Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On the IMAGINE Crafts' blog, there are 2 beautiful cards that are perfect for the upcoming spring. I loved the techniques too!

by Cathy Andronicou
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko

by Linda Lucas
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko

The first card is shown in a video tutorial; the second card is shown with written instructions.

From the Magenta blog, a very nice card by Ellie Knol featuring one of the new Magenta stamps. I can't wait until our order comes in!

by Ellie Knol, Design Team Magenta
Click o this link to go to the Magenta blog for Ellie's instructions:  http://lestylemagenta.blogspot.com/

Back to what you can do with the We R Memory Keepers' Envelope Punch Board from last Friday's Play Day at Art 'n Soul:


To make any size custom box using your punch board, here is the basic formula that you may follow. Try making these for candy bars, packs of gum, small jewelry boxes, tins, trinkets, or other small gifts.
  • Measure the length and width of the item you need the box for
  • Find the appropriate card size on the Envelope Punch Board
    • measure the depth of the item, multiply by 2
    • Add that to the length and width of your paper size on the punch board
    • cut your paper
  • Find the score line measurement on the punch board
    • add the item's depth measurement to that
    • with that new measurement, line up your paper to start the punching and scoring
  • After punching and scoring all 4 sides, line up your paper again on the original score line measurement on the punch board. Score your paper on all four sides.
  • Cut out each corner following the inner score lines that intersect.
  • Fold and crease all eight score line
  • Punch one corner to round, then tape the box together.
  • Embellish as desired.

  • 5" x 5" paper size
  • Punch and score at 2" and 3"
  • Repeat on all sides


  • 4-1/2" X 11" paper size
  • Score at 1-1/4" and 7"
  • Punch at 1" and 3-1/4" on the top edge (creates the tab that fits into the bottom)
  • Fold up at the 1" score line and secure the ends with strip of adhesive
  • Keeping edges even helps the card to slide in and out of tab easily
  • Variation:  Matchbook Cover Gift Card Holder
    • 3-1/2" x 6-3/4" card stock
    • Score at 1-3/4" and 6-1/4"

(continued from post on February 23 -- Small Bow)

  • 1-1/4" x 6' paper size & 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" paper strip
  • Punch the longer strip at 3" on both of the long strip
    • round the corners of the two ends by using the corner-rounder punch at the top of the punch board
    • Use a bone folder to break down the paper fibers and help the ends curl under
    • Secure to the back with a glue dot or adhesive of your choice
  • Punch the smaller strip at 2-1/4" on both sides of the smaller strip
    • Stick both ends into the scoring punch, centering the small strip with the punch, and punch to cut the shape of either end
  • Attach the loops onto the flat (smaller) strip and wrap a narrow strip of paper around the middle to finish the bow, or place an embellishment there

  • 1" X 7" paper size AND 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" paper strip
  • Follow instructions for medium or small bow EXCEPT:
    • punch the longer strip at 3-1/2"
    • punch the smaller strip at 2-5/8"

Tomorrow, we'll review the File Folder Cards and the Pie/Cookie Box.

Good news! The SEI paper order ships tomorrow which will include the Blaze and Charcoal velvet paper in 8.5x11. And KaiserCraft sent me an email tonight that says another part of the CHA order will be here at the start of the week.

You, too, could earn a personalized Zentangled tag card by Dianne when you spend $100 or more on a single purchase. She says she 'went outside the box' to make this one for Sherry Barello because Sherry likes colors.

by Dianne Johnson for Art 'n Soul

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