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Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Today’s card project was inspired by an unexpected source, the Scenic Safari Die-namics that I received as a free gift with purchase from My Favorite Things a little while back. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but then I got started thinking about those soil / rock charts that show all of the different layers of Earth down to its core, as well as the marbling trend that’s so hot right now, and this is where I went with it.

I was itching to use this very cool copper glitter cardstock, also from My Favorite Things, and I think that it added a nice yet subtle touch of glitz. The “Good Luck” sentiment can be found in the shop, and I was so happy with how it turned out for this project. I added a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of the cardstock before cutting it, and the Silhouette Cameo did a bang up job! I’ll definitely be using this technique in the future.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for this project : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Light Hold Mat // Triple Cut (a double cut, then another single cut)

You can check out the video below to see how I made this glittery “good luck” 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

Good Luck Cut File

white cardstock
Copper Sparkle cardstock
Gmund Dark Teal Blue cardstock
manual die cutting machine
washi tape
a double-sided adhesive runner
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ )
My Favorite Things Scenic Safari Die-Namics ( SSS // MFT )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars 5 Inch Non-Stick Scissors (or regular craft scissors)

DIY Personalized Rainbow Treat Bags (Silhouette Studio Tutorial)

DIY Personalized Rainbow Cloud Treat Bags (Die Cutting Tutorial)

One of my favorite things about digital cut files is that they’re so flexible. You can make them bigger or make them smaller, and you can repurpose them and combine them in different ways to make completely new projects.

In this tutorial, I combine the rainbow and cloud from the Cascade Rainbow A2 Card Kit and the Scallop Top Treat Bag (minus the handles) to make these super cute, personalized treat bags that would make super sweet favor or treat bags at children’s birthday parties. I actually filled them with treats and stickers and gave them to my niece and nephew at Easter, and they were a big hit!

Before I cut all of the pieces with my Cameo, I resized the rainbow and cloud pieces to 80% their original size to fit the treat bag. Then, I used Silhouette Studio’s text tool to personalize the clouds. I used the Learning Curve Pro (free) font because I wanted something sweet and cute for the names. Finally, I cut and assembled all of the pieces to make the colorful treat bags.

It’s easy to make a bunch of these at once. Just copy and paste additional rainbow strips and base pieces until you have the number that you need and cut them all at once.

Tips: When you’re assembling the rainbow, it’s best to run a thin strip of glue and glue one piece at a time. If you’re using liquid glue (like I did) and try to cover the rainbow base all at once, the glue will start to dry unless you’re really, really fast at positioning the rainbow strips. Also, since the bottom of the cloud is not attached to anything, you only need to add glue in the top center area on the back before gluing it in place.

Check out the video to see a step-by-step of this colorful project:

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

Cascade Rainbow A2 Card Kit
Scallop Top Treat Bag

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
cardstock in a variety of colors
a printer
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner
Learning Curve Pro font

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Have you ever seen a product that instantly makes your heart skip a beat? Well, that’s what happened when I spotted Little B’s Gold Foil XO washi tape. When it arrived, it was super teeny and so neato, and I knew immediately that I had to use it to make some stripes on something. Anything!

The result is this clean and simple card, which also features a “love you” sentiment die cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-Namics* and one of my current favorites, shiny gold foil cardstock.

I’ve already been scoping out some more of Little B’s 3mm washi tape designs because I just love how teeny tiny and sweet they are. I made a love-themed card here, but you could easily switch up the washi tape that you use and have a birthday, hello, or whatever other type of sentiment you’d like.

To make the card, I first cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches wide by 5.25” tall. Then, I lined up a t-square along the top left corner of the cardstock and used a pencil to make little dot markings on the cardstock at every quarter inch.

I tore lengths of washi tape that were about an inch or so longer than the cardstock on either side, and I lined each up at the top of one of the pencil markings and pulled the tape straight across the front of the cardstock to make a stripe.

After I was finished with the stripes, I pressed my fingers all over the front of the card to adhere any loose washi in place, and I folded the ends of the washi over the sides and onto the back of the cardstock. Then, I die cut letters spelling “love you” from gold foil cardstock and glued those to the front of the card, using the washi tape stripes as guides so I could easily line the letters up at the bottom.

