Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

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Just Scootin’ in to say Hello…

Don’t you just love getting “snail mail”?

It’s so nice when I open my mailbox and see something other than a bill or advertisement.

Snail Mail Stamped Card

The Snail Mail card was made using the Snail Mail Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement. 

I used simple masking and background techniques that anyone can do to make the card a little more fun.

(see below for complete instructions)

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Directions:

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Xyron Create a Sticker Machine Mini

Creating a Mask for your stamped images…

To keep your image crisp and clean while creating your background you’ll want to create a mask.

  • Without re-inking, the “mailbox” stamp, stamp the image onto a piece of scrap paper. This lighter impression keeps the ink to a minimum and prevents it from getting onto your fingers when working with the mask.
  • Place the stamped copy into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* with a Repositionable Cartridge* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of repositionable adhesive to the paper.

Creating Masks for Stamping Cards

  • Cut nice and tight around the stamped image – this cut-out now becomes your “mask”.
  • Remove the protective backing and place the mask directly over the stamped image.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Masking the Sun…

  • Punch or cut a circle from scrap paper.  (set aside the punched circle to use as a mask)
  • Use the open circle  cutout as a template to create the sun.  Place the circle cutout over the masked/stamped mailbox.   Using a yellowish/golden inkpad and an Ink Blending Tool*, gently rub the ink onto the paper.  Be careful not to let the paper slip.
  • Take the punched circle and place it in the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* (with repositionable cartridge) to make a mask that will fit over your “inked sun”.
  • Place mask over the Sun.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking.

Creating the Grass Background…

  • Stamp the “snail with dotted lines” in black ink over the base of the mailbox image.  You can leave the dotted line straight or you can easily position the dotted line of the stamp to make it curvy.
  • Stamp a second snail to create a mask.  (You will only need to cut out the snail, not the dotted lines.)
  • Place the snail mask over the stamped snail image.
  • Use scissors to cut a wavy line on a piece of scrap paper to create your “grass background template”.
  • Starting at the top of the “curvy line”, use an Ink Blending Tool* and green ink and rub the ink down on the paper.  Continue moving the template down the paper and adding more grass lines.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking

Creating the cloudy sky background…

  • As a reminder…you should have masks on the Sun, Mailbox, and Snail.
  • To make light and fluffy clouds, you’ll need a piece of scrap paper with a torn edge.
  • Place the torn edge at the top of the stamped watercolor paper.  Gently rub blue ink onto the paper with the Ink Blending Tool*.
  • Adjust the torn paper slightly and move down the paper and ink to create more clouds.  Continue inking clouds until you reach the grass line.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • Remove the masks from the sun, mailbox, and snail.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.
  • Because I use Watercolor Paper* and stamped the image with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad* I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping Cards and Envelopes

Decorated Envelopes for the Win!

I rarely decorate my envelopes.

I thought this card called for a little extra fun on the outside.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

And for a little extra fun, I added googly eyes to the snail on this card.

Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

How to Make a Sweet Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

using the Donut Box Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The perfect gift card/money holder for that special someone with a sweet tooth.

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How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

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Mini Donut Box Gift Box Holder

Directions:

  • Cut the Donut Box using the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine and the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two scalloped rectangles using the Donut Box Die Set.  I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A Sticker Mini to add adhesive to the back of it before die-cutting.  It makes the scalloped rectangle a sticker which makes it so much easier to adhere to the box.
  • Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the backside of the box opening.
  • Remove the backing off the “rectangle sticker” and place one on the front of the opening and the second onto the back of the opening.
  • Cut a small piece of acetate slightly larger than the opening on the Donut Box.
  • Gently fold Donut Box on the score lines.  Glue the side tabs together to form the box.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the donuts out of cardstock.
  • Use the light tan Tombow Maker* around the edges of the Donuts to give them a “baked” look.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Place the “sprinkles” paper into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of adhesive to the paper.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the “icing for the donuts” out of the “sprinkles” paper and place it onto the cardstock donuts.
  • Cut a small 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle tray to fit inside the donut box.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares to the back of the donuts and stick them onto the tray.
  • I added two braided loops and taped them under the tray with regular tape.  I cut a second 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of decorative scrapbook paper and adhered it under the donut box tray with the thin 3D foam squares.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

  • Cut a small tag using the tag die that comes with the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two small flowers and two leaves using the Petite Flowers Die Set.  Add pink to the edges of the flowers using the #800 Pink Tombow Marker.
  • Carefully scrunch the flower with your fingers to give the flower shape.
  • Glue the flowers and leaves together onto the tag.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box

The Donuts look good enough to eat.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

Hide a gift card to your favorite donut shop or money under the donut tray for a sweet little surpris

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

The Sweet Life Tiny Book

The Sweet Life Tiny Book.

The theme for Eileen Hull’s teams this month was “Crafting with Unconventional Materials”.

I do love a crafty challenge. I’ll admit this one stumped for a minute or two.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

This challenge had my waistline taking one for the team.

The mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were leftover from Easter.

