Easiest Cards Ever! Christmas, Thanksgiving, Any Occasion!

These cards are so simple and inexpensive to make, as all you truly need are photocopies of your image and then whatever embellishments you choose to accent your card. The only accents I used were by using a Wink of Stella type product for sparkle and Sharpies to outline my images.

I used a Google search “free printable Thanksgiving or Christmas vintage postcard” and chose three from the choices I found. Then I printed on cardstock, three images of each postcard.

The links to the images I used are:

Merry Christmas postcard link: https://www.pictureboxblue.com/pbb-cont/pbb-up/2019/11/Merry_Christmas_typography-1.jpg

Santa Clause postcard link: https://www.inspirational-quotes-short-funny-stuff.com/image-files/printable-christmas-cards-vintage-ellen-clapsaddle-child-santa-claus-letter.jpg

Thanksgiving postcard link: I don’t know why I can’t find the original link, but here’s a good image to use for this technique. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OlpdHd4L__0/TNN2wOHZDiI/AAAAAAAAJMw/HbC2MgQk3R4/s1600/vintage+thanksgiving+postcard+1927.JPG When you print these images, you’ll want to make sure the image size is 4 x 6″ so it prints all three the same size as a postcard.

Use a 5 x 7″ card base and add a layer of color coordinated cardstock that is 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ over the base, then cut out one of the images you printed, cut the full image, and add that to the card base with a layer of foam tape under it, to add dimension. I used a Sharpie in matching ink to outline this layer. Then choose whatever portions of the image that you want to make three-dimensional, and cut those pieces out…You may want to cut that image twice, as it will really enhance the 3-d look if you add one on top of the other. I used Colall decoupage glue link: https://www.craftstash.us/collall-3d-decoupage-silicone-glue-kit-80ml.html.. I said I bought it from HSN but was wrong, as I bought it from craftstash.us.com, sorry. If you don’t want to buy this glue, you can use either hot glue to add dimension or, use a clear silicone sealant for use with sinks and tubs…link: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Loctite-Clear-Silicone-2-7-fl-oz-Waterproof-Sealant-908570/303769575.

Make sure when you glue these pieces in place, that you lay the bottom of the image close to the card base and make the top stick up more, as it will help make it look more 3-d. I also recommend you ensure laying each layer so it is completely lined up with the image under it. I used Smooch Pearlized Inks in this video, that I’ve had in my stash for a long time, and found it’s since been discontinued, sorry.

Making Paper Earrings

Thanks to the nice people at InLoveArts, for sending me the dies I used in this video.

Inlovearts is offering my viewers a 20% discount and here’s the code to use at check out. G36627

Product Links: Inloveart Polygon Frame Earring Dies: https://bit.ly/3Cb0TMy

Inloveart Hollow Squares and Solid Circles Earring Dies: https://bit.ly/3AbA4qX

I used silver foil paper and black cardstock and cut four of each shape so that the earring looks the same on the front and the back. I used Distress Embossing Ink (Versamark ink) and clear embossing powder, and pressed the black die cut shapes into it, then covered it with embossing ink, then heat set it to create a shiny surface. If you want it super shiny, add more embossing ink (Versamark ink) to the shape, and cover it with more clear embossing ink, then heat set it again.

Once it has cooled, take a jump ring and attach it to the hole in the paper. I took some beads I had on hand and put them on a wire, then about 1/8″ from the top bead, I made a loop and then wrapped the wire around itself twice or three times, then snipped off the rest of the wire to create a dangle. I went back to the paper and added another loop to it, then added an earring wire to this, then attached the dangle with beads on it with another jump ring. Did the same thing to create the second earring

Tonic Magazine #15, Inspired Card Making

I bought this magazine at CraftStash.US.com and really loved it. There are so many really wonderful ideas, not just for Christmas, but using the snowman die to create flowers, ice cream, and so much more. This is the first magazine I’ve ever bought that truly inspired me, and I hope you are inspired as well.

