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Video : Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste Thanks Card

Video : Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste Thanks Card

The Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste has been around for a little while, but I only tried it out for the first time recently, and I wish I’d picked some up sooner because it’s a very cool product.

I have to admit that I kind of have an obsession with texture pastes, which probably stems from my obsession with texture, in general. I love that you can customize so many types of texture pastes by adding things like glitter, and in the video below I’ll show you how I made this modern “thanks” card by coloring the texture paste with Distress Inks.

Watch the step-by-step for making the card below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Hand Lettered Thanks Cut Files

Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink Mini ( AMZ // SSS )
Candied Apple Distress Ink ( AMZ // SSS )
Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink ( AMZ // SSS )
Mustard Seed Distress Ink ( AMZ // SSS )
Loew Cornell Palette Knife
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive ( AMZ // SSS )
paper towels
a silicone craft mat or an acrylic stamp block (for mixing the texture paste)

Video : Heidi Swapp Minc White Reactive Foil + Acetate

What You Need to Know About Minc White Foil & Acetate (Video)

I was all “woot, woot!” when the Minc White Reactive Foil was released last year, and I really wanted to be able to show you some examples using the white foil in my video about making die cut foil acetate embellishments. But this particular foil had other ideas, so I had some additional testing to do.

The Minc white reactive foil seems to have somewhat different properties than the other foils. It’s glossy, but it’s not metallic like most of the foil colors in the Minc lineup, and something about the way that the white foil is manufactured causes it to bond with acetate, at least the C-Line laser acetate (the brand that I use), even in places where there’s no toner for it to bond to.

I initially tried using the white foil with acetate on the Minc heat setting 4, which is what I use for the other foils (both Minc and Therm O Web Deco Foil), and you can see my results in the video below. You can also see that there’s not too much difference in the results for heat setting 3. When I turned the Minc to heat setting 1, the lowest heat setting, I did get better results. But the foil still bonded in some areas where there was no toner.

If you’re going for a slightly splatter-y or weathered look, then the results with heat setting 1 are a thumbs up, but if you want results that are as clean as the results that I’ve been getting with acetate and the other foils in both the Minc and Deco Foil lines, then the white foil isn’t going to give you this look. However, as I mention in the video, you may get better results with a different brand of laser printer-friendly acetate or if you have a heat laminator with lower heat setting options than the Minc has.

I also want to mention that the Minc white foil did not have the same issues when I used it to foil matte Dura-Lar (see my video on making die cut foil “vellum” embellishments for more on that), and it also gave very clean results when I used it on watercolor paper with the Minc Reactive Screen Ink on Minc heat setting 5, which is the highest heat setting. So, there’s something unique about the acetate that causes it to bond with the Minc white foil, even in places where it shouldn’t.

Watch the video below for a more detailed look at my results with the Minc white foil:

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, White
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Rainbow ( AMZ // SBK )
C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Grafix Matte .005 Dura-Lar Film – 9″ x 12″
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Screen Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper

Video : How to Foil Vellum Paper (What Works & What Doesn’t)

Video : How to Foil "Vellum" Paper (What Works & What Doesn't)

I’ve discovered over the past several weeks that getting clean laser printed results with vellum isn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be. So far, I’ve tried printing on three brands of vellum : Silhouette, Ampad, and Strathmore. To be fair, the Silhouette vellum is geared more toward die cutting and doesn’t mention printing anywhere on its packaging. However, the Ampad brand vellum, which I picked up at a big box store, and the Strathmore vellum, which I purchased from Amazon.com, both state on the packaging that they can be used with laser printers.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a clean print with any of the three brands. I tried a number of different paper settings on my printer, including the “transparency” setting, but the toner still lifted and remelted in places where it shouldn’t be on all three brands of vellum. There were still some areas where the printing was pretty clean, even though the overall print was not, so I decided to try and foil a sheet of the Strathmore vellum* to see what the results would be.

After less than stellar results with actual vellum, I remembered that I had some matte Dura-Lar that I use to cut stencils with my digital die cutting machine. Duralar is a polyester film that’s billed as an acetate alternative, and it’s much smoother than any of the brands of vellum that I tested. It’s sort of an acetate / vellum hybrid (at least the matte type is), and I figured that it would be a great candidate for printing and foiling since it does have a number of different qualities that are acetate-like. If you’ve watched my video about making print and cut foil acetate embellishments, then you know what great results you can get with clear acetate.

