Brushlettering – Merry Christmas

One of my absolute favorite things to do is decorate gift bags.  I purchase a bunch of craft colored plain gift bags and always try to decorate/letter on it to suit what ever occasion needed.

For this video, I’m decorating a gift bag to use for a Christmas present.

Enjoy!

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Cardmaking – Let It Snow (featuring Lawn Fawn stamps)

Here is another Christmas/Winter themed card that I created back in December.

This card uses the heat embossing/watercolor resist technique and I love the background it created!

Enjoy!

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Cardmaking – Magical Holiday (featuring Lawn Fawn Stamps)

I enjoy incorporating watercolor painting with stamped images.  This technique allows imperfect watercolor painting to create a really fun background.

Enjoy!

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Handlettering – Christmas Gift Tags

Since I started crafting, I’ve created my own gift tags for Christmas gifts.  I haven’t had to purchase any tag labels for our gifts.

This year, I decided to incorporate some of my lettering in the gift tags.

Enjoy!

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Cardmaking – Let It Snow (featuring Lawn Fawn Stamps)

During Christmas time, I like to make my own cards to hold gift cards for friends and family.

I tend to make a lot of cards.  To make things run faster, I like to use stamps.  In this video, I use Christmas themed Lawn Fawn stamp sets to create a card!

Enjoy!

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Christmas 2014 – Gift Card Holders

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been exchanged, I can show you the gift card holders that I made for some family members.

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Aren’t they the cutest?  I love them so much.  Everything stamped was from some form of Lawn Fawn Christmas stamp set.. The snow man was totally paper pieced by me.  It was so super simple!

This year, instead of just putting a little flap at the bottom of the card, I decided to make a pocket.

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Making these pockets were super simple and I’m here to show you how I did it!

Cut a piece of cardstock 3in x 3 1/2 in.

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Then, score three of the sides 3/8in.

image2(3)I broke my Martha Stewart score board awhile back.  I used the little groove in my trimmer and a bone folder to make the score marks where I wanted them.  Pretty good money saver and great way to add another use to your paper trimmer.

After scoring, trim the lower corners where the score lines meet.  I always do this at an angle to reduce the amount of bulk in the corners.

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On the edge that wasn’t scored or folded, using a 1in hole punch, punch out a half circle.

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Then fold over all the edges and put adhesive on the flaps.  I use Swookwang Scor-Tape.  But if you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you already know how much I love Scor-Tape.

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It’s important to put the adhesive facing OUT after you fold over the flaps.  You don’t want to glue the flaps down onto the pocket or else the card wont’ fit.  The adhesive is to attach the pocket onto the base of the card.

I put my pocket on the left hand side of the open card.  That leaves the right side available for any stamped sentiment or handwritten message you may want to include on the inside of the card.

Hope you enjoyed this little picture tutorial.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Christmas gift tags – 2014 Edition

(To see last year’s Christmas tags and cards, click here.)

Because of my high risk pregnancy, I’m not allowed to do a lot of physical activity.  If we do go out and about, I have a wheelchair so I can be pushed around place to place without having to do excessive walking.  Being in a wheelchair is hard.  It’s hard to maneuver around the Christmas shopping crowds.  So, Christmas shopping is bare minimum this year.

We have some physical gifts, but we will mainly do gift cards.

Because we have some actual gifts, I had to make gift cards.

It needed to be quick and easy for several reasons:

1. I can’t really sit at the craft table and lean forward because baby doesn’t like it and will let me know by kicking me from the inside constantly.
2. Sitting, in general, in one position makes me uncomfortable.
3. Gift tags usually end up in the trash with the rest of the wrapping paper at the end of it all.

I started by cutting white cardstock 2in tall x 3in wide and stamping “to” and “from” on each.  This year, the “to” and “from” stamps come from Lawn Fawn’s “Birthday Tags” stamp set.

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Then, I took out a bunch of Christmas stamp sets that I owned and started stamping images on the right hand side of the tag.

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The stack of presents and the reindeer come from the Sweet Stamp Shop “Speedy Greetings” stamp set.  The rest of the stamped images come from Lawn Fawn “Trim The Tree” stamp set.

After stamping the images out, it was time to color.  Even though this wasn’t watercolor paper, I chose to use watercolors.

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It’s a tough balance to make the brush just wet enough to pick up paint and color the image, but dry enough not to saturate and warp the paper.  I had a scratch piece of paper next to me to brush off excess water when the brush got too wet.  I also used that piece of paper to test out colors before using them on the images.

Overall, the coloring went smoothly and there was very minimal warping.  Nothing a little extra tape to adhere it to a gift can’t fix.

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Here are the finished tags.  I didn’t bother with shading or any fancy coloring techniques since the images were small and I needed to keep the process quick.  I’m still super happy with the outcome.

I do plan on making some gift card holders too, but we will see how I hold up.  I’m trying to avoid having this baby before Christmas.

Share your own handmade gift tags and Christmas crafts in the comments!  I’d love to hear about them!