Monday, November 18, 2019

How To Make Easy Fall Themed Cards

Robyn Coburn, DT alumnus here, with a guest post and quick and easy Fall card project.

Here's the first group
My daughter’s birthday falls close to Halloween, and the house is always decorated for her party. For her birthday Thank You cards last year, I wanted to allude to the Halloween theme but also still evoke autumn and Thanksgiving. My other favorite thing is layering mixed media.

Here is the card sketch I used to make my cards:

To start, I gathered all my materials together. I like to lay out the small tools I use on my cutting board – so that I don’t find myself searching half way through the project. In this case it was my Best Glue EverEmbellie GelliePerfect Crafting Pouch and Perfect Cleaning Cloth. I added a pair of scissors and my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Here's that fussy cut stamped image, and a rub-on decorated tag
When I have a bunch of cards to make, I like to make the elements in batches. I cut the cards out – to fit some envelopes I had – and folded them on my Martha Stewart Scoreboard. Then I cut a whole lot of pieces from the nice chevron cardstock I chose as the bottom layer. I inked all the edges and, being impatient, used the Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry that ink. I also stamped some Halloween images on cream scrap cardstock and fussy cut them to be ready, and prepped some tags with rub-ons. (above)

Then I prepped my “Thank You” message by stamping on a selection of “chalkboard” cardstock tags. The chalkboard look is very current and goes well with the theme. Again Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry the ink, and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to dust off the excess powder.

I glued some printed vintage images to the chevron print, and decorated them with washi tape. Then I wrapped the cardstock with some black and white baker’s twine, which I secured with the Tiny Attacher. I tied on an assortment of chipboard tags or buttons in the fall colors.

Note: These chipboard mini-tags had either a foam glue pad or sticky backs that didn’t help me – so I deactivated the sticky with the Perfect Crafting Pouch.

Then I added extra images or tags under the twine. I like to put a few scattered spots of Best Glue Ever – since you need so little – then pick up the elements with the Embellie Gellie, turn the element over by holding the edge and then use the Embellie Gellie to place the piece on the surface. It’s a lot easier to grab flat things with the Embellie Gellie than try to slide my fingernails under them and risk snagging the edges.

I raised the Thank You tag with craft foam shapes, which Best Glue Ever handles perfectly. Then I glued the whole thing to the fronts of the cards. The final touch was a pin, piercing the craft foam once the glue had set up – which we know only takes a few minutes.

Now, off to clean my stamps with Best Cleaner Ever.

Here's a slightly different one where I tried a Halloween sticker - it still looks fun and any themed sticker could be used in a similar way.

So give these super fun cards a try yourself! See you next time! Robyn.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

How to Make Gorgeous Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Deb here today, I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving -- and Christmas is right around the corner.  Although it shouldn't be a surprise since holiday merchandise has been showing up daily at all the craft and hobby stores.   I decided to take advantage of some of the "pre Black Friday" sales that were advertised and pick up a few things, including these black tree tags that I used to make these rustic but beautiful holiday napkin rings.

You can do this project with any kind of tag, wood, or chipboard. It can be painted or unpainted - it's really up to you. These called to me as they match the table runner I usually use for Thanksgiving.

Here's what I used: a sturdy tag, the Best Glue Ever, Ranger Texture Tread, roller, loose leafing, scrap piece of wax paper, and a stiff brush.  To start, I squeezed a generous amount of the Best Glue Ever onto a piece of wax paper.  Next, I used my roller to spread the glue and then apply it to the Texture Tread.

While they are designed to be used with UTEE you can also use them to stamp, which is what I'm doing with the glue.  They are also perfect for use with the Best Glue Ever, as the lines are nice and thick.

After the glue was applied to the Texture Tread, I pressed the trees into it. I used a separate spot on the tread for each tree.  If your stamp is smaller or your tag larger you may need to reapply more glue between stamping.

And here's what you get after you stamp. Now, the very next thing you do is WASH your roller and Texture Tread.  These trees will wait -- the beauty of the Best Glue Ever is that it dries tacky -- and will remain tacky.  So go ahead, clean your stamps, answer the phone - they'll wait.

I usually like to gently wash my tools first in warm water to get any wet glue off.  You can use a drop of dish washing detergent as well.  After they dry I use the Best Cleaner Ever to removed any remaining glue. You can either spray a little on the Perfect Cleaning Cloth  then rub, or spray directly onto your stamp.  If I have a lot of dried glue on my stamp, I'll spray directly onto the stamp first and let it sit for a minute.  After I've cleaned all the glue off with the Best Cleaner Ever I'll give the tools a quick rinse in warm water.

Now it's time for the bling! I have a packet of multi colored gold leaf, which I like to use for fall projects.  It reminds me of the multicolored leaves that are currently all over my yard, LOL!  I like to place my pieces of a clean sheet of paper, which makes it easier to put the leftover leaf back into the package.

