Warm Wishes are Easy with Hot Cocoa and Coffee

Make a Simple DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Bag by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you’re looking for a teacher gift, something to stuff in stockings, or just something to brighten a friend’s day, a cup of cocoa completed with mini marshmallows (or the accompaniment of your choice) is a great choice that they can enjoy without accumulating a lot of clutter. Presentation is key for simple gifts, and these two-layer bag toppers are easy to create in batches for quick gifting during busy times.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – Craft, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Plastic bags
  • Cocoa packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Waffle Flower – Currently Drinking
  • My Favorite Things – Donuts & Sprinkles
  • Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Stapler (and staples!)

Gift Card Holder with Delicata Ink by Martha Lucia Gomez

Delicata Ink is one of the most versatile products that you can find to create projects with during the holiday season, and honestly—for all seasons, because now we have a great collection of colors that we can use in our crafts. Today, I am sharing with you how to watercolor with Delicata. It is easy & quick but you will obtain the fantastic shimmer that only this ink can offer. Every year it becomes more common to give gift cards as presents. But if you are like me, I always want to make it very special and unforgettable.

I started working on this gift card holder by stamping over watercolor paper the cup image using Memento Desert Sand, this is a light color that can be easily covered with the Delicata Celestial Copper and a waterbrush. With Delicata Ruby Red, I stamped and colored some details to decorate the cup. The special detail on the cup is the whipped cream. I made this using White Amplify!

I fussy cut all the pieces and created the layers of the gift card holder. Even though I designed the gift card to be on the outside, I still used a card base so I could have space inside of the card to add my personal message. I used a punch to create the window to put the gift card inside. Using Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer I stamped the sentiment over the top layer and then I assembled all the layers over the card base with Tear It Tape and pasted the watercolor cup using double sided foam tape.

Look at the amazing shading you can get with using a waterbrush and the Delicata inks? Easy and fun to make don’t you think? Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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  • Joy Clair – Christmas Cocoa Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown, Natural White
  • Gina Marie Designs – Cross Stitched Rectangle Die Cuts
  • Stampin Up – Word Window Punch
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool

Watch a Video on How to Make a Creative Paper Chain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to make a creative paper chain. Kids Crafts.

For both kids and kids-at-heart, waiting for a trip, holiday, or other event can be frustrating when it’s so very far away. In my version, the classic paper chain gets an upgrade with color-coded links, embossed event markers, and multiple points along the way to celebrate leading up to my big trip a few months from now. Whether you choose to get the family involved in making it or surprise someone with it, the big fun comes from taking it apart until you’re just down to a single link!

 

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  • DCWV cardstock
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Studio Calico – “By the Numbers”, “A to Z” stamp sets
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Calendar

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

We have two great heart ‘Felt’ projects today to celebrate the mood of thankfulness in the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We feel the a heartfelt thanks is the best kind of thanks! Kyriakos breaks down his process in a tutorial form and Jennifer Vanderbeek has created a full video tutorial on our Youtube channel! Check it out!

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

‘Heart of Felt’ Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A card with a heart, made of felt that is decorated with black dots using the Memento Luxe Tuxedo black and enhanced further with the same color irRESISTible Pico embellisher. The canvas fabric, used as background, is stamped with the Delicata Ruby Red with a crackled design stamp imitating heart veins. The felt heart is stitched to the canvas fabric with a black waxed cord to one side. Both fabrics come in combination to emphasize the warm, soft and open emotions of a heartfelt person.

Directions


Step 1

Cut a heart shape of the felt and stamped it with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black. Memento Luxe is a great ink for stamping on fabric because it will not spread so quickly into the fibers like a dye ink. So you maintain the crisp lines of your stamp.


Step 2

Cut a piece of canvas fabric to 4 x 6 inches. Pull the threads to fridge all edges and stamp it with the crackle clear stamp and the Delicata Ruby Red. Stamp a sentiment “so grateful” ticket with the same color.


Step 3

Cross stitch the felt heart on the fabric using the waxed cord at one side.


Step 4

Glue the fabric on the card and use the irRESISTible Pico embellisher to enhance the stamped designs. When it is dry, place the ticket and embellish further.

Supplies

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  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • White felt sheet
  • Black waxed cord
  • Ticket stamp
  • Stamperia Crackle stamp
  • Canvas fabric
  • Ribbon

 


Create a Heartfelt Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whoever is lucky enough to receive a card like this will definitely feel the love and effort you put into it—they just might not realize how quickly it came together. When you’re combining a lot of different techniques (we’ve got die cutting, embroidery, hand-lettering, and stamping going on, not to mention paper, felt, and metal elements) it’s important to keep the design fairly clean in order to avoid input overload when looking at the final product. The limited color palette and unfussy arrangement really allow the workmanship to stand out. And who can resist petting the felt heart?

 

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Supplies

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  • Cardstock – Purple, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Sizzix – Scalloped heart die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Felt – red
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic block
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Flat-backed pearl sticker

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Watch a Video on How to Make a Watercolor Background

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

This card uses layers of color applied before and after embossing to create an interesting background for a single stamped image and a few well-chosen word beads. Playing with color and texture can be a fun exercise, and this watercolor effect is unpredictable to keep the process interesting even if you repeat it time and time again.

 

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Gridiron embossing folder
  • Diecut Machine
  • Ribbon
  • Xyron 150
  • Twine
  • Eyelash Yarn
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450
  • VLVS – Leaves blowing from tree stamp
  • Word beads (vintage)
  • Tape

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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Supplies

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  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

Elevate a humble candy bar into a true treat through a few simple steps. Surprise coworkers, school friends, or party guests with these cute as can be candy bar wrappers. They take minimal effort because you can create these goodies in moments if you do each part in batches.

For the king-size cookie bar wrappers I cut my orange paper 4.5” x 6.5” and scored it lengthwise at 1.5”, 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. The overlay was cut to 4” x 6” and scoring these is totally optional. For other candy bars used in this experiment, they fit the same sleeves (just didn’t stick out on the ends as far); adjust the length of your wrappers to suit. See how I did it in this quick tutorial video.

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Supplies

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  • Cardstock – Black, Orange
  • Sizzix – Halloween Words Block dies
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Xyron 550 Create-a-Sticker
  • Scoring Board
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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