Once all of the letters were glued in place, I cut a piece of fun foam to slightly smaller than the size of the cardstock and added strips of Scor-Tape to both sides, making sure to have the far left and far right strips less than an inch from the edge of the fun foam. Then, I pressed down any washi tape that had popped up on the back of the card, removed the backing paper from the strips of Scor-Tape on one side of the foam, and pressed the foam down onto the back of the cardstock, covering those loose ends of washi to permanently hold them in place.

To finish the card, I removed the backing paper from the Scor-Tape on the other side of the foam and mounted it onto a top fold A2 card base.

You can check out the video for this project 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

white cardstock
Little B Gold Foil XO Tape
a pencil
a t-square or ruler
My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-namics ( SSS // MFT )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
a manual die cutting machine
craft foam (also known as fun foam)
Scor-Tape (I used 5/8” inch, but you can use any size)
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)

Make a “Hello” Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

Make a "Hello" Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

I used cut files from the Hello Conversation Bubbles set to make this fun, handmade “hi” card. This is one of those projects that has been rolling around in my head since I released the Hello Collection, and I’m so glad that I could finally get it out of my head and make it into a card.

This is a great card project for using up all of those paper scraps that you have lying around, and it actually doesn’t use many supplies at all, so you probably already have most everything on hand. Woot, woot!

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

Hello Conversation Bubbles Die Cuts

cardstock in a variety of colors
white cardstock
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)
a double-sided adhesive runner
craft scissors

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

This project gave me an excuse to use the Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets, which foiled and cut so nicely. I’ve used the Minc Toner Sheets, which are thinner and slightly less glossy than the Deco Foil sheets, but I got great results with both.

Re: paper thickness – it’s really not an apples to apples comparison since the Minc sheets don’t have the added thickness of an adhesive backing sheet, but I do prefer working with the Deco Foil sheets because it’s nice to already have the adhesive sheet in place, as opposed to having to manually add it. Either way, I’m very happy with the results with both the Deco Foil and the Minc toner sheets, and they offer so many possibilities for making custom embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

The photo above really doesn’t do justice to how awesome the foil looks on the card. Check out the step-by-step tutorial below to see better shots of the foil from different angles. Much iridescent coolness happening!

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

Happy Birthday Digital Patterns (coming next week!)
Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts
Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ / SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets ( AMZ )
Thermoweb iCraft Iridescent Deco Foil ( AMZ / SSS )
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

(click on any of the screenshots below to see at a larger size)

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 1 : Open the Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts file in Silhouette Studio (I’m using the Designer Edition). Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup into different elements. Then, select the “fantastic years” and “of you” elements (Shift + Click to select multiple elements) and copy with Ctrl / Cmd + C. Open a new file and paste the elements using Ctrl / Cmd + V.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 2 : You’ll see that the SVG borders (in red) are still around the elements. Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup the SVG borders from the main elements. After doing so, you’ll be able to move the elements independent of the borders.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 3 : Move the “of you” element to underneath the “fantastic years”. When you’re happy with the placement of the elements, use Ctrl / Cmd + G to group them into one element.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 4 : Use the “Draw a Rectangle” tool (left menu) to draw a rectangle. I want a rectangle that’s the size of an A6 card front (4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall), so I’ll resize the rectangle that I drew by opening the “Scale” window from the top right menu and resizing the rectangle to the exact size that I want.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 5 : Click and drag the “fantastic years of you” sentiment to the bottom center of the rectangle. Select both the rectangle and the sentiment, and open the “Align” window (top right menu). Click “Align Center” to center the sentiment horizontally.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 6 : Next, we want to give the rectangle, which will be our card background, some color. I’ve loaded all of the solids from the Happy Birthday digital patterns set into Silhouette Studio (see more about how to do that here), and I’ll select the rectangle and choose the “Fill Pattern” window from the top right menu. Then, I’ll click the bubblegum pink solid swatch to fill the rectangle shape with color.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 7 : Click the sentiment to select it. Then, open the “Fill Color” window from the top right menu and click the white swatch to change the sentiment’s color to white. I went with a pink and white color scheme for my card, but you can choose any pattern and fill colors that you’d like. Lots of possibilities!