Place a bit of leafing onto your piece and use a stiff brush to push the leafing over it.  Once you've covered the piece use the brush to remove leafing by going back and forth firmly over the piece. You want to keep brushing until all the extra leafing is removed. Don't throw away the extra!  It can all be reused.

Once the leafing was complete I added a bit of twine and some fabric leaves. These tree tags already had a punched hole in the top.  I simply added a length of twine, doubled it,  threaded the loop through the tag and leaves, and placed the ends through the loop.

Here's what it looks like again, wrapped around a napkin.  Now all I need is the turkey....

So no excuses for your next holiday dinner, you can have inexpensive napkin rings in no time! Hope you had a great time today learning how to make these. Stop by tomorrow, or better yet become a follower to see more fun and easy crafts.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

How to Clean Your Polymer Stamps

Janet from Try it - Like it - Create it with the Best Cleaner Ever for polymer stamps.

When you have spent a lot of money on polymer stamps, you don't want to ruin them by cleaning with the wrong cleaner. If you are using alcohol-based inks, you know that is hard to clean off of stamps. A water-based cleaner will not work. You can use rubbing alcohol but over time that will dry out your stamps and ruin them. I have found that the Best Cleaner Ever works wonders and conditions your stamps. The Best Cleaner ever takes your stamps back to their brand new state with no ink residue or ghosting. Check out the video below to see how well and how quickly it works.

video directions:

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Friday, November 15, 2019

How to Make a Sparkly Glitter Card Using ScraPerfect Products

Hi, everyone! It's Nancy here today!

I'm going to show you how to use ScraPerfect Products
to create a very sparkly Christmas card.

I've used some intricate chipboard pieces to decorate my card,
and ScraPerfect makes it so easy to add glitter to them.

Here's my card:

Here's what I used:

I began with adding some Best Glue Ever to the chipboard ornament,
in all the areas that I wanted to have green.
The No-Clog Writing Cap makes it so easy to add to the intricate areas.

I then shook green glitter, very generously, over the glued areas.

I then used tweezers to pick it up, turn it over, 
and shake off all the excess glitter. 

I then repeated the same process for the red glitter,
and then the white glitter.
I also added the white glitter to the word piece.
I then set these pieces aside to dry.

I then cut an A2 size card base from white cardstock.
I cut the decorative paper 4" x 5 1/4".
I inked the edge of the paper, and adhered in place.

Using the Best Glue Ever, and the No-Clog Writing Tip,
I adhered the dry glittered pieces to the card front.

When I was all finished my project,
 I used the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to clean up my work surface.
Here's one last look at the finished card:

ScraPerfect Products:

Other Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock,
Authentique - Nostalgia;
Chipboard Pieces - Southern Ridge Trading Company;
Ink: Martha Stewart - Red Chrysanthemum;
Glitter: Glitters Galore - Fire Engine Red, 
Elegant Emerald, Diamond Dust.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I'll be back soon with more creative fun!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Shabby Chic Altered Box by Kim F.

Good morning ScraPerfect friends, Kim F., here with my next DT project for ScraPerfect.
This time I have altered a rectangle paper mache box.

I was inspired by this gorgeous paper that had tattered lace on it, and used that to put on the box with the help of the Best Glue Ever. I did the top, bottom and inside with the paper.

I decorated the top of the box with handmade flowers, bling, laces and the Best Glue Ever came in handy again to place my pearls on the rose lace, it held them on great.

Here is a close up of the handmade flowers.

I hope you like my project today and have found some inspiration here.

Please visit the ScraPerfect Store and pick up a bottle of the Best Glue Ever for yourself!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How To Add Foil To Chipboard

Hey there friends!
Lisa back to share a fun technique with you- foiling chipboard!
Here's my card:

I used the Best Glue Ever, Transfer Foil and Creative Embellishment chipboard for this tutorial:

I added the Best Glue Ever to the front of the words using the No Clog Writing Cap attached:

I spread the glue around using a paintbrush and let it dry until it was clear. The glue is still tacky:

Place the Transfer Foil sheet on top of the glue, foil side up. Rub with your finger. You can usually see the shape underneath:

Here's the outcome! I love it! So sparkly and perfect for a Christmas card!

I usually run the Perfect Crafting Pouch over both sides of the chipboard to remove and sticky residue the glue has left behind:

I adhere the sentiment to my card by using a few dots of the Best Glue Ever:

The Best Glue Ever is also my favorite for adhering diecuts popped up on craft foam to my projects:

Here's a close up of my card:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How to Make a Layered Card with tiny amounts of Best of Glue Ever

Robyn here, guest designer, with a new video showing just how little Best Glue Ever you need to make a strong bond with paper, card and other materials like expanded polystyrene foam.

A Layered Card with Best Glue Ever

 The trick with such absorbent materials as foam, which I use for risers on cards and layouts, is to wait a few minutes for the glue to get tacky. I love the No-Clog Writing Cap to help me stay frugal. If anything the less you use, the stronger the bond can be.

Layered card with text and 3D elements adhered with Best Glue Ever

I also use Embellie Gellie to place a Dew Drop, and Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry my ink instantly.

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