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Make A Plush Fabric Covered Cereal Box Journal   Recently updated !

This is one of my favorite DIY projects using recycled materials…first start with this: a cereal or other empty, clean paper board box. Collapse it and cut off any rough edges. Next score the paperboard so there is a 1/4 inch panel down the center as shown. Next, cut a piece of fabric you like […]

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Make Crayon Heart Valentines | Lifestyle Crafts – Whipperberry

Lifestyle Crafts just released these Sweatheart Dies and we are already seeing them in tons of adorable crafts projects!  Little Valentine idea from Heather at WhipperBerry. This project is great because it is a little bit paper craft, a little bit “get your hands dirty.” It makes a colorful little card and a really cool […]


Letterpress printing blocksLetterpress is a really old form of printing that has gotten pretty popular again in the last few years. If you aren’t familiar with letterpress, it basically works like this: 1. A line art design (or lettering) is reversed and made into a raised plate. 2. The design is then laid out out on a grid (and stuck with adhesive) on one side of a letter press machine. 3.Ink is applied to the plate/designs and the machine puts the paper to the design while applying pressure which embosses and prints the paper all at once.  The result is a highly textured, beautiful print.

There are a lot of combo “roller-style”  die cutting/letterpress machines out there (Cuttlebug, Epic Six, and others) that make it possible to create a similar result at home. But to really create professional looking letterpress designs and invitations at home, it helps to get some advice from the pros.  Check out these tips from Boxcar Press (a PRO in letterpress) and DIY letterpress the right way!

 

http://www.boxcarpress.com/us/blog/2009/11/24/l-letterpress-printing-techniques-from-boxcar-press/

 

P.S. Boxcar Press can make custom designs from your artwork OR if this all seems pretty complicated, will print things for you.


Chinese Takeout Favor Box

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…


Make Magnetic Paper Dolls For The Fridge

These are already scored for you on the Paperdolls Cricut cartridge. I used the “Everyday Paper Dolls” and “Paper Dolls Dress Up” cartridges. I also make little ones to give to my doctors and nurses on a popsicle stick and one for just about anyone I come across. It is easy to make them look like people and they love it!
My doctor even took her “nurse” paper doll on vacation with her and took pictures of the nurse in the sand at the beach at the tiki bar, etc … too cute.. Anyways, I cut them out 8 inches then I laminate them to protect them – small children like to tear up paper dolls. Then I just cut the clothes out on the Cricut also and laminate them and put velcro on them so the dolls can change clothes.

Bindy