Here’s the link to Craftstash.US Tonic Magazine. https://www.craftstash.us/tonic-studios-magazine-kit-15.html

Card #1 Floating Hats White cardstock measuring 11″ by 5 1/2″ scored on the 11″ side at 5 1/2″ to make a square card. Take your paper trimmer and on the front, cut off 1 3/4″ from the bottom and keep this piece..Then move the card to cut off another 1 3/4″ and this piece you won’t need to keep for this project. Take a piece of acetate (I save the pieces you get with stamp sets.) The acetate is 4″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide. Adhere it to the card front with tear tape (other glues don’t hold acetate). To put the acetate in place, lay it behind the flap you have left behind for your card front and put tear tape on the back of this flap at the bottom. Then once the top is glued in place, lay the 1 3/4″ piece you saved that was cut off and put tear tape on the back of this piece at the top, and lay the cardstock so it lines up with the bottom of the card base. I cut two pieces of paper that came in the magazine to 1 3/4″ by 5 1/2″ and laid one at the bottom and one near the top, leaving room for a 1/8″ wide silver foil strip that I laid above and below the papers I attached..I used Tombow Mono Aqua Glue to adhere the paper, and Sticky Specks link: https://ecstasycrafts.com/products/ecssa5 to adhere the silver strips. I have to say, I really liked using them, as I normally really struggle, adding thin die cuts or strips to projects.

I tucked a piece of red/white twine 7″ long under the silver foil above the acetate so the twine looks like a clothes line. I used gray clothespins (link: https://tinyurl.com/yth5jza4) to adhere the hats and then added Nuvo Drops in Berry Red to the ivy on the hats.

Card #2 at 17:15 Simple card top fold, card base is 5 1/4″ wide by 8 1/2″ tall in a burgundy color, so I added a piece of white cardstock inside cut to 5 x 4″ . I cut a snowflake patterned paper (cut to 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ )that I had in my stash as well as silver glitter paper (2 1/4 x 5 1/8″) and adhered them so there’s a 1/8″ border on the card base. I cut one of the sentiments in the magazine with a round die and laid it on silver mirror cardstock cut with a scallop circle die. I laid a 1/8″ strip of silver mirror cardstock (adhered with Sticky Specks) to the center between the papers, and laid the sentiment on foam squares toward the left side of the card covering the silver strip.

Card #3 at 19:54 Birthday card..started with a dusty pink cardstock cut to 7 x 8 1/2″ scored on 7″ at 3 1/2″ to make a slimline card. I used the scrap left to die cut a large image with a great set of slimline dies link: https://tinyurl.com/2n5ew7ay I used pink/white dotted paper from Park Lane Watercolor Florals from Joanns to cut the largest die layer. I cut the snowman out of purple foil cardstock and pink foil cardstock and used the purple for the outline and pink for the centers. I cut a piece of craft cardstock in the shape of a cone and then scored every other line on my scoreboard to create a grid pattern on the cone and then used Distress inks in Brushed Corduroy to highlight the scores.. I put a piece of scrap behind the ice cream to make it easier to glue the insides of the ice cream. Then I added foam tape to the back of the ice cream cone and laid it on the center of the card. I used an old Stampin’ Up rub on for my sentiment and rubbed it onto a flag shape in the same pink color and put it up on foam squares near the bottom of the card. added Morning Dew Nuvo Drops onto the bottom portion and to the mirror cardstock that ran together, so wiped some off and added pink jewels instead to the ice cream cone.

Halloween 2021, By Viewer Request

Every year, Rich dresses up as a vampire for trick or treat, and although we only get a few kids, they really love to see him. This year, when I mentioned his costume in a previous video, viewers asked if they could see him in costume, and because he’s such a good sport, Rich decided to tape a portion of his transformation. Here’s the video and we hope you like it.

Halloween Treat Holders: Candy Bars and Pencils

As some of you know, Rich and I love Halloween and giving special treats to the kids that come to our house. I saw a video with similar projects and changed those designs to make me happy.

Ghost: White cardstock 5 1/2 x 6 1/2″ score on the 5 1/2″ side at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2 and 4″ then turn to the 6 1/2″ length and score at 1/2 and 1″ I used Michael’s Recollections heavyweight cardstock. You’ll want to fold on the 5 1/2″ the center scores, then cut out up to the second score lines at the bottom so that only the center scored area is left behind, and both sides are gone. Using scissors, hold the ghost so the center boxes left behind are at the bottom, start from about 1/8″ from the right side, cut a wavy look up to the top so that at the top, the score line is left (you’re cutting on an angle.)

