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Hexagon Frames | How To’sday

If you’re craving a unique crafting experience, today’s tutorial by Charity Becker might be just what you’re after. Charity is absolutely ingenious and joins us again with a great tutorial on how to make hexagon frames for all sorts of different uses!

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Hexagon Frames

Supplies:

  • patterned paper
  • craft knife
  • compass
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hexagon pattern.
  • Choose patterned paper with hexagons or do an internet search for  a printable hexagon pattern.

Trace hexagon onto back of patterned paper.

Position the compass at about 3/8 inch. Line the ruler up with the edge of the hexagon and trace a line that extends on either side of the hexagon. Do this for all six sides.

Using the craft knife cut the center hexagon out. Use scissors to cut the outer edge of the frame.

Trace the frame onto an alternate patterned paper, cut slightly smaller than traced lines.

Using hot glue or other dimensional adhesive adhere the frame to the second hexagon.

Place this design element anywhere you would normally put a shaped piece of patterned paper. I used these hexagon frames for my Amethyst #5 layout.

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Charity, you are so unbelievably talented! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your ideas with us!

And now for one important matter of business! I’d like to shout out one more huge thank you to the participants of this months blog hop. Your projects were spectacular and I’m just sad that I was busy doing the retreat thing and didn’t have a chance to steal! At any rate, the lucky winner of this months $20.00 gift code is Linda Marvin! Linda, our superstars at ScrapbookSteals will be in touch with you regarding your gift code. Have fun shopping.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday please feel free to send your directions and images to danielle@steals.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

Octagon Gift Card Holders | How To’sday

With the holidays upon us, today’s How To’sday by Charity Becker comes at a perfect time. This crafty genius has come up with a way to create a darling octagon gift card holder using transparencies.

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Octagon Gift Card Holder

As the holidays approach I begin my Christmas gift planning. With relatives in so many different states it is more economical to send gift cards than wrapped packages. But how does a dedicated gift wrap artist endure the hideous look of plastic cards jammed into an envelope? WELL! Have I got an answer for you! Follow these instructions and you too will ditch the high cost of package shipping for the fun of papercrafting!

Supplies:

  • 5 sheets patterned cardstock
  • 3 transparencies at least 4×4 inches in size
  • 3 pieces of twine, cut into 15 inch lengths
  • 12 mini brads
  • 12 inches dimensional foam adhesive, cut into 2×1/4inch strips

Tools:

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scorer
  • Paper Piercer
  • Ruler

Pages

Step 1) Cut 6 4×4 inch squares from patterned cardstock. For best resultes choose 1 dark color and 1 light color, and cut 3 squares from each.
Step 2) Cut 3 transparencies into 4×4 squares.
Step 3) Choose a corner and mark the square 3/4 inch in on either side of the point. Connect these marks with a diagonal line and cut off the resulting triangle. Repeat this step for each corner of the 6 cardstock squares and 3 transparency squares.
Step 4) Turn the 3 dark octagons over and mark a line 1/2 inch from all 8 edges. Highlight the inside lines as shown in the following photo. Cut along this line with a craft knife. This will be the frame for the transparency.

Step 5) Adhere frontside of transparency to backside of frame then add brads at top corners for stability.
Step 6)Place one strip of foam adhesive on either side of the transparency at the back, just below the top brads.

Step 7)Place one strip of tape runner adhesive along the bottom edge of the transparency at the back.
Step 8) Place backside of transparency over light colored octagon. Add brads to lower corners for stability.

Hinge

Step 1) Cut 6×12 inch piece of cardstock. Score at 3inches from each side, then at every 1/2 inch inbetween. There will be 13 score lines total.
Step 2) Fold cardstock so that there are 6 ridges on the top side.
Step 3) Pierce the ridges 1/2inch in from each edge then at every inch inbetween. There will be 6 piercings total.

