Altered SPOOKY Letters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a one-of-a-kind Halloween home décor piece by altering wooden letters embellished with die cuts, paper flowers, floral picks, glitter, pearls, and much more. It’s perfect for displaying on a mantle, bookshelf, or any other place in your home during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Wooden or papier-mâché letters, 4”x5″: S, P, O, O, K, Y
  • Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Black, Orange, White, Green
  • My Mind’s Eye Wicked Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad or Halloween-themed paper of choice
  • Prima Marketing Paper Flowers & Pearl Flourish
  • Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins
  • Green chipboard letter stickers: m, a, g, i, c
  • Foam bats
  • Skull jewelry charm
  • Halloween floral picks: spider, witch’s broomstick
  • The Twinery Red/White Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine or string: ivory, black
  • My Craft Spot Gray Seam Binding
  • Black plastic-coated wire
  • Wooden dowel, 3”

Tools

  • Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron
  • Xyron Glue Stick For Corners
  • Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Glue Gun
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine: Spider Web, Circle, Clouds, 31
  • Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Paper Rosette; My Craft Spot Tiny Banners and Toppers Metal Dies, Tiny Doilies Metal Dies, Ticket Metal Dies
  • My Craft Spot Halloween-themed Stamp Sets
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
  • Martha Stewart High Gloss Beetle Black Acrylic Paint
  • Sakura White Gel Pen
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter: Crystal , Onyx

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil, sanding block, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), tiny hole punch, black marker

Directions

Size

24″x5″

SPOOKY Letters

1. On covered work surface, paint wooden letters Beetle Black. Apply two or three coats on letters for opaque coverage. Let dry completely.

2. Trace wooden letters onto desired combination of Wicked papers; cut out letters using sharp craft scissors.

3. Run traced letter cutouts through Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive with desired patterned paper facing up. Peel off clear film and apply traced letter cutouts to wooden letters. Use sanding block to remove any excess patterned paper from edges of wooden letters if needed.

4. Cut spider web from Black cardstock using Cricut machine. Adhere web to wooden letter “S” as shown using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on web tips. Tie seam binding into small bow; trim ends. Using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere bow and Prima Flower to center of web. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin behind bow. Adhere spider floral pick to web as shown with Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, create paper rosette from Green, Black, and White cardstock and Halloween-themed paper; stamp around outer edge of White cardstock rosette center with Black Halloween-themed sentiments. Tie black jute string into bow. Adhere bow and Prima Flower to rosette center using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Adhere paper rosette to wooden letter “P” using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Die cut flag pennant from White cardstock; stamp “boo!” with Tangelo ink. Insert two Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins and flag pennant behind rosette.

6. Die cut five small banners from mottled patterned paper and five slightly larger banners from black cardstock; mat together using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere green letter stickers to banners to spell “magic”; highlight letters with White gel pen. Punch two holes at top of each banner and thread onto red/white twine. Hang banner across top of the first wooden letter “O” using Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Die cut two tickets from Orange cardstock; stamp Tangelo border and Black Halloween sentiments. Cut number “31” from Black cardstock; highlight with White gel pen. Let dry. Embellish bottom of letter “O” with two ticket stubs and number “31” using tape runner and foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere witch’s broomstick using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on top of number “31”.

7. Tie ivory jute string to spider floral pick and apply Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to string. (Note: Applying Glue Stick for Corners to jute string will help stiffen it, letting it adhere into looped shape.) Hang spider over top of second wooden letter “O”. Add Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron if needed. Using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots and Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, create flower cluster on bottom edge of letter. Curl black plastic-coated wire around wooden dowel; remove dowel. Insert wire curls behind flower cluster using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

8. Cut 1-1/2” circle from yellow paper and two small clouds from White cardstock. Highlight moon with White gel pen and clouds with black marker as shown. Run two small black foam bats and yellow circle through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with Permanent Adhesive. Peel off clear film strip and sprinkle yellow circle with Crystal glitter and foam bats with Onyx glitter. Adhere circle to upper left side of wooden letter “K” with Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape and adhere two small clouds using foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron over moon. Behind clouds, add foam bats adhered to curled black plastic-coated wire using glue gun.

9. Adhere Pearl Flourish and black rose to bottom of wooden letter “Y” using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Cut two small fishtail flag pennants from same patterned paper as used for letter “P” using scissors. Tuck pennants behind black rose as shown and adhere using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Cut fishtail flag strip from mottled patterned paper; stamp black sentiment. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin embellished with flag sentiment strip and skull jewelry charm behind flower.

