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)

Joyeux Noel Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

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)

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Hang this beautiful paper stocking from your mantle or tree, or use it as a gift card holder.

Materials

  • Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Stocking Garland
  • Heartfelt Creations Daphne Paper Collection
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments: black circle/gold letter stickers, pearls, laces, pink ribbon, white feathers

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval LG and Floral Ovals, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • Heartfelt Creations Pre-cut Stamp Sets: Holiday Script Background, Christmas Sentiment Circles, Peaceful Night, Holly Berry, Petite Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Circle punch, 1″
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Victorian Velvet, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, embossing ink
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Gold
  • Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
  • Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Surface Prep
  • Adhesives: Plaid All Night Media Pop Dots, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, sandpaper, heat tool

Directions

Size

6-1/4″x8″

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

1. Paint stocking with gesso.

2. Using stocking as pattern, cut main stocking and fold-down top panel from paper; adhere to stocking. Lightly sand edges; ink edges with Victorian Velvet.

3. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp images on stocking.

4. Using Victorian Velvet ink, stamp flowers and sentiment circles on cardstock. Using Layered Poinsettia, die cut flowers; ink edges with Victorian Velvet and gently shape petals while assembling flowers. Apply Gold Stickles to petal edges and Diamond Stickles to petals. Adhere large pearls in flower centers.

5. Punch out sentiment circles with circle punch. Adhere L, Y, R, I, and C letter stickers to circle centers. Apply Gold Stickles to sticker edges.

6. Using embossing ink, stamp leaves on green paper. Using Ornamental Add On, die cut leaves. Heat emboss with Gold powder.

7. Die cut Classic Oval and coordinating Floral Oval from papers. Adhere together, matting plain oval with floral oval. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp sentiment in center of panel. Adhere small flower to panel with Pop Dot.

8. Adhere lace and feathers to stocking with Fabric Fusion.

9. Adhere sentiment panel to stocking with Pop Dots.

10. Adhere leaves, flowers and letter stickers to stocking, using Pop Dots for dimension as desired.

11. Tie ribbon in bow; adhere to stocking with Fabric Fusion. Adhere pearl to bow center.

12. Adhere additional accent pearls to stocking.

by Sarah Miller for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Noel Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a quick-and-easy holiday card that showcases a simple, elegant die-cut bow.

Materials

  • Cardstock: mauve shimmer, dark burgundy, Die Cuts With a View Metallic Gold
  • My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas Paper: Peace, Noel
  • Self adhesive pearls
  • May Arts Gold Metallic String (SM30)

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsy Embossing Folder (ES-004)
  • Spellbinders Die Templates: Nestabilities Labels Thirty Three (S5-187), Classic Ovals SM (S4-112); Shapeabilities Font One – Uppercase (S6-009), Create-A-Flake Five (S4-404), Jewel Flowers and Flourishes (S5-143), Charmed I’m Sure (S4-399)
  • Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: foam tape, adhesive runner, adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

Size

6″x4-3/4″

Noel Card

1. Create 6”x4-3/4” mauve shimmer top-fold card.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x4-1/2” Metallic Gold cardstock panel; mat to card with foam tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x4-3/8” dark burgundy cardstock panel; mat to card with adhesive runner.

4. Cut Peace paper to 5-1/2”x4-1/4”; emboss using Whimsy folder. Adhere pearls to center of each round flower motif. Adhere to card with adhesive runner.

5. Using Labels Thirty-Three #4, die cut shape from Noel paper. Apply gold leafing pen to die cut edges; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Font One – Uppercase, die cut letters N, E, and L from mauve shimmer cardstock. Using Create-A-Flake Five #2, die cut snowflake from Metallic Gold cardstock. Adhere all elements to card with foam tape as shown.

7. Using Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, die cut swirl from mauve shimmer cardstock. Adhere to right side of card with foam tape.

8. From Metallic Gold cardstock, die cut two each: Charmed I’m Sure pennant, Classic Ovals SM #2 and #3.

9. Place adhesive dot over hole in both pennants.

10. Fold ovals in half width-wise, wrong sides together (like a taco), and secure with adhesive dots.

11. To assemble half of bow, stack small oval atop larger oval, securing with adhesive dot. Adhere oval stack in place on pennant. Repeat for other half.

12. Loop Gold Metallic String through ornament and up toward card top; trim 1” beyond top of card.

13. Using foam tape, adhere both halves of bow to card, pulling string gently through center.

14. Add large pearl embellishments to center of bow and snowflake.

Tip

  • Use a knitting needle or dowel to gently round your bow elements. Simply pull each element across the rounded surface with your thumb riding lightly over top of the paper to aid in the curling.

by Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

DIY Rub-On Labels

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a few more details about a project I created for the Winter 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I love to make homemade treats to give as gifts and am always looking for new ways to package them. When the folks at Grafix sent me some of their products to try, I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a custom rub-on to use on holiday packaging. I loved the way these turned out and wanted to share a bit more about the process with you here.

The first thing you want to do is to design the image you want to turn into the rub-on. I used a computer to make mine, but the products also work with stamps and markers. However, keep in mind that they need to be printed in reverse, so stamped images with text won’t work. I think using a computer and inkjet printer is probably the easiest way to make these. I found some fun chalkboard labels and fonts online and used those to create my design. You can find all the details on that in the attached document at the end of this post.

