus an LED light for visibility. Also new: a reverse-tension tweezer with LED light and the Score ‘n’ Pierce, a four-pronged retractable piercing tool.

We saw a prototype for Layer Creator, a tool designed by Cindy Echtinaw for Spellbinders for no-measure layering. And although it has nothing to do with stamping, we are intrigued by Bottle Cutting Inc’s Kinkajou bottle cutter that lets you turn bottles into goblets, dishes, and more.

Check out part II of this CHA Recap in Great Finds Friday on August 30th to read about inks, dyes, paper, and stamps. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information on new products.

RESOURCES

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Art Impressions www.artimpressions.com

Authentique www.authentiquepaper.com

Bazzill Basics Paper www.bazzillbasics.com

BoBunny www.bobunny.com

Bottle Cutting Inc. www.bottlecutting.com

Canvas Corp. www.canvascorp.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

DecoArt www.decoart.com

Doodlebug Design www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Echo Park/Carta Bella www.echoparkpaper.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Elizabeth Craft Designs www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com

Faber-Castell www.designmemorycraft.com

Hemptique www.hemptique.net

Hot Off The Press www.hotp.com

Imaginisce www.imaginisce.com

Impression Obsession www.iostamps.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little B www.littlebllc.com

May Arts www.mayarts.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

My Mind’s Eye www.mymindseye.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Piddix www.piddix.com

Prima www.livewithprima.com

Queen & Co. www.queenandcompany.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

Scotch www.scotchbrand.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Some Odd Girl www.someoddgirl.com

Something Tattered www.somethingtattered.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderscreativearts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stamper’s Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Taylored Expressions www.tayloredexpressions.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

Tombow www.tombowusa.com

Tulip www.ilovetocreate.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Whimsy Stamps www.whimsystamps.com

World Win Papers www.worldwinpapers.com

Xyron www.xyron.com

by Roberta Wax (http://www.creativeunblock.com/)

Pool Party Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Whether you have your own backyard oasis, or you’re hosting the fun at the local aquatic center, start planning your “cool in the pool” event with this colorful invitation and favor set.

 Materials

  • Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
  • Close To My Heart Surf’s Up Paper Packet
  • Close To My Heart Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
  • Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles
  • Close To My Heart My Creations Muslin Drawstring Bags (3-count)
  • Close To My Heart Trims: Burlap Ribbon, Natural Hemp, Paradise and Neutral Baker’s Twine Assortments

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting System and Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamp Sets: Adventure USA, Just Chillin’
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Blocks: 1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2”x3-1/2”, 3”x3”, 4”x5”
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks: Desert Sand, Ponderosa Pine, Sorbet Pads; Sorbet Re-inker
  • Close To My Heart Spray Pen
  • Sewing needle and beige thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, liquid glue

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

Sizes

invitation, 3-7/8”x5”; favor bag, 4”x6”

Invitation

(Note: All Artiste shapes are cut NS or non-shift.)

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use Cricut machine and Artiste cartridge to cut 5” < t > + card (non-shift) twice from White Daisy cardstock. Cut second card in half; set aside one half for second invitation. Score and fold remaining card in half.

2. Mix small amount Sorbet re-inker with water in Spray Pen. Lightly mist cut cardstock panel; let dry.

3. Cut 1-1/2” < p > < o > < l > (non-shift) from gold B&T Duos paper. Cut 1-1/2” < o > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. These are background letters.

4. Cut 1-1/2” < p > from Sorbet cardstock. Cut 1-1/2” < o > < o > < l > from three different B&T Duos papers as shown. These are foreground letters.

5. Cut 1” < p > < a > < r > < t > < y > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. Remove letters and trim “negative space” into 3-7/8”x1-1/8” strip.

6. Use dauber to sponge all POOL letter edges and “party” strip edges Desert Sand.

7. Adhere background and foreground letters to misted panel as shown, offsetting letters slightly. Adhere “party” strip to misted panel 1/2″ from bottom edge.

8. Using beige thread, take two stitches at base of P and top of L to add interest; knot thread at back. Sew running stitch border along base of “party” strip; knot thread at back.

9. Sponge edges of two wooden birds with Desert Sand ink; let dry. Adhere to “O” using tiny amount liquid glue; let dry.

10. Cut 3-7/8”x3/8” Sorbet cardstock strip. Stamp series of Ponderosa Pine arrows as shown. Sponge strip edges Desert Sand. Adhere to misted panel over bottom edge of “party” strip; do not cover stitched border.

