Thursday, October 23, 2008

How to make your own glitter cuts

Have you seen those new Glitter Cuts that Fancy Pants came out with? And some of the little glitter die cut embellishments from Making Memories?

Well, I really like them, but I wanted to see if I could make some customized ones for me. You know how when you get new box of embellishments, and there's one in there that is your "favorite," and you don't want to use it on just anything?

I figured out a way to keep making the same glittery die cut over and over.

Get out a few favorite stamps, an acrylic block, some black Staz-on ink, and a plain ol' transparency sheet from the office supply store.

Stamp your main image on the sheet.

Add a few more images until it looks good to you.

Don't be afraid if the images don't impress well, or if there's a tiny mistake here and there... it won't show up in the final product.

Using Sharpies (or Slick Writers, or Gel Pens- the options are endless!), color in your images.

Again, don't be afraid to make a few little mistakes.

Once it's all colored in, get out your Stickles. You can tell that the colors of my Stickles don't match the colors of my Sharpies, but that's ok. I wanted the layered colors, as you'll see in the pics below. Go ahead and color in your image to your discretion with the different colors of Stickles, or just use the clear Diamond Stickles to let the Sharpie's colors come through.

This is what it looks like before Stickles.

This is what it looks like after! (Click on it to see it bigger.)

All you need to do now is cut it out and use it on a card, a layout, or whatever else your little heart desires!

This whole thing took me MAYBE 15 minutes... and you just have to wait for the Stickles to dry after that. (You could use an embossing gun to speed up the drying process, but I'd be worried that it would warp the transparency.)

You could also use this same technique with rub ons instead of stamps, pre-printed transparencies like Hambly, or you could print your own designs from the computer onto transparency. Fun stuff!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Sour Cream Containers

These sour cream containers are nothing new, I have seen them at Splitcoast and other people's blogs. But I figured, why reinvent the wheel? They are cute, functional, and easy to make! So if you have made these in the past, maybe this will inspire you to make them again! If you have never made them....give them a try!
I used Noel's Ghost Story kit to create these cute containers.

Roll paper from short end!

Wouldn't these be cute to give as party favors? Classroom teachers? Bus drivers?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Paper Piecing with Stamps

An easy way to get the paper piecing look without too much work is to put those stamps to work.

I started by picking my stamp and the colors that I would need to "paper piece". Since I picked a candy corn stamp - I picked white, orange, and yellow cardstock.

I then stamped the image on each sheet of cardstock with the same black ink.

I then chose for my " base" to be the white cardstock paper. So I cut out the orange and yellow secions of the cady corn. After I simply adhered them to the white paper - leaving the whit tip the same.

I then cut all the images out (this step can be skipped - it just depends on your design) and adhered them with pop dots on a little tag that I made to add to a Halloween gift.

This is really easy and simple and allows you to use your stamps a little differently -- hope you enjoyed it!

*Here is a layout where I simply added to the strip of stammped images -- the only cutting was the layering that I did!