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Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Tutorial

Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Tutorial is what we have for you today. Do you ever look at a project and think Wow! Those two or three colors would look awesome with this creation but can’t figure out how? PROBLEM SOLVED! I have an inexpensive way for you to create your own Custom Tie Dye Ribbon for your projects that won’t break the bank! Ready? Let’s do this!

Supplies Needed for the Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Project

Alcohol Ink

Isopropyl Alcohol

Paper Clips

Seam Binding

Plastic Baggies or a Jar you don’t mind getting stained

Clothes Pins (yay remmebered!)

Paper towels or I used make up pads

GLOVES if you don’t want to get ink all over your hands because YOU WILL

For this project, I used Chameleon Ink refill colors Y03, V04 and BG4 for the alcohol ink colors.

I also used white seam binding.

For the seam binding, there is a small pin in it to hold the ribbon. Take it out but be sure to keep it as it comes in handy for storage!

To begin, take the amount of ribbon you need for your project and cut it off of your roll. For this ribbon, I am making it a little bit messy looking on purpose to I am just randomly bunching my seam binding ribbon together as shown.

Twist the seam binding and clip one end of it in the clothespin.

Twist and clip the other end so it looks like the above and set aside.

For the second Custom Tie Dye Ribbon, wrap your ribbon neatly around your hand as shown above.

Take out four paper clips and place them on the ribbon as shown above.

This is the back side of the ribbon. Notice that the paperclips are placed differently to get a different effect.

Using your baggy as an ink catch all, place your ribbon inside the bag. Carefully place a small amount of alcohol ink inside your bag of the first color.

Add the second color to your bag. I put WAYYY too much of the first color in however you will see what I do with the extra in a little bit.

Close your baggy and Smoosh, yes I said SMOOSH, your colors inside the bag. This is what your bag will look like, A MESS! Set your Custom Tie Dye Ribbon aside.

Take out your second baggy and place a few drops of the colors you wish to use inside the baggy.

Using your clothes pin seam binding ribbon, strategically place the ink on various parts of the ribbon.

Take out your first inked creation and set aside to dry.

With the extra ink inside the baggy from the first creation, I placed some more seam binding ribbon and smooshed it to see what effect I would get. Set it aside to dry.

Take out the inked ribbon with the clothespins from the bag once they have dried. These are still a little bit wet.

This is what it looks like! I love it! What do you think?

I used WAY TOO MUCH ink for the first ribbon project. LESSON LEARNED however, I do like how it came out so maybe it wasn’t so bad after all!

You will need to carefully take off the paperclips so the ribbon doesn’t snag. ANOTHER lesson I learned…

This is what the ribbon looks like although it is still quite wet as you can see by the look of my fingers.

The results of the ribbon as it is drying.

This is what the purple and yellow ribbon looks like once it is completely dry.

When the yellow and blue ribbon is completely dry, this is what it looks like. I am glad you can see more of the blue now and it doesn’t look all green!

This is the extra piece of ribbon I put in the baggy just to see what it looked like. I know I can use this on a future project!

Here are all of them side by side completely dry. Which would you want to try?

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Teresa G.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

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SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring

SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring is what we have for you today. I bought some pearl embellishments at the dollar store. I am going to show you how to custom color them for any project and save money while doing it!

Supplies Needed for the SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring Project

Alcohol Markers or Pens

Embellishment

Project you are trying to color match

This all started when I was at the dollar store and saw these.

There are 216 self adhesive pearls for ONE DOLLAR!  Now, I am going to show you how to create your own colors for these so you can use them on any of your projects!

Here you can see that there is an adhesive line that the pearls are on. You can cut those however it works best for you.

For the SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring tutorial, I am using OL3 and YG3 chameleon pens to color the pearls for my project.

To begin, take out your OL3 chameleon pen.

Using the brush nib of your chameleon pen for your SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring project, color the embellishment completely so there isn’t any white showing through. I think it’s a pretty good match! What do you think?

Take out your YG3 chameleon pen and color your second pearl.

What a difference in the two colors! I really like them both but the first one matches my project better.

This is what happens when I colored the pearl with the YG3 and then colored on top of that OL3 and this is what it looks like on the right. I really like it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Mary V.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip

Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip is what we have for you today! Who doesn’t want to just toss whatever product it is when you have to try to figure out how to get it out of its clamshell packaging? You have your hand raised too? Well, I have a few quick and simple tips that will keep you from doing that. Ready? Here we go!

Supplies Needed

SHARP scissors

Your item

 

This is the area we are going to cut off from our packaging. Due to the strong seam here, it can be painful and sharp when cutting off the packaging of your product. That is why we have the Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip!

Take your sharp scissors slightly to the left of the side of the package as shown. Make sure there is space between your scissors and your hand. This will allow the cut packaging seam to seemlessly go between the scissors and your hand avoiding any injuries.

Here is a close up of what I am speaking about. I opened up my hand so you can see how it is just going straight through my hand out the back by my wrist as I cut.

