Felt Snowmen Décor

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Winter’s Woes Sign

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

With this winter welcome, you’ll have visitors in abundance and your home will be filled with friends helping to make the season enjoyable.

Materials

  • Birch, veneer, or pine wood, 1⁄4” thick, 8”x10”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Cashmere Beige, Sable Brown, Light Avocado, Sand, Antique White, Hauser Dark Green, Moon Yellow, Uniform Blue, Burnt Sienna, Lamp Black, Rookwood Red
  • Fabric of choice, 1”x5”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge, 16” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Flat, Series 2700, 3⁄4”, 1”; Angular, Series 2160, 1⁄4”; Liner, Series 2595, 10/0; Stippler, Series 650, 1⁄4”
  • Walnut wood stain
  • Spray sealer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil, soft cloth, sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7-1⁄2”x9-1⁄2”

Sign

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut wood as indicated. Drill holes where indicated. Sand all sides of wood; wipe dust with soft cloth. Apply stain; let dry.

2. Transfer details (except lettering).

3. Paint the following: girl’s face and hands Cashmere Beige, shade Sable Brown; snowmen, girl’s hat brim, and tassel Sand; inside of sign Antique White; outside of sign Uniform Blue; girl’s hat and shirt and highlight dots on hat and tassel Light Avocado; one mitten Hauser Dark Green; other mitten Rookwood Red; snowman noses Burnt Sienna; girl’s hair Moon Yellow, shade Antique Gold; squiggles on hat and shirt, snowflakes on mittens, and highlight dots on sign border Sand. Drybrush cheeks with combination of Rookwood Red and Sand.

4. Sand corners for “aged” look. Apply stain; let dry.

5. Dot eyes and lettering Lamp Black. Adhere snowmens’ mittens and noses, girl’s hands, and hat brim with hair to sign. Add details with marker. Apply sealer; let dry.

6. Insert wire through holes for hanger; twist ends to secure. Tie fabric into bow at top of hanger.

by Cheryl Seslar

Great Finds Friday: STAEDTLER® Triplus® Color Fibre-Tip Pens

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to show you four ways to use Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens from STAEDTLER. These versatile markers are a perfect tool for stampers, card-makers, and scrapbookers, as well as for kids and fine artists. The brilliant, environmentally friendly, water-based ink is ideal for watercolor techniques, detail work, and coloring larger areas. Unique Dry Safe technology ensures that the markers will not dry up, even if left uncapped for days. In a home where kids frequently help themselves to mom’s craft supplies, that means added peace of mind. Here are some recent holiday tags I made using cardstock, stamps, and Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens.

Outline + watercolor: For the Deck the Halls Wreath Tag, I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the wreath and sentiment onto cream cardstock. I stamped the top portion of the wreath again onto cream cardstock. Using the Triplus markers, I outlined the leaves in green, both bows in red, and the sentiment in red. I dotted each leaf with two additional shades of green. I dotted the berries red. Using a water-barrel brush, I blended the color directly on the cardstock, drawing the ink from the edges to the center of each section. For the sentiment, I simply ran the tip of the brush along the outline to create a soft watercolor effect. After letting the images dry, I detail cut the second bow and adhered it to the main image using two small foam dots. Finally I adhered the cream tag to a larger kraft tag and added borders using a ruler and the green marker I used to outline the leaves.

Stamp + detail: For the Silhouette Tree Tag, I colored the silhouette stamp with an aqua marker, huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink, and then stamped onto cream cardstock. I hand drew the outline using the same marker, then added a dot border.

Watercolor background: For the Warm Winter Wishes Tag, I scribbled small puddles of three different colors – soft gray, purple, blue – onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up the soft gray ink and applied it in random strokes over the center of the cream cardstock tag. Next, I picked up and applied blue ink around the outer edges, leaving a bit of gray visible in the center. Finally, I picked up and applied purple ink around the blue. I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the sentiment and snowflakes, and highlighted the snowflakes with Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue.