11. Adhere finished panel to card front.

Favor Bag

1. Using Sorbet ink pad, stamp Just Chillin’ sentiment onto bag, 1” from bottom edge. Stamp Ponderosa Pine tree image to left of sentiment. Let dry. Accent center of each treetop with Bitty Sparkles.

2. Cut 4-1/4”x3/4” strip from burlap ribbon. Using needle, weave six assorted baker’s twine lengths through ribbon as shown. Top row is White Daisy from Neutral Assortment; second and third row are Crème Brulee from Paradise Assortment, followed by one Sunset row, and two Lagoon rows. Trim twine ends. Adhere ribbon to base of bag using clear dots.

3. Fill bag and pull drawstrings closed.

4. Tie doubled twine around ribbon knot on each drawstring end; trim as needed.

Tip

  • Electronic cutting systems, like the Provo Craft Cricut, make it easy to create invitations. Set up machine to cut all required shapes, like the letters, at once, and then put invitations together assembly-line style.

by Close To My Heart (www.closetomyheart.com)

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.

Materials

  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth, sewing needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.

STEP 2

Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.

STEP 3

Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.

STEP 4

With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.

STEP 5

Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.

STEP 6

Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.

STEP 7

Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.

Tip

  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Great Finds Friday: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities™ Embossing Folders

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at new 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders from Spellbinders. They were a huge hit at last winter’s Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California! Everywhere I looked, crafters and shop owners were walking around with beautiful make-n-take projects from the Spellbinders booth.

Before I tell you more about this fun, new way to emboss, I want to announce the winner of our 6/7 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The winner of the Close To My Heart new-product pack, as chosen by Random.org, is: Kailee B. Congratulations, Kailee! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thanks to Close To My Heart for sponsoring this giveaway.

Now, on to today’s featured find! 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders offer crafters a realism and level of detail in their embossed creations unlike anything else offered in the market. Designs literally jump off the page and can be easily enhanced with a variety of coloring mediums, including inks, watercolor paint, pigment powders, glitter, and more. The six designs featured in this line are so striking on their own, though, that they are even stunning left in their natural state for projects from cards to scrapbook pages, gifts, and home décor. Folders measure 5”x7” and include the following designs: Basket Weave, Creative Cogs, Delightful Daisies, Framed Labels Eighteen, Ornamental Swirls, and Shell Beauty. (Look for an amazing use of the Shell Beauty 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder by Spellbinders’ design team member Darsie Bruno in the July 18th Craft of the Day; more on that later.)

Spellbinders’ design team member Candy Rosenberg created the lovely fall frame shown below for the Spellbinders booth at CHA. I selected this piece for publication in the new Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things because it’s such a unique combination of paper crafting and photo display. (A big part of attending the CHA Show is getting a first look at new products and projects to feature in the magazine.) Candy used the Delightful Daisies embossing folder for this project and accented her embossed paper with chalk and ink before adding even more dimension with button flower centers.

For a chance to win your own 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder from Spellbinders, visit our site and click on the Giveaways tab. Contest entry is free, but you must register on the site to enter. This contest ends on July 31st. Five embossing folders will be awarded to lucky winners. Look for our Win it! logo online and in the magazine for a sneak peek at the many product giveaways available.

While on our site, be sure to sign up for the free Crafts ‘n things Newsletter, which will deliver Craft of the Day and Crafts ‘n things Weekly information to you via email. Each issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly is free during the week it’s live and contains 10 projects covering a variety of crafting techniques. Take a peek at the newest issue here.

In addition to four print or digital issues per year, subscribers to Crafts ‘n things get the added bonus of unlimited access to all archived issues of Crafts ’n things Weekly, as well as to two years’ worth of back issues of the print/digital magazine.  That’s A LOT of craft ideas! Plus, subscribers will receive an “all access pass” to our extensive online project vault, all for $24.99 per year. Click here to become a subscriber today so you don’t miss a minute of inspiration.

I’ll leave you with a little more autumn inspiration, our Fall 2013 magazine cover.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

A Face Without Freckles Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a one-of-a-kind card for your favorite little freckle face using an adorable stamp set and a variety of fun die-cut shapes.

Materials

  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Hot Fudge, Whip Cream; X-Press It Blending Card; scraps of gold and yellow
  • October Afternoon 8”x8” Paper Pads: Sasparilla Collection, Farmhouse Collection
  • American Crafts Brown Brads

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Circle STAX 1 and 2, Woodgrain Fence, Notched Tag
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Collection Freckles Stamp Set
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, BV000, R20, YG93, YG95, Y21, E31, E35, W1, W3
  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Cut three 1-1/4”x3” strips of blue diamond paper and adhere evenly spaced across top half of card front.

