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GO GREEN CRAFTS! Alcohol Markers and Packaging for an Embellishment

Who doesn’t like GO GREEN CRAFTS? I love to find uses for otherwise thrown out items or to repurpose items too. In this tutorial we will color with Chameleon Alcohol Markers and will reuse packaging material for an embellishment on a Father’s Day card. Whether you like to learn by video or pictorial, we have you covered!  This tutorial will open up a HUGE MOUNTAIN of ideas and we hope you share what you do! Let’s get rollin’!

Here are the supplies you will need to create this card:

 2 1/2″ Round Clear Stamp Block

Decorative Paper

Card Base

Paper to Stamp Sentiment on

Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set

Adhesive

White Twine

Scissors

Punch

Manual Die Cut Machine (sizzix)

Die and Platforms

Chameleon Primary Tones Alcohol Markers

Clear Recycled Packaging

Foam Squares

Ink

supplies text

Take your recycled packaging material, die, manual die cut machine and platforms out.  Place your recycled plastic material on the die where you want it to cut.

place material on die

Run the die through the machine with appropriate platforms. Take out the die cut piece for your creation.

die cut material

Take your crimson red out of your primary pack of Chameleon Markers. Color the recycled piece of plastic. Set aside to dry.Color plastic material

Take our your card base, adhesive and decorative paper. Place adhesive on the back of the decorative paper and adhere it to the base card. Set aside.
adhere decorative paper to card base

Take out your stamps, ink, stamp block and paper.

take out stamps

Place stamp on the block and ink your stamp.

ink your stamp

 Stamp your sentiment on your paper. Take your punch out and punch out your sentiment. Set it aside.

punch out sentiment

Take your twine and wrap it around your colored embellishment three times. Tie the twine in a knot. Trim excess twine.

wrap twine and cut Colored material

Take foam squares and place them on the back of the punched out sentiment. Adhere to the front of the colored embellishment.

Place foam squares on sentiment and adhere to colored embellishment

Turn over the colored embellishment and place foam squares on the back of the embellishment. Be sure to take care when placing the adhesive squares so that it doesn’t show through on your creation.

apply foam to the back  behind sentiment

Adhere the embellishment to your card base.

adhere embellishment

Your card is complete! Below are the examples of how your coloring can change the look of the card. One has more coloring than the other. I am not sure which one I like better. How about you?

Thank you for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it opens up the options of what you can do with alcohol makers. You can use alcohol markers to color any non porous surface such as glass, plastic and even metal. You can also use them on porous surfaces like wood. Try different things and be sure to let us know what you think and share your project!

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Go Green! Reuse Jeans for an ADORABLE Pocket using a Die Cut!

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Go Green and reuse jeans for an adorable pocket using a die cut? Did you really see that? YES YOU DID! Who doesn’t love to create something cool and with texture? I know I sure do! In this video I will show you how you can use your everyday old pair of jeans through your manual die cut machine! Yes you really can AND you can create this adorable pocket which would work perfect for a gift card,  business card or so many different things! I love how this came out and wanted to show you how cute it was not decorated and just plain all by itself. If you are anything like me, you are looking at this thinking of all of the wonderful things you can make with it!

Now whether you learn better by video or pictorial, we have you covered so let’s get started!

The supplies you will need are:

Jean material (or your material of choice)

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Die (Sizzix Die #659768 Pocket with Scalloped Edge by jillibean soup)

Fabric Glue (I use Fabri-Tac by Beacon)

Scissors

Supplies

Take out your jean material and scissors. Cut the material on the inside of the seams so that you have a piece of material that will fit on your chosen die.

Cut on the inside of the seams the size you need for your die

Take your material, die cut machine, die and platforms out. Starting with the bottom going up place items in this order:

platform

die

material

platform

What you need

Run the “sandwich through your manual die cut machine.

run die supplies through the machine

Take out your die cut material. Notice the creased lines from the die. This is where you will fold your material. I personally fold it in the opposite way of the fold as I feel it gives a better crease. so for this picture, you would fold your creases to the back.

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Fold the material on the three crease lines.Fold creases with finger

Take out your fabric adhesive (Fabri-Tac) and glue on the two folded in edges.

Apply glue to the  bottom of envelope and side

Fold over the flap and press the edges to make the envelope paying close attention to the corners so that they are folded in.

Fold over flap and line up edges of folded material

glue the last side of the pocket down

Press down on the edges squeezing out excess glue. Remove excess glue.

Squeeze edges you glued to be sure proper adhesion

Place on flat surface reinforcing the edges by pressing firmly down on the folded areas.

press down on all glued edges

Set aside and let the pocket dry.  Now your pocket is complete!!

finished project

finished envelope