Hot Air Balloon Greeting Card

Designer: Elizabeth Stumbo

Let your creativity take flight on a greeting card.


Materials:

  • Assorted scrapbooking papers
  • Baker’s twine: red-and-white, brown-and-white
  • Clear-drying glue stick
  • 5×7″ white card
  • 38” letter stickers
  • Balloon Pattern

1. Print patterns onto white paper; cut out. Trace balloon shapes A–E onto desired scrapbook papers, including the vertical segment lines on shape A; cut out the shapes.

2. Glue shapes B and C to shape A as indicated by the dashed placement lines on the pattern.

3. Using a glue stick, outline the vertical segment lines on shape A. Adhere lengths of red-and-white baker’s twine over the glue lines. Trim the ends even with the edges of shape A.

4. Cut four 114“-long pieces of brown-and-white baker’s twine. Glue one end of each length to the bottom of shape A and the opposite ends to the back of shape E. Glue shape D to the bottom of shape A as shown on the pattern, covering the twine ends.

5. Glue hot-air balloon to the front of the card and add letter stickers to spell “Hello.”

Spring-Inspired Foam Wreath

Designer: Jan Carlson

Inspired by springtime renewal, this moss-covered wreath starts with a foam base.


Materials:

  • 14″-diameter plastic-foam wreath
  • Preserved sheet moss: natural green
  • Reindeer sheet moss: chartreuse and basil-green
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 212“-wide decorative ribbon: faux bark with moss
  • 14“-wide double-stick tape (such as Scor-Tape)
  • Double-sided cardstock: light purple small dot, dark purple small dot, light green small dot, newsprint, light green large dot, light purple large dot, dark purple large dot
  • 314×5″ wooden plaque with jute hanger
  • Spray paint: hammered metallic silver
  • Sticker letters

1. Cover foam wreath with preserved sheet moss using hot glue. Glue small patches of chartreuse and basil-green reindeer sheet moss on top of the preserved sheet moss as desired.

2. Determine length of hanging ribbon. Cut decorative ribbon to determined length and loop the ribbon through the wreath at the top. Secure ribbon ends together with double-stick tape.

3. Referring to “How to Make a Paper Flower”, below, and the patterns here, make one light purple small dot flower, one dark purple small dot flower, and one light green small dot flower. Cut three leaves from light green small dot. Glue the flowers and the leaves to the top of the wreath, atop the hanging ribbon.

4. Print butterfly patterns here; cut out. Cut two large butterflies from desired cardstock. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere two butterflies together using a small piece of double-stick tape.

5. Cut six small butterflies from desired patterned paper. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere three butterflies together using double-stick tape. Repeat to make a total of two small butterflies.

6. Hot-glue butterflies to wreath as desired.

7. Remove jute hanger from wooden plaque. Spray-paint plaque with hammered metallic silver paint; let dry.

8. Adhere sticker letters to plaque to spell the word Grow. Add brackets around the word and add dots from the letter i‘s on the sticker sheet to the corners of the plaque.

9. Tie jute onto wooden plaque. Hot-glue the jute to the inside of the wreath so the plaque dangles in the round opening.


How To Make A Paper Flower:

 

1. Trace the flower pattern found here onto a 6″ square of double-sided patterned cardstock.

2. Cut out the wavy spiral on the drawn lines.

3. Roll up the spiral, starting from the outside and working toward the center. Secure the base of the flower with a large dab of hot glue.

DIY Decorative Hangers

Designer: Virginia Plunkett

Refresh your closet without spending money on new clothes.


Materials:

  • Wooden hanger
  • Decorative paper (wrapping or scrapbook)
  • Sponge paintbrushes
  • Matte-finish decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Old credit card
  • Crafts knife
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint

1. Cut a piece of decorative paper slightly larger than the hanger surface you wish to cover.

2. Brush a thin coat of decoupage medium onto one side of the hanger. Be sure to cover the side completely, all the way to the edges. Place paper on hanger, smoothing out any air bubbles with an old credit card. Let dry.

3. Use a crafts knife to cut off excess paper around hanger edges. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand hanger edges for a smooth finish.

4. If desired, brush a coat of acrylic paint onto opposite side of hanger; let dry. Brush a coat of decoupage medium over painted surface; let dry.

Shaved Ice Birthday Card

Designer: Lisa Storms

Send a snow-cone birthday greeting that will last through the hottest days of summer using cardstock, dimensional adhesive, and glitter to resemble shaved ice.


Materials:

  • Cardstock: white, tan, multicolor stripe
  • Patterned paper: light purple
  • Adhesive foam squares
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Chunky glitter: crystal (such as JoAnn Craft Essentials)
  • Alcohol inks: red, blue, yellow
  • Small sponge
  • Photocopy paper: white
  • Paper clip
  • Glue stick

Make the Rainbow Shaved Ice:

 

1. Gather your supplies: 2″ punched paper circle; dimensional adhesive; chunky crystal glitter; alcohol inks in red, blue, and yellow; alcohol blending solution, and sponge.

 

2. Coat the top 34 of the circle with dimensional adhesive. While wet, sprinkle a thin layer of chunky crystal glitter onto the adhesive. Gently press the glitter into the adhesive.

 

3. Once dry, ink glitter with alcohol ink. To decrease intensity of any colors, mix alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.


Build the Card:

1. Cut a 6×912” rectangle from white cardstock; fold in half to make a 434×6″ card.

2. Cut a 434×6″ rectangle from multicolor stripe cardstock; glue to front of card.

3. Cut a 414×512” rectangle from light purple patterned paper; attach to front of card using adhesive foam squares.

4. Cut a 4″ square from white photocopy paper. Fold two sides in at an angle to form a cone. Crease the folds.

5. Cut a 12×3″ strip from white photocopy paper. Straighten a paper clip, wrap the strip around the wire, and secure the long edge in place using a glue stick. Adhere the rolled strip to the top of the cone.

6. Apply glue to uncoated area of glittered circle and attach to the top back of the cone.

7. Attach the cone to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

8. Print “sweet birthday wishes” onto white paper and cut into a strip, notching the ends. Mat it on a strip of tan cardstock and notch the ends. Attach the strip to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

Paper Christmas Tree Wall Decor

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Designer: Sara Perez

Deck the walls with a tree that stars your paper scraps!


Materials:

  • 12×15″ piece of watercolor paper (or size to fit your frame opening)
  • Frame (ours is 16×20″)
  • Heavyweight cardstock: pale green, mint, forest green, gold, silver glittered
  • Crafts glue
  • 78” star punch

1. Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into strips ranging from 114–112” wide for the tree branches. Cut a 112” square from gold cardstock for the trunk.

2. Glue the trunk to the center bottom of the watercolor paper. Cut one pale green strip to 812” long. Referring to the photo, position the strip horizontally approximately 112” above the bottom edge of the ivory cardstock background for the bottom tree branch, overlapping the trunk; glue in place.

3. Cut a forest green cardstock strip slightly shorter than the pale green strip from step 2. Referring to the photo, glue the strip above the pale green strip, placing it at a slight angle and overlapping the strips.

4. Continue adding strips in the same manner. Alternate shades of cardstock, and overlap strips at alternating angles until satisfied with height of tree.

5. Punch a star from glittered silver cardstock. Glue star to the top strip of tree.

6. Insert tree artwork into frame.