STEP 3

Cut and adhere 4”x1-1/2” striped paper strip to bottom of card front.

STEP 4

Die cut 2-7/8” STAX Circle from brown cardstock and 2-3/4” STAX Circle from yellow patterned paper; layer and adhere over blue diamond strips.

STEP 5

Die cut two Woodgrain Fence pieces, one from brown cardstock and one from woodgrain paper. Adhere woodgrain fence to cardstock fence, slightly offset. Trim to 4” long and set aside.

STEP 6

Die cut three yellow flowers and two gold flowers using Notched Tag die set. Position flowers on fence and pierce holes through all layers for brads; insert brads. Using a ruler and Chocolate Chip marker, draw stems and leaves for flowers. Set aside.

STEP 7

Stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock; trim and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere strip to card as shown. Adhere fence to card.

STEP 8

Stamp girl image onto Blending Card. Using photo as guide, color skin, hair, hair clip, and shoes with markers. Stamp pants onto denim paper; detail cut pants and adhere to main image. Stamp shirt onto floral paper; cut out and adhere to image. Detail cut entire image and adhere to card over fence and circle, placing foam tape beneath head to level layers.

Tip

  • Look online for COPIC coloring tutorials for different skin and hair color combinations.

by Michele Boyer (www.papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com)

Thanks Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Combine die-cut geometric style with soft, vintage-look papers to create this summer “thank you.” Die-cut, rolled roses create a beautiful focal element.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Cardstock: Marshmallow, Gum Drop
  • My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Honey Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Rhinestones
  • May Arts Yellow Pom-Pom Trim

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Nestabilities Hexagons S4-368, Shapeabilities Donna Salazar Collection Bitty Blossoms S5-086
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Corner Rounder Punch
  • Technique Tuesday Thanks Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Ink pads: Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk Charcoal, Chestnut Roan; Tsukineko VersaMark
  • A Muse Studio Diamond Embossing Powder
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card. Round bottom corners with punch.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” patterned paper panel; round corners. Sponge edges with Chestnut Roan ink; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 4”x2-1/2” strip from second paper, round bottom corners, and sponge edges Chestnut Roan. Stamp Charcoal sentiment as shown and adhere to bottom of large panel. Adhere rhinestone.

STEP 4

Cut and adhere 4” pom-pom trim length over paper seam between patterned pieces.

STEP 5

Die cut/emboss assortment of Hexagons #1 and #2 from patterned papers. Arrange and adhere to card as shown.

STEP 6

Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossoms Med and SM from patterned papers. Roll, shape, and secure flowers with adhesive.

STEP 7

Die cut/emboss/stencil Bitty Blossoms Double Leaves from green cardstock. Using watermark ink pad, apply ink to raised areas through die; remove die. Heat emboss inked areas with Diamond powder.

STEP 8

Fold leaf shape in half and adhere beneath edge of medium flower. Adhere flowers to card.

Tip

  • Try this card in bold black-and-white or neon brights for different looks. Change the sentiment to suit multiple occasions.

by Michelle Woerner for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Blooming Dies & Butterflies Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use Spellbinders multi-faceted dies to craft custom, garden-inspired wall art that blooms with amazing texture and subtle metallic shimmer.

Materials

  • Canvas Corp. Canvas Home Basics Design Stretched Burlap Canvas, 10”x10”
  • Cardstock: brown, cream, black solid; cream, blue patterned metallic
  • Patterned papers: blue, cream, burgundy, green
  • May Arts Burlap: Tan Twine, Green Twine, Green Ribbon

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Shapeabilities Dies: Celtic Motifs S5-163, Les Papillions S4-371, Botanical Swirls and Accents S5-146
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls Gold Pearl Dimensional Paint
  • Antique brown ink pad
  • Blue mica flakes
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge

Directions

size

10″x10″

STEP 1

With Celtic Motifs #2 centered inside #3, die cut/emboss four shapes from assorted papers and metallic cardstock. Before removing die template from each piece, sponge ink through openings to stencil design. Cut three motifs in half. (Note: Set aside extra pieces for future project or coordinating card design.)

STEP 2

Die cut/emboss Celtic Motifs #3 from cardstock, one black, one cream, and two brown. Cut cream and brown motifs in half.