* A number of Amazon.com reviews of the Strathmore laser vellum state that it printed cleanly, so it may just be that my printer doesn’t agree with it.

Check out the video below to see my results, both with the vellum and with the Dura-Lar:

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

Vellum-Type Papers Tested

Silhouette Vellum ( AMZ // SSS )
Ampad Vellum (purchased from big box store)
Strathmore Laser Vellum
Grafix Matte .005 Dura-Lar Film – 9″ x 12″ (recommended)

Other Supplies

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Rose Gold
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Teal
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, White
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
craft scissors

Video : Testing Minc Reactive Paint, Mist & Screen Ink with Uncoated Papers

Video : Testing Minc Reactive Paint, Mist & Screen Ink with Uncoated & Textured Papers (Watercolor Paper Incl.)

If you have a Minc or a laminator or other hot foiling machine, then you’ve undoubtedly tested out a bunch of different papers for hot foiling. You’ve probably also discovered that smooth, coated papers give you the best results. The reason for this is because the best hot foiling results are produced when the toner from the laser printer sits on top of the surface of the paper or cardstock that you’re foiling, so there’s as much toner as possible available to bond with the foil as it’s run through the Minc or whatever machine you’re using. My favorites, and the cardstocks that I’ve gotten the best and most consistent results with, are Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover, which is 80lb weight, and Neenah Solar White, also 80lb weight.

But just as there are cardstocks that product great results, there are also types of paper and cardstock that I just can’t seem to get good results with. For instance, I still haven’t found a black cardstock that works really well. And uncoated and textured papers like kraft and watercolor paper allow the laser toner to absorb too much to produce good results.

Since the Minc reactive mediums – Reactive Paint, Reactive Mist, and Reactive Screen Ink – are designed to fuse with foil, no laser printer needed, I wanted to test them out on some types of paper and cardstock that are typically tough, if not impossible, to get great results with if you use the laser printer method of hot foiling. These mediums could provide a lot of new options for adding foil details and accents to our paper crafts projects.

Watch the video below to see my results:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Small Circles Stencil Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Screen Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Rainbow ( AMZ // SBK )
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Bazzill Licorice Twist Cardstock
uncoated kraft cardstock
an old gift card or credit card (for applying screen ink)
an old / inexpensive paintbrush – I like this set from Crayola because it’s inexpensive and includes 5 different size brushes
scrap paper
painter’s tape

Video : Hybrid Cardmaking with Love Always Digital Collection

Clean and Simple Hybrid Cardmaking with Love Always Digital Collection from k.becca

In this week’s video, I’ll show you just a few ways that you can use the patterns and hand lettered sentiments in the Love Always digital collection to create hybrid cards that are clean, simple, and modern.

Clean and Simple Hybrid Cardmaking with Love Always Digital Collection from k.becca

In addition to using some of the designs in the geometric card front cut files collection, I also incorporated diy hot foil acetate embellishments that you can learn how to make right here. This sweet trio of cards took less than half an hour to put together, so they’re pretty AND quick to make.

Clean and Simple Hybrid Cardmaking with Love Always Digital Collection from k.becca

Check out the step-by-step in the video below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always Digital Patterned Papers
Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts
A2 Card Front Die Cut Sets

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Gold Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Rose Gold Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Red Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock
a laser printer
plain printer paper
Kool Tak Clear Foam Pads
Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Clean and Simple Hybrid Cardmaking with Love Always Digital Collection from k.becca

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : Using a Paintbrush with Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist

Using a Paintbrush with the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist (Video)

After I posted my testing and review of the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist, a few of you asked whether you can use a paintbrush with the Reactive Mist just like you can with the Reactive Paint. The answer is a big ol’ yes!

Both the Reactive Mist and Reactive Paint offer a number of options and possibilities for those of you who don’t have a laser printer but would like to add foil accents and details to your projects. In the video below, I’ll explore just a couple of ways that you can use a paintbrush with the Reactive Mist to create custom patterns and elements that you can then foil with the Minc.

NOTES : Two of the biggest things to remember when you’re painting with the Minc Reactive Mist are 1) hold onto the bottle (if you can remember) when you dip your brush into it, or you may end up with a mess on your hands (and work surface) and 2) make sure that the Reactive Mist (or Reactive Paint, if that’s what you’re using) is COMPLETELY dry before running your pieces through the Minc. I use a folded piece of printer paper as a transfer folder for projects where I use the Mist or Paint, just in case, because any area that’s still wet can be pushed outward (and onto your transfer folder) as the piece is being run through the Minc. If this happens and it’s only a small area, then it’s usually not a big deal but, if it’s a larger area, then your transfer folder could be ruined.