Watercolor color lift: For the Season’s Greetings Tag, I wanted a more vintage effect, so I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the bells image and sentiment onto kraft cardstock. I detailed the bands on the bells with a bit of red marker (center of bell on left, top and bottom of bell on right). Next, I scribbled small puddles of gold, red, and green marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up each color and applied it to the image. I quickly blotted the image with a paper towel to prevent the color from spreading and to “lift” some of the vibrant pigment in order to create a worn look. I repeated this process for the sentiment.

The first thing you’ll notice about these markers is the nifty, triangular shape. The easy-to-hold shape means no hand fatigue when you’re doing a lot of coloring. Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens are particularly good for little hands, too, and the water-based, natural inks wash easily from hands and most clothing. I’m a big believer in giving kids the opportunity to use great supplies to create their own art, and these kid-friendly features make it easy to let them explore their creativity.

The markers are available individually or in sets of 10 or 20 shades, and the box doubles as a helpful stand, keeping markers at your fingertips when your creative muse calls. I know I’ll be creating more tags this weekend. What will you create?

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

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

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Great Finds Friday: Chic Home Dec, Fab Tools from FloraCraft®

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to share three exciting new creative options from FloraCraft®, makers of Make It: Fun® Foam. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 FloraCraft® gift card, plus an opportunity to earn another $50 if a project you create with your prize gets published!

First, we have to take a look at the new three-piece Make It: Fun® Foam Tools set. I love craft tools, gadgets, etc., because I know great ones will make my creative process easier and more enjoyable. That gets me crafting more often, which is always good. This new tool kit includes three handy plastic tools for creating new shapes and textures out of craft foam. The Rasp has a rough side for gently smoothing the foam’s finish, rounding rough edges, and smoothing out cut marks. The easy-to-grip, serrated Knife smoothly cuts through foam. The Tuck & Scribe tool has a rounded end to etch patterns into foam, and a pointed end that is designed for tucking fabric pieces, felt, or ribbons into foam to create an all-over fabric finish without pins or glue. The tools are kid-friendly, too, and have a suggested retail value of $3.99 for the set of three. I think these would make ideal party favors at a crafty girls-night-in event!

One of my favorite new FloraCraft® products is the Design It:® LED Light Strand. You can add it to your dried and silk floral arrangements, even submerse it in a water-filled fresh arrangement. Place your completed floral design in a dark corner of your home to provide a soft light, or use it to bring a festive glow to the dinner table at holiday or everyday gatherings. These lights would be gorgeous entwined in evening reception table arrangements, too. Everything looks better by candlelight, and these tiny, sparkling, battery-operated lights give you that effect. Imagine them peeking out through pine boughs decorating your holiday mantle or bannister; because they have attached battery packs, finding a conveniently placed outlet is never a problem!  And battery packs can be refilled when needed for long-time use. The 34-1/2”-long LED Light Strand contains 15 warm white lights perfect for topiaries, plants, floral arrangements, and water-filled vases. Suggested retail price is $5.99. FloraCraft® also offers Design It:® LED Lighted Branches, not shown, as another creative illumination option; they retail for $7.99. You can learn more on the FloraCraft® website.

Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh from FloraCraft® bends easily and holds its shape, making it perfect for creating wreaths, bows, garlands, and other dimensional accents for home or special events. Metallic strands woven throughout provide extra sparkle to anything you drape, wrap, or tie with Decorative Mesh. Tie bows around chair backs for a festive event venue, loop and pin one or more colors together on a foam wreath form, or add mesh to wall hangings and gift packages. Crafts ‘n things Weekly featured this darling mesh-topped Gift Box Topiary in the October 9th issue; simply cover foam cubes with decorative paper and top with Decorative Mesh curls and bows for instant Christmas WOW! Decorative Mesh is available in 6” and 10” widths on 10-yard spools in the colors shown below. Suggested retail price is $6.99 and $7.99 respectively.

