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December 27, 2017
To our readers,
After producing CardMaker magazine for many years now, we will be ceasing publication after the winter 2017 issue. Try as we might, we unfortunately have been unable to retain enough loyal readers and subscribers to continue publishing CardMaker.
We will also be closing the CardMaker website, blog and Facebook pages.
Thank you sincerely for your years of support and for sharing your love of card making with us through the pages of CardMaker.
With warmest regards,
Tanya Fox & Brooke Smith
December 22, 2017
Have you run out of gift tags yet? I did and it happened right in the middle of wrapping gifts. I needed to come up with a quick last-minute project that wouldn’t soak up too much time and still have that handmade look. So, today I have for you a set of holiday tags decorated five ways!
You can put these together with any holiday-shaped die cut you have. Tiny houses, candy canes, bows, reindeer, and snowmen will all work great. I had a cute little tree in my stash that was perfect for the job!
I’ll do a fast rundown of how I made these tags so you can get back to the holiday hustle and bustle at hand.
First thing’s first, die-cut five trees out of your favorite white cardstock (or colored cardstock, if you choose). Use whatever you have on hand to decorate them … because if we’re all being truthful here, no one really wants to go to the local craft mart this weekend, am I right?
From the top, clockwise: Copic® marker (G46: mistletoe) on white cardstock with Nuvo glitter accents; Copic® marker (G17: forest green) on white cardstock with gold heat-embossed gingham pattern; Nuvo glitter drops on white; green watercolor on white with assorted adhesive gems; and heat-activated Snow Marker on white with sparkle spritz.
Here’s a closer look.
Now for the double layer tag base. Die-cut five white tags, then pick out some patterned paper that compliments your tree designs.
Die-cut a tag out of each of the five patterned papers, then adhere your coordinating tree on top with foam squares to add a little dimension.
Then, layer your patterned tag over a white cardstock tag, and thread through the twine of your choice. To finish them off, add a cute bow at the top of each one!
Thanks for stopping in today. I know the holiday season is busy for many of us, so I hope these tags will inspire and help you out in case you’re in a pinch for last-minute gift-wrapping solutions!
December 21, 2017
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December 20, 2017
Happy Holidays from Gaylynn! Today, I am sharing a last-minute Christmas project. For holiday parties, this is an easy way to dress up a wine bottle hostess gift.
This wine bottle tag was stamped on watercolor paper and die cut. Then, I used Distress markers with a waterbrush to watercolor the poinsettias and to add a bright background.
I chose watercolor, but any coloring medium would work. Another idea is to stamp and emboss an outline image without coloring.
To finish the tag, I added a stamped sentiment panel and sparkling sequins.
Here is another look at the wine bottle tag.
TIP: To make a wine bottle tag panel without die cuts, trim cardstock to approximately 3 x 8 inches. Score one end at 3 inches. Punch a circle on the scored end. Using patterned paper is a quicker way to get a background pattern.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Supplies: Poinsettia With Love stamp kit by Unity Stamp Co.; Distress markers (festive berries, peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade) from Ranger Industries Inc.; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh sequins; wine bottle tag #2 die from Papertrey Ink.
December 19, 2017
Hello everyone, it is Teresa Kline sharing a quick last-minute gift idea with you today.
I hope you are at least halfway finished with your Christmas preparations! I work for a leading worldwide chocolate company as my day job, so I like to always keep candy on hand for a quick, easy and appreciated gift!
I also like to have a supply of small paper gift bags as they make it super easy to add a bit of candy and a fun little tag for a perfect gift!
For this project, I created a fun little watercolor tag with a glittery snowflake and attached it to an adorable polka dotted bag filled with dark chocolates … yummy!
It really doesn’t take much to show appreciation and love through simple gift giving. After all giving is what Christmas is all about!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
This is my last post of my term and it truly has been an amazing experience to bring you card and gift ideas over the last six months. You know where to find me: on my blog Paperie Blooms or Instagram at 2klines.
December 18, 2017
Every once in a while, we here at the CardMaker
office come across a product that we think is a must have for every paper crafter and the Gifting Board
from Fiskars is one of those tools. Once you’ve used this board, you won’t want to be without it. Plus, it’s perfect for this time of year when you’re rushing to get all of those last-minute gifts and goodies packaged!
I made a gift box in just a couple of minutes with this board. All you have to do is determine the size of box you need. Adjust the box width and box height guides on the board and it shows you the size of paper that you will need to cut. Place your paper on the board and follow the instructions to punch and score.
Then it’s just a matter of folding and assembling! So quick and easy!
Plus, with this board you can also create envelopes and bows. Click here to order.
December 14, 2017
Hi everyone! It’s Diana with a quick idea for making Christmas goodie packaging using envelopes.