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 8 : The file is just about ready to print, but before we do that we’ll need to set up the registration marks. Open the “Registration Mark Settings” window from the top right menu and choose Type 1 (if you’re using a Cameo or Portrait) from the registration mark dropdown. You’ll see the marks appear around the edges of the page. Select the rectangle and sentiment and move them to an area inside the marks. Then, print and cut the file.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 9 : After printing and cutting the card background, we’re ready to make the big, iridescent foil numbers. Look at how cool that foil looks! First, we’ll foil a Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheet by cutting it down to a smaller size, placing a sheet of iridescent Deco Foil (shiny side up) on top of it (make sure that the foil sheet it larger than the toner sheet so you don’t get foil on your carrier sheet), and running it through the Minc (I used a heat setting of 4).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 10 : After running the sheet through the Minc, peel the foil sheet from the toner sheet to reveal a custom, foiled sheet. Oooh, pretty foil.

DIY Iridescent Foil Numbers

Step 11 : I resized numbers from the Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts set to 200% and cut them from the foiled, adhesive toner sheet with a Silhouette Cameo.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for foiled Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets : Depth = 8 // Speed = 3 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 12 : Cover the front of a pre-cut, top fold A6 card base with double-sided adhesive. Line up the print and cut card background over top of the adhesive and press in place to adhere.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 13 : Before I adhere the numbers in place, I want to place them where I want them to be in the final design (protective backing paper still on).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 14 : Peel the protective backing paper from the back of the numbers, one at a time, and press into place on the card. And voila, you’re finished!

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Santa Claus Cylinder Gift Box Assembly Instructions

DIY Die Cut Santa Claus Cylinder Gift Box

These are the assembly instructions for the Santa Claus cylinder gift box. To see all of the gift boxes in this collection, head over here.

DIY Die Cut Cylinder Santa Claus Gift Box

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions

Die Cut Santa Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 1

1. Add double-sided adhesive or glue to the side tab on the hat piece.

2. Fold one side of the hat piece around to create a cone shape. You may have to work the paper a little bit, bending and shaping it until it’s ready to curve into the cone shape. Thinner cardstock or paper is easier to manipulate. Once you have your paper shaped into a cone, adhere the two sides together, lining up the tabs along the bottom.

3. Fold the bottom flaps inward.

4. There are two ring die cuts in the box kit. One is slightly larger than the other. Add glue to the larger ring.

5. Press the cone down onto the ring, making adjustments to the tabs along the base where needed to line everything up. Hold the cone in place firmly for about 15 seconds. If necessary, turn the cone over before the adhesive starts to dry, reach inside the bottom, and pinch any loose tabs down onto the ring. Set aside to dry.

6. The two largest pieces in this box kit (and all of the kits in this collection) are the box top and the box bottom. The box top is slightly shorter and, in this design, has two small, horizontal slits near the bottom. The tabs are on the top for the box top and on the bottom for the box bottom, with the long tabs on the left on both.

7. Turn the face piece over to the back and place vertical strips of adhesive approximately 1/2” to 3/4” wide on either end, lining them up as close to the edge as you can. Then, cover the remainder of the back, minus the ear areas (leave those uncovered), with double-sided adhesive or glue. If using liquid glue, cover all but the ear areas and 1/2” to 3/4” wide strips on either end of the piece.

8. Remove the protective paper from all of the double-sided adhesive pieces EXCEPT the vertical strips on each end (if using this type of adhesive). Line up the top left corner of the face piece with the notch where the long side tab and first top tab meet on the box top. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the face piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process. Press the face piece down onto the box top to adhere.

Die Cut Santa Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 2

9. Place small strips of double-sided adhesive along the left and right edges of the back of the belt piece. Leave these areas unglued if using liquid glue. Cover the rest of the back of the piece with adhesive or glue and, if using an adhesive with protective / backer paper, remove it from JUST the center area, leaving the paper on the strips along the left and right edges. Turn the belt piece over and line up the left side of the piece with the left side of the face piece on the box top base. Line up the bottom of the piece with the TOP slit that’s toward the bottom of the box top base. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the belt piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side, just as with the face piece earlier. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process.