Once I was happy with the way the label looked, I reversed the image and copied it to fill the page. Here is what they looked like on my computer:

After they were printed, I cut them apart and followed the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the film to the image in order to create the rub-on.

A wooden craft stick is the perfect tool to help work out any air bubbles after applying the film.

Then you need to cut out the rub-on following the outline as closely as possible so that the excess material won’t show around the edges.

From here on out, this works just like any craft rub-on. Peel off the backing and apply the rub-on to the container. I like Weck canning jars because the front of the glass is smooth and that makes it easy to apply the rub-on.

Once the rub-on looks smooth, carefully peel off the protective liner from the front.

And voilà! Custom packaging ready to be filled with holiday goodies.

Looks better all filled up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at the other label I created for containers of my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge.

You know how magazines work several months in advance? Well, this project was created in early July… right around July 4th, and these cookies were something I made for our holiday bbq. Before the party, I pulled out all the ones with red sprinkles and used them for my photo shoot. Wonder if the cookies with blue sprinkles felt neglected?

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and I love this icing: Sugar Cookie Icing. You can download a pdf of the full project with instructions and a supply list, as well as a copy of my grandmother’s famous peanut butter fudge recipe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Cocoa Daisy Giveaway Winner!

Happy December, Crafters! It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Stargazing Kit offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger, Jill Cornell, in her last blog post on November 19th. Read more about Christine Drumheller and Cocoa Daisy monthly kit club here. Whether you’re just into scrapbooking or love all aspects of the paper world, Cocoa Daisy has something for everyone. Plus, their blog contains tons of great ideas to inspire you, so take a look!

As chosen by Random.org, the lucky winner of Cocoa Daisy’s Stargazing Kit is Kim R.

Congratulations, Kim! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

We’d also like to thank Christine Drumheller of Cocoa Daisy for sponsoring this month’s giveaway and to Jill for acquainting us with her club, too! Please visit their websites for more information and oodles of fun and creative paper-crafting ideas.

Happy Crafting!

Linda Homan, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Sizes

5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall

Trees

1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.

Tip

  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Christmas Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This simple but beautiful holiday-themed garland looks sophisticated, yet is easy enough for kids to make.

Materials

  • Bazzill White Cardstock
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Paper Collections: Metropolitan Ruby Red, Leaf; Candy Shoppe Raspberry
  • The Twinery Ocean Stripe Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Craft punches: circle, 2”; snowflake, 1-3/8”
  • Clearsnap Glitter: Winter Frost, Silver Lining

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper plates

Directions

STEP 1

Punch 12-20 circles from each color Echo Park paper. Sort into matching color pairs of main and back circles.

STEP 2

Punch 18-30 snowflakes from White cardstock.

STEP 3

Run snowflakes through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 4

Carefully remove snowflakes and lay with sticky side up on paper plate.

STEP 5

Sprinkle snowflakes with Winter Frost glitter, making sure to cover every snowflake completely, including the edges.

STEP 6

Run glittered snowflakes back through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with glitter side up. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 7

Adhere snowflakes to half of main circle centers, varying colors. Set pairs aside.

STEP 8

Press Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots on remaining main circles in random polka dot pattern.

STEP 9

Lay with sticky side up on paper plate; sprinkle with Silver Lining glitter. Tap off excess.

STEP 10

Run decorated circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 11

Lay several back circles 1” apart across work surface, in desired color pattern. Starting 6” from end, lay twine across center of back circles. Adhere decorated circle to matching color back circle and twine, pressing firmly. Repeat until all circles are adhered or desired length is achieved. Trim twine 6” beyond last circle. (Note: Increase starting and ending lengths of twine to 12” or more if intending to tie around column or post.)

Tips

  • Xyron makes it easy to add the glitter with very little mess, especially when crafting with children.
  • Make this garland as long or as short as desired by making more or less circles.

by Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs for Xyron Inc. (www.xyron.com)

O Holy Night

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Easy-to-cut, self-adhesive, and removable, Silhouette vinyl is the perfect way to add your favorite quotes and designs directly to the walls of your home and projects. To get your Silhouette Holiday Sale discount, visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/black between November 28 and December 8 and enter promo code CNT upon checkout.

Materials

  • Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit
  • Ceramic tile
  • Picture easel

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Designs: Nativity Wisemen, Star

Directions

O Holy Night

1. Load vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo without cutting mat. Select “Silhouette Vinyl” in media menu of cut settings.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create and cut image in the Silhouette Studio software using Nativity Wisemen and star designs, plus font of choice for sentiment. After image is cut, remove vinyl from the Silhouette and peel away negative space, so all that remains on vinyl backing is design.

3. Cover vinyl design with section of transfer paper and smooth down using the Silhouette scraper tool.

4. Lift transfer paper off liner and arrange on tile. (Note: The vinyl design will be held in place making it easy to arrange on your tile.)

5. Rub vinyl firmly on clean, dry tile. Lift transfer paper, carefully making sure that all vinyl is stuck down.

6. Place tile on easel.

Tip

  • The vinyl starter kit contains all the materials you need to get started with vinyl décor, including four colors of premium vinyl, 10 feet of transfer paper, 10 vinyl designs, an instructional DVD, and Silhouette’s hook and scraper. Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl has a stronger adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s gentle enough for most indoor walls, but resilient enough to withstand the sun and weather.

for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)