Step 4) Sew the first two ridges together, adding page one at the second and third holes. Lace the twine up and back down so that there is a solid line of stitches on either side.

Step 5) Sew the second two ridges together, adding page two at the third and fourth holes.
Step 6) Sew the third two ridges together, adding page three at the fourth and fifth holes.

Cover

Step 1) Cut a 7×9 inch piece of cardstock. Score at 4.25 inches from each end.
Step 2) Score 1/4 inch line around the perimeter of the piece of carstock. Fold each edge in.

Step 3) Adhere completed hinge to inside center of cover.
Step 4) Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 6.25×4.25inches. Adhere to inside cover on either side of the hinge.
Step 5) Fold scored edges over these pieces of cardstock and adhere.

Embellish front and inside of gift card holder.
Place one or more gift cards in each page and ship to your astounded relatives!

Please stop by my blog and take a look at how I embellished my gift card holder and leave me a comment. I’d love to know you visited.

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Charity, you honestly blow my mind. I’d love to take a little crafty vacay in your brain and see what makes you work! Or I’d like to be one of your relatives. ;)

Thank you so much! If you have an idea that you’d love to see featured on the ScrapbookSteals blog as a How To’sday, we’d love to see what you have. Please send photos and text to kristy@steals.com.

Dimensional Inking | How To’sday

Today, ultra-creative paper crafter Charity Becker is back with an awesome tutorial on dimensional inking. If you haven’t had a chance to get a little inked up recently, today is the perfect day to dust off those inkpads and put today’s tutorial to use.

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Here is a super simple technique that adds dimension to a project for literally pennies! If you like to spend lots of $$$ on each project don’t read any further. However, if you’d rather get the most out of each sheet of scrapbooking paper you own, try this technique.

Choose a die cut that is no larger than 11×11. If your die cut is too large, trim a half inch all along the outside edge. Lay your diecut in the center of a 12×12 piece of cardstock. Trace the die cut and then cut out the center of your newly traced design. Because the basis of this project is the negative of the die cut you have chosen, you will need to pay close attention to corners and curves. A craft knife will cut your shape most accurately.


Lay your handmade cardstock stencil onto a sheet of patterned paper, lining up the edges so that the two 12×12 sheets match exactly. Dab a sponge onto an ink pad and rub the ink on the inside edge of the frame. Re-ink the sponge often so that the outline appears very dark.

Ink all around the edge of the frame. Take care to hold the frame onto the patterned paper very firmly so that it doesn’t slip.

Remove the cardstock frame from the patterned paper and the result should be an inked frame with a distinct edge on the “outside” that fades towards the center. This technique will allow your patterned paper to look as if several of the same sheet have been cut, inked, and stacked.

I used this idea to mimic the bracket shape Kristy Lee is so fond of adding to her sketches. This project was my take on Amethyst # 7 using Authentique Splendid and Imaginisce flowers.

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Charity, as always, you rock. Thank you so much for your continued support of How To’sday and your amazing ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will happily add you to the line up!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for some Mid Week Mojo.

Perfect Fork Bow | How To’sday

I have to let you in on a secret… Even after 17 years of scrapbooking, I still don’t know how to make a good bow. Occasionally I’ll get a compliment on how nice my bow looks (which is a total crap shoot), so I graciously smile and say thank you as if it’s something that I can do in my sleep, and then quickly change the subject before anyone can ask how I do it.

Thankfully today Jennifer Blomquist will teach us all how to make a perfect bow using a fork. I’ll be busy mastering this technique so the next time someone asks I can whip out a fork (since I’ll be carrying one at all times now) and I can show them just how easy it is. :)

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I don’t know about you, but I love the look of bows on cards. However, I know it can be challenging sometimes to get a cute little bow to look just right; which is why I love this technique for creating a perfect bow everytime! It is super easy to do and is especially great for tying those little tiny bows. All you need is some ribbon and a fork! (The bigger the fork, the bigger the bow.)