Finished! The Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip is complete! I realize it is a simple and easy thing to do however the fact that it intrigued 2/3 of my favorite people (the other 1/3 was at work) I just had to share.

Don’t forget! When you have left over packaging the possibilities are endless!  Use them as a card, tag, emboss them, make shapes for future cards.. Seriously ENDLESS!

This is what you will end up with, the outer seam of the packaging and no cuts on your hands! Remember this around holiday time because that is where I always caused the most damage to my hands when opening packages for my kids or loved ones.

For this weeks giveaway, we are once again giving away $15 credit to our store! This allows you to pick out something that inspires YOU or a loved one you would like to purchase a gift for!

Baby Shower Card Using Sign Language Stamps, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Winner is Kathy D!

Winner, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you! WHEN YOU SUBSCRIBE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN E-MAIL ON MONDAYS WITH OUR LATEST BLOG POST. BE SURE TO READ IT TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER EVERY WEEK. IF YOU DO NOT CONTACT ME WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNING, YOU WILL FORFEIT YOUR PRIZE. NO EXCEPTIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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Baby Shower Card Using Sign Language Stamps

Baby Shower Card Using Sign Language Stamps is what we have for you today. I needed to create a non gender baby shower card and what better way to do that then use our awesome Sign Language Alphabet Stamps?

Before I begin, I want to apologize if I have not responded to emails you have sent. I just found out that my email has not been working properly for over TWO MONTHS. No not kidding. Fortunately, I did not miss any orders and check my orders regularly but I didn’t realize I wasn’t receiving all of my emails. If you didn’t receive a message back from me, please send me one again. This is embarrassing to say the least… The good news is, I figured it out before it was three months…. yeah.. gotta think half full not half empty…. Now, onto the card…

Supplies for the Baby Shower Card Using Sign Language Stamps Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base

Patterned Paper

Colored Paper to stamp image on

Adhesive

Scissors

Twine

3-D Adhesive

Pennant punch or you can cut them with scissors

Ink

To begin, take out the paper you are going to stamp your sentiments. I used scraps so in doing so, they were a bit small for me to hold on to in order to make sure it is placed in the punch correctly.

This is where I use a post it note as an extender to ensure I can place the paper in the punch in the perfect spot.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set. Take off the letters you need to spell out the word baby.

 

Place your letter on your acrylic block.

Ink your sign language alphabet letter.

Stamp your letter on your punched out pennant paper. Repeat this for the word and set aside your papers.

Take out your card  base and your patterned paper. Place adhesive on the back of your patterned paper and place on top of your card base as shown above.

Using your twine, make a bow on both ends of the twine. Double check to make sure you have enough room for the sentiment and that it is not too long for the card base.

NOTE:I used the “rabbit ear” typing method as it seems to create a better bow.

On both corners of the decorative paper, place a small amount of adhesive as shown above. I use dotted tape runner adhesive instead of glue dots because the glue dots tend to be more of a 3-D effect and that is not what I am looking for here.

Place your bow on either side of the card base as shown above, ensuring there is enough room for the letters you are placing on the banner.

Trim off any excess twine from your creation.

Place your sentiment on the twine to create the banner look.

Your banner card is complete!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set  which is the perfect stamp set for any crafters tool box.

As for all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to:

FOLLOW US on YouTube AND subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts -found on our blog page!

Comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Sharing is caring! Be sure to share our post and use the hashtag #ispyacjwm for an extra entry to win!

For the explosion Mini Book Part 4 giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Winner is Donna G!

Winner, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you! WHEN YOU SUBSCRIBE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN E-MAIL ON MONDAYS WITH OUR LATEST BLOG POST. BE SURE TO READ IT TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER EVERY WEEK. IF YOU DO NOT CONTACT ME WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNING, YOU WILL FORFEIT YOUR PRIZE. NO EXCEPTIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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Explosion Mini Book Part 4

Explosion Mini Book Part 4 is what we have for you today. I wanted to thank you for your patience with me. Thank you all for your well wishes, thoughts, prayers, and cards. I went back to my day job and hit the ground running after my surgery and I think I over did it. I was wiped out last weekend so I wasn’t able to post. The good news? I am baaaaackkkk! If you haven’t seen the previous posts for the first three parts of this project, be sure to check out part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE. I am so excited to show you how to put this Explosion Mini Book together!   Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Front and back cover for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Super strong adhesive

Ribbon

Strong adhesive

Inside pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

First, you will want to take out your front cover, your ribbon and your super strong adhesive.

In the middle of the cover (or wherever you want to place the ribbon to tie up your book) place your super strong adhesive as shown above.

Whichever ribbon you choose to use, make sure you “finish the edges” so that they don’t fray.

I used this little tool for my ribbon on my Explosion Mini Book Part 4 that I bought at the Daiso store but more on that later.

Take out your ribbon and fold it in half. Using that middle fold, place that in the center of your cover which will allow the same amount of ribbon on both sides. Place the ribbon on the adhesive. Add adhesive to both of the covers of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 and set them aside.