10. Cover the back of the belt buckle piece with liquid glue, line it up with the BOTTOM slit that’s toward the bottom of the box top base, and press in place to adhere.

11. Fold the ears forward. Cover the back of the beard piece with double-sided adhesive and/or liquid glue (I used a mix of both, which made it easier to cover all of the small, irregular shaped areas). Turn the piece over and line up the sides of the beard with the bottom of the ears and press in place to adhere. Note: the bottom of the beard may slightly cover the top of the belt buckle, and that’s totally fine.

12. Cover the back of the mustache piece with glue. Turn it over and line it up with the corresponding slits on the face piece. Press in place to adhere.

13. Glue the nose, eyes, and eyebrows in place using the corresponding slits in the face piece as guides. A sticky tool, like a Quick Stik or a Pick Me Up, isn’t necessary here but definitely comes in handy for placing smaller pieces like these.

14. Add adhesive to the left tab of the box base. If using liquid glue, wait until after this step to add it so it doesn’t dry out. Because there are several layers of paper and adhesive or glue on the box base, it may be a little bit stiff. To get it ready for shaping into a cylinder, gently bend and curve the piece until it loses any stiffness. Three or four bends usually does the trick.

15. Fold the box top into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the left top tab as closely as possible with the notch between the right top tab and the long tab. Line up the bottom left corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the box base. Press in place to adhere.

16. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, on the portion of the face piece to the left of the back seam.

Die Cut Santa Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 3

17. Adhere the piece in place.

18. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, from the still un-adhered portion of the face piece. Press in place over the piece in Steps 16 and 17 to adhere.

19. If you haven’t already, fold the top tabs on the box top inward. Then, cover the back of the Santa hair piece with liquid glue, line it up between his ears, and press into place to adhere.

20. Turn the box top upside down . Cover the bottom of the remaining (slightly smaller) ring with liquid glue and place it down into the box top, glue side down.

21. Place the ring into place using your fingers.

22. Turn the box top over so the tabs are facing up. If necessary, adhere any loose tabs in place with glue. Cover the bottom of the hat piece with glue, line it up over the box top, and press into place.

23. There are three circle die cuts in the box kit. One is a bit larger than the other two. Cover the outer edge of the bottom of one of the two SMALLER circles with glue, and place it down inside the box top to cover the hole (don’t want candy getting caught up in the hat!). Press into place using your fingers.

24. Add double-sided adhesive to the bottom half of the trim piece for Santa’s hat. If using liquid glue, add glue in sections as you glue the trim to the box top so it doesn’t dry out while you’re working.

Die Cut Santa Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 4

25. Start at the back seam on the box top and press the trim piece in place to adhere in sections as you work your way around. There will be some overlap after you work your way around the box top. Adhere the overlap in place on top of where you started.

26. To finish the box top, add a healthy amount of glue to the bottom of a cotton ball or pom pom and glue in place on top of Santa’s hat. Hot glue will work here, too.

For the Box Bottom

27. Add adhesive to the long tab on the left of the box bottom piece. Bend the piece into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the tab on the end as closely as possible with the notch where the bottom of the top tab and the long tab meet. Line up the bottom corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the piece. Press in place to adhere.

28. Add glue around the edge of the smaller of the remaining two circles.

29. Place the circle, glue side down, into the box bottom.

30. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

31. Turn the box bottom over so the tabs are facing up. Glue any loose tabs into place, if necessary. Cover the bottom of the remaining circle with glue, line up over the box bottom, and press into place to adhere.

32. Fill the bottom of the box with candy, gifts, or other goodies and slide the top of the box over the bottom to complete.

Elfie the Elf Cylinder Gift Box Assembly Instructions

DIY Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Gift Box

These are the assembly instructions for the Elfie the Elf cylinder gift box. To see all of the gift boxes in this collection, head over here.

