Purple Packages

Re-purposed Wrapping

by Martha Lucia Gomez

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Creating my own gift packaging is one of my passions, particularly when I get to reuse something one wouldn’t expect. I wanted to make something romantic and simple, so I decided to create small bags to put sachets or aroma leaves inside out of old book pages.

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Rip three pages out of an old book. Ink each page with a Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies and Lulu Lavender Memento colors using a brayer. Don’t forget to wash your brayer between each application of color ink. Memento ink is easily washed away with water.

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Step 2

Using each inked sheet, die cut with the Mini Thread Bag. Assemble by adhereing the flaps down. After you fill your bags you can simply fold the decorated edge down, or adhere if you wish. Tie together with thick purple twine.

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Step 3

Using another page from the book, die cut 8 circle scallops. Adhere together using a brad. Fold each scallop toward the center; no need for precise folds just squeeze with your fingers.

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Step 4

Spray the paper flower with coordinating colors of Fireworks! Attach to the front of the packages.

Supplies

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  • Old Book
  • Stampin’ Up – Mini Treat Bag Thinlits die cut
  • Die cut machine
  • Brayer
  • Metal brad
  • Thick twine – purple
  • Adhesive

 

 

 

 

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Night Flight

Star-crossed Love

by Alison Heikkila

Blue handmade card by Alison Heikkila featuring night sky and an owl made using Nautical Blue Memento Ink.

I personally love to work with a wide array of colors most of the time, but there is something so beautiful about cards made in just one color, or color family. I hope you’ll try this fun technique!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Make a mat of Mixed Media Paper to fit on your card base. Tape mat to the back of the stencil. Using the Jumbo Sponge Dauber lightly ink the paper with Nautical Blue Memento. Don’t go too heavy, or you won’t be able to see the images you stamp later.

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Step 2

Remove the stencil. Place your stamps face down where you would like to have them appear on the card. Lay a piece of acrylic over the stamps and lift up your stamps as laid out. Ink them up, using Nautical Blue, and carefully place the stamps back where you had them on the paper, all at one time.

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Step 3

Stamp additional images as wanted. I used my star trail a couple of times, and added my sentiment as well. Use a Stardust pen on the stars, moon and owl to add a bit of sparkle.

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Step 4

Using the Nautical Blue Memento Marker, edge your card base using the brush tip end. Mount the stamped and stenciled paper with adhesive.

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Below you can see a bit of the sparkle from the pen in the stars. It’s not easy to photograph!

Supplies

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  • Memento Ink – Nautical Blue Dew Drop, Nautical Blue Dual Tip Marker
  • Jumbo Dauber
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  • Hero Arts – Dreams are Made stamp set
  • Tim Holtz – Rays Layering Stencil
  • Stampendous – Jumbo Stamp Handle
  • Sakura – Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • Card base

 

 

 

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Monochromatic Card with Encore

Blue Butterfly Card

by Nadine Carlier

 

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See how to create a monochromatic card using one Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink color in this video by Nadine Carlier.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

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  • IndigoBlu Stamp
  • CAS-ual Fridays Stamp
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – White, Blue

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One Love

Monochromatic Love

by Monica Edwards

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There is nothing more beautiful than all the colors in a rainbow, but you will be amazed at the beauty you can find in just one color. Here’s an idea for a lovely monochromatic card…with just a hint of sparkle to set it off.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp your image using StazOn ink.

Step 2

With the Delicata ink color in your images it as if you were using watercolor. The texture of this paper is almost slippery which creates a wash like look. Much like with watercolors, to get darker shading, just use more of the ink.

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Step 3

Adhere your stamped piece to a silver cardstock, and both of those to a black card base with Tear It! Tape. Adhere the die cut sentiment in silver.

 

Supplies

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  • Tattered Angels – Pure Mistable Papers
  • Cardstock – silver, black
  • Floral stamp of choice
  • Waterbrush, or brush and water
  • Die cut sentiment
  • Adhesive

I also created another quick card using Memento Luxe, Memento, and Radiant Neon ink as shown below just to show how gorgeous a family of colors can be.

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Leaves of Gold

Handmade Aged Tome

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A handmade aged book by Jennifer Vanderbeek

There’s just something undeniably cool knowing you can make a book. It can be hard or soft covered, have stitched signatures or glued, funky folds or torn edges, it doesn’t matter—it’s a book made with your own two hands. This book gets an extra boost with a faux aging technique thanks to creative medium and sprays. It will fit in with any set of old tomes in your library.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Assemble the pieces of the book: Two covers (6 1/4″  square of chipboard attached to a 7” square cardstock), one spine (1 x 6 ¼” strip of chipboard attached to a 3 x 7” strip of cardstock), two fly sheets (6” squares of embossed vellum over white cardstock), one spine (a 6” tall strip of cardstock accordion folded), and 12-14 signatures (12 x 6” sheets of cardstock or vellum folded in half and given a decorative edge on three sides).

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Encase the edges of the chipboard by folding over the cardstock creating neat corners. For the spine, only fold over the top and bottom edges. Secure everything with strips of Tear It! Tape and use a bone folder for crisp edges.

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Spread Metallic Gold Creative Medium through a stencil on the outside of the each cover and the spine. Mask off any areas to stay bare of the Creative Medium with a temporary adhesive material like Post It Tape.

