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)

Quick Valentines

It is just a few days until Valentine’s Day! Do you have your cards finished yet? If not, I have a quick and easy solution for you!

Before we get started with the project today, it is time to announce the winner of the Hampton Art prize pack!

The winner, as chosen by Random.org, is Gail Gray. 

Gail, please contact Kim at hamptonartstamps@gmail.com to claim your prize!

For all of you who may be like me and still need a few little cards or goodies for Valentine’s Day, how about these quick-and-easy cards?

These little 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ cards make perfect little gifts for the neighborhood children, your co-workers, or a fun little surprise to tuck into your husband’s briefcase or your own child’s lunchbox.

To make your own sweet greetings:

1. Cut black cardstock to 3-1/2″x7″. Fold to create a 3-1/2″-square card.

2. Trim printed paper to 3-3/8″x3-3/8″. Attach to card front. (This is such a great way to use up those printed paper scraps!)

3. Stamp image onto white cardstock with colored ink to match your printed paper.

4. Trim image and mat with black cardstock. Attach to center of card front with foam tape.

5. Using baker’s twine, tie a bow around the top folded end of the card. Secure bow with a mini adhesive dot.

6. Tie baker’s twine through the holes of a button and attach to the bow with another adhesive dot.

7. Cut and attach a 3-3/8″x3-3/8″ piece of white cardstock to the inside of each card. Stamp a sentiment with ink matching your printed paper.

8. Using an adhesive dot, attach a small chocolate to the inside of the card.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Authentique Lovely Collection Crush, Michaels Recollections Valentine’s Day
  • Stamps: Craftsmart
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Worn Lipstick
  • Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Buttons: Buttons Galore and More
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Tape; Glue Dots Adhesive Dots
  • Other: mini chocolates

I hope you enjoy making these little cards. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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

With Love Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Background stamps allow you to quickly create your own background paper for any project. Set off this pretty paisley with soft colors and plenty of bling.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark purple, lavender, white
  • Lavender vellum
  • With Love rub-on
  • Light blue self-adhesive gem lines
  • Light blue ribbon

Tools

  • Paisley background rubber stamp
  • Purple metallic ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Craft punches: 1”, 1-3/8”, 1-3/4” circles; decorative corner
  • Heat tool
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6-1/4”x4-1/4” dark purple top-fold card. Cut 6”x4” lavender and 6”x2-1/4” white cardstock pieces. Stamp purple paisley background onto white panel; emboss.

STEP 2

Adhere stamped panel to bottom of lavender panel; punch corners. Cut blue ribbon length to fit around layered papers; knot ribbon slightly off center. Wrap ribbon around panel, adhering ends at back. Adhere panel to card and gem strips to ribbon.

STEP 3

Apply rub-on to white cardstock; punch out with smallest circle punch. Punch medium circle from lavender cardstock and large circle from vellum. Mat circles together and adhere to card.

by Tami Mayberry

Photo Valentine Cards

When my three boys were younger, each year when Valentine’s Day rolled around, I tried to come up with a card that was easy to make in multiples, fun yet inexpensive, and most importantly, met their requirement for something that was not too girly.

Since it was the one time of year I could usually count on my boys to pitch in and “get crafty” with me, the annual ritual of planning and assembling cards for the boys to bring to school was something we all looked forward to. Over the years, there have been candy airplanes, cards made with playing cards, and lots of stamped cards, but the one that seemed to be the biggest hit (and has been pretty popular on Pinterest) is this photo card:

I had seen a few variations of this card online and thought it seemed like something that would be fairly easy to recreate. The year we made this card, my two older boys were in middle and high school and no longer exchanged cards with classmates. My youngest son and I started out with a mini photo shoot in the backyard one day after school. There were some pretty funny outtakes!

We finally settled on this pose – it had the right combination of a good expression on Jack’s face plus enough room for the lollipop and message in the sky above.

The text was added using photo-editing software, but you could substitute a stamp, sticker, or handwritten message using a Sharpie marker. We cut out pieces of red cardstock to use as a mat and trimmed the bottom edge using a decorative border punch (kids love punches!). Two tiny holes were punched with a thumbtack on either side of the lollipop stem and it was tied on using paper floss. We also added an adhesive dot right behind the lollipop to keep it from moving. We worked assembly-line style and I tried to let Jack do as much of the work as possible. This would also work well with other types of small treats such as a pencil or marker.