DIY Die Cut Cylinder Girl Elf Gift Box

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions

Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 1

1. Add double-sided adhesive or glue to the side tab on the hat piece.

2. Fold one side of the hat piece around to create a cone shape. You may have to work the paper a little bit, bending and shaping it until it’s ready to curve into the cone shape. Thinner cardstock or paper is easier to manipulate. Once you have your paper shaped into a cone, adhere the two sides together, lining up the tabs along the bottom.

3. Fold the bottom flaps inward.

4. There are two ring die cuts in the box kit. One is slightly larger than the other. Add glue to the larger ring and press the cone down onto the ring, making adjustments to the tabs along the base where needed to line everything up. Hold the cone in place firmly for about 15 seconds.

5. If necessary, turn the cone over before the adhesive starts to dry, reach inside the bottom, and pinch any loose tabs down onto the ring. Set aside to dry.

6. The two largest pieces in this box kit (and all of the kits in this collection) are the box top and the box bottom. The box top (photo: top) is slightly shorter. The tabs are on the top for the box top and on the bottom for the box bottom, with the long tabs on the left on both.

7. Turn the face piece over to the back and place vertical strips of adhesive approximately 1/2” to 3/4” wide on either end, lining them up as close to the edge as you can. Then, cover the remainder of the back, minus the ear areas (leave those uncovered), with double-sided adhesive or glue. If using liquid glue, cover all but the ear areas and 1/2” to 3/4” wide strips on either end of the piece.

8. Remove the protective paper from all of the double-sided adhesive pieces EXCEPT the vertical strips on each end (if using this type of adhesive). Line up the top left corner of the face piece with the notch where the long side tab and first top tab meet on the box top. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the face piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process. Press the face piece down onto the box top to adhere.

Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 2

9. Glue the eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth in place using the corresponding slits in the face piece as guides. Center the inner ear pieces against the score lines and glue in place. A sticky tool, like a Quick Stik or a Pick Me Up, isn’t necessary here but definitely comes in handy for placing smaller pieces like these.

10. Place small strips of double-sided adhesive along the left and right edges of the back of the collar piece. Leave these areas unglued if using liquid glue. Cover the rest of the back of the piece with adhesive or glue and, if using an adhesive with protective / backer paper, remove it from JUST the center area, leaving the paper on the strips along the left and right edges. Turn the collar piece over and line up the left side of the piece with the left side of the face piece on the box top base. Press in place directly beneath the face piece to adhere.There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the collar piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side, just as with the face piece earlier. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process.

11. Center the heart-shaped button pieces under the collar and glue in place.

12. Glue the bow pieces to the bottom of the ponytail pieces.

13. Slide the tabs on the ponytail pieces into the slots on the hair pieces. Glue the tabs in place on the back of the hair pieces.

14. Line up the top left corner of the left hair piece with the top left corner of the face piece and glue into place. Line up the top right corner of the right hair piece with the top right corner of the face piece and glue into place. The hair pieces will overlap a bit where they meet, with the right piece on top.

15. Add adhesive to the left tab of the box base. If using liquid glue, wait until after this step to add it so it doesn’t dry out. Because there are several layers of paper and adhesive or glue on the box base, it may be a little bit stiff. To get it ready for shaping into a cylinder, gently bend and curve the piece until it loses any stiffness. Three or four bends usually does the trick.

16. Fold the box top into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the left top tab as closely as possible with the notch between the right top tab and the long tab. Line up the bottom left corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the box base. Press in place to adhere. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, on the portion of the face piece to the left of the back seam.

Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 3

17. Adhere the piece in place.

18. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, from the still un-adhered portion of the face piece. Press in place over the piece in Steps 16 and 17 to adhere. Repeat this process for the ends of the collar.

19. If you haven’t already, fold the top tabs on the box top inward.

20. Turn the box top upside down . Cover the bottom of the remaining (slightly smaller) ring with liquid glue and place it down into the box top, glue side down.

21. Press the ring into place using your fingers.

22. Turn the box top over so the tabs are facing up. If necessary, adhere any loose tabs in place with glue. Cover the bottom of the hat piece with glue, line it up over the box top, and press into place.

23. There are three circle die cuts in the box kit. One is a bit larger than the other two. Cover the outer edge of the bottom of one of the two SMALLER circles with glue, and place it down inside the box top to cover the hole (don’t want candy getting caught up in the hat!). Press into place using your fingers.