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Step 4

Spray the covers and spine with Walnut Ink and let dry. A heat tool can speed up the process, and blotting can give a more varied look in the finish.

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Step 5

Stick the long edges of the spine to the covers with Tear It! Tape, leaving a gap between the cover edges and the chipboard portion of the spine. This allows flexibility in the spine while still offering stability.

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Attach strips of Tear It! Tape to the valleys of the accordion fold piece. Secure a folded signature to each side of the valley folds. Attaching signatures to only one side of each valley will allow each signature to open fully. Using both sides of the valleys will keep some pages closer together, perfect for creating pockets.

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Step 7

Attach one free end of the folded spine to the front cover with Tear It! Tape, then stretch the spine out to meet the other cover and secure.

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Step 8

Center the fly leaves to the inside of the front and back covers with Tear It! Tape, covering the exposed chipboard and the spine mechanism.

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Step 9

Gild the pages edges by running them across a Delicata pad and allow to dry.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock
  • Embossed Vellum
  • Emobossing and Die Cut Machine
  • Spellbinders – Creative Book Pages Two Grand Templates
  • Chipboard
  • Bone Folder
  • Post It Tape
  • Dreamweaver Stencils – Crusade stencil, Embossing Paste Spreader
  • Score Board
  • Scissors or Paper Trimmer

 

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Handmade Mini Journal

Mini-book with StazOn Inks

by Neva Cole

A handmade mini journal using fun foam, StazOn inks, ribbon and cardstock by Neva Cole.

I consider myself a mini-book fanatic! I have truly enjoyed creating small books over the last 20 years. So I set out to craft a cute little book from fun foam, chipboard and cardstock that has a ribbon binding. To make the book more portable, I made an elastic closure to hold it together. It is easy to decorate the fun foam with StazOn ink, and the elastic closure uses some Fabrico Markers to add color inside the ridges.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Trim tan fun foam to 5 x 7”. Stamp one side of the fun foam with a variety of marbling stamps using StazOn in Saddle Brown, Timber Brown, and Cactus Green.

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The create a color coordinated elastic closure, ink a 12” piece of soft ¼” elastic with StazOn in Saddle Brown and Timber Brown. Add a little texture by coloring with Fabrico markers in Chocolate and Pea Pod. Set the elastic aside to dry.

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The stack of pages, called a signature of the book, is 5 sheets of cream cardstock trimmed to 4 ¾ x 6 ½”. Each sheet is scored down the middle and creased. The signature is lined up and the inside set is marked with a pencil at the center and 1 3/8” away from center. That is three holes total: the center, and upper and a lower hole. The holes are punched with a paper piercer, or you can use a heavy duty thumb tack. The same marks and punch holes are made in the fun foam cover. The signature and cover are slightly different sizes so it is best to use a centering ruler for this task.

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A 15” length of 1/8” ribbon is threaded through the signature and cover using a tapestry needle. Starting from the outside (stamped side of the foam), the ribbon is threaded through the center holes in the cover and signature. You will have to line up the needle with holes in the signature before pulling it through. A length of ribbon, or tail, is left on the outside.

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From the inside the ribbon is threaded through upper holes of all layers; the needle is now on the outside of the book. Next the ribbon is threaded from the upper to the lower hole; the needle is now inside of the book. From the inside the ribbon is threaded back through the center hole. Take care to not pierce the ribbon and only go through the hole.

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There should now be two ribbon tails on the outside of the book. Arrange so the tails are on either side of the center ribbon. You may gently adjust the length of the tails at this point. Tie the tails around the center ribbon and make a bow.

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Round the signature in a stack with a heavy duty corner rounder. Rounding the corners after binding allows them to line up more neatly. Trim two pieces of chipboard to 3 ¼ x 4 ¾” and round outside corners. Line up the chipboard between the cover and the signature.

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Mark holes for elastic 1” from the top and bottom edges of the back cover and ¾” from the outside edge. Punch holes through both the chipboard and foam cover.

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Add a quick dry adhesive designed for paper to the chipboard piece and adhere to the foam cover. Place wax paper between chipboard and the signature in case a bit of adhesive leaks out from around the edges. Repeat for the front of the mini book. Place under a stack of books and let dry. Mine took about an hour.

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Thread elastic through the holes in the back cover. Leave the elastic slack enough to go around the front cover. Pin the elastic together and then stitch at the mid-point to secure. (This is flatter than knotting the elastic.) Trim the excess elastic. Add adhesive to the chipboard and adhere to the last page of the signature so the elastic is hidden. Adhere the front page of the signature to the front chipboard cover. Add the wax paper to protect the rest of the signature as before and dry under a stack of books.

This little book is the perfect size to hold wallet size photos, meandering thoughts and notes, or sketches.

Supplies

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  • Fun foam – tan
  • Chipboard
  • Cardstock – Cream
  • 1/8” ribbon
  • ¼” elastic
  • Quick dry paper adhesive
  • Yvonne Albrition Design – Marble tile stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Score board
  • Centering ruler
  • Paper piercer
  • Tapestry needle
  • Needle and thread
  • Heavy duty corner rounder
  • Heavy duty hole punch

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