Tip

  • Apply the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to a piece of jute or twine to stiffen the jute or twine, letting it take the shape you want.

by Marlene Gomez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Hope Candle Sleeve

This “Hope” Candle Sleeve is quick and easy to make and can be easily altered to create several different sizes.  Use it for part of a centerpiece or to illuminate your walkway.

Materials

  • Vellum, 8-1/2″x11”
  • Flameless LED votive candle, 2″

Tools

  • Clearsnap Rollagraph Hope Design Wheel & Handle
  • ScraPerfect Perfect Printing Pouch
  • Clearsnap Ann Butler’s Berry ColorBox Crafter’s Ink
  • Pink ultrafine glitter
  • Krylon Preserve It!
  • Velcro Mini Fasteners

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors

Directions:

Step 1

Cut 2”x11” vellum strip and run Perfect Printing Pouch over surface.

Step 2

Ink up roller evenly by rolling onto ink pad.

Step 3

Start on one side and run roller across vellum.

Step 4

Sprinkle glitter over ink; shake excess back into container.

Step 5

In well-ventilated area, spray vellum with Preserve It!; let dry.

Step 6

Wrap vellum around candle, overlapping ends 1/2”; trim.

Step 7

Place hook side of two Velcro Mini Fasteners on one vellum edge and three loop side fasteners on other edge; wrap around candle and fasten together.

by Ann Butler for Ann Butler Designs (www.creativitystirsthesoul.com)

Raven Feather Witch’s Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this eerie and elegant accent to decorate your home or your Halloween costume.

Materials

  • Burlap drawstring bag, 4”x6”
  • Vellum
  • Black netting
  • Ivory lace trim
  • Black feathers
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Jeweled spider earrings, one pair
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Symphony Tissue Tape

Tools

  • Stampendous! Cling Raven Background Stamp (CRR152-R)
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
  • Stampendous! Embossing Powders: Fran-táge Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Black Detail Embossing Powder
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Black Magic, Sunshine Yellow
  • Adhesives: clear dots, liquid glue, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, heat tool, sponges, non-stick craft mat

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Purse

1. Using watermark ink, stamp raven image onto vellum. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Tear vellum around image edges.

2. Sponge torn vellum edges with watermark ink; heat emboss with gold embossing enamel.

3. Sponge vellum with Distress Inks to create aged effect.

4. Layer black netting over burlap bag; adhere with liquid glue. Let dry.

5. Tear and adhere tape strips to upper right and lower left corners of vellum.

6. Cut 2-1/2” lace length. Place lace on non-stick craft mat and spray with yellow and black Glimmer Mist; let dry. (Note: Swipe ivory or white cardstock scraps through leftover Glimmer Mist to create unique backgrounds for a future project.)

7. Adhere raven image to netting and burlap bag using liquid glue; let dry.

8. Use black floss to tie several feathers together. Adhere bundle to bag using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Using Scor-Tape, adhere lace to bag as shown. If using pierced earrings, insert earrings through front of burlap bag and replace backs inside bag. If using clip-on earrings, adhere earrings to bag using several clear adhesive dots.

10. Spray edges of burlap bag and drawstrings with black Glimmer Mist; let dry.

Tip

  • Discount stores are a great resource for inexpensive costume jewelry like the spider earrings shown here.

by Suzanne Czosek (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart Thanksgiving Table Décor

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Here’s a fast, easy way to add color and personality to your Thanksgiving table. Using cardstock, ink, stamps, and mini muslin bags from Close To My Heart®, you can create simple yet elegant favors and coordinating napkin rings that will impress your guests.

The beautiful NEW Happy Autumn My Acrylix Stamp Set was the starting point for my design. I only used two stamps from the 11-stamp set to create my designs, but you can mix and match to create your own unique look. The floral and leaf images from this stamp set can be used year-round, making it very versatile. The other sentiment stamp in this set is “Give thanks for all you have.” That’s a wonderful reminder this time of year!

My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags from Close To My Heart measure 4”x6” and are sold in packages of three for $3.95. They are perfect for holding a few handfuls of wrapped candies. I want my guests to have a lasting, cozy reminder of our harvest celebration, so I’ll be filling my favors with a few scoops of spicy autumn potpourri that they can take home and enjoy throughout the holiday season.

To add a burst of color to my otherwise neutral table, I stamped the pretty row of Happy Autumn mums onto the muslin bag using Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in Sunset, Cranberry, Gypsy, Honey, and Topiary. I stamped the “Happy Autumn” sentiment in Cocoa. To prevent ink from bleeding through to the back of the bag, insert thin cardboard inside before stamping. I used the small, square stamp pads to ink the image, but you could also use Exclusive Inks Markers if you like a more precise look. I applied both the sentiment and the mums cling stamps to one 4”x5” My Acrylix Block, inked the images, and stamped my surface. Easy!

