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December 19, 2014
Jeanne here today and I wanted to share how to make some cute little treat bags to give to friends and family. Maybe you will leave a trail of these behind at work to brighten someone’s day, too? I kept these super simple but you can decorate them as much as you like and I’m betting you already have just about everything you need on hand to make these!
I had some 3 1/4 x 3 1/4-inch self-seal cellophane bags, but you can use any size you like. You’ll just have to adapt your measurements to fit the bags you have. We’re basically making a matchbook-fold pocket from cardstock. To accommodate the 3 1/4-inch width of my bags, I cut a slightly larger (3 1/2-inch-wide) panel from a 12 x 12-inch sheet of cardstock.
With long side horizontal on scoring board, score lines at 4 inches, 4 1/2 inches, 5 inches and 9 inches. I drew the lines in pen so you’d be able to see them better.
Fold along the score lines so the paper looks like the photo shown above.
To fancy up the flap on the 3-inch end, trim it to a length you like. You can use a border punch or a die to cut the edge like I did. A ruler will help you keep the die-cut line straight, and makes it easy to measure the length of the finished flap. My cut flaps are different lengths but I think a 1- to 1 1/4-inch flap would be ideal.
To make the flaps easy to open and close, adhere a hook-and-loop dot to the inside of the flap. Tip: Stick the material and hook dots together, stick the assembled pieces onto the cardstock, and then close the flap. When you open the flap, one portion will be stuck to the flap and one to the base so they are lined up perfectly!
Now for the fun part—decorating! I used die cuts and stamped images for three different designs. There are so many possibilities!
Tip: When attaching trim, wrap it around the entire panel and hide the seam where the ends are with buttons, die cuts or other trims.
Fill the bags with treats and adhere them to the inside of the holder with strong double-sided tape.
Everyone loves a little treat!
Supplies used: Cellophane bags (#AF33) from Clearbags R Us; colored cardstock from DCWV Inc.; vintage cream cardstock and Wonderful Words: SNOW die (#PTD-0465) from Papertrey Ink; glitter paper from Stampin’ Up!; Recollections gold and silver linen finish foil from Michaels Stores; Elf Made and Santa’s Coming to Town stamp sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps; sequins, mini jingle bells and Stitched Borders dies from Pretty Pink Posh; The Paper Studio glitter star from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; mini lanyard clip from BasicGrey; 1/4-inch-wide silver rickrack from May Arts Ribbon; gold shimmer and caribbean baker’s twine from The Twinery; hole punch from We R Memory Keepers; Snowflakes dies from Paper Smooches; Standard Circles, Inverted Scalloped Circles and Classic Scalloped Circles die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Pine Boughs (#1112), Avondale Ornament (#1053) and Clarissa Ornament Background (#932) dies from Poppystamps; Fishtail Flags STAX dies from My Favorite Things.
December 18, 2014
Hi CardMaker friends! It’s Noelle here today with a pretty packaging idea for a gift card for this sparkling season. I love to give gift cards, but get tired of simply sticking them inside a card or a mini gift bag. Sometimes, it makes it a more personal gift when the packaging is really special.
I used a cut file to make this holder, but it would be easy to create something similar without an electronic cutting machine using a scoring board. You could also use nesting snowflake or ornament dies to make the accent on the top of the box.
I used handmade paper for the base of this holder, so I added an additional piece of cardstock that I cut to fit inside the bottom of the box so it would keep its shape. Handmade papers are so beautiful. I absolutely LOVE this one! However, they don’t crease like cardstock, since they have a softer, less dense texture.
Another important thing to note if you are making any 3D item is that you need a strong adhesive. A regular tape runner will not hold up to the 3D nature of something like this. I like the super sticky double-sided tape with the red plastic backing. Lots of brands make it, and it comes in a lot of different widths, too.
I hope you like my project today! This is my last post for the CardMaker
blog team as a new team will be announced after the new year. I have loved every minute! Thanks so much for having me, Brooke and Tanya.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season, as well as a rocking New Year!
Supplies used: Pool party cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; handmade paper from Paper Source; 3D Layered Snowflake Gift Box with Inserts cut file (#52339) and Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.; adhesive runner and double-sided tape from American Crafts.