Remember to visit the www.makeitfuncrafts.com website for craft projects and the www.designitflowers.com website for floral arranging how-tos from the talented design teams at FloraCraft®, and learn more about the rest of their expanded product line. You’ll also find hundreds of easy, creative project ideas for decorating your home, gifting, entertaining, and engaging your kids in non-electronic fun.

For your chance to WIN the $50 FloraCraft® gift card, first register right now on the Crafts ‘n things  website so you don’t miss future issues of Crafts ‘n things Weekly and the Craft of the Day projects. Both are free to you, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – and we’d love to have you as a subscriber. Next, leave a comment here telling me your favorite craft idea for holiday gift-giving. I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to LIKE Crafts ‘n things and FloraCraft on Facebook to get current news, tips, and even more great craft ideas at your fingertips.

One additional winner will win a mini prize pack of the Foam Tools, one LED Light Strand, and one roll of Decorative Mesh.

Both winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday, November 8th! Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (www.craftsnthings.com)

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Reminiscent of Christmas past, this old-fashioned holiday greeting card is the perfect way to send Christmas wishes to family and friends. It’s easy to create with Ecstasy Crafts products.

Materials

  • Ecstasy Crafts Cardstock: Ivory (K290022), Denim (K290021), Moss Green (K290060), Dark Green (K290024), Beige (K290066)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Pretty Paper Bloc Vintage Christmas (PK9097)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Vintage Christmas Prints Cards 1 (VK9531)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Bunch of Flowers Dark Red Christmas Roses (RB2221)
  • Dark blue twine

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marianne Design Craftable Sled (CR1257); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Large Snow Covered Tree (IME027) and Christmas Stacker Tree (IME025); Decorative Rectangles Multi Frame Die (MFD048)
  • Adhesives: Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Large Foam Pads (65000003), double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler

Directions

Size

7”x5”

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

1. Make 7”x5” Ivory top-fold card.

2. Cut 6-3/4”x4-3/4” panel from Vintage Christmas paper; adhere to card front using double-sided tape.

3. To make frame, die cut one Decorative Rectangle Frame from Denim cardstock and one Straight Rectangle Frame from Moss Green cardstock. Layer and adhere frames to card as shown using double-sided tape.

4. Cut out Vintage Christmas Prints card image; adhere to frame.

5. Adhere frame slightly angled to top right of card front.

6. To make sled, die cut two Sleds from Beige cardstock. Using foam pads, layer die cuts together. Tie length of twine to sled as shown for pulling rope; adhere to card below frame.

7. To make tree, die cut Large Snow Covered Tree tree boughs from Dark Green cardstock. Die cut largest Christmas Stacker Tree triangle from Dark Green cardstock.

8. Adhere triangle to left side of card front. Layering from largest on bottom to smallest on top, adhere Christmas tree boughs to triangle shape using foam pads.

9. Fold two stamens in half and insert through center hole of two red flowers, and then through two colored leaves. Tape ends of stamens to back of rose. Using double-sided tape, adhere rose to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use the tree and sled die cuts on their own to create darling package tags. Embellish tags with Decorative Rectangle Frames.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Smooth Half Ball Trees

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a stunning holiday centerpiece with FloraCraft® by cutting foam balls in half and gluing them together.

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Foam: Balls, 1” (6), 1-1/2” (3), 2” (3), 2-1/2” (3), 3” (3), 4” (2); Cones, 9”x3”, 6”x3”
  • FloraCraft® Smooth Finish™
  • Metallic silver textured yarn
  • Acrylic paints: mint green, white, silver
  • Triple-thick gloss glaze

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paint spatula or putty knife, flat paintbrush, fine sanding block, straight pins, toothpicks, ruler, scissors, paper towels, rubber gloves, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Sizes

4”x18″, 4″x15”, 3″x13”

Trees

1. For tallest tree, cut one each 4”, 3”, 2-1/2”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls in half. Using glue gun, stack and adhere all half balls together, from largest to smallest, inserting half toothpicks between each layer. See Photo 1. Stack balls straight up or asymmetrically as shown. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

Photo 1

2. For medium tree, repeat Step 1 but set aside one 4” half ball for a future project. Stack and adhere remaining half balls together. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

3. For smallest tree, repeat Step 1 using one each 3”, 2-1/2”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls. Stack and adhere all half balls together. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

4. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix Smooth Finish™ prior to use. Wearing rubber gloves, completely coat trees with Smooth Finish™ using spatula or flat paintbrush using methods outlined in Steps 5 and 6. See Photo 2. When using spatula, apply small amount to foam and spread evenly in all directions, working finish into foam cells. When using paintbrush, load material onto brush and spread onto foam, smoothing lumps as you work.

Photo 2

5. To create textured finish on tallest tree, first use brush to apply coating to crevices of tree, and then use spatula to create small, overlapping ripples in coating. Apply small mound Smooth Finish™ to tree and then another overlapping first mound. Keep working with coating until tree is covered and fairly uniform. Let dry completely. Use sanding block to lightly sand raised areas to create smooth appearance as shown. See Photo 3.

Photo 3

6. To create super sleek finish on smaller trees, use brush to smooth out coating as you apply it. Apply first with spatula, then smooth with brush, or simply use brush to apply coating to entire tree. Let dry completely. Use sanding block to create ultra-smooth appearance.

7. Use drybrush technique to apply mint green paint to tallest tree. To drybrush, dip flat paintbrush into paint and rub off excess onto paper towel. Using side of brush, lightly brush across raised areas of tree to add color, leaving recessed areas bare. Let dry. See Photo 4.

Photo 4

8. Paint medium tree mint green and small tree white. Let dry.

9. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply even coat gloss glaze to all three trees. See Photo 5. Let dry completely.

Photo 5

10. To create tree trunks, cut top 4” from 9” cone using foam cutter or serrated knife. Use remaining 5” section to create base for tallest tree. Cut top 3/4″ from 4” section; use remaining 3-1/4” section to create base for smallest tree. Cut top 2-1/2” from 6” cone; use remaining 3-1/2” section to create base for medium tree.

11. Coat tree bases with Smooth Finish™, let dry, and sand surface smooth. Paint bases silver; let dry.

12. Insert toothpicks halfway into tops of bases. Use glue gun to adhere trees in place.

13. Embellish trees with metallic yarn. Pin one end of yarn to top of tree and spiral down around to bottom. Secure yarn end with pin at bottom of tree.

Tip

  • For added sparkle, use glue gun to adhere tiny crystal gems over surface of each tree base.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)

Let It Snow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This elegant snowflake greeting card takes just minutes to make, but it will sparkle all through the holidays.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark blue, white
  • Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Stickers: Silver Christmas Variety Sayings (362S), White Corners/Borders (1034W)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Ice Crystal #1 (60022018), Ice Crystal #2 (60022019), Ice Crystal #3 (60022020), Ice Crystal Edge (60022021)
  • Ranger Ice Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

Size

4-1/8”x5-3/4”

Let It Snow Card

1. Cut 4-1/8”x11-1/2” strip from dark blue cardstock; score and fold to create 4-1/8”x5-3/4” top-fold card.

2. Die cut one each of Ice Crystal dies, including Ice Crystal Edge border, from white cardstock. Add glitter to tips and centers of all snowflakes as desired.

3. Using double-sided tape, adhere die cuts to card front as shown in photo. Adhere border shape along left edge of card. Layer smallest die cut on top of medium die cut at upper right.

4. Adhere white wavy sticker border to top, bottom, and right side of card front, trimming length as needed using scissors and mitering corners. (Note: See “tip” for corner mitering instructions.)

5. Adhere “Let it Snow” sticker to bottom right of card front.

Tip

  • To miter the corners of your sticker border, overlap the border strips slightly as shown, and then cut at intersection with a craft knife, applying enough pressure to cut through the sticker but not enough to cut your card. Remove waste.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Warm Wishes Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use embossing folders on cardstock or specialty holographic papers with amazing results. This card shows both types of paper after embossing, then the designs are tapped with a VersaMark ink pad and embossing powder to really accent the Snowflakes Embossing Folder. What a striking look!

