Watercolor + Die Cut Ice Cream-Themed Handmade Cards

I’ve been having lots of fun making projects with the “I Heart Ice Cream” goodies, and this week I’ll be sharing a few of the ice creamy projects that I’ve made. First up is a pair of cards created with a combo of watercolor pencils, die cut phrases, and print and cut shapes.

You're a Treat Handmade Card | k.becca #watercolor #cardmaking

These cards are slightly smaller than A2 size at 3 1/2″ x 5″. First, I cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock in half and scribbled in an area on the cardstock with three different colors of watercolor pencils (Loew-Cornell Viridian, Dark Chrome, and Salmon). I brushed over the area with a wet brush and set it aside to dry.

Then, I print and cut out several hearts and two ice cream cone shapes from the I Heart Ice Cream SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts set on my Silhouette, plus two of the “You’re a Treat” phrases from I Heart Ice Cream Phrases Die Cuts (Set 1). I glued the phrase two phrase layers together to give the sentiment some dimension, and I colored the ice cream cones in with the Salmon and Dark Chrome watercolor pencils. Since I printed the cones onto regular cardstock, I had to be careful not to go over the colored area too much with the wet brush because I didn’t want the cardstock to pill. I added some Diamond Stickles to the hearts, allowed the ice cream cones and the hearts to dry, and then attached them to the dried watercolor background with foam adhesive (the cones) and glue (the hearts).

Finally, I attached the watercolor piece to the card front with double-sided adhesive and attached the “You’re a Treat” phrase with glue.

You're Sweet Handmade Watercolor + Die Cut Card | k.becca #svg #watercolor #cardmaking

For the “You’re Sweet” card, I used the same technique as above, with Dark Chrome and Dark Orange watercolor pencils on the creamsicle, but I blended the watercolor background a bit more and added dots of Diamond Stickles on the background.

The I Heart Ice Cream Collection + A Freebie

It’s been a while! During that time, I’ve moved back to my home state, searched for a house, bought a house, undertook a major renovation of said house, adopted two kitties and, let’s see, what else? Well, I’m sure I’ll be filling you in on the above here and there, but today I want to let you know that I’ve launched my first new collection in quite some time.

I’m celebrating all things ice cream with the “I Heart Ice Cream” collection, and this seems an appropriate time to introduce it since July is National Ice Cream Month. The collection includes a set of ice cream-themed patterns, die cuts, die cut ice cream cards, and clip art for both commercial and personal use. Previously, commercial licenses on my products weren’t available, but this is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’m so excited to be able to share my new clip art and digital stamp products with designers who are looking for some fun elements to include in their creations.

I Heart Ice Cream Collection | k.becca

I Heart Ice Cream Digital Patterns | k.becca

I Heart Ice Cream Clip Art (Personal + Commercial Use) | k.becca

I Heart Ice Cream Words & Phrases Clip Art / Digital Stamps (Personal + Commercial Use) | k.becca

Sundae Card Die Cuts | k.becca

I also have a fun little freebie for you that was inspired by the new collection. It’s an 8×10 printable for all of the ice cream lovers out there!

Free Printable I Heart Ice Cream Print | k.becca

Download I Heart Ice Cream Print

Print is for personal, non-commercial use only.

 

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Looking for some fun and festive holiday gift tags? Check out this set that I designed exclusively for The Gifted Blog. The 12 designs also coordinate with the Bright Christmas digital printable papers in the shop, and you can use the papers and tags together to create whimsical, eye-catching gift packages. The tags are pretty fun on their own, too. Check out the packages that Charissa from The Gifted Blog created with them – super fun!

Free Printable Halloween Tags + Toppers + Labels

Free Printable Halloween Tags + Toppers + Labels

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is only a week away, and if you’re in search of some spooky embellishments to top cupcakes and to decorate candy bags and favor boxes, then I have a freebie for you! This set of 16 hexagonal, Halloween-themed printables coordinates with the Hello, Halloween collection and can be used to spook-ify lots of Halloween goodies. Print them onto cardstock and use as tags or toppers, or print onto label paper to make everything from stickers to seals for envelopes and boxes.