Do the same to the other side. This is the perfect time to distress the ghost. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and a sponge dauber and distressed the edges we just cut on an angle. Then take tear tape on put on the back up to the 1/2″ score at the bottom center (boxes that are left after cutting) and fold that score so it faces the front of the ghost and fold the next score so it’s at 90 degree from the ghost. Then holding your first score, fold in one side of the ghost and lay it on the tear tape making sure the bottom edges form a box look. Add tear tape to the back bottom edge of the other “arm” as well as some tear tape on the back edge of the arm and fold it so it makes the rest of the box at the bottom.

You’ll need an oval die or punch that measures 2 3/4″ long by 1 1/2″ wide to make the head. Cut white cardstock and distress the outside front edge of the head. To make the eyes, take two circle punches, either 1/4″ and 1/2″ or as in my case, 3/8″ and 5/8″. You’ll make two white circles that are 5/8″ and one black circle that’s 5/8″ and two black circles that are 3/8″. Take the two white 5/8″ circles and lay the 3/8″ black circles in their centers to create the eye balls and glue them in place. Then cut the 5/8″ black circle in half and lay it over the top half of the white 5/8″ circles to create eyelids. I added Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink as blush to the oval (head) right below where I added the eyes, and then glued the eyes to it. The eyes should be pretty close to the top of the head maybe 1/4″ from top. Glue the head to the inside of the ghost.

Bat: Follow the same directions above for size and scoring and cutting, only using black paper. You’ll need ears, so I freehanded a teardrop or leaf shape, then laid this onto the same black paper, and tracing it, cut it so they’d match. I distressed them with Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I made the same eyes and head, and distressed around the outside edges of both with the same white pigment ink. Glue the ears to the top of the head and add the eyes, then glue the head inside. I had some Halloween sentiments and images from a Dollar Tree journaling card collection that Rich hand cut for me and I added sentiments to the back of the bat and ghost, and added a bat to the front of the ghost and a pumpkin to the front of the bat.

Pencils: I took three pencils that I bought at the Dollar Tree in a pack of 12, and a piece of patterned paper I bought at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. I looked at their website and couldn’t find any that was similar, sorry. Decorated paper that is 2 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ long, score on the 2 3/4″ side at 1/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, and 2 1/2″ then turn to the 7 1/4″ length (making sure that now the pattern faces to the right on your score board, ) score at 1/2″ and 3/4″. With the scores you just made at the bottom, cut to the 1/4″ score up to the second score cut both boxes out, then from the 1 1/4″ score, cut the two boxes at the bottom for all the remaining scores, leaving only the one set of boxes behind. Using a 1/2″ circle punch, punch half circles at the top in the center of the 1″ scored areas. Fold and burnish all of the score lines and then put tear tape on the patterned side of the paper up to the 1/2″ score at the bottom and on the 1/4″ side score on the white side, Fold the bottom scores at 90 degree angles from each other so they create a flap that makes the bottom and inside flap of this box. Then holding the bottom flap so it meets a side flap at the bottom, fold together, then do the same with the side, making sure you rub the tear tape to ensure it’s well adhered. I bought some Halloween embellishments at a garage sale and snipped a notch on the front two sides with the notch facing toward the bottom, and looped the thread of the embellishment around the top of the pencil box and inserting the thread into those notches. I added tear tape to the back of the embellishment to hold it in place.

A Haul, So Much Fun Stuff…..

Here are links to all of the products I show in this video.