One thing I have learned from crafting with my boys over the years is to let go of my perfectionist tendencies… in the end, what does it really matter if the photos aren’t trimmed precisely or there are some ragged edges on the card? We had fun, and the memories we have of spending time together will last a lifetime (and are nice to look back on, especially now with a house full of teenagers!).

Supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Karen Foster Design Scrapper’s Spools (available in a variety of colors)
  • Therm O Web Medium Craft Zots

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

Love Memories Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a very personal Valentine for your other half with this subway art-inspired card. Look for two more cards using Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film in this week’s Crafts ‘n things Weekly on Feb. 6th.

Materials

  • White textured dot cardstock
  • Avatrex Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film, 8-1/2”x11”, one sheet

Tools

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 12” Rotary Paper Trimmer, Metal Ruler
  • Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker

Directions

STEP 1

With textured side out, make 5-1/2”x8-1/2” white side-fold card.

STEP 2

Use computer to format desired word art, using photo as guide. Use assorted fonts and sizes. Select most important words and change font color to red; add heart dingbats, if desired.

STEP 3

Read Scrapbooking Attitude package instructions. Print mirror image of words onto glossy side of Attitude sheet. Wait to remove backing paper.

STEP 4

Apply even layer of glue stick to card front. Peel backing from Attitude sheet. With an assistant, hold printed (glossy) side of film 1” above card and visually center image. With assistant’s end still held up, place your end down onto paper, lightly pressing onto glue. Smooth image, working toward assistant’s end.

STEP 5

Gently smooth to eliminate any air bubbles. If bubbles appear, insert straight pin into them and smooth to flatten. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Using rotary trimmer, cut film even with card front.

Tip

  • Use this idea to create memorable anniversary cards, graduation announcements, and milestone birthday cards.

Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Valentine Keepsake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A tea bag-folded card is a unique and lovely way to tell your special Valentine, “I love you.” Plus, you’ll love how easy it is to get beautiful results with this technique!

 

Materials

  • White card with envelope, 6-1⁄2”x5”
  • Paper: green stripe, pink stripe, vellum dot, rose dot, white

Tools

  • Computer and printer, or black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut card to measure 6”x4”. Place card on flat work surface with fold at top. Cut a 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8” rectangle from green stripe paper; center and adhere to card front. Cut a 3-5⁄8”x5-5⁄8” rectangle from vellum dot paper; center and adhere to green stripe paper.

STEP 2

Cut the following: eight 1” squares from rose dot; eight 1” squares from pink stripe; four 1” squares from green stripe. Fold squares into kites as shown in Fig. 1.

STEP 3

For eight-point star, cut 1” circle from rose dot (flower base). Place rose dot kites into a circle with long points together (Fig. 2); adhere on back side to flower base. Fold each pink stripe kite into a half kite (Fig. 3); adhere half kites in a circle on top of star to form a flower (Fig. 4). Mat flower on white paper.

STEP 4

Mat green stripe kites (leaves) on white paper. Use a computer or handwrite “Love causes all things to grow.” on a white rectangle; mat on rose dot, then on white. Adhere flower, leaves, and message to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Adhere a gem to the center of flower for added sparkle.

by Amy Gustafson

Quick-and-Easy Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and creating a card for your loved one doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s Jill Cornell here today with two card ideas that are perfect for kids or that special someone. The first card is 3-1/2”x6” which is a unique size that fits easily into a 5”x7” envelope.

The focal point on this card is the chipboard heart covered in tiny, jewel-centered flowers by Petaloo. A fun ribbon bow and simple rub-on sentiment make this card very quick! Add a machine-stitched border for extra texture.

For the second card, I covered the front with two patterned papers, two punched patterned paper borders, and this great “Bee my Valentine” chipboard sticker from We R Memory Keepers. Chipboard stickers are the perfect quick embellishment because they add a design element and dimension at the same time.

The sticker had holes on either end that I covered up with pearl brads from American Crafts.

These cards are so easy to duplicate for multiple people on your Valentine’s Day list. Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)