24. Add double-sided adhesive to the bottom half of the trim piece for the elf hat. If using liquid glue, add glue in sections as you glue the trim to the box top so it doesn’t dry out while you’re working.

Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 4

25. Start at the back seam on the box top and press the trim piece in place to adhere in sections as you work your way around. There will be some overlap after you work your way around the box top. Adhere the overlap in place on top of where you started.

26. To finish the box top, add a healthy amount of glue to the bottom of a cotton ball or pom pom and glue in place on top of the elf hat. Hot glue will work here, too.

For the Box Bottom

27. Add adhesive to the long tab on the left of the box bottom piece. Bend the piece into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the tab on the end as closely as possible with the notch where the bottom of the top tab and the long tab meet. Line up the bottom corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the piece. Press in place to adhere.

28. If you haven’t done so already, fold the box bottom tabs inward.

29. Add glue around the edge of the smaller of the remaining two circles. Place the circle, glue side down, into the box bottom. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

30. Turn the box bottom over so the tabs are facing up. Glue any loose tabs into place, if necessary. Cover the bottom of the remaining circle with glue, line up over the box bottom, and press into place to adhere.

31. Fill the bottom of the box with candy, gifts, or other goodies and slide the top of the box over the bottom to complete.

Elvin the Elf Cylinder Gift Box Assembly Instructions

DIY Boy Elf Cylinder Gift Box

These are the assembly instructions for the Elvin the Elf cylinder gift box. To see all of the gift boxes in this collection, head over here.

DIY Die Cut Cylinder Boy Elf Gift Box

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions

Die Cut Boy Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 1

1. Add double-sided adhesive or glue to the side tab on the hat piece.

2. Fold one side of the hat piece around to create a cone shape. You may have to work the paper a little bit, bending and shaping it until it’s ready to curve into the cone shape. Thinner cardstock or paper is easier to manipulate. Once you have your paper shaped into a cone, adhere the two sides together, lining up the tabs along the bottom.

3. Fold the bottom flaps inward.

4. There are two ring die cuts in the box kit. One is slightly larger than the other. Add glue to the larger ring and press the cone down onto the ring, making adjustments to the tabs along the base where needed to line everything up. Hold the cone in place firmly for about 15 seconds.

5. If necessary, turn the cone over before the adhesive starts to dry, reach inside the bottom, and pinch any loose tabs down onto the ring. Set aside to dry.

6. The two largest pieces in this box kit (and all of the kits in this collection) are the box top and the box bottom. The box top (photo: top) is slightly shorter. The tabs are on the top for the box top and on the bottom for the box bottom, with the long tabs on the left on both.

7. Turn the face piece over to the back and place vertical strips of adhesive approximately 1/2” to 3/4” wide on either end, lining them up as close to the edge as you can. Then, cover the remainder of the back, minus the ear areas (leave those uncovered), with double-sided adhesive or glue. If using liquid glue, cover all but the ear areas and 1/2” to 3/4” wide strips on either end of the piece.

8. Remove the protective paper from all of the double-sided adhesive pieces EXCEPT the vertical strips on each end (if using this type of adhesive). Line up the top left corner of the face piece with the notch where the long side tab and first top tab meet on the box top. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the face piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process. Press the face piece down onto the box top to adhere.

Die Cut Boy Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 2

9. Glue the eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth in place using the corresponding slits in the face piece as guides. Center the inner ear pieces against the score lines and glue in place. A sticky tool, like a Quick Stik or a Pick Me Up, isn’t necessary here but definitely comes in handy for placing smaller pieces like these.

10. Place small strips of double-sided adhesive along the left and right edges of the back of the collar piece. Leave these areas unglued if using liquid glue. Cover the rest of the back of the piece with adhesive or glue and, if using an adhesive with protective / backer paper, remove it from JUST the center area, leaving the paper on the strips along the left and right edges. Turn the collar piece over and line up the left side of the piece with the left side of the face piece on the box top base. Press in place directly beneath the face piece to adhere.There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the collar piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side, just as with the face piece earlier. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process.

