When I spied the new In'spire paper dies from Spellbinders at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, it was impossible to buy just one. The panda die and bamboo one are just two of the many I scooped up and loaded into my shopping basket. I started with the Studio G black arched blank card and simply used the Kaiser Craft embossing folder and printed card stock paper (from pad) to make the background. I love the way that the gold cloud paper matches the curves of the green embossed hill. The sentiment square came directly from the Kaiser Craft printed die cut package. This card is so simple; it practically created itself. Please go check out the new assortment of Spellbinder dies and Kaiser Craft products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and I know you'll be inspired too!
This gift bag was made in a similar fashion to the last one. A blue bag was chosen and the Liquitex modeling paste was added using the TCW Nautilus stencil (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts), To highlight and add shimmer to the raised design, fine glitter (Queen and Co) was added to the still wet stenciled pasted design. Because there was some smudging, I covered it with a light spritz of glitter spray and that camouflaged it.
The sea horse/sand dollar tag was constructed from die cut watercolor paper. The top of the sand dollar was folded before cutting and set just beneath the cutting edge of the Tim Holtz die to form a 'sand dollar' mini card. Both the sand dollar and seahorse were colored with Tim Holtz Oxide dyes, sprinkled with Infusion dye powder and the sand dollar was rubbed with a bit of Bo Bunny glitter paste. I found an 'ocean-like' yarn in my ever-growing stash of yarns which added the perfect 'seaweed' touch that I was trying to achieve. Well, that's it for my ocean themed gift bag...hope you liked it. Leave me a comment if you can. I LOVE hearing from you!
A blogger friend of mine,Yvonne (Do More With Less) Yam, featured lots of lovely, decorated gift bags in her recent post. I decided I needed to build up a stash of ready-to-go decorated gift bags, too. Here is an example of what I made using a pineapple stencil ( Echo Park) I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Together with Liquitex light modeling paste (also from HM BFC) I was able to create a raised texture which is very appealing to me. First, I sprayed the back of the plastic stencil with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and then I adhered the stencil to the bag (from an economical BFC multiple bag pack). With my finger I applied the modeling paste, carefully pulled up the stencil, and let the bag dry.
Next, I stamped onto watercolor paper and heat embossed the Avery Elle pineapple design before die cutting it. I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and Infusion dye powder to color the image. For the 'aloha' I used the Avery Elle die to cut two shades of green card stock and off-set them to give a shadow look. With the addition of raffia to tie the pineapple tag onto the bag, the any occasion pineapple gift bag was ready for giving. Hope that you will look at the amazing stencils sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and see what you can create with them. Happy Crafting!
There is something addictive about making shaker cards so I just couldn't put away the Sizzix shaker card die that I used on my last posted blog card. The die set that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a small die piece that makes the pocket for enclosing the sequins....so easy! I cut the card base from a 12x12 American Crafts paper from the Shoreline series...old stock. The fruit slice design front piece came from the Bo Bunny 6x6 Lemonade Stand paper pad and the Sweet Life word sign was fussy cut from a Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad called Fun in the Sun. I was happy to discover that I had just the right sequin colors of pink, green and yellow to match the fruit slice paper. I even put in some Queen & Co. clear diamond toppings to look like ice and so there would be more sparkle and shaking noise. The umbrella in the drink was die cut from printed origami paper and the drink was colored with Copic pens and color pencils to highlight the embossed ice cubes made by the die.
For the inside of the card I used the circle that was cut from the front and the gold foil paper 'celebrate' (cut with an Avery Elle die) was added. This drink was also cut with one of the Cutter Bee dies from the set that I just couldn't pass up at HM BFC.....and I don't even drink! I think this card is very refreshing and satisfied my need to shake, shake, shake!