Check out the video below to see some of the things that you can do when you use a paintbrush with the Minc Reactive Mist:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Hand Lettered Love Die Cut

Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making a custom die cut for the card
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. cardstock
an old / inexpensive paintbrush – I like this set from Crayola because it’s inexpensive and includes 5 different size brushes
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush after use)
plain printer paper
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner
3L Foam Adhesive Squares
craft scissors

Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

Video Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

A few months back, I posted a video where I tested several different, non-Silhouette brand inks with a stamp made with the Silhouette Mint custom stamp maker. My initial results were a pleasant surprise, and I discovered that, yes, you can use non-Silhouette inks with Mint stamps. Woohoo!

This video is a follow-up to the first video, which you’ll want to check out if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. In this video follow-up, I retest a couple of inks that had promising initial results, as well as some inks that I didn’t test the last time around.

I’m happy to report that I can highly recommend four types of ink to use with Silhouette Mint stamps, in addition to the Mint brand inks themselves. These other inks allow for many, many different stamping possibilities and will give you more options than exclusively using the Silhouette Mint brand inks would.

Check out the video below to see my results and to find out which inks I recommend for Silhouette Mint stamps:

Silhouette Mint Supplies

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Versamark Watermark Reinker ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
My Favorite Things Premium Dye Inkpads in Blu Raspberry & Razzle Berry
Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK ) – tested in the first video but mentioned in this video, too

Video : How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Minc + Silhouette

How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Cameo

I’m adding a hot foil touch to the classic alphabet magnet in this project, which combines the crafty powers of the Heidi Swapp Minc and Silhouette Cameo. This creative combo allows you to quickly whip up colorful, hot foil creations, including everything from the magnets that we’re making here to embellishments and alphas for handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and party projects. Lots of possibilities!

If you don’t have the Minc or another machine for hot foiling, then it’s no problem at all because there are lots of great metallic and foil papers on the market right now, and you can easily substitute with those if you aren’t able to make your own foil cardstock.

In the video below, I’ll also show you how to easily make your own toner sheets right in Silhouette Studio, but if you don’t happen to have a laser printer, I’ve gotten great results with both the Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets and with the Thermoweb iCraft Deco Foil Toner Sheets.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Hot Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Teal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Mint Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Gold Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Minc Transfer Folders ( AMZ // SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock
Arial Font (pre-installed on most Macs and PCs)
a laser printer
craft scissors

Video : Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper (Video Tutorial)

I have a serious soft spot for pom poms. Any size will do, just as long as they’re fluffy and fuzzy and everything that a pom pom should be.

Today, I’ll show you how to make a super duper oversized pom pom that’s just the thing for adding a heaping dose of festive fun to any gift package. And you don’t need to save this fluffy guy just for regular square and rectangular boxes. Oversized pom poms make great embellishments for gift bags, circle and cylinder boxes, jars, and Christmas cookie and candy-filled gift tins, too!

Check out the video below to learn how to make your own little mountain of oversized pom pom goodness:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

a piece of cardboard, cut to 6 1/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide *
yarn  (I used Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet) **
sharp scissors

* The width that you cut the cardboard isn’t as important, though you don’t want to cut it too wide because you may have difficulty sliding the yarn off of the cardboard when the time comes. I recommend not going taller than 6 to 6 1/2 inches for the pom pom, unless you’re using very fluffy yarn. In that case, you may be able to get away with another inch or two, but generally speaking, it becomes more difficult to maintain a good level of fluffy fuzziness when you go beyond 6 1/2 inches in diameter.

** My favorite yarn for making pom poms is Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns. It has just the right amount of fluff and fuzz for my taste. But please experiment! You can get some really cool looking pom poms with all different types of yarns.

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper + Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Video : Make Your Own Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper (Video)

It’s so much fun to make your own wrapping paper! You can customize colors and patterns in an endless number of ways to make gift wrap designs that are completely your own, and you can easily create coordinating designs that feature similar color schemes or motifs.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to make three different wrapping paper designs, but this is just the beginning of what you can do. Think of all of the pattern possibilities!

