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)

CHA Week

I love when CHA time arrives because there are always sneak peeks of new products and exciting news being shared. CHA stands for The Craft & Hobby Association, and the two big CHA trade shows each year give manufacturers an opportunity to introduce their new product lines to craft store buyers, independent shop owners, and professional craft designers all in one place. I am thrilled to be sharing some fantastic news here on the Crafts ‘n things blog. Here is the official announcement from Stampendous:

Stampendous is pleased and proud to announce that  we’ve received the license to produce House-Mouse Designs® images as rubber stamps. In addition to our quality wood-mounted stamps, these designs will now be available for the first time in Cling Rubber. Now you can get even more of your favorite images by artist Ellen Jareckie in “easy-to-store” cling stamps. House Mouse images for Fall and Holiday are already winging their way to your local rubber stamping and scrapbooking stores, as well as your favorite online retailers. These images will also be available July 20 on our website at  www.stampendous.com  where your orders are always filled by independent  retailers.

I am lucky enough to be part of the Design Team at Stampendous and had access to some of the new cling stamps being released. I created a few cards to share with you.

My first card is one of the sweet Halloween images. The little mouse in his dinosaur costume is just too cute! I stamped the image in black water-resistant ink. I colored the images using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a hint of crystal micro-glitter to the candy corn and the scales. I decided to make him look like a dragon with my choice of colors.

I then laid the die template I chose over the image and traced the edges of the die onto either side of both tails. I removed the die template and cut out just the tails with detail  scissors. I folded the tails inside the cutting edge of the die temple and die cut the shape around my colored image. Next, I sponged the side and top edges of the die-cut image with a mix of green and blue dye ink. I sponged brown dye ink along the bottom.

Mount the image onto a brown cardstock panel slightly smaller than the outer edges of the die cut; the brown shows at the corners of the die-cut shape. Mount the layered piece onto green cardstock cut slightly larger than the brown layer.

Cut card base from brown cardstock and layer green cardstock and orange patterned paper on top. Cut a strip of brown cardstock, attach it across the top, and tie with striped twine.

Adhere the image piece to the card with foam dots.

Product:

  • Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows Paper
  • Cardstock: brown, green, white
  • May Arts Twine
  • Stampendous House-Mouse HMCR02 Dino Treats Stamp
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Inks: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo; Tsukineko Memento Pear Tart and Blue Bahama
  • STAEDTLER  Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush
  • Stampendous Micro-Glitter Crystal
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • Glue pen

For the second card, I took a Christmas image and turned it into a birthday image.

I stamped the image using black water-resistant ink and colored with watercolor pencils. I added a few polka dots to the packages using a white highlighter, after I had finished blending my colors.

I cut the image into a rectangle and distressed the edges. Next, I mounted the main image onto brown cardstock. Layer onto another layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Create card base from brown cardstock. Add a layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Attach chevron background paper over the white cardstock. Tie ribbon with button accessory onto card. Adhere the main image to card with foam dots.

Products:

  • Cardstock: brown, white
  • Stampendous Stamps: House-Mouse HMCR06 Gifts Galore, Soaring Sentiments
  • May Arts Twine
  • Ranger Archival Inks: Jet Black, Viridian
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencil, Waterbrush
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing House-Mouse projects all week long. Hop over to the Stampendous Blog every day this week for more inspiration! And watch for a fun House-Mouse giveaway coming to Great Finds Friday on theCrafts ‘n thingsblog next month.

Happy Inking!

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

Halloween Spider Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Spread the magic of Halloween to family and friends with this spooky cute spider card.

Materials

  • Black cardstock
  • Patterned paper: orange check; white/orange polka dot
  • Purple mulberry paper
  • Black wire, 28-gauge

Tools

  • Heat tool
  • Wire cutter
  • Uchida White Liquid Appliqué Pen
  • Markers: white opaque fine-tip, black
  • Black chalk
  • Adhesives: craft glue, dimensional adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, computer and printer

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5-1/2”x8-1/2” piece from orange check paper; score and fold in half.

STEP 2

Tear 2-1/4”x3-3/4” piece from mulberry paper; adhere near top of card front.