The download is available as a printable PDF file (link below), and you can download the free Adobe Reader software to view and print if it’s not already on your computer.

Halloween Tags + Toppers + Labels | Download (1.3 Mb)

Free Printable Halloween Tags

Card Kit #3 : Congrats Banner Project Idea

Card Kit #3 : Congrats Banner Project Idea

The colored cardstock letters really make this project and, though it takes a bit more time to attach each letter individually, I think it’s totally worth it. I wanted something with a more masculine feel, so I used a neutral, taupe-y gray patterned background and teal, blue, and green cardstock for “Congrats!”. A hint of Diamond Stickles finish off this simple idea.

Tip: When attaching the letters, use a ruler as a loose guide to keep everything in a straight line. Initially, I attach the first and last letters and then fill in everything in the middle. Press the letters down lightly at first, in case you need to reposition them later.

Supplies Used

Card Kit #3 : Congrats Banner
Silhouette Cameo
Patterned Paper from Red + White + Gray Holiday
White Cardstock | The Paper Company
Misc. Cardstock | DCWV Brights Mat Stack
Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots Roller
Xyron Sticker Maker
Stickles (Diamond)

Watch the Card Kit #3 : Congrats Banner Video (or check it out on Youtube):

Card Kit #1 : Best Wishes Project Idea

Die Cut Card Kit Best Wishes

I have to admit that I haven’t dabbled much in handmade cards for a long while, but I’m having so much fun designing card kits and am excited to have the first three in the shop. There should be many more to come!

I won’t be making videos for all of the card kits, but I do want to give you some ideas for many of the designs, especially if I can work neon glitter into the mix somewhere. Kidding! But I do love me some neon glitter. Speaking of which, I’m all about neon yellow for the “Best Wishes” card kit, as you’ll see in the video.

Note: The embossing machine that I use in the video is the Epic Six, which I purchased as part of the L Letterpress Kit. I use it all the time with Cuttlebug folders and, as mentioned in the video, have no problem with them. Sometimes, if it’s thinner paper or I want a deeper impression, I’ll use a shim, but I usually don’t need one.

Supplies Used

Card Kit #1 : Best Wishes
Silhouette Cameo
White Cardstock | The Paper Company
Robin’s Egg Cardstock | DCWV
Neon Yellow Cardstock | Recollections South Beach Pack
Pool Cardstock | American Crafts Tropicals Pack
Xyron Sticker Maker
Epic Six
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots)
Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad
Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter
Hero Arts Clings : Dots
Tombow Diamond Dots Roller
Hero Arts Graph Background Stamp
ColorBox Frost White Inkpad
Dimensional Adhesive

Watch the Card Kit #1 : Best Wishes Video (or check it out on Youtube):

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

I am a total sucker for all things neon, and I could no longer resist picking up the Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter pack that I’ve had my eye on for quite a while, so be prepared to see plenty of fluorescent paper goodies in the coming months because I am loving this glitter!

Neon Glitter

I just had to add a little bit of neon to my new Holiday Wishes Gift Tags, and the result is a set of merry and VERY bright tags that practically glow against black tissue wrapped boxes. There’s no doubt that any gift tagged with one of these babies will stand out among the other gifts under the tree. Have I mentioned that I love this glitter?

Supplies Used

Holiday Wishes Gift Tag Die Cuts
White Cardstock
Die Cutting Machine*
Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad
Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter
Glitter Tray (Recollections brand from Michaels)
Black Tissue Paper
1/8″ White Satin Ribbon
Tape
Glue Pen or Marker (optional – for touch ups)

* I still use a Silhouette SD, which is no longer being manufactured as of the release of the Silhouette CAMEO.

Instructions

1. Using a die-cutting machine (a PDF file is also provided in the tag download for those of you who would like to cut out the tags by hand), cut the gift tags onto white cardstock.

2. Place a tag, right side up, onto a piece of scrap paper and use a glue pad to cover the entire front of the tag with a thin layer of glue. Immediately cover the tag with your choice of glitter (use a piece of paper or a glitter tray to catch the glitter that doesn’t stick to the tag). Tap off any excess glitter, set aside, and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.