To finish off the favor, fill as desired, cinch the drawstrings, and tie a bow. Stamp the first letter of your guest’s name onto Goldrush cardstock, from the NEW Sarita Paper Packet, using Cocoa ink; heat emboss with clear embossing powder. (I used the NEW Framework Alphabet from Close To My Heart, but you can use your favorite alphabet stamps.) Punch letter into a 1-1/2” circle and punch a small hole near the top. Tie monogrammed tag to bag using baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection. Insert a Bigger Brad from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection through the tag hole.

For each napkin ring, cut one 6”x2” Goldrush and one 6”x1-1/2” Colonial White cardstock strip. In same way as favor bag, stamp mums image at center of Colonial White strip. Layer and adhere strips together. Using strong, double-sided tape, overlap and adhere strip ends 1”. Press down slightly on top of napkin ring to create more oval shape. Roll and insert napkin.

For one more dose of color, use a 12”x12” sheet of Sarita B&T Duos® double-sided paper in place of a traditional cloth place mat.

I hope you enjoyed these easy project ideas. Wishing you color, creativity, and blessed abundance!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Spook-tacular Magnetic Chalkboard

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a metal chalkboard and Hampton Art stamps to create your family’s own spook-tacular Halloween greeting.

Materials

  • Kraft Klub, Inc. Flat Black Horizontal Metal Chalkboard (KK8761-B), 12-3/4”x10-1/2”
  • Kraft Klub, Inc. Black Button Magnets: 1/2″ diameter, 24; 3/4” diameter, nine
  • Hampton Art Jillibean Soup Papers: Grandma’s Lima Bean Soup Collection Paper Pad, 6”x6”; Soup Staples II Collection Orange Salt, 12”x12”

Tools

  • Hampton Art Outlines Rubber Stamp Co. Halloween Cling Stamps: Happy Owloween (SC0496), Halloween Boo (SC0497)
  • Hampton Art Clear Acrylic Block, 4-3/4”x7”
  • Hampton Art Black Pigment Ink Pad
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO 5″ Precision Tip Scissors
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Quick Dry Glue

Basic Supplies

paper towels, water, white chalk

Directions

Size

12-3/4”x10/1/2×3-1/2” (base)

Spook-tacular Magnetic Chalkboard

1. One at a time, attach stamps to acrylic block and use black ink to stamp approximately 20 characters, words, and phrases onto various papers. Leave at least 1/2″ space between images. Let stamped images dry.

2. Use 5″ Precision Tip Scissors to separate shapes, and then cut around each shape, 1/8″ from edge. For words, follow each letter shape and go from letter to letter, and from word to word.

3. Depending on size of stamped paper shape, choose larger or smaller magnet; if needed, use two smaller magnets. Attach magnets to backs of paper shapes using Quick Dry Glue.

4. Very lightly print greeting on chalkboard. If you make a mistake, simply erase with damp paper towel and let dry. When pleased with look of phrase, firmly trace lines with chalk using a wiggly, spooky stroke. Arrange magnetic shapes all around border.

Tip

  • When the seasons change, write another greeting and stamp new holiday images to turn into magnets.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Autumn Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create an autumn-inspired mixed media canvas using My Favorite Things stencils, dies, and stamps.

Materials

  • Canvas, 6”x6”x1-1/4”
  • My Favorite Things Primitive Cream Cardstock
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Old Dictionary Tissue Paper Wrap
  • Gold brad

Tools

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Vagabond Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: LJD Fall Foliage, MPD Time Pieces, Layered Treat Tag
  • My Favorite Things Stamp Sets: LJD Fall Foliage, MPD Timeless
  • My Favorite Things MPD Houndstooth Stencil
  • Acrylic paints: DecoArt Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Ranger Claudine Hellmuth STUDIO Classic Teal
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Medieval Gold Metallic Glaze
  • Ink pads: My Favorite Things ColorBox Premium Black Licorice; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot; Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark
  • Embossing powders: Hampton Art à la mode Gold, Stampendous! Fran-táge Aged Spice Enamel
  • Golden Heavy Gel Medium
  • Plaid Mod Podge Matte
  • Ranger Inkssentials Heat-It Craft Tool
  • Glue gun and Ad Tech Mini Size Glue Sticks

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, palette knife, sponge blending tool

Directions

Size

6”x6”x1-1/4”

Autumn Canvas

1. Tear tissue paper into assorted-size pieces and adhere randomly to all sides of canvas using Mod Podge; let dry.

2. Place stencil on front of canvas; apply even layer of gel medium using palette knife.

3. Remove stencil and allow gel medium to fully dry.

4. Apply assortment of paints and glaze to canvas. Let dry.

5. Add distressing by applying Black Soot Distress Ink to edges and front of the canvas.

6. Die cut two sets of leaves, sentiment strip, clock face, and clock hands.

7. Stamp clock face, hands, and sentiment using Black Licorice ink. Use sponge blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to edges.

8. Stamp leaves using VersaMark ink. Emboss one of each type of leaf using Gold embossing powder and remaining leaves using Aged Spice embossing enamel; use heat tool to set. Use sponge blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to edges.

9. Attach clock hands to clock face using gold brad. Adhere die-cut pieces to canvas as shown in photo.

Tip

  • Use decorated canvas as a unique photo display. Add a clip in the open area so you can change out seasonal family photos as often as desired.

by Mona Pendleton for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Come to My Table

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Set your holiday table with customized, handmade place settings. Your guests will feast their eyes on your clever craftiness, putting them in the mood to dine on your lovingly prepared meal.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hot Fudge Felt
  • My Favorite Things Grapesicle Buttons
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Yellow embroidery floss
  • Burlap

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Place Setting, Napkin Ring and Place Card, Fall Foliage, Pierced Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Large Metal Adapter Plate for Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Stamp Sets: Fall Foliage, All Occasion Place Setting
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Ink Pads: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • White pencil
  • Adhesives: X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, 8-1/2”x11”; adhesive runner; clear dots; foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, embroidery needle

Directions

Sizes

napkin ring, 6”x1-3/4”; place card, 3”x2”

Place Setting

1. Die cut napkin ring from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Hot Fudge cardstock; stamp Whip Cream napkin ring image from All Occasion Place Setting set.

2. Using photo as guide, die cut three small Fall Foliage Die-namics pieces from Kraft, Hot Fudge, and Lemon Drop cardstocks. Stamp coordinating Fall Foliage images onto die-cut shapes as follows: Hot Fudge image onto Kraft die cut; Whip Cream image onto Hot Fudge die cut; Lemon Drop image onto Lemon Drop die cut.

3. Die cut small plate from Place Setting Die-namics set from Grape Jelly cardstock; die cut charger plate from Lemon Drop cardstock. Ink edges of charger plate with Kraft ink. Set aside plates.

4. Adhere double-sided adhesive sheet to burlap fabric.

5. Die cut Place Setting Die-namics pieces from burlap. This will cut cleanly, as adhesive sheet keeps burlap from fraying.

6. Remove the liner from the back of the burlap charger plate, secure the Fall Foliage elements behind the plate, and then adhere to Hot Fudge napkin ring. Cut center section from Lemon Drop charger plate. Adhere Lemon Drop strip, Grape Jelly plate, and burlap silverware to front of napkin ring.

7. Die cut place card from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Kraft cardstock. Stamp borders Grape Jelly, place setting Hot Fudge, and sprig of foliage Lemon Drop. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics acorn from Grape Jelly cardstock and stamp Hot Fudge. Tie hemp cord into bow around stem of acorn; adhere acorn to front of place card with foam square.

8. For candlestick decoration, die cut Place Setting Die-namics from both Hot Fudge cardstock and adhesive-backed burlap. Die-cut Fall Foliage Die-namics sprig from Lemon Drop cardstock; stamp with Kraft ink. Peel backing from burlap and adhere to cardstock circle. Adhere sprig to circle as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through button; tie into bow. Adhere button to sprig with clear dot.

9. Die cut menu card from Whip Cream cardstock using Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-namics; use Hot Fudge ink to stamp sentiment at top right.

10. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics leaf from Hot Fudge felt. Freehand mark intended stitch lines using white pencil.

11. Straight stitch over marks using embroidery floss.

12. Wrap Grape Jelly ribbon around menu card and tie into bow on top front as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through Grapesicle button and tie to felt leaf at back; adhere to bow as shown. Write menu items on card.

Tip

  • To use this same idea for winter holidays, simply die cut shapes from bleached muslin and cream felt; embellish with neutral buttons , ribbon, floss, and ink colors.

by Sherrie Siemens for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Fall Leaves Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Tired of looking for just the right table runner to match your décor? Design your own using basic sewing instructions and stamping techniques. The possibilities are practically endless!

