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Snowflake Coasters Tutorial

16 Dec

Christmas is on its way and many of us “creative-types” have been cutting, gluing, printing and wrapping for weeks in anticipation of the big season, focusing on red, green, red, green. With only a few variations.

Today, I thought outside the box for a gift that would endure beyond the season.

First, I wanted to focus on some other colors… I chose three rich, earthy colors from CutCardStock.com: Olive, Teal and Dark Purple. I added Classic Natural White to give it some punch. Second, I remembered a pack of paper coasters I recently bought at Michael’s for 90% off…yep, only $.10 a pack…I bought four of them. Here is the finished project.

Except for some drying time, this is a quick project. Here’s how:

  • Gather your supplies (see list below)
  • Sand the coasters
  • Cut 8 pieces of Classic Natural White card stock 4×4″ and adhere to coasters.
  • Trim excess paper by flipping the coaster over and trimming with a craft knife.
  • Cut 8 pieces of the colored card stocks 3½x3½” {I cut 3 Olive, 3 Teal and 2 Dark Purple.}
  • Punch corners of colored mats and adhere to the center.
  • To smooth out the edges and corners, sand.
  • Die cut/emboss a plethora of snowflakes from Classic Natural White {I used three or four flakes on each of the coasters.} and adhere them to the coasters.
  • Add a nickel-size amount of Liquid Laminate onto the top of the coaster. Use a foam brush to spread the Laminate. To create a bit of texture, wipe horizontally and then vertically. Smooth, slow strokes will help reduce bubbles.
  • Allow to dry. Apply another coat.
  • When the coasters are completely dry, wrap and give to a loved one! 🙂

Here are all the coasters. The first one was taken before it was sealed with Liquid Laminate.  The second was taken after.

Important Stuff
Paper Neenah Classic Crest 80# Classic Natural White; Basis 80# Olive, Teal, Dark Purple (CutCardStock.com)
Die Cuts S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities® Petite, S4-085 Snowflake Wonder, S4-222 Create a Flake One, Papercut snowflakes, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Adhesives Liquid Laminate (Beacon Adhesives)

Other Stuff Sandpaper, paper coasters and drinks, of course!!!


A Dream Come True (CPS 149)

11 Jan

Some days, a card or layout just comes together like butter…Today? Not so much, sigh. I had the sketch (# 149) from Card Positioning System. I had the main image of a bird die cut. I chose my stamp from JustRite Stampers and the rest took hours. Sigh.

But I think it was worth the strain and toil…

Let me give you some instant replays of what I did to create this. First, the supplies!

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-222 Create A Flake One, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities, S4-160 Bird (retired), S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles LG (Spellbinders™); Natural Cardstock (WorldWin); Lavender patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye); Decorative 2″ Borders stamps, Loving Thoughts stamps, 2″ round stamper (JustRite Stampers); Memento Paris Dusk dye ink (Tsukineko); Wood Violet embossing powder (Sparkle N’ Sprinkle); Glue Rings (GlueArts); Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots); Silver Metallic Rub-ons (Craf-T)

Other Stuff: Cream paper; Lavender organza ribbon, Clear gem

After cutting the Spellbinders™ S4-160 Bird (retired), I embossed it with the I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities.

Next, came the stamping…I stamped the JustRite Stampers sentiment “You are a Dream Come True” from the Loving Thoughts set, and combined it with a “feathery” circle border from the Decorative 2″ Wide Borders set. Then, I set the S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circle LG on top of the image and secured it with low tac tape. The amazing thing about this stamp is that the border design fits perfectly into the scallops. Brilliant JustRite!

Next, I created a little crown for the bird. This was some kind of fun! I cut/embossed S4-222 Create A Flake One and then trimmed it so four spokes remained.

I actually used glue on the surface and sprinkled Wood Violet embossing powder on it. A little heat and several layers later, I had a thick coat on the crown. I used a second flourish border from the JustRite Decorative Borders Set. I heated one crown spoke at a time and then impressed a bit of the border into it. It gave it a really great texture.

To enhance the texture even more, I wiped silver metallic rub-ons on the top and knocked it down a bit with a rag. I put it all together with a wrapped ribbon and Copic color on the bird’s beak and sentiment stamp. I guess it was a great day after all…

As always, thanks for stopping by…Happy Creating, Eli

Snowflake Thanks

9 Jan

I’m trying out a new challenge site today (new to me, at least). It’s called the Pink Elephant Challenge and Ella is the mascot of the site. She’s darling! Today she inspired me to create the following card by giving the challenge of using: two designer papers, three buttons and snowflakes.

The idea of making a checkerboard with light and dark papers just popped into my head and this card was born:

It was super easy to make (and it fits into a #10 envelope):

  1. Cut eight 2×2″ squares from two contrasting papers, giving you 16 total.
  2. Cut/emboss seven snowflakes using the S4-222 Create A Flake One die template from Spellbinders™.
  3. Trim the remaining squares to 1¾x2″ adhering then as a checkerboard onto a card base.
  4. Adhere the snowflakes onto the checkerboard, placing each onto the contrasting square and leaving one place empty.
  5. Add a  rub-on sentiment.
  6. Finish it by adding three buttons using Glue Dots.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-222 Create A Flake 1 (Spellbinders™); Thanks rub-on (DCWV), Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, Buttons, Blue dot papers, PVA Glue

So, what if you don’t want to make a big card but a few little ones instead. Why not try this…use each section of four blocks as a mini sketch. Here’s what they might look like:



Hmmm, just something to think about. Thanks to Pink Elephant Challenge for the inspiration and thanks for visiting.

Cheers to your week, Eli

Snow Love Challenge Card

23 Nov

Well, the craft fair was a huge success. I had a blast with my buddy Kazan Clark and so many wonderful friends at St. Anne’s. Let’s hope it happens again next year.

Now that I have a little breather, I wanted to try my hand at some challenges. This week, I figured since I had such a great time with Kazan, I would go over to
2 Sketches 4 You
and try out their challenge. Click the link to check out the sketch.

I love the little play on words “Snow Love” because 1) I love snow and 2) “sNOw Love” is for when people feel a little left out in the cold. So leave a warm message inside when you send this one to a friend.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-222 Create a Flake One (Spellbinders™); Crush patterned paper, Head Over Heels (Fancy Pants); Black/White patterned paper (Die Cuts with a  View); Tis the Season snowflake ribbon (Jo-Ann’s), Black/White stitched ribbon (Michael’s); 95 pt. Letter Stamps, Horizontal Stamper (JustRite Stampers); Encore! Silver ink (Tsukineko), Glue Rings (Glue Arts); Heart Brad (WesTrim); Jackpot Embossing Powder (Powder Keg); 3D Foam Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L); Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Sketch Markers-C3, W3, W5 (Copic)

Other Stuff: Clear glitter, White cardstock

(A close up to finish it off…see all those little sparkles? Glitter. Snow-looking Glitter!)

If I don’t chat at you before then…have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!