These little bags are perfect for small treats like cookies, candies, and gift cards.
To create the treat bag, start by selecting your envelope. Any size or color will work.
- RSVP envelopes (3 5/8 x 5 1/8-inch … also known as A1 or 4-bar size) work well for gift cards.
- A2 envelopes (4 3/8 x 5 3/4-inch) and larger are perfect for candies or cookies.
Seal the envelope and then cut off one of the ends. You can use decorative scissors or an edge die for this step.
That’s all there is to creating the treat bag. The only thing left to do is decorate!
I used stamps, embossing, cardstock and pieces of glitter ribbon to embellish my treat bags.
I slipped a gift card into a 3 x 5-inch cello bag and added an embossed tag before placing it in the treat bag.
A bit of tulle tucked in with some candy adds a festive touch to this treat bag.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are inspired to create your own Christmas packaging.
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Supplies: Gift Tag Greetings and Santa’s Elves stamp sets and Jumbo Fishtail Banners and Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies from My Favorite Things; Stitched Snowflake dies from Lawn Fawn.
December 13, 2017
Hey all! It’s Niki and today I’m sharing an idea to help you dress up your holiday cake pops. I started making these treats a few years ago and they were always a hit at the classroom parties. If the truth be told, I enjoyed packaging them more than I liked baking them.
Full disclosure: I didn’t make these cake pops. Mine weren’t dry enough to wrap in time for this post, so I had to make an emergency Starbucks run to pick up some stand-in pops. Snowmen and polar bears … aren’t they cute?!
Since the sticks on these were a little short, I created a “stick sleeve” to add my decorations. The best thing to use is paper straws, but since I didn’t have any on hand that were festive enough, I made my own by rolling some patterned paper around a wooden skewer and securing with Scor-Tape.
I covered each cake pop with a food-safe plastic wrapper and sealed them with a gold twist tie. That made it much easier to tuck the stick and the ends of the wrapper into the sleeve.
To create the little scarf around the stick, I trimmed a piece of ribbon with pinking shears and used an adhesive dot to center and hold the ribbon in place on the stick sleeve.
Then it was just a matter of crisscrossing it over the stick, and using a piece of baking twine to secure it in place. I also added a tag to the pops by die-cutting a little stitched banner, and heat-embossing a sentiment in white to help it stand out against the green paper.
I hope you try out some new handmade decorations on your holiday treats this year. I’d love to hear how you spruce up your packaging!
Thanks for reading!
Supplies: Treat bags, twist ties, baker’s twine and ribbon from Michaels Stores; Gift Tag Greetings stamp set and Stitched Sentiment Stripes dies from My Favorite Things; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
December 12, 2017
Hello, friends! Savannah O’Gwynn
here today, and I’m showing you an easy way to share homemade Christmas goodies this holiday season.
SAVFACT: I love to cook and bake! During Christmastime, I love sharing cookies, brownies, breads, and other baked goods with neighbors, friends, and even as favors for parties! I also enjoy trying new recipes! New recipes are usually found on Pinterest and I only “gift” the baked item if it turns out tasting delicious! LOL!
Buying gifts for everyone can get expensive and this little homemade gift is cheap, practical, and super cute! Here’s how to create these cookie presents:
1. Gather your packaging supplies.
- I love to get clear plastic treat bags from the dollar store to keep my baked goods together in one package. These bags are great for gifting cookies, breads, candies, etc! They also come in multiple designs and colors. The dollar store also sells festive zip-close sandwich bags in various sizes.
- You will also need a container. I’ve found many different containers at the dollar store that are plastic, paper, cardboard, and metal.
- I’ve also found cute ramekin containers at our local craft store.
- Here’s another photo of a few more containers that could be used for packaging baked goods.
2. Next, you’ll need to bake your desired cookies. Package the cooled goodies in plastic treat bags. Use twine to close bag. Note: At this point you can freeze your cookies (in this bag) until you are ready to gift them or share them with others.
3. Add a homemade tag created with cardstock, washi tape and a stamped sentiment.
4. Place cookie bag into snowman ramekin. Option: Cut cookie bag top down closer to twine and tag.
Bonus Idea: I also used a clear, self-sealing bag to hold individual cookies or a couple of cookies. I’ve used some red/black buffalo check washi tape, white ruffled cardstock, a stamped tag, and black twine to decorate this gift!
Gifting homemade baked goods is a great way to share your love during the holiday season (and stay on budget!)! Decorating these baked items doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Simply add a cute container or a tag with some washi tape and you are all set!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)
Supplies: Snowman face mini ramekin from Michaels Stores; Be Merry stamp set and Gift Tags and ruffie dies from Paper Smooches; ink (VersaFine onyx black, Memento Luxe wedding dress, Brilliance rocket red/gamma green) from Imagine.