11. Center the button pieces under the collar and glue in place.

12. Line up the top left corner of the left hair piece with the top left corner of the face piece and glue into place. Line up the top right corner of the right hair piece with the top right corner of the face piece and glue into place. The hair pieces will overlap very slightly where they meet, with the right piece on top.

13. Add adhesive to the left tab of the box base. If using liquid glue, wait until after this step to add it so it doesn’t dry out. Because there are several layers of paper and adhesive or glue on the box base, it may be a little bit stiff. To get it ready for shaping into a cylinder, gently bend and curve the piece until it loses any stiffness. Three or four bends usually does the trick.

14. Fold the box top into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the left top tab as closely as possible with the notch between the right top tab and the long tab. Line up the bottom left corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the box base. Press in place to adhere.

15. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, on the portion of the face piece to the left of the back seam.

16. Adhere the piece in place.

Die Cut Boy Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 3

17. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, from the still un-adhered portion of the face piece. Press in place over the piece in Steps 15 and 16 to adhere. Repeat this process for the ends of the collar.

18. If you haven’t already, fold the top tabs on the box top inward.

19. Turn the box top upside down . Cover the bottom of the remaining (slightly smaller) ring with liquid glue and place it down into the box top, glue side down.

20. Press the ring into place using your fingers.

21. Turn the box top over so the tabs are facing up. If necessary, adhere any loose tabs in place with glue. Cover the bottom of the hat piece with glue, line it up over the box top, and press into place.

22. There are three circle die cuts in the box kit. One is a bit larger than the other two. Cover the outer edge of the bottom of one of the two SMALLER circles with glue, and place it down inside the box top to cover the hole (don’t want candy getting caught up in the hat!). Press into place using your fingers.

23. Add double-sided adhesive to the bottom half of the trim piece for the elf hat. If using liquid glue, add glue in sections as you glue the trim to the box top so it doesn’t dry out while you’re working.

24. Start at the back seam on the box top and press the trim piece in place to adhere in sections as you work your way around. There will be some overlap after you work your way around the box top. Adhere the overlap in place on top of where you started.

Die Cut Boy Elf Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 4

25. To finish the box top, add a healthy amount of glue to the bottom of a cotton ball or pom pom and glue in place on top of the elf hat. Hot glue will work here, too.

For the Box Bottom

26. Add adhesive to the long tab on the left of the box bottom piece. Bend the piece into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the tab on the end as closely as possible with the notch where the bottom of the top tab and the long tab meet. Line up the bottom corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the piece. Press in place to adhere.

27. If you haven’t done so already, fold the box bottom tabs inward.

28. Add glue around the edge of the smaller of the remaining two circles. Place the circle, glue side down, into the box bottom.

29. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

30. Turn the box bottom over so the tabs are facing up. Glue any loose tabs into place, if necessary. Cover the bottom of the remaining circle with glue, line up over the box bottom, and press into place to adhere.

31. Fill the bottom of the box with candy, gifts, or other goodies and slide the top of the box over the bottom to complete.

Make Quick & Easy Die Cut Halloween Treat Boxes

DIY Quick & Easy Die Cut Halloween Treat Bags

The spookiest day of the year will soon be here, and these quick and easy Halloween treat bags make it a snap to give out tricks and treats to all of the little ghouls and goblins that will be knocking at your door on All Hallows’ Eve.

DIY Die Cut Halloween Treat Bags

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions :

Cut the bag and “boo!” die cuts using a digital die cutting machine. I used the Glitter Cardstock cut setting on the Cameo for the glitter paper and the regular Cardstock cut setting set to double cut for the metallic card stock.

When all of your pieces are cut, adhere the “boo!” die cuts to the front panel of the treat bag using craft glue. Then, assemble the box using a double-sided adhesive runner. You can use craft glue for this, too, but I find that the adhesive runner makes the assembly process go much faster.

Fill your treat bags with goodies for the little ghosts and ghoulies, and you’re set!

DIY Die Cut Magnets

DIY Die Cut Magnets Tutorial

I can’t believe that I waited this long to try out the Silhouette adhesive magnet paper. Guess that I’m always a bit apprehensive about working with a new medium, but I don’t know why I was in this case because this stuff seriously rocks.