I can’t think of a better way to use them up.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

Materials Used:

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Crafting with Candy Wrappers

Directions:

  • Carefully unwrap the peanut butter cup wrappers.  Smooth out the wrinkles using your fingernail.
  • Place the wrappers into the opening of the disposable sticker maker.  Pull the wrappers through on the back of the machine, tear.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Cut the wrappers into smaller strips and pieces.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Carefully peel the wrappers from the adhesive backing and place them randomly onto a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of matboard.
  • Lay the matboard on the Sizzix Tiny Book Die facedown.
  • Run the die through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine* to cut out the Tiny Book cover.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Carefully fold the book on the score lines.
  • Cut two pieces of white cardstock 2 3/4″ x 11″.  Score both pieces of cardstock every 2 1/8″ to create a long accordion piece.  You will end up with a small tab at the end of both strips.  Use the first tab to connect the strips.  Cut the second tab off.  Refold to make a long accordion strip.
  • Adhere both ends of the cardstock into the front and back cover.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

A Coffee Gift Card Holder for Mom

a Coffee Card for Mom

How to make a “coffee-themed” gift card holder for Mom for Mother’s Day.

Do you have a Mom who’s a coffee lover?

Make her a cute “coffee-themed” card perfect for adding a gift card to her favorite store

or coffee place.

A Coffee Themed Gift Card Holder for Mom.

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A Coffee Themed Card for Mom

Directions:

  • Die-cut the pieces from the Coffee Die Set out of scrapbook paper using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Assemble the die-cut pieces on a layered card front.
  • For the base of the gift card holder, I cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/4″ x 9 3/4″.  Score lengthwise every 3 1/4″.
  • Adhere a 3″ x 5″ piece of green polka dot paper onto the middle panel.
  • On the third panel, cut down the side approx. 2 1/2″.  Cutaway the remaining section of the panel on a diagonal to create a flap.
  • Adhere the bottom and the short side of the flap to the middle panel to create a pocket.
  • Decorate the pocket with a flower that was “fussy cut” from the floral paper.  Add a small strip to edge the pocket.

Die-Cutting letters using the Crossover II.

Directions Continued:

  • For the letters on the front of the card, I used gold foiled paper.  To make the letters stickers, I ran the gold foiled paper through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As you run the paper through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-Cut the letters to spell “MOM” using the Alphabet Die Set and the
  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Remove the backing off the back of the letters and stick them onto the front of the card.
  • Tie gold thread around the front of the card and tie it with a knot.

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

A coffee themed card for Mom

Now all you need to do is add a gift card for her favorite store or coffee place along with a sweet note.

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Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe Accordion Book and Card

How to make an Accordion Album

How to make an Accordion Album using Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe Collection.

A quick way to make a mini album to showcase a few memorable pictures.

The album would make a great gift for someone special.

How to make an Accordion Album

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Accordion Album made with Kaisercrafts's Flower Shopped Collection.

Directions:

  • Cut two 4″ x 6″ matboard panels.
  • Cut two 5″ x 7″ green polka dot paper pieces.  You will need to generously apply adhesive to the back of the paper.  I like to use my Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive.  Run the paper design side up through the machine to add a “complete layer” of adhesive on the paper.  (no wrinkles, no electricity)
  • Lay matboard on center back of polka dot paper.  Miter paper edges by cutting diagonal triangle off each edge of four corners, leaving 1/8″ space between cut and matboard.  (TIP…save triangles to cover edges if corners don’t meet)  Fold edges over the matboard and adhere.  Repeat with the second set of panels.
  • Decorate the front of the album using designs from the “Arrangement” paper.  I layered the “bloom where you are planted” 3″ x 4″ section onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock.  For added dimension, I adhered the layers onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of matboard.
  • Paint four metal corners with white multi-media paint.  After the paint has fully dried, lightly sand over the corners to reveal the embossed design.  Fold around edges of the matboard layer.  Adhere layered matboard to the front of the album cover.

Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe-Accordion Album

  • Cut two 5-7/8″ x 12″ strips of “sunroom” scrapbook paper.  Score lengthwise every 3-7/8″.  You will end up with 3 panels and a small narrow section at the end of each strip approximately a 1/2″ inch.  On one panel, cut the extra 1/2″ strip off.  Adhere the 1/2″ tab onto the back of the other panel to create one long 6-panel accordion strip.  Refold the panel if necessary.
  • Adhere each end of the accordion strip to the 4″ x 6″ covered chipboard panels.
  • Create pockets and flaps using extra scrapbook paper pieces.

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And for the Card Makers…

I also made a card using the left over paper from the Flower Shoppe Collection.

DIY Graduation Card and Gift Card Holder

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DIY Graduation Cap Card and Gift Card Holder

How to make personalized graduation cards for the special people in your life.

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For the Graduation Card and Card Holder

I used The Maker’s Movement NEW Graduation Cap Die Set and the NEW Donut Box Gift Card Holder Die Set.

If you are a Cardmaker/Paper Crafter, make sure to check out all NEW RELEASE Stamp & Die Sets now available. So many cute sets!  (and I promise, I will have more on the donut box later)

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Directions:

  • The pieces for the Graduation Cap were die-cut out of Black Glossy Cardstock* and edged in gold using a Gold Chisel Tip Calligraphy Pen*.
  • The gold layer for the card is Rinea Foiled Paper which was adhered to the card base using a Tape Runner*.  
  • The tassel and button on the cap were made using the gold foiled paper adhered to cardstock and then die-cut.

