This year I wanted to make something special for my son who loves Fallout as well as collecting bottle caps. As some of you know bottle caps are a currency of sorts in the video game Fallout, so what better to make than a "Apocalypse Emergency Fund" bottle cap collector box! I gathered some supplies and set about making my gift! I wanted it rusted and weathered looking. I think it turned out pretty good, and I even made some of the bottle caps that are in the game! I can't wait to give it to him!!!
Now all he has to do is start dropping his bottle caps in his new box!
So I created this sticker set the other day and shared it and some crafty friends wanted to know how I did it....so, I made a video! Creating a sticker set is a great way to create your own embellishments for your scrapbook pages, cards, or even a great gift for a fellow crafter! You can use a few basic elements, and a stamp set to create something that looks store bought! Even better you can customize it anyway you like! Here are a couple of samples I have made, but for todays video I will be focusing on the Christmas set.
Cardstock - white and red Distress Ink - Fired Brick Red Stamp - My Favorite Things Santa's Elves, Jingle All the Way" Memento Black Ink Copic Markers - (E09,E11,E21,E01,RV23,RV21,R59,R37,RV29,R32,BG13,YG06,YG23,C2,Boo,B02,B05,BG10,E7,RV14) Patterned Paper Stamp packaging Adhesive Foam Tape Stickles - Crystal Ribbon Enamel Dots - Green
Using my Silhouette program I created a cutting file to use to create the set. You can use these photos to create your own file, but if you have a Silhouette the file is HERE. Download Die cut
If you don't have the ability to do use the file don't worry, print the black and white photo and create a template. You can also just create your own tags using circle, and rectangle cutting dies. Don't have the Elf cutting die? that's okay too! Just stamp him and then fussy cut him out!
Take your time and relax, and I hope this inspires you to create your own fun!
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I think the coolest trend in card making has been creating your own backgrounds. There are several artist who create their own and make some pretty cool tutorials about it. I thought I would share a few cards I have made as well as some of my favorite tutorials. The first is a fun Polar Bear background tutorial by Sandy Allnock.
I really enjoyed this tutorial because it was really easy and quick, but the results were fantastic. Here's my version:
Next is a really awesome desert scene! I loved the card Sandy Allnock made using an adorable Paper Smooches stamp set. I used Llama Love stamp set from My Favorite Things for my desert scene. I like versitle these tutorials are, and how any of these backgrounds can be used with any stamp sets.
Here is my card:
Lastly here is one that I created on my own. With a little masking paper and an adventurous spirit you can create on of your own as well!
I used My Favorite Things Oh Christmas Tree Stamp Set, and Santa's Elves Stamp Set. I stamp my main image, and then stamp and cut a mask to put over him.
Next I stamped some trees and made a mask, so I could stamp a little elf peeking out from behind.
I added a hill shaped mask to the background and started stamping with my tree stamp for a base for my trees.
Next I peeled off my masks and used some Copics to add some flicks of various green colors to create my trees.
And then a Sky . . .
And Finally I colored the rest of my image.
I added a sentiment, snow with a white pen, red sequins and of course Stickles!
I've shared with you just a few videos by Sandy Allnock, but she has many many more!
There are also a ton of other talented artist who have created fun tutorials for creating your own backgrounds! You can see my Pinterest board
I'm having a great time playing with my new Silhouette! I wanted to try out these awesome cards from the Silhouette store. Love how intricate they are. I also used my blending samples to pick out a blend for the background.
I love how these colors turned out! Very Wintery! After I glued I put it behind the snowflake cut out, and added Stickles.
Don't worry if it pulls away a little bit from the wet Stickles. You can glue it down in the places that have lifted up once it's dry
I added a tag with my cute little Yeti and my wintery card is complete!
In the 16 years I have been paper crafting I can not begin to count the number of times I have had other women tell me "I would really love to do that too, but it's just so expensive!". While stamping, and card making can be an incredibly expensive hobby...It doesn't have to be. In an effort to help out my fellow sisters with crafting on their mind, and little pocket books, I am going to tell you how to do it!
First off lets be realistic.... You cannot look at extravagant cards on Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs, or even magazines and say I want to make that first! You can eventually get there by setting a budget and working towards gathering supplies from month to month. That doesn't mean you can't have adorable cards! But this article is for the crafter who really wants to make sweet simple cards to fulfill their create needs without falling too deep down the crafting hole, or the experienced crafter that want to save a buck or two so you can get that pricey stamp you've had your eye on!
Before we talk cardmaking lets talk about those supplies. I am going to suggest a weekly budget of $5.00. Yep that's right, just 5 BUCKS! You can spend $5.00 a week for a month and can acquire a decent stash. Or what the heck, go crazy and blow the whole $20.00 in one day!!!
Some ideas for your card making stash:
Micheals - Cardstock packs(set of 50 sheets) You can get these for watch sales for this because it almost always is on sale once a month for 3 for $10 Which roughly works out to $3.33 a set. Just buy 1 to start if you like.
Studio G - Dollar Stamps and Inks can be found at Micheals, Joannes, and sometimes even Target Dollar Bins. The big name to look for is Studio G. You can also find them on Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, and other crafting sites.
Dollar Tree - Glue Sticks, Washi Tape, Sequins, Buttons, Stickers, and more! Watch your local Dollar Tree or go online because they are starting to carry more and more craft supplies. This will be hit or miss, so when you see it...GET IT! Also don't forget they have paper organizers as well as clear plastic shoeboxes for holding supplies.
Last But not least STICKLES! Let me tell you why your crafting stash needs Stickles. Because for little money it takes the bland and boring to the WOW and SPARKLEY! I have found it in most craft and art stores but I think Scrapbook.comhas it for the best price. If you stick to getting Stardust, Crystal, or any other clear color you can put it over anything.
Let's start out with Digital stamps. These can be acquired one or two a month as most are $2-$4 dollars a piece. I you do not want your money to go there, may I suggest Free Coloring Book pages! They are usually adorable and so much fun to color. You can Google Free Coloring book sites as well as look on Pinterest(just make sure to follow the link to make sure its a free image and not a stamp you SHOULD BE paying the artist for). They are easy to resize in Microsoft Word, and best of all FREE!
For my card sample I will be using an adorable coloring book page from FREE-N-FUN HALLOWEENimage from Oriental Trading Company. It's a sweet little owl dressed as a witch, and the site it's from is filled with fun Halloween recipes and ideas.
Here's what I used to make my card (plus a sheet of black and green cardstock for the card base so add .12¢ to the total please) So the card cost a total of $4.16, and YOU HAVE LOTS OF SUPPLIES TO MAKE MORE!!!
I printed out my image on several pieces of cardstock. I used the blue copy as my background, then cut and pasted all the other pieces on top to create my image. Then I glued it to the front of my card and used my dollar stamp for a saying, and last added Dollar Tree glitter tape and Stickles!
Now that you know how to make a card for less there's no more excuses! Get out there an create your own crafting stash. You deserve to have time out to create and do a little something for yourself. Remember . . .
We don't give to others from our own full cup, because that would leave us with none. It's only when we take the time to fill our cups and they runneth over, that we use what spills over for the service of others.