Stampin Up Soft Spring https://tinyurl.com/acym2trp

Stampin Up Carousel Birthday https://tinyurl.com/4u8p6nf8

Stampin Up Helping Me Grow https://tinyurl.com/yt2dwkf

EVO Pump Spray Bottle Pampered Chef link: https://tinyurl.com/vmncyj7u

Dollar Tree tissue paper: https://tinyurl.com/3znxbwfe Journal cards–couldn’t find it on their web page, sorry

Dollar Tree Butterflies link: https://tinyurl.com/57fx3d8t

Fall Leave Ribbon–couldn’t find it on their web page

Sugar Dispenser–found one at Dollar Tree link: https://tinyurl.com/y43kz6cx

Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments: https://tinyurl.com/4hcjkm37

Papercraft Society box, no longer available, sorry

Butterfly die cuts from Dollar Tree, couldn’t find on their website, sorry

Confetti https://tinyurl.com/dscf7wca 3D

Master Pieces–couldn’t find it anywhere online, sorry

Sizzix Decorative Strips Dies–here’s the link to take you to them at Sizzix, so you can choose the ones you like. https://tinyurl.com/52n4p86a

Presto felt from Joanns-https://tinyurl.com/htpbe47v

Cricut 13″ portable trimmer link:https://tinyurl.com/y34cdyyb

Brad Buddies-Easter rabbit link: https://tinyurl.com/a749848p

Tonic Studios Kit #44 Santa Sentiments kit link: https://tinyurl.com/45dvxxut

A New Way to Use Embossing Powders–So Much Fun!!!!

I wanted to share a new and different way to use embossing powders. I saw someone do this and unfortunately, i can’t remember who…

I took a 5 x 7″ picture frame with a matt inside and removed the matt . I added a piece of cardstock behind the matt and taped it in place, then took a blending brush with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber in the center, then Carved Pumpkin around the center and then Wilted Violet around the outside. I ended up blending the purple into the other two colors as it looked a lot more spooky once I did that. I stamped some bats into the center portion and then decided I didn’t like them, so flipped my center paper over and blended the same colors again.

I used an old Impression Obsession background stamp called Spider Web, and, after drying the matt layer well with my heat tool and rubbing my embossing pouch over the matt, used Distress Embossing Ink and stamped around the entire edge with the spider design. I used Stampendous Black Embossing Powder and heat set it. I used an old Stampin’ Up spider stamp and stamped a few around the matt layer and then added the same black embossing powder and heat set them as well.

To emboss on glass, you need to clean the glass well with rubbing alcohol so it doesn’t have any prints on it or any lotion or grease…You also need to make sure you rub your embossing pouch with either baby powder or corn starch in it over the surface you’ll be stamping.

I removed the glass from the picture frame and laid it on a baby bib so I could clean it well (using 70% rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth) and use the bib as a cushion for when I did the stamping. Use your embossing pouch to rub all over the glass where you’ll be stamping. You need to be able to stamp cleanly the first time, and the baby bib allows you to press on the glass firmly, to get a good impression. I recommend for this technique that you use images that have a lot of filled in space, as the embossing powder really highlights this type of stamp well and it allows the image to cover the glass more completely.

I used the same Distress Ink Embossing Ink to stamp on the glass. Hold the stamp firmly and once it touches the glass, be careful not to let it slide on the glass. If it does slide a lot, re-clean the glass, dry it and use your embossing pouch on it again before trying to stamp it a second time. Then once you like your image, cover it with embossing powder and heat set it. I realize the video looks like it took no time to heat set, when in actuality, it takes much longer to heat set embossing powder on glass than it does on paper. You need to hold the heat tool as close as possible to the image, and wait for the glass to heat up, as the powder doesn’t melt until the glass is really warm. Be patient, and when the image turns shiny, move to a new area. I’m sorry the video wasn’t clear about how long it takes to heat set.

I added a scary bird and a large bat, as well as a Halloween sentiment above my original image, and used the same process to do so. The only difference is when you are dumping off the excess embossing powder, be sure to dump away from the images you’ve already heat set, as the powder may stick to them and make it almost impossible to remove without damaging the image.

Wait for the images and glass to cool before proceeding to put the frame together. I think this would be a great technique to use for Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving, Easter, basically any holiday….but it’s especially fun for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed the video.

Making a Gift Bag That Perfectly Holds a Purse

I shared a card shaped like a purse that I made for a friend who just turned 17. She wanted a purse for her birthday and I thought it would be fun to make the gift bag to fit the purse perfectly.