December 17, 2014
Hello everyone! Piali here today and I’m sharing a gift packaging idea. Hope you all are enjoying the silver and gold project inspirations this month! I also have a silver and gold project today; I love this gorgeous combo that is fabulous for holiday projects!
I used a small corrugated Chinese takeout container. It’s perfect for holding a gift card or jewelry or even candy! I removed the metal handle and added a bit of silver glitter paper to the box. I love big wide ribbons, so I used a holiday ribbon and tied it into a big bow on the top.
I also added three bells to the box to make it fun and festive! When I removed the metal handle from the box there was a tiny hole left, so I covered it with two snowflake die cuts and an enamel dot.
Hope you like this gift packaging idea! Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays!
Supplies used: Glitter papers from DCWV Inc.; ribbon and bells from Michaels Stores; jute twine from May Arts Ribbon; enamel dot from My Mind’s Eye; Noel ELLE-ments die (#D-14-33) from Avery Elle; Snowflake TWO die set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
December 16, 2014
Welcome to everything silver and gold! Penny here today with a card holder fancy enough for holiday gift giving. My friends and family love getting boxes of handmade cards as gifts … as they should, look at all the time I save them standing in a greeting card aisle.
Going with the beautiful silver and gold theme we have this month here at CardMaker
, I thought I would show you something gorgeous and practical I whipped up in less than 20 minutes.
Use a card holder cutting file and the Silhouette Cameo machine to cut the required four pieces from cardstock. To make the card holder extra sturdy, use 110 lb. white cardstock. Note: The original file from the Silhouette Online Store comes with extra cuts I did not use.
Use an embossing folder to emboss the side panels.
Mask off bottom portion of side panel and airbrush with a metallic gold marker.
Mask off top portion of side panel and airbrush with metallic silver marker.
Lightly touch the raised areas of the embossing with a watermark ink pad, sprinkle with coordinating embossing powder and heat-set.
Assemble card holder.
Tie gold sheer ribbon onto holder into a bow and adhere any embellishments you desire.
All great things must come to an end, and my time as a designer on the CardMaker blog team is up. I have had so much fun sharing my projects with you. Many happy and crafty wishes for you in the New Year!
Supplies used: 110 lb. white cardstock, sheer ribbon and gold chain from Michaels Stores; Yuletide Greetings stamp set from Penny Black; watermark ink pad, VersaFine onyx black ink pad and gold and silver embossing powders from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Sharpie gold and silver metallic markers from Newell Rubbermaid; Elegance embossing folder (#EF8-ELGNCE) from Crafter’s Companion; eBrush marker airbrush system and eBosser die-cutting and embossing machine from Craftwell; Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine and 3d A2 Card Tote cutting file (#69486) from Silhouette America Inc.; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
Design by Sarah Ashley Posch
Complete instructions for this card can be found in the winter issue of CardMaker available at your local newsstand and here!
From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:
“We all have a favorite holiday carol from our childhood. I remember acting out this song as a child. What was your favorite holiday carol? Create a card to celebrate the melody.”
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
December 15, 2014
Hello everyone! It’s Theresa here with another silver and gold project. For today’s project, I decorated a silver gift tin using gold elements. The lid to this tin is transparent, so using paper to cover the tin turns it into a nice gift-wrap idea for the holidays. It’s the perfect size to use for gift cards, ornaments, jewelry or cookies.
I started by cutting and embossing layers of gold cardstock or ivory cardstock, using circles and scalloped circles die templates.
I cut and embossed gold cardstock using poinsettia die templates. After cutting and embossing, I used a silver metallic pen to highlight the raised, embossed areas. Then I added iridescent glitter over the silver. The poinsettia layers were adhered together, and then self-adhesive pearls were added to the center.
I wrapped gold cord around the top circle die cut, then used adhesive foam squares to attach it to the other layers. Then I added the poinsettia flower. I cut and embossed ivory cardstock using a sprig die template and tucked pieces of the die cut under the poinsettia for a little more detail.
To finish the gift tin, I wrapped ribbon around the lid and tied it into a bow.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!
Supplies used: Ivory and gold metallic cardstock and gold cord from Gina K. Designs; Standard Circles and Classic Scalloped Circles die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Mega Runner from Xyron; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.
December 12, 2014
Hello everyone! It’s me … Piali here sharing one more silver and gold project. Today I have a handmade ornament project in which you can hide a small treat or a gift. I made a few of these with some candy inside for all of the kids coming to our Christmas Eve dinner party. They get to pick one from the tree and enjoy.