Materials

Tools

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5”x6-1/2”

Card

1. Cut 5”x6-1/2” Black Suede paper panel for side-fold card; adhere to card front.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut and place 4-1/2″x6″ black cardstock panel inside the Snowflakes Embossing Folder and run through die-cutting machine. Trim embossed cardstock to 4″x5-1/2″.

3. Ink brayer with VersaMark ink by rolling it across pad until covered. (Note: You may also carefully ink the raised surface using the ink pad itself.) Very lightly roll brayer over embossed cardstock. Dust with White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat set. Apply VersaMark ink again with brayer, dust with Kaleidoscope embossing powder, and re-heat to set. Mat panel on white cardstock with 1/16″ border and adhere to card center.

4. Use the Snowflakes Embossing Folder to emboss 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ Red Fireworks holographic paper and use method in Step 3 to heat emboss. Mat on Black Suede paper, then on white cardstock with 1/16″ borders and adhere on left of card front as shown.

5. Stamp and emboss “Warm WISHES” sentiment and snowflake onto 2-1/4″x5/8″ black cardstock strip using Snow Bird Small Stamp. Mat on white cardstock, then on Black Suede paper with 1/16″ borders. Adhere to card as shown using foam tape.

6. Adhere grosgrain ribbon on opposite corners of card front, tucking ends under Black Suede layer as shown. Tie grosgrain ribbon bow and adhere to upper ribbon using adhesive dot; cut ends in “V” as shown.

7. See the Embossing Folders free webisode at PaperWishes.com to see the inside of this card. It will air Oct. 9.

Tip

  • Very lightly rub the VersaMark ink pad over embossed designs to create tone-on-tone effects; create more vibrant results, as shown here, using layered embossing powders.

by Gail Booth for Hot Off The Press / Paper Wishes (www.paperwishes.com)

 

Tic Tac Snow Game

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Craft a little winter fun with Midwest Products’ wooden shapes, paint, and a foam snowflake stamp.

Materials

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Wooden Items: Craft Plywood, 1/4”x12”x12”; Basswood Sheet, 1/4”x3”x24”; Basswood Economy Bag
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Cellfoam 88, 1/8”x11-1/2”x11-1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, 20
  • Button magnets, 19

Tools

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Snowflake foam stamp
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Ultra Blue Deep, Orchid, Jack-O’-Lantern Orange, Snow White, Lamp Black, Winter Blue
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

hand saw, paintbrushes, fine-tip black marker, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil

Directions

Size

12”x12”

Game

1. Use saw to cut ten 1-1/2” squares from basswood sheet. Use Easy Cutter to clip corners of each square.

2. Pull several 1/4” strips from Basswood Economy Bag. Cut six 3” lengths; leave two additional 1/4” strips uncut.

3. Paint five 1-1/2” squares Snow White. Using photo as guide, paint remaining squares Lamp Black on edges and Snow White in centers for penguins. Paint all 1/4” basswood strips Ultra Deep Blue. Paint plywood square Winter Blue. Let all pieces dry completely.

4. Print, cut out, and trace patterns onto Cellfoam as indicated. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut out pieces with craft knife.

5. Paint noses Jack-O’-Lantern Orange; let dry. Paint snowflakes Orchid; sprinkle paint with glitter while wet. Let dry.

6. Stamp Snow White snowflakes randomly over plywood square; let dry.

7. Adhere wiggle eyes and noses to game pieces, and use marker to outline pieces as shown.

8. Adhere 1/4″ basswood strips to board in grid pattern. Adhere snowflakes to board between strips. Adhere magnets to snowflakes and to back of each game piece. Let dry completely.

Tip

  • Paint the game pieces to look like zoo animals, dinosaurs, or anything else your kids love!

by Melony Miller Bradley for Midwest Products Co., Inc. (www.midwestproducts.com)