I used a paper pad I bought at Michael’s called Silver Foil by Craft Smith. It’s no longer sold by Michaels but I did find it on Ebay link: https://tinyurl.com/8f2jsfnp and here is more silver foil paper I found link: https://tinyurl.com/vpdkbmzk or https://tinyurl.com/zw4xt7xr

You’ll need two sheets of 12 x 12″ cardstock as well as two pieces of 4 x 12″ cardstock that will coordinate with the 12 x 12 pieces. These papers can’t be lightweight, as this bag needs to be sturdy enough to hold the purse. I score on the back of my paper to make sure it folds easily.

4 x 12″ pieces–score on the 4″ length at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ on the back of the paper, on both. Then, on the 12″ length, score at 3″ on both pieces. You’ll need to cut from the 3″ score, cut out the two side rectangles and cut a small diagonal notch from the sides of the center piece that’s left behind and also cut a small notch out of the 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ scored area on the top and bottom of those areas. Sorry I can’t think of a better way to explain this.. The reason you do this is to ensure that when you put the bag together, the sides and bottom will fit together easily and you won’t see any paper sticking over the top when you adhere them.

Next fold and burnish the scores, making sure the side 1/2″ scores are folded at a 90 degree angle. My bone folder is made by Fiskars and here’s ones I’ve found https://tinyurl.com/7mjrnnuc. Add tear tape to the face (the patterned side of the paper) from the 1/2″ scored areas to the edge of the paper, as well as on the face of the 3″ scored area on the sides (4 x 12″ pieces). Add tear tape and wet glue to the underside of the 3″ score area of them.

Add tear tape to the white side of one of the 12 x 12″ pieces from the 3″ score to the edge of the paper and add wet glue to the same spot, to ensure if you have an issue attaching it, you can pull it back off. Add tear tape to the patterned side of the other 12 x 12″ piece below the 3″ score. Take the 12 x 12″ piece that you’ve put tear tape on the white side and attach one side to it by adding wet glue to one of the 4 x 12″ pieces, 1/2 and 3 1/2″ scores where you put tear tape. Lay one of the 1/2″ scores onto the left or right edge of the 12″ x 12″ piece so the score of the side piece lays flush with the edge of the 12 x 12″ piece, making sure the bottom score on the 12 x 12″ piece is also the bottom edge of the side piece you’re attaching. Leave the 3″ score of the 12 x 12″ piece alone until you’ve adhered both the front and back to the bag. Take the other 4 x 12″ piece and adhere it to the other 12 x 12″ piece the same as you’ve done above. After both sides are attached, fold up inside the bag, the 12 x 12″ 3″ score of the piece that has glue on the white side. If you are like me and want to reinforce your bag, add a piece of cardboard that is 11 x 2″ and lay it under the 12″ folded piece. Then fold in both side flaps so they adhere to the white piece, making sure the 4″ score line on the sides are lined up with the score line of the 12 x 12″ piece. After both side flaps are attached, fold the other 12″ x 12 score up to complete the bag.

Handle: Made by taking two dies from a rectangular set with the larger die 4 5/8″ across on the narrower side and one that was 4 1/8″ across, and adhering them so they line up with the same space between them all the way around. Lay these face down on the mirror side of silver paper and cut them out, You’ll need two sets of these and glue them together silver side facing out (I forgot to do this so my handles don’t look finished, to me.) Then cut them in half to make two sets of handles. I lined mine up so they were about 3 3/4″ from the edges of the bag and about 1″ from the bottom of the handle and adhered them. Using my Crop a Dile, I punched a hole through the handle and the bag then put a rhinestone brad link: https://tinyurl.com/289btx9n through the hole. I wanted to cover the back to make the bag look more finished and sturdy, so added a strip of white cardstock that is 3″ x 11 15/16″ to the top inside of the bag on both sides.

I made a tag from dies/stamps from Fun Stampers Journey Pennant Numbers SS0065 and DI0087 and silver embossing powder over Veramark ink to make the tag match the bag. Used old stickers called Lace Borders link: https://tinyurl.com/2s3pwzk and ran them down both sides of the pennant. Added satin ribbon, knotted it to bag.

Size 9 x 12 x 3″

Purse Shaped Birthday Fun Fold Card

I’m giving a purse to a young friend for her birthday and I thought it would be fun to make a purse shaped card to go with it.

