Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

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Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

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  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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‘I Like Chocolate’ Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

 by Renee Zarate

I Like Chocolate Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is often the perfect gift! There are so many different types of chocolate: white, milk, bittersweet…the list goes on and on. There’s a little something for everyone and every taste. Next time you give someone the gift of chocolate think about making a tag to go with it. If the chocolate is super tasty then it is sure that the tag will last longer than the gift.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die.
Step 1

Select or diecut a tag. You can purchase blank tags at most craft stores or even office supply stores. This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die. Stamp images with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, emboss with clear powder and melt with a heat tool. Use a Dauber to color in the background with Delicata Champagne.

 Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool add Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Step 2

Before the ink dries, place a stencil on top and remove some of the background ink with a baby wipe. Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool and add Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.
Step 3

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.


Step 4

Add additional interest with a script stamp using Celestial Copper ink. Take a bottle cap and use as a stamp with Dark Brown Shimmer ink. Color at random with Memento Markers. Add a baker’s twine bow, some staples, a tiny metal heart and a quick spray of Gold Shimmer Spritz.

Once everything is dry then you are ready to pair with a chocolate gift! If you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

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  • Sizzix – tag die measuring 6 ¼” x 3”
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strathmore – Mixed Media paper
  • Stencil Girl – Textures stencil
  • Bottle cap
  • Post It Notes
  • Dina Wakley – Texture stamps
  • Rubbermoon – I like chocolate
  • Baby wipes
  • Prima Crafts – Mechanical Heart
  • White gesso
  • Baker’s twine
  • Heat tool

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Delicata is a Fabulous Ink for Watercoloring

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques because each piece you create is unique. Today, I want to share with you how easy it is to watercolor using the new colors of Delicata ink. To create this card, take a piece of watercolor paper and stamp your favorite image using Delicata Ink Rose Gold. Cover the stamped images with clear embossing powder. Remove the excess powder and melt with the heat tool. Since I used flowers in this card, I combined the Emerald Green and Ruby Red Delicata Ink. Apply ink over your craft mat. Using an aqua painter or paintbrush, add a few touches of water over the stamped images and apply the ink from the mat.

When the paper is totally dry cut the layer using a decorated die cut. Paste the decorated layer over a very vanilla card base. Stamp a sentiment of your choice on a separate piece of watercolor paper using Delicata Ruby Red.

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  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Aqua painter
  • The Ton – Always Cherry Blossom Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Botanicals For You
  • Gina Marie Designs – Rectangle Stitch die cut

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

I think I can speak for most crafters and mixed media artists when I say that many of us are limited by space and the financial means to have every new product we see on the market. The luscious Delicata inkpads that were recently released in jewel-toned colors are one of those multi-use products that produce some pretty amazing results. Not only do the new ink colors stamp beautifully but today I’m sharing a technique showing how they can be used in a different way to produce a watercolor result. This is definitely a stamp pad collection that deserves a special spot in any studio.

Purchase or die cut white shipping tags. These were cut from a Sizzix die from Mixed Media paper. The tags can be left plain, texturized with an embossing folder or primed with a light coat of gesso. Apply inks on a craft mat then spray with water until the ink colors start to move and blend with each other. The Delicata inks used here are Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Champagne.

Drag each tag through the watery ink. If more color is desired simply ink up a background stamp and press the still wet tag into the stamp. More water can be sprayed on the tag or if pleased with the look of the tag, use a heat tool to dry it completely. Now the tags can be stamped on or otherwise embellished.

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  • Plastic block
  • Sizzix – Tag die, Butterfly die
  • Alterations – Texture Fades Embossing Folders
  • Big Kick Embossing Machine
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper 140#
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps – Sandra Evertson

Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

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  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!

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  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • 
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
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Repositionable tape
  • 
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!

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  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die

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Make a Cute Halloween Bookmark Trio with Memento Ink

by Mischelle Smith

When I saw our Artists challenge for this month was Holiday Planning, I panicked! I’m not sure how I feel about the holiday planning … as I’m SOOO not ready for the holidays. {smiles} So, I decided to ease into the holidays gently with a trio of bookmarks featuring some ‘batty’ characters from Stampin’ Up. For this frightful trio, I used a variety of Memento colors with a water brush and I LOVE the results! They will be such a fun Halloween treat for the book-loving ghouls I know.

I started by stamping the witch, Dracula and Frankenstein images on watercolor paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I began to color all three images with Memento inks and a water brush. Since Memento inks are waterbased, it is a perfect ink to use for blending. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to pull some of the black into the grey and dilute the middle area of the purple dress. You can also use Copic markers as needed if you want to a non-reactive ink. I attached my images to scrap pieces of paper that matched the Halloween theme, punched holes, and added eyelets and ribbon. Continue to stamp and embellish as you see fit. I added little Halloween phrases to the bookmark base, but you can do a number of things such as add shimmer, texture or whatever you like! These could be great to give out as treats with our without some candy attached.

Thank you for stopping by and leave a comment below!

Supplies

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  • Stampin’ Up! – Best Fiends
  • Waterbrush
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heat tool
  • Copic Markers
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Liquid Glass
  • Pattern paper – CTMH

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