Christmas Craft Ideas 2017 – Today I’m sharing some Christmas Craft Ideas using the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Bundle, which by the way is now available for only $19.99. That’s right! This is NOT a typo!
It was a lot of fun coming up with new ways of using my paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders.
I decided to dress up this plain flame-less candle with a piece of blue ribbon and a Peace-Sentiment-die from Spellbinders. This sentiment was cut using gold card stock and embellished with flat back pearls. I used my art glitter glue for adhering the sentiment on to the candle.
I hope I’ve been able to inspire you in creating your very own Christmas Crafts. Whether it’s something for your home, a friend, or just making some cards to send out, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for your paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders.
NOTE: If you wish to save some money, may I suggest you purchase the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments as a bundle? I have provided you with links along the way. But if you only need one or two, I have also provided you with single item links.
This cute Note Card Gift Box Tutorial was inspired by my need to make the perfect gift box to fit my 3×4 note cards. In the hopes of clearing out papers that have been sitting in my stash for awhile, I decided to start my Holiday projects. This year I plan to send out quite a few cards and gifts to as many folks as I can. But I didn’t just want to box them in. I wanted that perfect fit!
Easy DIY Handmade Cards
The cards are 3×4. I decided to cut my cards to this dimension because I wanted them to be used as greeting cards or note cards. These cards are dimensional, simple and elegant. You may ask yourself, how can I get the same effect? My answer to that is layer your paper and less is more!
Let the Paper do the Work for You!
There’s nothing like beautiful scrapbooking paper! As paper crafters we can be really bad about hoarding beautiful paper. However, use it up we must! And what better way to make room for the great new designs than to make some cards and gift boxes with the old ones?
Easy to Create with dies from Spellbinders
You will never be out of ideas or loose your creativity when you have dies from Spellbinders in your paper crafting arsenal. And all that beautiful paper deserves a beautifully well cut design!
List of Items I used
The following is a list of items that I used in the making of these note cards and gift boxes. You may click on the links provided. They will take you directly to the products.
Halloween Card Tutorial – Make an Elegant Halloween Card or Party Invitation with me, using papers you have on hand and dies from Spellbinders! You don’t need to buy a ton of Halloween scrapbook papers to make Halloween theme cards or party invitations to your Hauntingly Ghostly Costume Party, and I’m going to show you why!
I’m an avid paper crafter and believe me, I have plenty of Halloween Theme Paper Collections. However I decided not to use them to prove my point.
As I’ve mentioned in my Stacey Caron Design Spellbinders Spellblogger DT Package video, this month I’m featuring Spellbinders designer Stacey Caron. I love Stacey’s designs! Many of her die-cutting dies are elegant and lean towards the Goth, or Victorian Goth style. And what better way to design an elegant Halloween card, than to use die-cutting dies by Stacey Caron!
Die-cutting Die Buying Tip for Beginners
When I began making cards, I had no idea what I was doing! Although there are plenty of card making “tutorials” out there, I really couldn’t find anyone to share their creative tips or tricks with me. And even though I still consider myself a novice in card making, and I will probably maintain this since I’m always learning something new, I will share with you what I’ve learned so far.
When I first started paper crafting, I longed for my projects to look as beautiful as the ones you see in crafting magazines; and it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed beautiful dies. However you can’t just buy a ton of dies from China, thinking you are loading up your die-cutting arsenal for future projects. This was mistake number one for me! I too went the cheap route (and it’s not all very cheap because as you know they do add up), and now I’m sitting on dies that I don’t use simply because they just don’t go with anything! It’s like buying a beautifully cheap pair of shoes online, yet not being able to wear them!
Your die-cutting dies must make functional sense. You want to be able to use your dies in unison, and that’s where Spellbinders comes in. When you look at the die-cutting dies from Spellbinders, you will notice that their designs are made with the paper crafter in mind. You will find how easily you can combine one set of dies with a different set of dies, and it all magically falls into place! And the best part about my dies from Spellbinders is that I can use them in a hundred different projects and they will all look totally amazing!
In this Halloween Card Tutorial, I’m using two different sets of Spellbinders dies and just look at the results!
It’s About the Layers
Another card making tip I want to share with you is the layering. Everything you design, whether it’s a Handmade Card, or a Mini Album, or a 12×12 Scrapbook layout, layer your die-cuts. Adding dimension to your die-cuts make your designs pop out and look so much better than if everything was placed flat, one right on top of the other.
Make the Die-Cuts Take Center Stage
I began this post by telling you that I purposely used papers other than Halloween to design this Halloween Card, and here’s why. I wanted my die-cuts to take center stage. I didn’t want these beautiful die-cuts to compete with ghouls and ghosts. I believe that they make a statement well on their own; and I wanted the eye to focus directly on the intricate design. And the interesting thing about the papers I used, there’s not one witch, not one ghost in the entire stack. But the colors are perfect for the look I wanted to convey. And as you will see in my Halloween Card Tutorial video is that I also chose to layer the papers as well. The papers that I’m using are from the Black & Gold Shimmer Card Kit from the Card Kit of the Month Club by Spellbinders.
On a side note, the image that you see in the center is one that I created using editing software. There is a funny story behind how the printed image came out. That you will hear of in my tutorial video. I have uploaded a PDF File of my Free Halloween Printables for 2017 here. You’re welcome to them; and I hope that you use them.
I LOVE the whole Snail Mail Idea and surprising some of my YouTube subscribers and friends with crafting goodies that I continue to make these cute treat boxes in different genres!
Milk Carton Treat Box Ideas
I can see soooooo many uses for these cute and functional Milk Carton Treat Boxes! With the Fall and Winter Holidays just around the corner, these make cute presentations for your Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts, Halloween Treats and Secret Santa!
You can also use these handmade milk cartons for baby showers, bridal showers, etc. And if you don’t want to use the milk cartons for your gift giving, you can always use the Carrier Tote to drop a few goodies in!
Milk Carton Carrier Tutorial
This specific Milk Carton Carrier Tutorial is to house the Milk Carton Treat Boxes I created using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board. These are super easy to make and I encourage you to try one; but be forewarned, these treat boxes and carriers are addictive!
So gather up your favorite paper pads, adhesives and embellishments and happy crafting!
Items Used in This Milk Carton Treat Box Carrier Tutorial