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Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers

Grab your Stampin’ Blends and let’s make Christmas cards with alcohol markers that are quick and cute! 

I LOVE the Seasonal Chums set and realized I haven’t used it much this year.  So when I decided on a “snowfall” product of the week, I knew the cutie-pie snowman was up!

Why Not Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers?

How do you like the snow? 

If you have the Ruffled dynamic embossing folder, it’s a pretty cool (no pun intended 😜) way to make snowbanks.  Just run your Whisper White through your Big Shot and trim along the top ruffle and POW!  Instant snow!

I don’t think I’ve told you lately how much I adore our Stampin’ Blends marker, have I?  Here’s why they’re a super way to colour…

  • Quick colouring.
  • Easy to use (yes, even for beginners!).
  • Fantastic colour coordination.
  • Seamless colour blending.
  • So many colours to choose from.

See all my tips in this blog post if you’re a bit shy about trying them.

I want to show you a close-up shot of my colour blending on little Frosty.

Have you tried to make Christmas cards with alcohol markers yet?

I think it probably took me about 7 1/2 minutes to get him stamped and coloured.  (Yup a bit like Goldilocks here.  Not 5, not 10, but RIGHT in the middle!)

Now I have to admit, it is Keep It Simple Sunday, and this card IS simple.  Honest. 

But there are a few more steps than normal.  So the supply list is a little longer too.  😬  But don’t you love the results?

I LOVE to make Christmas cards with alcohol markers

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – one piece 3” x 4” and two scraps at least 3” square
  • Real Red cardstock – scrap at least 2 1/2” square
  • Real Red Mixed Satin ribbon – piece about 3” long

 

Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers

Let’s Make It

  1. Stamp snowman in Memento ink on scrap of Whisper White.  Colour with alcohol markers.  TIP: I used Light Smoky Slate and Light Pool Party along the left side of his body then used the Colour Lifter to blend out.  TIP: Since you are colour small areas, use the bullet tip side of the marker.
  2. Apply a wash of Wink of Stella over entire snowman body when finished colouring to add some sheen.
  3. Create snowbanks with the Ruffled Dynamic embossing folder and the 3” x 4” piece of White cardstock as outlined above. Glue to front bottom of folded card.
  4. Stick Frosty to left of “snowbanks” with dimensionals.
  5. Stamp your words in Shaded Spruce ink on the scrap of thick Whisper White cardstock.  Punch out with Starburst punch.  Punch out Real Red circle with 2 1/4” punch.  Layer together with liquid glue or SNAIL.
  6. Overlap piece of ribbon and attach to left side of circle with a glue dot.  Stick to top right of card with dimensionals.  TIP: overlap at least one dimensional on your ribbon to ensure it stays “stuck”.
  7. Add one red rhinestone to ampersand to finish off.

TADAH!  A fun card for ANYONE on your Christmas list!

Let's make Christmas cards with alcohol markers

The Seasonal Chums set is intended to be used for tags.  And they’re super that way.  But here’s another fabulous design I LOVE my friend Leslie shared showcasing the front and back nature of them.

Wanna craft up some snowman fun for yourself?  Here’s all the supplies I used so you can re-create Frosty.

 

Are you a snowman fiend?  Then this little guy might be right up your stamping alley.  There’s so many ways to colour him:  Stampin’ Write markers, watercolour pencils, your AquaPainter… 

But I predict your friends and family will LOVE HIM made with your Stampin’ Blends.   So pull ‘em out and make Christmas cards with alcohol markers and get ready for the WOW’s!

Make a Simple Holiday Card with Brush Marker Lettering

Make a simple holiday card with brush marker lettering and a Stampin’ Write marker.  Take my Basic Brush Lettering for Papercrafters online class and you CAN dress up your holiday greetings in your own style.

Then colour it up and add some fun glitz and glamour with the Making Christmas Bright stamps and your stamp pad refills.

Let’s see it.

Create Bright Lightbulbs and Make a Simple Holiday Card

Isn’t that new Poppy Parade red to die for?  With a little more orange than Real Red and brighter than Cherry Cobbler, it’s a red I HAD to add into my collection.

Plus what’s not to like about perfectly matched brush marker letters and cardstock?  And shiny, dimensional lightbulbs?

Let’s take a closer peek before I tell you how to achieve those glitzy bulbs.

Make a Simple Holiday Card to WOW This Year

Brush marker lettering is fun and easy to learn.  With just a bit of practice you’ll be able to WOW your family and friends with your hand lettered Christmas cards.

YES, you can learn this in time for Christmas with my online class, Lowercase Brush Marker Lettering for Papercrafters.  What’s all you need?

  • A Stampin’ Write marker in the colour of your choice
  • Some graph paper (or why not use our Grid Paper?)
  • A pencil and a ruler
  • a few hours of time

That’s it!  Oh, and my five step-by-step videos and full colour pdfs and guide sheets.  I’ve got you fully covered so you won’t miss a thing.

Get them here or by clicking the button below.

Make a Simple Holiday Card

 

Here’s a simple trick to make your own version of these fun lightbulbs.

  1. Gloss them up by mixing together a drop of your ink refill colour and a drop of your Fine Tip glue.  I used four colours: Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight and Garden Green for mine.  (See all my directions here.)
  2. Brush your mixture on with a clean Aqua Painter.
  3. Immediately rinse your Aqua Painter with clear water and set aside to dry.
  4. Let your bulbs dry.  (And when you think they’re dry, wait LONGER!)

You’ll have vibrant colour with a high gloss shine just like mine.

Make a Simple Holiday Card to WOW Them This Year

What are a few other details of this simple design?

  • Use your own handwriting and a Journaling pen for the “merry and” portion of the greeting.
  • Letter the “bright” first, then the “merry and” above it.  Don’t worry about trying to keep it centred.
  • Lastly stamp the lightbulb string in Memento ink and let dry. (Or give it a shot with your heat tool.)
  • Change up the Swirls & Curls embossed cardstock by showing the “debossed” side out.
  • Add interest by having the focal point the entire width of the card.

So what are you waiting for?  Grab my class, get out your Stampin’ Write markers and start lettering to beat the band.

Here are all the supplies I used on this card.

Make a Simple Holiday Card with Your Own Brush Marker Lettering

If you love this type of lettering, take a peek at my other Christmas design.

And look how cute your kids or grandkids’ names could be hand lettered for their rooms.

There are no limits to the uses you’ll find your brush marker lettering.  Home decor, journals, scrapbooking…  Or you might just use it to make a simple holiday card that will be sure to impress everyone who receives it!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box | VIDEO

It’s time for another Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box!  This one has a complete video to follow along and make one with me! 

Let’s take a peek before we jump into the nitty gritty!

Let's make a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Isn’t it adorable?  The perfect size for the mini treat bars you can find EVERYWHERE at Halloween. 

And really quick and easy to make up once you know how.

But are you wondering where the treat – and box – is?  Take a gander!

Let's make a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

There’s a little box hidden inside our folded tag, complete with a strip of the super cute ghost patterned paper from Toil and Trouble too!  And there’s a trick to the ribbon you won’t want to miss.

But before we get to the video, let me show you all the supplies so can go grab them before we get started.

Ok, are you ready?

Let’s dive in!

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box 

Looking at it from the side, you can just see the treat peeking out the top.

I'm LOVIN' my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

What do you think? 

Can you see yourself making up a batch of these for your child’s class Hallowe’en party?  Or table favours or handouts at your door?  Sweet, simple and fun to make.

New VIDEO for a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Here’s a quick recap of the measurements and scoring so you can save it for reference.

  • Granny Apple Green – 2” x 8 1/2”. Scored at 1”, 3 7/8”, 4 5/8” and 7 1/2”
  • Gorgeous Grape – 2 1/2” x 2 3/4”
  • Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper – one piece with a whole witches hat to cut out and 1 piece 1/2” x 2 3/4”
  • 1/4” Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped ribbon – about 11-12”
  • Whisper White and Basic Black – scraps

Have you been following along with all my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown creations?  So far I’ve shared 4 different treat holders, some quicker than others for tricksters headed your way this year.  (Big and small ones!)

And if Halloween isn’t really up your alley, take a look at my holly berry tiny treat box for a completely different idea for the holidays.

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Check back next week for another idea in my series.  Then you’ll have all kinds of ideas to mix it up for the holidays, not just one like this Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box.

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Let’s get started on some handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers! And why not use the limited edition Blended Season stamp set which is so versatile? 

Have you got yours ordered – and delivered yet?  You don’t want to wait.  These beautiful stamps and dies are only available in August, and only while supplies last.  

I introduced you to the Blended Season stamp set with this pretty flower greeting a couple weeks ago, which incidentally was also made with our alcohol markers.  But now I want to show you how awesome this set is.  All by itself.  And even though I LUV me those label dies, this time they stayed in the package!  

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

This is one quick and easy card.  And even though it’s August right now, if you happen to run out of time nearer the holidays (like I ALWAYS do), no worries. 

It’s one you can pull out of your hat in a wink to impress your friends and family.

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Traditional festive colours of red, green and white with a touch of yellow.  They’re my favourite seasonal colours.  Just like you see on this other fast and fun patterned paper holiday greeting, nothing says Christmas quite like it.

Add our new Red Rhinestones for a cheery match to our Real Red I know you’re going to love!

So let’s get to the details so you can make it yourself!

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Ingredients

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Under the Mistletoe designer series paper – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Old Olive sheer ribbon 18”

 

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Recipe

  1. Stamp holly into top middle of folded Whisper White card with Memento ink.  Let dry.  (TIP1: Speed up your drying time with a little shot of your heat tool.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Real Red Ink under holly.
  3. Colour leaves with light, then dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  Add Dark Daffodil Delight to the fronds.  (TIP2: Check out my video for a quick introduction to the Blends.)
  4. Glue piece of patterned paper to bottom of card.  (TIP4: If you happen to have any patterned paper overlapping your card edges, turn your card over and cut off any excess with a pair of Paper Snips.  It’s easier to see where you need to cut.)
  5. Wrap ribbon around card aligning with the top of the patterned paper and tie a bow.  Add a glue dot to the back middle to affix to the paper.  (TIP5: Add two more glue dots at the left and right side under the ribbon to hold in place if desired.)
  6. Add red rhinestones in the middle of holly berries. (TIP6: You could also just colour the berries with your Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blends if you wish.)

How about we ALL get to our stamped Christmas cards well before the stroke of midnight on December 24th?  It’s easy to do with these supplies all available in the Annual Catalogue.  

Pick yours up now by simply clicking on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store to get holiday crafting now.

 

 

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

There are fewer ways I know of to make quick cards than with some patterned paper and my Stampin Blends. 

So now you’d better start planning.  Planning what you ask What you’re going to do with all that time left over after you’ve got your handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers done and in the bag!

Lettering Your Kids Lunch Bags for School

What a great idea – lettering your kids lunch bags for school! And it’s so quick and easy once you take my online Basic Brush Lettering class.  

Yikes!  It’s back to school season right around the corner.  Did you look forward to the school bell ringing after summer? Or did your mom need to bundle you on the bus, kicking and screaming on the first day?  

I was the jump-up-and-down-excited-can-hardly-wait kinda kid (bet you guessed that!). And I would have adored getting a fancy bag like this along with my PB&J sandwich.

fun up lunch hour with lettering your kids lunch bags for school

 

Now, you might not want to do this EVERY single day of the school year.  But how special will your little tyke feel when they pull a bag like this out of their backpack?

how much fun is it lettering your kids lunch bags for school

With an inexpensive, non-intimidating lunch bag, what a fantastic way to get some lettering practice in.  And BON-us.  It’s fully recyclable if you really screw up your brush marker lettering.  But about the only way that can happen is if you misspell your child’s name. 

(You may titter a bit, but believe me, it can happen!)  Picture yourself concentrating, tongue stuck out the side of your mouth and your hand clenched around that marker.  You’ll probably even misspell your OWN name.  (You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve lettered “Happy Birtday” on a card or gift bag! 😜)

But relax!  Chalk it all up as a great opportunity to have fun.  And I’ll bet your kids will be auctioning off their butterscotch puddings to give their besties a glance at how cool their bag is! 

 

So how do you go about lettering your kids lunch bags for school?

  1. Grab a Stampin’ Write marker in your colour of choice along with some paper (grid is awesome), a pencil and ruler
  2. Download my short online brush marker lettering class with pdf’s and videos
  3. Set aside an hour or two so you can watch and play along with me
  4. Get down to your dollar store and grab yourself some plain brown lunch bags

Just click the button to get started.

how much fun is it lettering your kids lunch bags for school

Want some ideas for lettering your kids lunch bags for school?

  • Repeat her name a few times like I did with Emma’s bag.
  • Change your colours of Stampin’ Write markers on the same bag.
  • Glue on some coordinating patterned paper.
  • Brush letter some of the bag and use your own handwriting for other notes like on this Christmas card.
  • Add a rubber stamped image and colour it in with your Stampin’ Writes.
  • Tack on some embellishments like glittery rhinestones, pretty pearls, button brads or glitter dots.
  • Add more colour inside your strokes like you see here.
  • Change the colour for every letter of your child’s name just like this.

Really the sky’s the limit.  Set aside a half an hour in your craft space.  Get out your Stampin’ Write markers and you’ll have lunch bags galore to spark up the back-to-school season. 

Need a few of your own back-to-school supplies to help you get started?  I’ve got everything here for you I used.

Lettering Your Kids Lunch Bags for School

2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

2016-2018 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
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$20.50

start lettering your kids lunch bags for school

make them feel special with lettering your kids lunch bags for school

Everyone LOVES to see their name lettered – on just about anything!  So why not make it practical as well as a way to send a kiss to your little ones during the lunch hour?

Take my online class at your own pace.  All it takes is a couple hours.  Then you’ll be well on your way to lettering your kids lunch bags for school – and maybe even all their friends’ lunches too!

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