Start with a piece of 5″ x 12″ cardstock (I used American Crafts link: https://tinyurl.com/36jxsjfz) score it on the 12″ length at 5″ and 7″ and then flip the paper over and score it again on the 12″ length at 6″. Fold and burnish the paper. Make the two outer scores into mountains and the center score a valley so the card looks like an “M” when you turn it on its side.

For the flap of the purse, you’ll need another piece of the same cardstock as was used for the 5 x 12″ piece… This piece is 2 1/2″ x 5″ wide and scored on the 2 1/2″ length at 1/2″. Fold the 1/2″ score under and put wet glue or tear tape on the inside of the flap in the 1/2″ scored area. To adhere to the card, open the score so the score line is flat on your table, and sit the top of the back of the card onto the opening, making sure the score line is NOT inside the “purse”. I used the Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder to round the bottom two edges of the flap.

I cut two pieces of patterned paper to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ square for the front and back of the purse card. If you use directional patterned paper, make sure they face up toward the top opening of the card. I wouldn’t adhere these papers until you’ve attached the flap and the handle, as it makes it a lot easier to figure out the direction the patterns should go and you’ll end up with a more finished looking card, since you’ll be covering the handle and the spot on the back where you attached the flap of the purse.

Add a small piece of Velcro about 1/2″ from the bottom of the flap centered from side to side at 2 1/4″ from sides.

You’ll need a piece of patterned paper that is 1 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ for the outside of the flap of the purse. (My paper is smaller because that was all I had left of that pattern.) I added a thin strip of pink foil paper on top near the bottom of the flap and added a die cut of Happy Birthday with pink foil near the bottom of the purse. I added some small pink pearls beside Happy Birthday and inside the purse on the sentiment I die cut with an oval for the upper portion of the purse.

You’ll need two more pieces for inside the card. I used a piece of pink mirror cardstock for the top section that I also used the inside of to cut the handles out of with two circle dies. One circle die is 4 1/2″ across and the other is 3 3/4″ at the center, so the handle has some width.. The mirror cardstock is cut to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8″ and after I removed the handle from the center, added a piece of 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ patterned paper over it and glued it in place. The patterned paper I used on the bottom section was 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ to match the width of the mirrored card stock used on the top section.

NOTE: I had a little issue with the directions I glued these papers in…You need to remember that when the purse is closed, the part of the purse furthest from the scoring, is the top of the card, so when the purse is open, the patterns on the bottom and top section both face upward.

DIY Wink of Stella: Use What You Have

I have Wink of Stella pens, but wanted a bright red Christmas color and thought it would be fun to try to make our own with products we already have on hand.

First off, I bought a set of glitter markers from Amazon but could no longer find them there, but was able to find them on Aliexpress, and here’s a link to them. https://tinyurl.com/2y98zwmr

Ways I tried to make my own Wink of Stella coloring..

1. Metallic markers scribbled onto a watercolor palette and mixed with a small amount of water. Link to the markers: https://tinyurl.com/rc5db87f

2. Stickles with a small amount of water. Lavender Stickles Link: https://tinyurl.com/4spmprek

3. Ken Oliver Liquid Metals link: https://tinyurl.com/rw59a5u2

4. Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment in Marigold they no longer seem to offer Marigold, but I found a similar color called Gilded, link: https://tinyurl.com/95ed7nrw

5. Nail pigment from Aliexpress, mixed with Gum Arabic link: https://tinyurl.com/y998pka4

6. Mica Powder mixed with Gum Arabic link: https://tinyurl.com/xnct4ekt

7. Metallic watercolors: https://tinyurl.com/ffweabtp

8. Liquitex Professional Iridescent Medium link: https://tinyurl.com/f66p4z2x

To make a Wink of Stella Pen out of a waterbrush…using Liquitex Professional iridescent Medium, a few drops into a waterbrush that’s filled about 1/2 full with water and then add Stampin Up reinker in Real Red, 10 drops, put the top back on the water pen and shake. You’ll need to keep adding both reinker and the iridescent medium until you get the right shade of red and the right amount of shimmer.