Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

I thought I would share with you a fun little album I made for Xyron using

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Collection by Photo Play Paper.

A great album to add your photos.

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Directions:

  • For the cover, cut the matboard into two 5” x 7” pieces.
  • Cut two 5” x 7” pieces of black dot scrapbook paper and two 5” x 7” pieces of diagonal stripe paper.
  • Place the scrapbook paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to run the scrapbook paper through the machine. As the scrapbook paper goes through the Xyron Creative Station, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. (You will need to add adhesive to all four pieces of scrapbook paper.)
  • Remove the clear protective coating. Peel the paper from the white backing and stick it directly onto the matboard. Each piece of the mat board* will have black dots on one side and diagonal stripes on the other.
  • The Black Dot Scrapbook paper will be on the front and back cover with the diagonal stripe paper on the inside.
  • Cut two 1 ½” x 7” strips of diagonal striped paper. Run the strips through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back.
  • Stick onto the edge of the front and back cover. Pay special attention to the placement on the back cover so that the pieces line up on the right side.

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  • For the inside pages, cut six 5” x 7” pieces of black cardstock.
  • Cut two 9¼” x 7” pieces of black cardstock. Score the cardstock at 5” lengthwise to create a page that has a flap.
  • Adhere a variety of Tulla & Norbert Love Story scrapbook paper onto the front and back of each section of the black cardstock using the Xyron Tape Runner*.
  • Using a Book Binding Machine*, bind the album together.
  • Cut apart the 3” x 4” journaling cards to adorn the front cover and some of the inside pages.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

  • A great way to add adhesive to the Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Ephemera is to place them into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker*. Just pull, rub, and stick. To remove any excess adhesive around the die-cut pieces, use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser*.
  • Create fun page flaps and pockets to add your album using stickers, die-cuts, ribbon, and twine*.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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Sizzix January Mega Sale

Up to 80%* off
Enabler Alert(because I love sharing a good deal)

Sizzix is having their January Mega Sale!!!

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You can get dies like the Eileen Hull’s XL Post Die* on sale for only $11.50 (regularly $45.99.)

There are a lot of discounted dies available from Top Designers.

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Prissy Pink Princess Wreath

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

How to make a Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

I decided to stray from my typical “clean and simple” style to go super feminine

with this Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

The wreath could also double as a princess crown.  (If you’re into that kind of thing.)

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Usually, when I start a project, I have an idea of how I want it to turn out.

This project, however, turned out completely different than my original plan.

I started with a basket of pink, white and red ribbons in various widths and styles.

I wanted to make a simple ribbon wreath and tie cut strips of ribbon to a wreath form.

I wasn’t happy with it, so I scratched that idea. (it’s a good idea to be flexible)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Here’s what I did instead:

  • Being resourceful, I used a 5 ½” lid from an extra-large Nesquik can for the base.
  • Using the inside ridge as my guide, I cut away the inside.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Because when I started this project, I was going to do something different, I spray painted the rim of the lid white.
  • It’s still probably a good idea to do, depending on what kind of wreath you intend on making. (Unless you like the color blue.)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Wrap and cover the rim of the lid with a 7/8″ White Grosgrain Ribbon*. To give the ribbon wreath a little more softness and size, I added a little bit of poly-fil under the ribbon while wrapping. Use a Hot Glue Gun* to glue the ribbon to keep the ribbon from moving. It took approximately two yards of ribbon to go around the edge of the lid.
  • Wrap additional pink sheer ribbon around the white grosgrain ribbon.

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Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Make ribbon rosettes flowers to go around the wreath in different sizes.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Gather the ends of the thread together and tie in a knot. Trim the ends. I use a heavy-duty sewing thread for the rosettes. It doesn’t break when I tighten them.
  • Hot glue a fancy rhinestone button in the center of the rosette.
  • Glue flower onto the wreath.
  • To make smaller rosette flowers, use 6″ strips of 3/8″ satin or grosgrain ribbon. Create a “running stitch” like used in the larger rosette and tighten.
  • Glue a small pearl bead in the center of the rosettes.
  • Glue smaller rosettes around the larger rosette.
  • Create small leaves by folding and scrunching green ribbon. Glue under the rosette flowers.
  • Create strings of pretty beads anchored with additional flower rosettes to hang in the middle of the wreath.
  • Cut a larger piece of ribbon for hanging the Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.
  • Create a ribbon bow for the top of the wreath. Glue a fancy rhinestone button onto the bow and glue it into place.

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Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

A simple little project to make for Valentine’s Day.

The Valentine Treat Pouch would make a cute gift for teachers and friends

or anyone you want to share a little love and kindness with.

Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

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Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

Directions:

  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper (or cardstock) 4″ x 10″.
  • Using a Scoring Board and Scoring Tool*, score the paper at 4″, 4 ½”, 5″, and 9″.  (The lines on the above sample are just for reference.)

Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

  • Fold the paper along the score lines.  Create a “valley” fold at the 4 ½” and 5″ mark.  Fold the 1″ section over to create a flap.
  • If you don’t want to see the paper pattern on the inside, you can adhere a 4″ x 4″ piece of white paper on the inside.

Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

  • Cut a 2 ½” circle on the first 4″ section.  (Make sure to leave room for the 1″ flap.)
  • Cut a 3″ x 3″ piece of clear acetate.  Remove the protective coating from the acetate and adhere to the inside of the pouch under the circle.

Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

  • Instead of using stickers on the front of the acetate, I cut a Valentine Heart and Circle Design using a Silhouette Cameo and StyleTechCraft Red Transparent Vinyl*.  I sized the design to fit inside the 2 ½” circle.
  • After removing the excess vinyl from the design, use transfer paper to adhere to the acetate.

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Easy Valentine Treat Pouch

  • Fill a clear bag with treats and place it inside the treat pouch.
  • Punch two holes through the front and back of the pouch and bag.
  • Insert ribbon through holes and tie.

You can easily adapt the measurements to create a larger or smaller treat pouch.

Top 3 Favorite Paper Crafting Projects of 2021

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My Top 3 Sizzix/Eileen Hull Paper Crafting Projects.

As part of the Eileen Hull Educator Team, I post projects every month using her dies.  

This month Eileen asked us to pick our three favorite projects for 2021.  

These three projects are my top three favorites.  

Click on the pictures or links below ↓ to go to the original post with all the details.

Winter Fun Folio Album

The Winter Fun Folio Album was made with the Eileen Hull Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.

If you like an album with a lot of options, then the Folio Journal Die is for you.  

You can see the full project details here.

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The Sweet Life Tiny Book

Good Things Come in Small Packages.

The “Sweet Life Tiny Book” was made with the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Tiny Book Die*

and Hershey Peanut Butter Cup Wrappers.  You can see the full project details here.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Scrapbook Album

The “Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album” was made with

the New Full-Sized Journal Die* from Eileen Hull and Sizzix. 

This was probably my most favorite one.  I love this die because of its impressive size. 

The finished album measures 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″.  

You’ll need to have a Sizzix Big Shot Plus*or Sizzix Big Shot Pro* to cut this.

You can read all the project details here.

How to make an Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Red Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

A Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Ornament.

Make it a personal memory with a piece of fabric or flannel from a “special” shirt.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

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Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Directions:

  • Instead of hand painting or stenciling on the ribbon, I created the “stencil words” using a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* out of removable vinyl*. I removed the inside of the letters leaving the blank space.
  • Use the transfer tape* to pick up the stenciled word. Place the transfer tape* on the center of the cotton twill ribbon. Rub gently over the transfer paper to transfer the vinyl onto the twill ribbon. Remove the transfer paper.
  • Use a paintbrush to carefully stencil (or paint) the inside of the letters. Allow to dry and remove the vinyl.  (The vinyl words are for one use.)

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Open the embroidery hoop* and place the flannel on the embroidery hoop. Lay the stenciled twill over the center of the flannel.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Place the outside hoop over the flannel and twill and tighten the embroidery hoop. Cut the excess flannel and ribbon from the back of the embroidery hoop.
  • Glue a cardstock circle onto the back of the embroidery hoop.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Measure and cut the pine stem to fit around the outside edge of the embroidery hoop.  Glue the craft pine stem* onto the embroidery hoop.
  • Tie a small bow using the striped ribbon.
  • Cut the berry sprig down to size, glue both the ribbon and berry to the top of the hoop.
  • Add natural twine to the top to hang.

   

Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Making a Christmas Putz House

Making a Christmas Putz House

Christmas Putz houses are little cardboard or paper houses.

Sometimes illuminated, they are usually decorated with mica flakes

and glitter to make festive Holiday Villages.

Making a Christmas Putz House
Last year, the Eileen Hull Teams got together to bring everyone a little

Comfort and Joy during a rough Christmas Season.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to do it again.

My Christmas Putz House, made with Eileen’s House Ornament Die*,

is my contribution to this year’s “Comfort and Joy” collaboration.

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Making a Christmas Putz House

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Making a Christmas Putz House

Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station®*. As the paper moves through, it adds adhesive to the underneath side. You get complete adhesive covering.
  • Cut two pieces of Sizzix Matboard* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the Christmas Scrapbook paper onto each one of the mat boards. (Underneath will be plain)
  • Lay covered mat board on top of the House Ornament Die*. Sandwich the die and mat board between the cutting plates. Run the die, matboard, and cutting plate through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*. The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two of the house shapes.
  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses. (It is for making the house into an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Rapid Fuse Adhesive* to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  

Making a Christmas Putz House

  • For the Roof: Cut a piece of Kraft Corrugated paper 2 1/4″ x 4″. Fold in half and glue to the top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white mat board over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine. Trim around the matboard to create two small windows. Cut two small pieces of gold paper or vellum to fit under the window frame and glue them into place. Glue the windows frames onto the house.  
  • Cut a tiny piece of mat board to use as a door.  Glue a small piece of corrugated paper over the door for the roof.
  • Use a 3″ x 4″ piece of mat board as the base for the house. Cover the mat board with scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the putz house, bottle brush tree, and mini snowman ornament to the base.
  • Decorate your Christmas Putz House with small wreaths, snowflakes, glitter and mica flakes.