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  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper.
  • This picture is when I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the purple foiled paper for the gift cardholder.  
  • I also added adhesive to the gold foiled paper used to create the letters on the front of the card.

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  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • The adhesive on the back of the foil makes the letters stickers and easy to adhere. 

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

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To Make the Graduation Cap Gift Card Holder:

  • To make my gift card personal, I chose to make my graduation cap purple to honor the school colors of this year’s graduate.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper using the Xyron Creative Station*.  (see previous picture)
  • Die-cut the pieces of the graduation cap using the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Die-cut the base of the gift card holder out of black glossy cardstock and the New Donut Box Die.
  • Fold the box on the score lines and adhere to side tabs to create the box.  
  • Adhere a small piece of paper on the inside of the box to finish creating the lid.  
  • Adhere the Graduation Cap pieces onto the top of the box.  If you would like a little dimension, add 3D Adhesive Foam Squares to the back of the cap before adding it to the box.

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  • Add a little personality on the inside of the box with graduation-themed scrapbook paper.  
  • Insert candy, gift card, or cash for a graduation gift they’re sure to love.

Hello Spring Banner

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Welcome Spring with a Cute Bunny Inspired Wreath.

Using a few inexpensive wood cut-outs from Dollar Tree I created a fun Spring Banner to hang

on my wreath.  With the help of my Xyron Creative Station*, it was quick and easy to make.

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Directions:

  • Put the paper design side up on the Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

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  • Lay wood cut-outs onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

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  • String the finished wood pieces onto a piece of ribbon or twine.
  • I used the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun to add the flowers and leaves embellishments.
  • One of my favorite features of the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.
  • FYI…I also added a bit of hot glue strategically under the wood pieces to help keep them from twisting on the twine.
  • I used letters cut from StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl to spell the word “Hello”.  You could also use chipboard letters or letter stickers.

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No Sew Bunny Gnome

No-Sew Bunny Gnome made using the New Xyron Glue Gun.

This Bunny Gnome was made using a couple of inexpensive girl socks from Dollar Tree.

The instructions for the Bunny Gnome are very similar to how I made the Valentine Gnome.

I filled the bottom of the sock with 1/3 cup of rice and filled the rest with poly-fil.

The top of the sock was tied tight with a piece of string and I added a small dab of glue from

my New Xyron Glue Gun to secure it.  I added a faux fur beard, a sock hat with a little

poly-fil added for shape and cute little felt ears.

No-Sew Valentine Gnome.   (click on picture for tutorial)

The Gnome is ready for Spring with his cute little felt ears and felt flowers.

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Xyron Mini Multi-Stick Glue Gun

Enabler Alert…

Xyron has come out with three New glue guns.  This one pictured above is what I used to create the No-Sew Bunny Gnome.  One of my favorite features is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.  How cool is that?

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Simple Spring Place Card

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Add a little whimsy to your Spring Table with this cute little Bunny Place Card.

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Make it personal, it’s fairly simple and very inexpensive to make. 

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For the Bunny Place Card…

I used inexpensive wood bunny cut-outs from Dollar Tree* and scrapbook paper.

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Directions:

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  • Lay wood piece onto scrapbook and give a gentle rub to make sure everything is stuck down.
  • Carefully cut around the shape with a craft knife*.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an emory board* to get into small places to smooth.
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To make my bunny stand, I used a small wood piece cut from an old scrabble tray* and glued it onto the back using Dap Rapid Ruse All Purpose Adhesive*.

(You can find scrabble trays on Amazon*.  Another idea would be to use a small kids block*.)

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Now you’re ready to set the table using your good dishes and let the party begin.

Personally…I always considered these red toile dishes my “good” dishes and I only used them

for Holidays.  Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to use them every day.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

If you liked the Spring Place Card, you’ll also like Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses.

      

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Xyron’s 25th Anniversary

Xyron 25th Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to one of my very favorite crafting companies!

I remember back in the mid-’90s (when I had my retail store) going to a trade show and stopping

by the Xyron Booth.  There was quite a crowd and buzz around their new products.

It was at that Trade Show when I bought my first Xyron machines.

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I bought the Xryon 500 Create a Sticker to use as a Special Anniversary Sale promo. 

(and boy did I sell a lot of those machines.)

I also purchased the Xyron 850 to sell and bought the Xyron 1200 for store use.

I figured if 8 1/2″ was good then 12″ was better.  (12″ paper was just becoming popular)

(The picture above is my first Xyron machine.  When we went through my mom’s craft room we found extra cartridges that fit the machine.  Score!)

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Personally, my favorite Xyron product to use is the Xyron Creative Station*.

It is the perfect size for larger projects and I love how I can insert a 5″ cartridge for smaller

projects.  But to be perfectly honest, I love all my Xyron products.

Happy Anniversary Xryon, looking forward to crafting with you for many years to come.

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The Christmas Magic Room is my favorite project made using Xyron Creative Station*.