STEP 3

Die cut/emboss Botanical Swirls and Accents leaves and brackets, three or four each, from green paper.

STEP 4

Die cut/emboss Les Papillions #1 and #2 butterflies from burgundy papers; stencil ink through template openings.

STEP 5

Using foam squares, assemble and adhere die-cut motifs to create four flowers as shown.

STEP 6

Create flower centers from coiled tan twine using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, cut and adhere green twine lengths to canvas for flower stems and grass. Adhere leaves and brackets as shown. Adhere flowers to tops of stems. Let dry.

STEP 8

Cut and adhere green burlap ribbon across bottom of canvas, clipping edges to wrap corners. Let dry.

STEP 9

Use gold paint to dot base flowers through openings in upper flowers, creating dot border around outer edge of each flower.

STEP 10

Adhere butterfly bodies to two flowers using foam squares, leaving wings free. Highlight bodies and wings with gold paint; let dry.

STEP 11

Adhere mica flakes to top of canvas for sky; let dry.

Tip

  • Look for the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs sister set, Celtic Accents, to expand your design options with an intricate knot border, tags, and additional design elements.

by Candy Rosenberg for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Cute Baby Girl Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Welcome the new baby with a trendy chevron background and an old-fashioned pram.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white rustic (flecked), Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • SEI Cardboard Alphabet
  • BasicGrey Black Micro Mono Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Tools

  • Computer and color printer
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Die-cutting system and Hero Arts Baby Motifs Frame Cuts
  • Hero Arts Stamp Sets: New Baby Clear Set, All Things Arrows Digikit
  • Acrylic block
  • Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Dye Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: foam tape, paper glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, removable tape

Directions

STEP 1

Using computer and software, download digital stamp set. In blank document, insert arrow stamp, recolor, and copy/paste repeatedly to create a chevron background. Print onto rustic cardstock.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” chevron paper panel. Using photo as guide, position carriage die on panel and secure with removable tape. Die cut paper panel; remove cut-out and tape. (Note: Save cut-out carriage to use as an embellishment on another project.)

STEP 3

Sew border around carriage and panel edges.

STEP 4

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” Kraft top-fold card. Center die-cut paper panel over card front; carefully stamp baby carriage image through opening. Adhere panel to card with foam tape.

STEP 5

Stamp heart onto chevron paper scrap; detail cut heart and adhere to carriage with foam tape.

STEP 6

Adhere alphabet letters and stickers to card to create sentiment.

Tip

  • Create trendy background paper using digital stamps! This digi stamp set from Hero Arts includes 20 customizable images that you can recolor and resize as desired.

by Lucy Abrams for Hero Arts (www.heroarts.com)

Butterflies For You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a springtime card with a feminine feel using new 3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders. These extra-deep embossing folders provide unmatched texture that is easily enhanced with inks, chalks, and more.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Collection Paper
  • Orange/white baker’s twine
  • Peach ribbon, 3/8” wide

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System GC-001 and Grand Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-008
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder E3D-003
  • Spellbinders Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders One S5-181, Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two S4-395, Shapeabilities Charmed I’m Sure S4-399
  • Flourishes LLC Tag Lines Stamp Set
  • Ink pads: yellow, sage green, burnt orange, brown
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam applicators

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4½”x6″ White top-fold card. Trim 1” from bottom of card front.

STEP 2

Die cut/emboss three A2 Bracket Borders One #1 shapes from assorted papers, two peach and one blue. Layer and adhere shapes to bottom of card front as shown. Bottom card edges should align when card is closed.

STEP 3

Cut White panel slightly smaller than White area on card front; emboss with Delightful Daises 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder. Open folder and leave paper in place. Using foam applicators, apply and blend layers of ink onto embossed areas until desired look is achieved. Let dry.

STEP 4

Cut and adhere 5” ribbon length to bottom edge of embossed panel, securing excess at back.

STEP 5

Die cut/emboss Charmed I’m Sure Tag from White cardstock. Stamp brown sentiment on tag. Wrap baker’s twine around panel over ribbon, adding tag, and tie bow slightly left of center. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 6

For butterflies, die cut/emboss two Les Papillions Two #1 shapes, one from each paper used for brackets. Stack and adhere butterflies to card front as shown, applying adhesive beneath bodies only to leave wings free.

Tip

  • To keep the embossed areas from collapsing, leave the paper on the 3D folder when applying color.

by Christine Emberson for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)