Creative Hack with Reusable Gift Wrap

For many people the source of joy for the holidays is giving! One of the coolest ways to express yourself in the holiday season is creative gift wrapping. Creating a reusable gift bag that could be used year round paired with a gift tag that creates a holiday mood is a thoughtful way to go!

We have several products that can be used on fabric. With all the product, after it is dry, simply heat set with an iron set to the correct temperature for the fabric. In our example we used VersaCraft Ink with matching Fabrico Markers.

A muslin bag masked with painters tape has been inked with VersaCraft ink in Ultramarine

We used pre-made muslin bags and simply masked off a big block section to ink up. In this photo we used Cerulean Blue VersaCraft with a Jumbo Dauber.

VersaCraft works into the fabric without migrating sideways like a fabric dye. This is the essential quality needed for creating clean edges. Many screen printing inks are quite tacky to avoid migration. With VersaCraft and Fabrico you get the best of both worlds—easy clean-up and crisp images. Before you start inking, make sure you place something like plastic or cardboard inside the bag to prevent the ink from bleeding through to the other side. In our second bag we used VersaCraft Poppy Red. We used a Fabrico Marker to draw a thin line above the thick block stripe. Since the block was inked up real well, we let it air dry for 24 hours before heat setting. Use a scrap piece of fabric between the ink and your iron.

Drawing on a muslin gift bag with a Fabrico Marker above a big red blog created by VersaCraft.

The gift tag is the mood setter in this project. Again, we are aiming for the bag to be reused for any season, but the gift tag is all Christmas!

A handmade gift bag inked in Poppy Red block and stripe with a handmade tag featuring Santa Clause.

We used Santa Claus from Flourishes l.c with VersaFine and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, use VersaCraft Poppy Red to color the area around Santa and use Fabrico Poppy Red to color in Santa’s hat. The tag will perfectly match the stripes on the bag and will also give the effect of Santa popping forward from the background. Any additional detailing on this tag is your creative liberty! We shined Santa’s beard with Delicata White Shimmer, embossed the sentiment “For You” and colored in Santa’s face with Memento Dual-tip Markers.

A muslin giftbag inked with Ultramarine VersaCraft in a block section with a handmade tag embossed with a snowflake pattern and inked in blue too.

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We Love these Beachy Keen Coasters

Summer Respite

by Mark Melnick

Colorful handmade beach themed coasters with lobsters, tropical fish, seahorses and crabs displayed with a pitcher and glass of sun tea.

Summertime fun with VersaCraft and All-Purpose Inks in bright colors. What better way to enjoy some homemade sun tea than on some handmade canvas coasters that are colorful and absorbent!

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Take some plain canvas [of fabric of your choice] and cut pieces slightly larger than your intended coasters. I used some heavy cardboard coasters that I got at the farmer’s market. Adhere your fabric with your favorite mixed media adhesive.

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Step 2

I used wood block stamps as they do not move at all and are the best stamps for use on fabric of any type. They do not absorb ink and are usually extremely detailed. This first image shows the use of VersaCraft Inks. They are intended for fabric and can be heat set. Stamp fabric with your design and then heat set with iron. The canvas I used is untreated and quite absorbent. The heat set keeps the ink from moving even when liquid is applied on top.

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Step 3

This second image shows the use of All-Purpose Ink. I applied this ink to the wood block using a brush and then stamping the fabric. Again, I heat set the ink when finished.

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Step 4

Take a second coaster and paint with adhesive. Adhere to the back of your covered coaster. I laid the two together under a jeweler’s anchor plate and my favorite antique iron and let dry. This second layer adds weight and additional absorbency.

Supplies

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  • Cork or Cardboard coasters
  • Canvas/Fabric
  • Paint brushes
  • Adhesive
  • Iron
  • Weight
  • Sun tea

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See How to Stamp with Versacraft on Linen Towels

Simple and Bright Kitchen Refresher

by Mark Melnick

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Spring cleaning means getting rid of the old and making room for the new. So, how about some new linen towels? Bright, festive colors will help freshen the look of your kitchen or bathrooms! Linen is washable and has natural antibacterial properties that cotton does not.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions

Step 1

Pre-wash linen towels for softness.

TIP: Linen should be washed on a gentle/delicate wash and air-dried, though it can be placed in a dryer on a low setting. Do not use fabric softener before applying the ink.

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Step 2

Take a wood block stamp and ink it with VersaCraft Ink. These inks are made especially for using on fabric. A wood block stamp is great for fabric because of its deep cuts which create amazing detail.

TIP: If you are also a sewer- make your own linen towels to get just the right size.

Step 3

Heat set ink with a dry iron for 1 – 2 minutes on each side and allow to cool. Let set for 48 hours before laundering again.

Supplies
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Other
  • Linen towel(s)
  • Wood block stamp
  • Iron