Materials

  • Fabrics, 2 yards each: unbleached muslin; cotton or poly-cotton, light green or color of choice
  • Sage cording, 4 yds.
  • Sage tassels, 3” long

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Stamps: ivy leaves, birch leaves
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Terra Cotta, Antique Gold, Hauser Light Green, Dazzling Metallic Emperor’s Gold
  • Fabric pencil, or dressmaker’s chalk

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick, T-square, straight pins, iron, paintbrush, paper plate, paper towels, container with soap and water

Directions

Size

12”x60”

Table Runner

1. To sew top of table runner, use yardstick, T-square, and fabric pencil, to measure and mark a 13”x61” rectangle on muslin fabric; cut out. See Figure 1. To shape each end into a point, trim away corners as shown.

Figure 1

2. Using top as pattern, cut one backing from green fabric and one lining from muslin.

3. Place backing, right side up, on work surface. See Figure 2. Pin cording to edges of backing so cording faces inward, and cording overlaps at one edge. Pin one tassel, tassels facing inward, to each end. Using zipper foot, sew cording and tassels to backing.

Figure 2

4. Pin muslin layers to right side of backing. Use zipper foot to sew back and front together, leaving an 8” opening at one side for turning.

5. Turn table runner right side out. Whipstitch opening closed; press.

6. Use paintbrush to apply paint to leaf stamps. See Stamping Tips below. Apply paint in a thin, even layer. Practice stamping on fabric scrap until you are confident about the amount of paint and pressure to use. Stamp all leaves using the same paint color at one time. Wash stamp with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly before changing colors. Repeat stamping/cleaning/drying process until all paints have been used.

Tip

  • Instead of making a table runner from scratch, give an old one new life by embellishing with stamped designs, new tassels, or other trims.

Stamping Tips

  • If the stamps include more than one size leaf, apply paint to one leaf at a time, stamp design, then wash and dry stamp before changing leaf size or color.
  • Here’s an easy way to arrange your design. Paint three or four leaves, both birch and ivy, using each color of paint, onto paper. Cut out paper leaves and arrange on table runner. When satisfied with arrangement, pin leaves in place to use as a painting guide.
  • In case of a misplaced paint drop or slip of the stamp, change design slightly and add a leaf to cover the mistake.

by Connie Matricardi

Autumn Zinnias Birthday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Colorful fall flowers are perfect for September birthday wishes. The subtle leaf pattern in the background paper complements the rich palette.

Materials

  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Cool Cantaloupe, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
  • Karen Foster Design Maple Dew Paper

Tools

  • Clear stamp sets: Papertrey Ink Fancy Folk Art, Flourishes Zinnias
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: Grayish Yellow YG93, Spanish Olive YG97, Warm Gray 2 W2, Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Sanguine YR18, Brown E08, Cadmium Yellow Y15, Peach R32, Coral R35, Mignonette YG11, Chartreuse YG13, Abyss Green BG72, Ice Ocean BG75, Bronze BG78
  • Therm O Web Adhesives: XL Permanent Tape Runner, 3D Foam Strips

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4-3/4″x6-3/4″

Card

1. Make 4-3/4”x6-3/4” orange side-fold card. Cut smaller leaf paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Stamp flower image and sentiment onto cream cardstock as shown; trim to size.

3. Re-ink and stamp sentiment onto leaf paper scrap; detail cut banner and adhere to original image.

4. Using photo as guide, color image with markers. Color leaves Grayish Yellow YG93 and Spanish Olive YG97. Color shadow Warm Gray 2 W2. Color flower petals Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Sanguine YR18, and Brown E08. Color flower centers Cadmium Yellow Y15, Peach R32, and Coral R35. Color jar and lid Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Mignonette YG11, Chartreuse YG13, Abyss Green BG72, Ice Ocean BG75, and Bronze BG78.

5. Mat image panel on orange cardstock. Adhere to card using foam strips.

Tip

  • Save seed and flower catalogs and use the photos as a guide for coloring images.

by Alice Golden (www.alicegolden.com)

Nature-Inspired Sympathy Card

I like to create cards ahead of time to have on hand for when I need them. I recently had a need for a sympathy card and found one in my stash, but I realized that I needed a few more to have on hand for those difficult times.

I find that, for me, using flowers and nature-inspired scenery works well on sympathy cards.

I started my card by stamping script unevenly over the cardstock background using a black water-resistant ink. I stamped the flowers across the bottom using the same ink. I repeated stamping until I had covered the bottom area of the background. I stamped the sentiment along the top using black ink. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and sponged the edges using brown dye ink; this gives a soft, aged look to papers.

I colored the flowers with gold watercolor pencil and a waterbrush. I added a touch of lavender around the edges of the flowers for my shading. I stamped the butterflies and colored them with the same lavender and gold colors.

I mounted the stamped background on a white cardstock card base, then distressed the edges with the same brown dye ink.

Products:

Hope you find some time to create this week!

Suzz

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