Today I’ll be showing you how you can easily turn your die cuts into super fun fridge magnets with just a bit of additional cutting. But let me warn you that it’s addictive. I’ve been wanting to turn everything into a magnet since I made these!

Note: When I cut the magnet paper, I used the recommended settings in Silhouette Design Studio, and it cut with no problem at all. There was just one extra bit of the magnet paper left on the pointed indentation on one of the four leaf clover’s leaves – undoubtedly my fault for being impatient and trying to remove the shapes from the piece of magnet paper too quickly – but I was able to remove it cleanly by gently pulling it from the clover piece.

Make Die Cut Magnets with a Silhouette Cameo

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Die Cut Magnets, Step 1

Step 1 :

Cut your die cuts from cardstock and assemble them. Cut the base of each shape twice, once from cardstock (I used black so the faces would stand out) and once from adhesive magnet paper.

Note: The Charms die cuts come with a face piece and a base piece, so you won’t need to make any adjustments in Design Studio to cut the base shapes; however, if the die cut that you’re using doesn’t have a base piece, then you can simply ungroup the shape and remove any of the details that you don’t want to cut on the base before you send it to the machine for cutting.

DIY Die Cut Magnets, Step 2

Step 2 :

Remove the adhesive backer piece from the magnet base shape.

DIY Die Cut Magnets, Step 3

Step 3 :

Line the base shape up behind the die cut and press firmly to adhere. Pop your magnet onto the fridge and enjoy!

This post originally appeard on k.becca.

How to Make the Charmies Cereal Box Card

How to Make the Charmies Cereal Box Card

This sweet, cereal-themed box card is a great way to send a “good luck” message to someone you care about, and today I’ll be showing you how you can assemble your own. Can you tell that I had a lot of fun designing this?

How to Make the Charmies Cereal Box Card

Here’s what you’ll need:

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 1

Step 1:

Die cut all of the card kit pieces. Fold the box card base along the score lines, and add double-sided adhesive (or glue) to the short side flap.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 2

Step 2 :

Fold the short side flap in, line it up with the back right side of the card base, and press the card base flat to adhere.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 3

Step 3 :

Attach the side panels, back panel, and cereal box logo (top left corner) to the card base. Attach the first piece of the rainbow element to the front of the card. I attach the corner piece first – in this case, the blue piece – because it makes for much easier placement of the rest of the pieces of the rainbow.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 4

Step 4 :

Attach the rest of the rainbow pieces, taking care to line them up along the top, sides, and bottom. The bottom of the rainbow will start to form the outline of the “charmies” cloud.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 5

Step 5 :

Attach the cloud piece to the bottom of the card.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 6

Step 6 :

Fold down the scored flaps at the top of the card.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 7

Step 7 :

Fold the rectangular card inserts (2) along the score lines and set aside. Attach the marshmallow charm pieces to the cereal piece.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 8

Step 8 :

Attach the finished cereal piece to one of the rectangular card inserts.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 9

Step 9 :

Add glue or double-sided adhesive to the side flaps of the card insert, fold them back, and carefully lower the insert into place inside of the card. I positioned it about 3/8” from the front of the card, but you can place it wherever you like it best. Press the insert flaps against the sides of the card base to adhere.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 10

Step 10 :

Experiment with where you want to place the “good luck” ticket piece before you attach it to the second card insert piece. I wanted mine to be at a bit of an angle, but you can angle yours however you’d like. The only thing that you’ll want to make sure of is that your finished card will still fit your envelope.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 11

Step 11 :

Attach the “good luck” ticket to the second card insert and position the insert inside your card in the same way as in Step 9. I placed the second insert pretty close to the first, about 1/4” or so behind it. Press the card flat to adhere the insert and to make sure that the ticket doesn’t stick out beyond the card too much if you’ve angled it.

Charmies Box Card Tutorial : Step 12

Step 12 :

Open the card to test its movement and to make sure that everything is properly positioned.

Aaaaand you’re finished!

Charmies Cereal Box Card

This post originally appeared on k.becca.

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):

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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):

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