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How to Make Gift Tags at Home

Want to know how to make gift tags at home with the Buffalo Check background stamp and your Stamparatus?  I’m aiming for masculine today.  What do you think about these ones?

Do You Know How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Wanna know how to make them?  Scroll on…

Plaid is big.  Well, actually plaid isn’t just big, it’s BIG!  Have you noticed it’s THE design element of the season? 

Black and white, green and red, blue and silver.  There’s a different colour combination to suit just about everyone out there.  And you can create it easily with your Buffalo Check background stamp and Stamparatus.

One inking and impression will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home

Two inkings with your Stamparatus will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home to SAVE Moola for Stamping Supplies!

Which one is YOUR favourite?

I promise you’re going to love how easy peasy these are.  First let’s take a quick look at the short supply list.

So let’s learn how to make our own plaid to dress up quick 3x3 gift tags super quickly.

 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

To get two-toned plaid like this here are the steps.

Step 1: Place your Plaid clear stamp on your Stamparatus.  Leave a little bit of clearance around the stamp (I left about an inch)  Place your cardstock also about 1” below the top of the Stamparatus.  Hold in place with a magnet.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 2: Ink up your stamp with a Night of Navy pad.  TIP: Hold your ink pad as flat as possible and pat several times over the rubber.  Make sure to repeat over some areas so the edges of the ink pad colour are softened.  TIP:  A well inked ink pad is essential to good coverage.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 3: Lower the acrylic plate onto your cardstock and stamp image  TIP: Don’t be afraid to apply pressure on the stamp especially around the top and edges.  TIP:  Check your impression to make sure it is fully inked.  If not, re-ink the stamp and stamp again until you are happy with the coverage.  CLEAN stamp well.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 4: Lift plate out of the Stamparatus and move to the left ONE hinge.  Ink stamp with the SECOND colour and stamp. 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 5: Clean stamp, remove cardstock, cut to size and use on your gift tags.  

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

I really like the little space left where the Vanilla shows through and the overlap of the green and navy.  To show up the vanilla even more, I added the tag to a plain Very Vanilla box I created with my Gift Bag punch board.  A simple strip of the left over plaid decorates the side and the Braided Linen trim adds a happy bow. 

Don't you Just LOVE How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on – 1 piece 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” TIP: I cut my paper to be about the same size as my background so I don’t waste., 1 scrap piece
  • Plaid stamped cardstock – 2 3/4” x 2 3/“, cut AFTER stamping
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide glimmer paper – piece at least 2 1/2” square

 

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home the EASY Way!

Isn’t it fun to create gift tags perfectly coordinated for your boxes and presents? What fella wouldn’t love to see this gift with HIS name on it (bow included!)?

And now you know how to make gift tags at home, you can make every colour under the rainbow for all the occasions you celebrate! 

Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board | VIDEO

Let’s make some creative packaging with the envelope punch board!

You probably know I’ve been featuring the envelope punch board this week.  Did you see my video for a super adorable treat holder you can whip up in just a couple minutes?  

How about my gift card holder and bow?    I’ve been having so much fun with Is the envelope punch board, it’s become my best paper crafting friend!  Is it YOUR best friend yet?

Today’s project is a masculine gift box you can fill with all kinds of little treats.

Christmas Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

What do you think would be best in here?  Some candies, a gift card, of course.  What about tickets to an event or some fishing hooks, or lottery tickets?  There’s no end to the possibilities.

Masculine Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

All you need is one 6” x 6” sheet of designer paper (I’m using Festive Farmhouse), and a couple scraps of coordinating cardstock.  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Old Olive fit the bill nicely. 

Here are all the supplies so you can follow along with my creative packaging with the envelope punch board video.

 

Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

 

Who's Into Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board?

Think how delightful this same project would be with a more “girly” paper design?  Pretty pinks and purples or cool and icy blues are popping into my head right now? 

Leave me a comment.  What possibilities are you imagining with this design?

I LOVE to Make Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

I’ve got one more day to share another envelope punch board idea with you so be sure to check back here to see it.  Plus it’s a Keep It Simple Sunday (KISS) so you won’t want to miss it. 

In fact, I think almost ALL my designs this week fit my KISS feature so why not give them all a try in less than an hour?

No matter whether it’s envelopes, boxes or bow, you’re going to love creative packaging with the envelope punch board – go get crafty!

Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

Not only do I have some quick and easy Christmas card heat embossing ideas for you.

Today I also want you to be inspired by nature and the peaceful beauty of the Christmas season with this card.

Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

Many, many years ago, I featured a Christmas fir on my festive greeting.  Inside I had hand lettered the entire Alfie the ChristmasTree  song by John Denver and the Muppets.  Have you ever heard of it?  Although those two together might not really “fit” for you, that was, and I think still is, my favourite Christmas album.

Now if you’re drawing a blank about that album, this might help. Go WAAAAY back (to 1979) and you’ll hear it has a message that bears remembering still today.  Not just at Christmas but all throughout the year.

“It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise.  Find your heart, open up both your eyes.  We can all know everything, without ever knowing why.  It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”

Aren’t they beautiful?

QUICK & SIMPLE Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

 

Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

 

Now what was my thought process as I sat down to create this card for you?

  1. First, it needs to reclaim some of that peaceful message feel.
  2. Then, I want to include heat embossing on it to finish up my Weekly Feature.
  3. It has to be “doable” in under 10 minutes.
  4. Since I had so much fun with the Winter Woods stamp set on this card,  I wanted to show some versatility with it.  But using the fir tree this time.
  5. If I can include a watercoloured image, bonus!

Let’s take a closer peek at the two sets I’ve used for this nature inspired card, Winter Woods and Timeless Tidings.

Christmas card heat embossing ideas

Christmas card heat embossing ideas

So now you know what I was thinking and have seen these beautiful sets up close, let me give you the measurements and steps.

Bits & Bites

  • Merry Merlot cardbase – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Copper foil – 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide – 1 1/4” x 5 1/2”

Simple Steps

  1. Stamp pine bough repeatedly onto strip of Tranquil Tide with Versamark and glue to front left of folded card.
  2. Ink words from Timeless Tidings with Versamark and stamp onto bottom middle of water-colour paper.  TIP: Rub Embossing Buddy lightly over watercolour paper.  See why this is a great add-on to your stamping supplies in this post. TIP:  Since this paper has a bumpy surface, using your Stamparatus to do this may give you the best results.  See how to use the Stamparatus here.
  3. Sprinkle with Copper embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.
  4. Ink fir tree with Tranquil Tide.
  5. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 2-3 times.  TIP: It’s best to not make it dripping wet.
  6. Stamp onto middle of piece of watercolour paper.  TIP:  hold your stamp a few seconds longer than you would normally.  Don’t press any harder, just hold it still.  Lift off and let dry.
  7. Glue to piece of copper foil then use dimensionals to attach to the front of your card.  TIP: Use a stronger glue here like Liquid glue or Tear & Tape to hold the bumpier surface of the watercolour paper secure.

 

I LOVE Quick and Easy Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

What’s one of the best parts for this card?  Stamp & emboss many of these in no time. Yes, even with watercoloring AND heat embossing.  TIP: spritz your stamp another time and get a second – and maybe even ONE more time for a lighter third impression.  They will still look lovely with a much softer feel.

Now it’s time to get into your stamp studio.  Pull out your stamps and watercolour paper and start spritzing for a peaceful Christmas card this year. Here are all the supplies I used. 

Pretty Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

In the words of John Denver, “It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise.  Find your heart, open up both your eyes.  We can all know everything, without ever knowing why.  It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”

I love this song and the words are ones to live by.  So as you’re thinking about Christmas card heat embossing ideas and your festive greetings, keep these words close and your cards will be sure to have a peaceful beauty.

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Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Who says handmade birthday cards for men are hard?  Let me show you a classy yet simple card with the Country Road stamp set, (one I think is a bit underrated) in the Annual catalogue.

Create Classy Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

How gorgeous are those pussy willows?  Remember looking for those when you were a kid as the first sign of spring?  Now, I know it’s not spring right now, but with the fall-ISH copper embossing powder it works, doesn’t it?

Emboss Some Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

So let me ask you…

Have you got a – or more than one – guy who fits this description?

  • Likes subtle colours?
  • Is a family guy?
  • Enjoys the outdoors and nature?
  • Is a western-kind of fella?
  • Has a birthday occasionally? 😜

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this card is for you!

I LOVE These Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Admittedly you might not find as many stamps that lend themselves to masculine greetings.  But for handmade birthday cards for men, this Country Road set is a no-brainer!  Let’s take a peek.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Wanna know something else?  This is a really economical set too.  You can pick up the clear set for only $27 CDN.  So I know it won’t take me long to get my $$$ back.  Gotta love it! 

In fact, I made two of these cards already.  One for my dad’s 80th birthday and another for my adult nephew’s special day.  They were pretty quick, simple and a perfect choice to help them both celebrate.

 

What are MY favourite parts for these handmade birthday cards for men?

 

  • dry embossed Pinewood Planks panel sponged randomly with Early Espresso ink
  • a two-tone Happy Birthday banner.  (True Story – I didn’t even know that framelit in the Bunch of Banners made a border like that😉!  Guess I need to use it more!)
  • subtle colour selection.  The WOW factor is the copper layer and of course,
  • beautiful copper embossed pussy willows…

…and…

EXTRA Special Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

  • a fully decorated inside. 

 

Want some great ideas to help you make these sometimes challenging cards?  Check this one out.  

I’ll bet you have most of the other supplies already in your craft room to make this card.  And if not, you can add whatever you need here.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Who Said Handmade Birthday Cards for Men are Hard?

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you find challenging about making cards for the guys in your life?  Leave me a comment.  

And let me know what other favourite Stampin’ Up! sets you love to use to help your men celebrate their happy day. 

Lovely as a Tree?  Coffee Cafe?  Picture Perfect Birthday?

And be sure to stick around.  I’ll share more ideas for handmade birthday cards for men over the next little while.

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

Today I want to show you exactly how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds.  I am in love with these vibrant watercolour crystals to create spectacular one-of-a-kind backgrounds.

I just had to put together a video for you to give you some hints on working with them so you can get fabulous results like this too.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

You might remember this beautiful butterfly card made by my friend Karen using this technique.  And although I know you have the steps from that blog post, sometimes it’s just a little easier to see it in action right?

But first, let’s take a quick look at this card from another angle.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Now, you may already know that I am a watercolour gal.  Give me some watercolour paper, inks and some water and I’m as happy as a puppy in a bag of unguarded dog chow.  

I absolutely love creating backgrounds and stamping, like on this masculine birthday card or having fun colouring like you see on this oh-so-cute rhino.  

So when another medium comes along to give me some of those same – yet different – results, sign me up!

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Don’t you just love how intense these colours are? It’s amazing how only a teeny tiny speck of crystal creates such awesome results.  How about we take a peek at my video to see exactly how to get gorgeous backgrounds like this?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Did you see how easy Brusho is to use?  A couple simple taps, a spritz, time to dry (the hardest part) and what stunning results.  Your friends will think you’re a genius!

And for another quick and easy technique with Brusho, you’ve gotta check this one out.

Want a closer peek at the other colour combinations I showed you in the video?

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

OK, now I need to know.  Leave me a comment.  Which one is your favourite?  The red-orange or yellow-blue-green?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

You’ll be happy to know the supply list for these cards is pretty short.  I’ll bet you probably have most items in your stash of goodies, and might only need to add the Brusho. 

Simply click on any of the images below to take you to my online store and that darling little brown UPS truck will be headed your way.

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Pssst…know what I have coming up for you?  A fab Brusho online class you are going to love (five different techniques)!  Keep your eyes peeled!  You won’t want to miss it!

And in the meantime, now you’ve seen just how quick and easy this resist technique is, get out your watercolour paper and spritzers.  I’d love for you to share with me how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds YOUR way!

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