And psst … the paint colors that I used to make this wrapping paper are just about the same as the colors that I used for these color block gift tags, so they coordinate perfectly.

Check out the video below to see how easy it is to paint your own, custom wrapping paper:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Canson XL Recycled Sketch Pad (18″ x 24″)
Royal & Langnickel Palette Paper
acrylic paint (I used Americana Watermelon Slice, Melon, Citron Green, and Pistachio Mint, and Flesh Tone)
Tulip 1″ Foam Pouncers
Royal & Langnickel Soft Wash Brush Set

Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Jingle bell wreaths are an easy way to add a bright and festive touch, as well as a little jing-a-ling, to any corner or your home. I hung mine on one of the doors in my dining room, and I love how it brightened up the space!

Now, let’s talk about wire for a minute. You want to use 16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire for this project. You can find it at the hardware store, or like I did, in the picture hanging wire section of a big box store. If you’re looking for it with the picture hanging wire, be sure to steer clear of the braided wires that are commonly used for hanging pictures, as they’re designed to be flexible and won’t work for a project like this. Also, stick to stainless steel if you’re planning on hanging your wreath in an area where it’s exposed to the elements, as galvanized steel wire has a coating that can break down over time if exposed to wet and cold.

You also want to avoid aluminum and brass wire, even if it’s 16 gauge, because those wires are much softer and more easily bendable than stainless or galvanized steel and won’t hold their shape when formed into a wreath.

To calculate the length of wire that you need to cut to make your wreath, multiply the desired diameter (in my case, 8 inches) by 3. Technically, it’s 3.14, but it’s just easier to round down to 3 and multiply it in your head. No calculator needed, and you’ll still get pretty much the same diameter wreath that you want. I’d advise not to go larger than 8 inches with the 16 gauge wire, though, since it may start to sag with wreaths larger than that. You can use a stronger gauge wire* if you’d like to make something larger.

* With wire, the stronger the gauge, the lower the number. So, 14 gauge wire would be stronger than 16 gauge.

Check out the video tutorial below to see a step-by-step tutorial for putting together your own jingle bell wreath:

 Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire (see notes above)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
jingle bells*
1 1/2″ ribbon ( I used 1 1/2″ Red Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from Papermart)
sharp scissors, to cut the ribbon (I used Fiskars All-Purpose Left-Hand Scissors – great scissors for lefties)

* The bells that I used are 35mm, and I needed 36 bells total for my wreath. If you’re using smaller bells or a mix of smaller and larger bells, then you’ll need more to make the same size wreath.

Video : Die Cut BARC Wood Holiday Gift Tags

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

If you love all things woodgrain, like I do, then these holiday gift tags will be right up your alley. I combined Birch BARC Wood with blocks of color, courtesy of acrylic paint, for a look that’s both tactile and modern. Tie these festive tags onto your holiday gift packages and homemade holiday treats for an eye-catching finishing touch!

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for the Adhesive BARC Wood : Depth = 9 // Speed = 4 // Quadruple Cut (double cut x 2)*

* The blade that I was using was on the dull side, so I wanted to be safe and double cut the BARC Wood sheet twice, If you’re using a new blade, then you may only have to double or triple cut it to cut cleanly through the BARC Wood and adhesive backing.

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step for making the die cut BARC Wood tags:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Tag Basics, Set 1 Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Birch BARC Wood Adhesive Sheet
acrylic paint (I used Americana Watermelon Slice, Melon, Citron Green, and Pistachio Mint plus Martha Stewart Crafts Piglet Satin paints)
a stippling brush
painter’s tape
white cardstock
craft scissors

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

This cardmaking project may not take much time to make, but it really packs a lot of visual punch. With its bold, striped background and oversized, merry and bright sentiment, this holiday card is sure to catch the eye of anyone on your Christmas card list. I used a non-traditional color scheme of pinks, orange-reds, and peach for the background, but you can take this in any color direction that you’d like. Go more traditional with red and green, or set a more wintry tone with blues and silvers.

This card is also a great option if you need to make a bunch of the same design. After you’ve cut out all of the pieces that you’ll need, per card assembly time is under 10 minutes!

Check out the video below for a step-by-step for this simple yet bold holiday card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

A2 Card Front Die Cuts #3
Hand Lettered Merry and Bright Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG files
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock, Opulent Opal
cardstock in a variety of colors – I used the Recollections Flamingo Paper Pack from Michael’s
white cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )