Twill Flower

by Sherrie Siemens

Create a flower out of twill tape.

Supplies

  • White twill tape, (1" width used here)

  • Fabric adhesive

  • Alcohol-based marker

  • Two felt circles, one 1" in diameter and one 1.5" in diameter

  • Safety pin

  • Crop-A-Dile™, or other sturdy hole punch

  • Scissors

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 2

    Cut eight 2" long strips.
    Cut eight 1 1/4" long strips.
    Cut one 9" long strip for the rosette.

  2. Step 12

    To create the center of the rosette roll the folded end in a circle.

  3. Step 18

    Add a large dot of glue to the flower center to hold the rosette.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Twill Flower. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Faux Brads

by Julie Warner

Create your own brads out of paper.

Supplies

  • Scrap cardboard

  • Hole punch (1/4" or 1/2", round)

  • Large ball stylus

  • Tacky glue

  • Tweezers or Needle-nose pliers

  • Wax paper

  • Wooden toy bowls and pegs (optional – found in woodworking section of local craft store)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score a 5" long piece of cardboard 3 times at 1 ¼" intervals. The first and third scores should be mountain fold and the second (middle) fold should be a valley fold.

  2. Step 2

    Punch a hole in the first section. Fold up to the second section.

  3. Punch Using the first hole as your guide, punch a hole through the second section.

  4. Step 3

    Fold up to the third section. Using the first 2 holes as your guide, punch through the third layer. Leave the fourth layer unpunched.

  5. Your faux brad jigs, or molds, are finished. Multiple sizes are shown on first example.

  6. Step 4

    Using the same hole punch, punch one hole out of card stock and one out of cardboard.

  7. Step 5

    Fold up your brad jig and place the card stock circle inside the hole in your jig.

  8. Step 6

    Use the largest end of your stylus to push the circle down and round it against the sides.

  9. Step 7 (Optional)

    You may also use a wooden toy bowl in place of or in addition to the jig.

    Note:

    The larger sizes work well for 1/2 inch or larger faux brads.

  10. Step 7

    Repeat the rounding on the cardboard circle. Place a small amount of fast grab tacky glue inside the rounded card stock circle.

  11. Step 8

    Place the wax paper between the last punched hole and the unpunched layer in your brad jig (or inside the wooden bowl as shown). Use the stylus to push the layers together and also to further round the two. The wax paper will keep the glue from sticking but also provides a wax shine to your brad.

  12. Comparison:
    Brad with this step and without.

  13. Step 9

    Complete your project and attach the brads using the same tacky glue.

Video!

Laced Luminaria

by Lynn Pratt

Create a Luminaria out of four coasters by lacing the pieces together.

Supplies

  • Five 4" square coasters, or heavy cardstock
  • Four 4" cardstock squares
  • Four 3 9/16" x 4" pieces of vellum
  • Die cut machine (Big Shot™ used here)
  • Shape die (scalloped and regular circles used here)
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesive, regular and dimensional
  • Sponge
  • Black ink
  • Crop-a-Dile™
  • Four 14" pieces of ribbon
  • Battery operated tealights

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut a scalloped circle into the center of each coaster.

  2. Step 2

    With the Scallop #2 Big Shot die, part of a smaller scallop will be cut off on the edge of the coaster. Adhere this piece back onto the coaster.

  3. Step 3

    Sponge the inside edge of the coaster with black ink.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a circle, slightly larger than the scallop in the coaster, into the center of each of the 4" cardstock squares. Adhere these to the coasters.

  5. Step 5

    On the back of each coaster add a mark at 5/16", 1 7/16", 2 9/16" and 3 11/16" on opposite sides. The marks are 1 1/8" apart. This should be the same on both sides of each four coasters.

  6. Step 6

    Punch a hole about 3/16" into the coasters at each of the markings with the Crop-a-Dile. After punching one coaster, use it as a template for the other three pieces.

  7. Step 7

    Run the vellum pieces through the crimper so it crimps the long side to be shorter.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere the vellum with dimensionals to the back of the coaster pieces. Adhere it so the crimped lines run horizontally between the punched holes.

  9. Step 9

    Lace ribbon through holes in two coaster pieces to connect them together. Come from the front to the back on the bottom two holes.

  10. Wrap those around the front and go in the second hole from the front to the back again.

  11. Step 10

    Continue lacing from the front to the back through each hole.

  12. The ribbon will finish on the back. Tie a double knot. Before cutting the excess ribbon off, add a bit of glue to the inside of the knot to make sure it won't come undone.

  13. Step 11

    Once you have laced all four sides together, lay them out flat and decorate the windows.

  14. Step 12

    Bring the two ends together and lace them into a square.

  15. Step 13

    Adhere the last coaster to the bottom of the luminaria.

  16. Step 14

    The candle holder is finished. Keep in mind, since it is made out of paper - only use it with battery operated tealights.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Laced Luminaria. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Totally Totebag

by Leigh O’Brien

Create a darling little tote bag out of one sheet of cardstock.

Supplies

  • One 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock
  • Scoring tool
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Large background stamp or stamps of your choice
  • Inkpad - color of your choice
  • Red Line Tape (or strong adhesive of choice)
  • 1/16" hole punch
  • 12 small brads
  • Brown or contrasting ink and marker for stitching and sponging edges (optional)
  • Embellishments

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Download pdf template file. Print directly onto cardstock or print on white paper and photocopy onto cardstock. (Template will print in a very light gray color and lines will not be seen on your finished project.)

    Totally Totebag Template

  2. Step 2

    Score template on all dotted lines.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out pattern on solid lines. Save scraps to use for bag handles and side straps.

  4. Step 4

    Turn pattern face down and stamp background on front and back sides as well as thinner side pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Fold down top 1/2" on both front and back of totebag towards stamped side of bag. Adhere with red line tape and crease fold with bone folder.
    You now have a contrasting top edge since it's plain and not stamped.

    Optional:
    Add stitch lines to edges as shown in the sample. Use contrasting ink to sponge edges of all sides. Set aside.

  6. Step 6

    From cardstock scraps, cut side straps - 2 pieces (1" x 2.5") and handles - 2 pieces (1/2" x 6").

    Optional:
    Add stitch lines to edges as shown in the sample. Use contrasting ink to sponge edges of all sides.

  7. Step 7

    Measure 3/4" from left edge of top front of bag and adhere one end of handle.
    Measure 3/4" from right edge of top front of bag and adhere other end of handle as shown in photo.
    Punch 1/16" hole and insert brad to decorate and reinforce handle. Repeat for the back to the bag.

  8. Step 8

    Measure 3/4" down from top edge of front of bag and put right end of side strap approx. 3/8" overlapping left edge of the front of the totebag.
    Punch 1/16" holes in corners of side strap and totebag front at the same time. Do not adhere at this time.
    Repeat this step for each side of both the front and back of totebag and for each end of the side strap.

  9. Step 9

    Fold small flaps on sides of totebag inwards as if your were now making the bag. Use punched holes to mark where holes need to be punched on those small inside flaps. Make sure to mark all four flaps. Punch 1/16" holes.

  10. Step 10

    Hold one end of side strap over edge of front side of totebag - lining up holes in side strap, front of bag, and inside flap. Insert brads.

  11. Step 11

    Repeat with other side of bag front.

  12. Wrap side straps around to back of bag, again lining up all punched holes - and insert brads.

    Note:
    It will help if you crease the small inward "v" on the sides of the bag when inserting brads on the back side.

  13. Step 12 (Optional)

    Adhere photo turn, button, or buckle to top fold of front of bag as a clasp.

  14. Step 13

    Decorate straps of the bag with ribbon or add a big flower to the front. The decorating portion is up to you! Fill with raffia or goodies and have fun!

Video!

Variations

    Patterned Paper Tote
    Try the template with a two sided piece of patterned scrapbook paper for a cool look for holiday favors.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Totally Totebag. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Place the cardstock over the Powder Pal . If you don't have one, use a piece of copy paper.
john  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 6:47 AM

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