1... stamps from Purple Onion Designs
2...Cuttlebug Challenge Blog--Be Inspired Wednesday #59 Glitter!
3...making the P.O.D. critters image
4....cheap tricks: the background papers & custom ribbon
5...making an embossed gift box (6" wide 2.5" deep with a card back)
6...making a string of double-sided mini Christmas lights
...from Purple Onion Designs
I really love the mix of elegant design/element stamps & cute/cartoon stamps that Purple Onion Designs has, so I wanted to do a project that incorporates both styles. These are the stamps used on this card-backed box (just click to go look at them at P.O.D.):
(for the acrylic textured paper)
(the tree & the light)
Paisley (design element) stamps
(for the heat-embossed background & custom ribbon)
for the image:
- White acrylic paint (with POD definition stamp pressed in it)
- Cardstock (Neenah white)
- Paper piercer, thread, & seed beads
- Tree from Merriness & BasicGrey paper scraps
- Brown Stazon, dark brown CTMH marker, & waterbrush
- Tissue paper (to stuff), Tombow monomulti
- Sakura quickie glue pen & Martha Stewart White Gold glitter
- Paisley stamps from Purple Onion Designs
- BasicGrey paper 6x6 paper pack
- Pink & Brown markers
- Pink Organza ribbon & Brown Stazon
- white cardstock (2 sheets of standard cardstock
- Provocraft large snowflake folder
- Cuttlebug Machine
- Black pigment ink
- clear embossing powder
- Copics--or other markers
- Sakura Stardust glitter pen
- lacquer glue
- Silver thread/string/wire...
Step 1) The image for this is on acrylic texturized paper. I used a scrap of cardstock to drag acrylic paint onto a full sheet of cardstock.
More details on how to make this paper can be found in this older post. & here's a version with collage under it.
Step 2) This paper was impressed with a definition stamp from the Purple Onion Designs 4 Seasons Definition set into the wet acrylic paint. I sanded it a little to give it more "tooth" to stamp on.
Please note: using acrylic paint on stamps means you really must clean them right away. A soft toothbrush works wonders.
Step 3) Stitch beads around the shape & add marker if you like (Copics stay nicely on the acrylic paint.)
Step 4) Stamp tree (in waterproof ink--this is brown Stazon) No need to get a perfect image since it's just a guide for where to stitch & add paper pieces next...
Step 5) Make holes along the trunk (with a paper piercer) for stitching.
Step 6) Stitch the trunk (these are super easy straight stitches)
Step 7) Add a wash of water-based ink to distress the words on the acrylic paper. (Too much water may warp the paper, though, so a damp brush is good.)
Step 8) Stamp the tree on patterned paper scraps to paper piece it.
Step 9) To make sparkly snow dots & star: add dots of Sakura quickie glue pen & glitter (this is Martha Stewart White Gold glitter.)
Step 10) Stamp & emboss Purple Onion Designs critters & emboss them.
Step 11) Colour & cut out the Purple Onion Designs critters & stick them on.
Ink the torn edge... with light bright colours (or a dark one for a faux burnt edge)
Shade the bottom of DIY patterned paper
with a darker marker to get a second colour.
To get easy custom ribbon in minutes
(that's also super cheap! hehehe) just:
A) anchor ribbon (with tape or pins in a fun foam pad.)
B) Stamp with Stazon or other fast drying solvent ink.
(this is stamped with all of those Purple Onion Designs Paisleys)
C) All done! Now you have new fancy schmancy custom ribbon.
make an embossed card-backed gift box
(6" wide 2.5" deep with a card back)
This is a speedy way to turn a larger card into an embossed gift box
(ideally--to fit this box--any card that's between 5.5 and 6 inches)
This makes a box that measures:
6 inches wide
2.5 inches high (in the front)
2.5 inches deep (from front to back)
It's and 3 1/2 inches high at the back
(which will support a large card nicely) :o)
Step 2) With the cardstock on the horizontal (so it looks short) score at the 2.5" and 8.5" mark
Step 3) Turn the cardstock on the vertical (so it looks tall) and score at 2.5" and 5.5" and 7.5"
Step 4) Cut 4 slits for the tabs & cut away the two areas at the back of the box (indicated in red on the photo)
Step 5) Make embossed (torn) pieces for the side of the box.
A) Cut 2 short & 2 tall piece 6 inches wide (to emboss both sides of the front & back.)
B) Line up on the box to measure roughly & tear the edge, where you like.
C) Repeat to make 4 small side pieces (Cut 4 pieces 2.5 inches wide, line up, & tear tops)
D) Dry emboss the snowflakes on each piece (this is a new LARGE Provocraft Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder.)
E) Glue all the embossed pieces to the box.
F) Adhere your card image to the back of the box.
make a string of mini Christmas lights:
(by the by, sorry that these photos are so icky. Winter has its loveliness,
but my photos really miss the sun!)
Step 1) Make the wee lights:
A) Stamp POD light in black pigment ink (or waterproof ink
B) Emboss in clear embossing powder
C) Colour with Copics--or other markers
D) Add Sakura Stardust glitter pen
E) Cover with lacquer glue
Step 2) Cut the lights out: (I made a pair of each colour)
Step 3) Line lights up in pairs and apply Tombow (or your favourite adhesive) to the back of one of each pair of lights
Step 4) Glue the lights to silver thread (sandwiching a matching light on the back of each one.)
Hope you're happy as a
cute lil' critter today! ;o)