STEP 3

Use size 39 font of choice (designer used Space Toaster font) and computer to print “Happy Halloween” on orange polka dot; trim to 1-1/2”x3”. Chalk edges. Use straight pin to poke hole in bottom center and thread 2” wire length through hole; curl end to secure. Use dimensional dots to adhere to card front over mulberry paper.

STEP 4

Print and cut out pattern. Cut spider body from black cardstock; poke holes in each side. Cut four 4-1/4” lengths from black wire. Carefully thread wires through left hole, front to back, then through right hole, back to front. Bend and arrange legs, trimming wires as needed.

STEP 5

Use white opaque pen to draw nose and mouth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on Liquid Appliqué Pen to draw eyes; let dry. Heat with heat tool. Use black marker to dot eyes.

STEP 6

Use dimensional dots to adhere spider to card front, catching wire end behind spider.

by Loretta Mateik

Textured Trick-or-Treat Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate Halloween with soft colors and new embellishments from Close To My Heart.

 Materials

  • Cardstock: old gold, black textured
  • Papers: white watercolor, Canvas Corp. Kraft Corrugated, Authentique Free Bird Collection Endless
  • Close To My Heart Antique Gold Mini-Medley Accents
  • Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon

Tools

  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Perfect Fit Stamp Sets: Halloween, Frames
  • Circle punch, 1-7/16”
  • Heat tool
  • Fiskars Scallop Scissors
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Ink Pads: Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Tools: Block, Spritz Cleaner, Stamp Scrubber
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, double-sided tape, foam dots, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x5” gold top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5” black cardstock square. Cut and adhere 4-1/2” corrugated paper square to black panel.

STEP 3

Cut 4” orange paper square; trim top 1/2” from square with scalloped scissors. Stamp Sorbet sentiment across panel, 1/4” from top edge. Adhere to layered panel.

STEP 4

Cut 7” burlap ribbon length. Wrap ribbon around bottom of layered panel, leaving corrugated paper edge visible; adhere ends at back using double-sided tape. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 5

Stamp Buttercup pumpkin image onto watercolor paper; heat emboss with clear powder. Punch image into circle; ink edges Sweet Leaf.

STEP 6

Stamp Sorbet dot frame image onto orange paper and Sweet Leaf date image onto watercolor paper; detail cut images. Adhere pumpkin to frame center with foam tape.

STEP 7

Cut 1-3/16” square and 1”x3” strip from watercolor paper. Ink square Buttercup and strip Sweet Leaf. Trim one end of strip into a “V”; stamp Sorbet sentiment. Adhere date circle to yellow square with foam dots; adhere one end of strip to back of dot frame.

STEP 8

Using photo as guide, adhere elements to card; use double-sided tape for pumpkin element and foam dots for date element.

STEP 9

Adhere crocheted flower to card with clear dot; adhere button to center with clear dot.

Tip

Clear embossing the pumpkin image adds a subtle hint of shine to an otherwise matte-finish card.

by Dawn Gehring

Crafts ‘n things: The Newest (And Best) Blog For Fun And Easy Crafts

Welcome! To the first Crafts ’n things Blog post! I am honored to be the first team member to share a post with you. My name is Gloria Stengel and I come to you from sunny southern California. I have been paper crafting for 22 years and have seen crafts and craft trends come and go, and come back again. I am excited to share projects and tips with you twice a month.

The new Crafts ’n things Blog Team hopes to bring you the latest news and the best tips and techniques; we will share the fun of crafting with you as we share projects, product reviews, and even peeks into our creative spaces.

I want to share a cute Halloween card that I made for the Crafts ’n things 30-minute cards section.

I purchase the pre-made mini bingo cards in every theme and style I can find. I also have a number of bingo-themed stamps. You just cannot have too many bingo cards!

Add a few buttons, some die cut shapes, a bit of trim, and you have a cute (and not very spooky) Halloween card!

And don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards. I like to line my cards with a light-colored paper or cardstock, stamp a sentiment, and maybe put a small strip of printed paper at the bottom.

For instructions on making the Halloween Bingo card and a complete supply list, visit the 30-Minute Cards section.

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)