3. Thread ribbon, twine, or string through the tag loop and attach to your package.

Watch the Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags Video (or check it out on Youtube):

Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags

Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags

I’m back! I honestly didn’t plan on launching the site and immediately disappearing for two weeks, but the launch of the site just happened to coincide with a visit from an out-of-state guest (my mom). Last week, I was playing catch up on emails and meeting deadlines for various projects for my other sites. Deadlines always seem to come due all at once, don’t they?

Today I have another quick and easy Halloween treat packaging project for you, and I have to say that I’ve fallen in love with heat embossing onto glassine. It gives the finished bags a great texture, and the shine of the embossed areas is a perfect match for the translucent glassine. Methinks that I’ll be using this technique a lot in the future.

Watch the Heat Embossed Glassine Treat Bags Video (or check it out on YouTube):

Download the Transcript of This Video

Supplies Used

Confetti Stamped Halloween Treat Bags

Confetti Stamped Halloween Treat Bags

There’s just something about confetti that’s undeniably festive, right? And this project is a quick and easy one, so you can make a bunch of Halloween treat bags in very little time. A pencil eraser acts as your stamp to create dots in shimmery, Halloween-ish colors. When you’re finished creating your confetti, simply seal your bags with trick or treat labels, and you’re good to go!

Note: I printed the Trick or Treat labels from the k.becca Ye Olde Halloween collection onto sticker paper before cutting them out by hand.

Supplies Used

2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Black Treat Bags (Celebrate It brand from Michael’s)
Pencil (unused eraser)
Crimson Copper, Rocket Red Gold, and Starlite Black Inks from Dew Drop Two Tone Set (Tsukineko)
Full Sheet Label Paper
Printable Ye Olde Halloween Trick or Treat Tags (available soon)
Scissors

Watch the Confetti Stamped Halloween Treat Bags Video (or check it out on YouTube):

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Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags

Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags

I’ve been having a lot of fun making Halloween treat packaging lately, and this is just my first project in what’s turning out to be a whole series of Halloween packaging projects. These bags are a little big larger than your typical treat bags, so they’ll fit larger items or a bunch of different treats.

In this video, I’ll also show you how to make custom stamps using fun foam (it’s easy – promise!) and the printable Halloween words file that I’ve linked to below. And we’ll work a little magic with silver metallic embossing powder to give the bags a bit of pizzazz. I never get tired of heat embossing.

Tip: If, after you’ve embossed your bags, you’re left with a few bare areas (no ink or embossing powder), then you can use an embossing marker/pen to color over the bare spots and go through the embossing process again. This should take care of those bare areas.

Supplies Used

3 ½” x 6 ¾” Black Paper Sacks (Celebrate It brand from Michael’s)
Printable Halloween Words (download the free printable here)
Craft Foam / Fun Foam
Pencil
Scissors
Bone Folder
White Ink Pad
Scrap Paper
X-Large Acrylic Stamp Block (Inkadinkado) or Cardboard
Double-Sided Tape
Silver Embossing Powder (Martha Stewart)
Embossing Heat Tool (Darice)
Small Paintbrush (optional)
Zig Emboss Writer (optional)

Watch the Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags Video (or check it out on YouTube):

Download the Transcript of This Video

How to Make Custom “Chipboard” Letters

Custom Chipboard Letters

Chipboard letters are awesome, but many times I’m unable to find a style and font that fits the project that I’m working on, so I decided to make my own! This is an easy project, and you can make whatever font, letter, shape, or size that you need using your die cutter (I used my Silhouette) and any software that allows you to make your own custom cuttable files. I used Silhouette Studio, but Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut would work well, too.

And I forgot to mention it in the video (d’oh!), but for fonts that have small, detailed areas, you can use a ballpoint or marker tipped glue pen to make those areas sticky.

Supplies Used

Silhouette SD + Silhouette Studio Software
Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller (Diamond Dots)
Kraft Cardstock (The Paper Company)
Martha Stewart Crafts Ballpoint Tip Glue Pen (optional)
Fonts : Chunkfive (free) and Eloquent Regular

Watch the How to Make Custom “Chipboard” Letters Video (or check it out on YouTube):

Download the Transcript of This Video

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