Start with a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the outside of the tines of a fork so that both ends of the ribbon are on the same side and the front of the ribbon is “above” the ribbon in the back.

Next, take the ribbon that is going across the front of the fork and wrap it around to the back. Bring the ribbon across the ribbon piece in the back and pull the end between the middle tines of the fork so that your ribbon end is back in the front of the fork again.

This is what it looks like when you turn your fork over and look at it from the back.

Take your ribbon end that you pulled through to the front of the fork and pull it over the ribbon stretched across the fork. Bring it through the middle tines to the backside of the fork again.

If you flip over your fork, it should look like this.

Now, both ribbon ends should be on the back side of the fork.  So, just tie your ends together in a knot and pull the ends out to the sides.

Here is what it looks like from the front.

Slide your bow off the fork, trim your ends, and you are done!

Then you can use a glue dot or your favorite adhesive to adhere your bow to your finished project like this card here.

I’ve done this with different sizes of ribbon and forks, so experiment with what you have and I’m sure you’ll find a style you love!

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Jennifer, your tutorial is positively fantastic! Don’t mind me, I’m off to master this technique right now! But before I go I’m so happy to announce the winner of the $20.00 gift code from the August Blog Hop. Megan Smith, you are our lucky winner! I have already given your email address to our marketing department so they will be emailing you soon with your code to use in the ScrapbookSteals.com store. Have fun shopping.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)

Alcohol Inks | How To’sday

So summer blahs have set in and you’re looking for something new to add a little zest to your crafting? Why not put today’s alcohol inks tutorial by Charissa Miller to the test? I admit, I’ve never used alcohol inks but the agate technique looks particularly intriguing and fun!

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One of my favorite things to do with alcohol inks is to create full backgrounds for cards with the Alcohol Ink Agate Technique. This technique creates a multicolored, multi-dimensional, beautifully colored background that can have the feel of agate stone or a gorgeous sunset.

You’ll need glossy paper for this technique to work. Don’t use photo paper or cardstock as it will just dry into a muddy mess of not cute! Use a glossy paper intended for inking/crafting. You’ll also need an inking tool and a felt pad to add to it. This felt is a one-time use only because alcohol inks are flammable and you do NOT want to store a bunch of felts that could combust. Finally, you need tp pick out your colors. You can use as many colors as you want, but I tend to stick to 3-5 colors so all the colors show.

The alcohol inks line also has what are called Mixatives—these are metallic, pearl, black or white pigments that add opaque (alcohol inks are translucent) patches to your design. I love adding the gold or silver to give some shine. Only use a TINY amount of the mixative though, or it could overwhelm and block out your actual alcohol ink colors.


To get started, take your inking tool and squeeze out a small amount of ink onto the felt. You only want a single spot of each color to ensure that you do not end up with too much of one color. Once you have all of your colors, add a tiny amount of mixative, if desired.


Next, dab the ink tool over your paper. Don’t swirl, blend, or move the felt while on the paper, just pick up and dab, pick up and dab. Turn the tool before each dab so you apply the color in a different pattern and don’t end up with a repeat pattern.  The ink will dry within seconds so you don’t have to worry about smearing it.

Once you have your base layer you can add more colors (including new ones) by adding more ink to the felt. You can make a color lighter by putting a dot on your felt and then squirting blending solution on top. You can also lighten the entire background by applying some alcohol blending solution to your felt and dabbing that on your paper.  It may go through a couple ugly stages, but just keep working it and it will turn out beautiful.

Here is an ugly stage:


Here is the completed background:

If you’d like to stamp over you design, use an ink that can dry onto the slick glossy surface.  I prefer Archival Ink because it dries on the glossy surface and easily shows over the background color.  I use it in black, but any color could work.

And this is the completed card:

Here are a few cards and backgrounds made with the Alcohol Ink Agate technique.


Hope this inspires you to give alcohol inks a try.  They definitely are a lot of fun!