This ornament is super easy to make. I used a Gift Box Stack from DCWV as shown below.
The gift box die cuts are super easy to assemble. I just folded them on the score line and used glue to attach. I then tied some ribbons onto the boxes.
I used snowflakes to embellish my ornament. For the large snowflake, I used a snowflake punch to punch the shape from vellum. To create the glittered snowflakes, I used a snowflake die and glitter papers. I also added a few tiny bells.
Hope you all are enjoying all the gorgeous silver and gold projects!!
Please share your holiday projects with us over at the CardMaker Facebook page.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
Supplies used: Christmas & Winter Gift Box Stack and glitter papers from DCWV Inc.; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; snowflake punch from Marvy Uchida; Noel ELLE-ments dies (#D-14-33) from Avery Elle; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
Gift Box Stack photo from Jo-Ann Stores.
December 11, 2014
Hi there CardMaker readers! I hope you are having a sparkling holiday season so far. It’s Noelle here today stopping in to show you the silver and gold ornament I made.
I love making ornaments as they are usually fast and fun and are a great way to dress up a plain gift bag or an extra accent you can tie onto a plate of cookies for the neighbors. For this one, I decided to make something that would make noise if you shake it, so a shaker box ornament was in order!
First, I die-cut two of the ornament shapes in the same size. Then I marked on the back of the one I was going to put the shaker box in. To do this, I used the same punch I would need to fit the shaker box and used it to punch through a small scrap piece of paper. Then I was able to position the circle exactly where I wanted it on my ornament and center it perfectly.
Then I simply added the shaker box, filled it with mini jingle bells, and sandwiched it between the two ornaments. Embellish as desired. When I am not using a lot of color, I like to use texture to add interest. As you can see here, I have some glitter paper, glossy gold paper, twine and a wood veneer banner as well as gems for added texture.
I like to decorate the back of my ornaments as well because it bugs me when I end up looking at the backs of them on my own tree! So, I added a couple adhesive glitter shapes and an ornament-shaped cabochon to the back.
That is all for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by the CardMaker blog!
Supplies used: Plastic shaker box and punch from Stampin’ Up!; patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye; Believe stamp set from The Cat’s Pajamas; glitter shapes from EK Success; Recollections cabochon from Michaels Stores; gold twine from The Twinery; jingle bell punch from Martha Stewart Crafts; 2011 Heirloom Ornaments die templates (#S4-334) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Double-Ended Banners die (#PTD-0066) from Papertrey Ink.
December 10, 2014
Hello Friends! Mae here for a silver and gold Christmas project. I made a Christmas ornament using some paper-crafting supplies. Tools and supplies for paper crafting are perfect to make decorations of the holidays.
I used silver and gold glitter paper to die-cut some poinsettias from and layered them alternately. A silver piece of cardstock was die-cut into a scalloped circle shape and white cardstock used for the plain circle shape. The two circles were adhered together for the base of the ornament. I then heat-embossed the sentiment using platinum embossing powder.
After the embossing powder cooled down, I assembled the ornament by adhering the elements together. I die-cut a couple sprigs from white cardstock and placed them on the left corner of the circle base. Then I adhered the layered poinsettia between the sprigs. A tiny bell tied with some twine was placed in the center of the poinsettia.
Finally, I punched a hole on the top part of the ornament, threaded a piece of twine through the hole, added a bow and my ornament was complete! It’s a quick and easy project for your holiday decorations!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; glitter cardstock from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; sentiment stamp from C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; twine from The Twinery; ribbon from Offray; bell from Jo-Ann Stores Inc.; Tattered Pinecone (#657492) and Tattered Poinsettia (#658261) dies from Sizzix; Classic Scalloped Circles LG (#S4-124) and Standard Circles LG (#S4-114) die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts.
December 9, 2014
Designs by Asia King for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Go here to download complete instructions for the card and ornament shown above! Check out the winter issue of CardMaker to find instructions for a coordinating gold-colored card!
From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:
“There is nothing more elegant than seeing all the sparkling silver and gold decorations. Typically, I use silver and gold as accents on my cards, but this week I challenge you to use silver and gold as the main attraction. Let’s see some heavy metal cards.”
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!