NOTE: When measuring the amount of ribbon to use, I used approximately seven widths of the cover. This will allow plenty of ribbon to go around my creation once filled with decor and pictures as well as tie a nice bow. It will depend on the size of the cover so be sure to take that into account.

Take out the three pages for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Place adhesive on the square areas (the part that is not folded as a triangle) of your folded green paper as shown above. Make sure you place your adhesive on the side where the paper is a hill (poking up as shown.) This will help with folding the complete project later.

Pull our your red paper and take your middle paper adhesive side up and turn it upside down so the adhesive side is facing your table now.

Before you place your middle piece of paper adhesive side down on the square as shown above, make sure you fold it to ensure it will fold completely so it will work once it is in your explosion book. This is the front of your pages connected.

This is the back of the pages connected.

Add your second square with adhesive to your third page as shown above.  making sure it folds properly.

Make sure the edges aren’t overlapping and that it folds properly.

This is what the front pages look like once they are put together for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Now we are going to place the front cover on the left side square of the paper as shown above and

we are going to add the back cover to the right side square as shown above.

Use your bone folder and press the folds to ensure there is a very crisp crease on all of the areas of the pages.

This is the back of the pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 project.

Here, I am going to slowly unfold the pages so that you can see what it looks like.

As you can see it looks complicated but once this unfolds, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to fold it back up.

Here are your unfolded pages! YOU DID IT! Now, to add the covers…

I added one more piece of adhesive on top of the ribbon to ensure it’s adhesion onto the inside pages.

Take your folded inside papers and place the outside unfolded square piece on top of your ribbon. Press firmly on your paper to ensure adhesion to the front cover.

Take your back cover and place it centered on the top of the inside square as shown above. Press firmly to ensure adhesion to the paper and the back cover.

Now as a side note, I told you I would show you my ribbon tool. I bought this at Daiso a few years ago however it seems to work pretty well. 

If you look at the top of the upper area of the ribbon sealer tool, you will see a line on the tool which actually heats up! Be careful, you will burn yourself… lesson learned!

Take your ribbon and place it on top of the heated area. You will want to hold it for a few seconds to ensure that the ribbon does seal so it won’t unravel.

Here you can see the hole where it sealed. Worked great!

You need to repeat it so that it is sealed across the whole piece of ribbon for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4. Now you need to make sure you tie a pretty bow around your Explosion Mini Book Part 4! You did it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away one of our most popular stamp sets the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set.

It would be a perfect addition to your awesome new Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Holly S!

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Explosion Mini Book Part 3

Explosion Mini Book Part 3 is what we have for you today. I am feeling much better after my surgery. I truly appreciate all of the prayers, cards and well wishes and I am looking forward to getting crafty again!

We are creating the inside part of the explosion mini book which will also show you how to fold the pages so it works properly!

  
Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 3 Project

3 – 10″ square pieces of card stock

Bone folder

We are going to be creating two additional folded paper pages for the Explosion Mini Book.

Here is one of the outside covers and if you haven’t seen our previous two posts, please check out Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

and Explosion Mini Book Part 2.

*NOTE: When putting this together next week, do not use wired ribbon. It doesn’t wear well. #Lessonlearned.

This is the inside page already folded. Although it may look complicated. There are only 3 folds for one page of the Explosion Mini Book Part 3. Trust me! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Take your paper and fold it in half as shown above. Use your bone folder to ensure the crease is strong.

Turn your paper a quarter turn and fold your paper. Once again, be sure to use your bone folder to ensure a strong crease.

This is what it will look like once you have completed 2 of the three folds for your Explosion Mini Book Part 3.

For your last fold, fold your paper to create a triangle as shown above.

This is what it looks like once it has been folded. Pretty simple, right? Now, we just need to invert a few of the folds we created.

Now we just need to invert a few of the folds we created. The triangle folds need to be folded the opposite way they currently are. The right is correct the left still needs to be folded up.

 

Here is a better picture as to how we need to fold both of the triangles toward the center of your paper.

Once your folds are correct,  your paper will look like this.

Take both  triangle sides that you just refolded the correct way and bring them both to the center of your paper as shown above.

This will leave  the square sides fanned out. Take the left side of your paper toward the center of your paper.

You will repeat this for the right side as shown above.

Using your bone folder, ensure all four sides of your paper have a reinforced crease.

This is what it will look like once you have it folded properly.

Repeat this so that you have three of these for the inside of your Explosion Mini Book.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 3 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are once again giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Cynthia C.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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Explosion Mini Book Part 2

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 is what we have for you today. We are going to be covering your front and back cover with.. Yes, MATTE (not glossy) clear shelf liner! Yes, it really works great and there are multiple uses for it too especially when you are trying to avoid finger prints!

This is what the inside of the cover looks like once you have covered it with the clear shelf liner and I purposely covered it past the paper so that there was a little bit of a seal onto the mat board.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, I used the clear transparent shelf liner. I believe I bought mine at either home depot or Walmart. It is available at multiple places. I do believe it is the duck brand.

Make sure you have an inch around your entire Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project that you want to cover. This will ensure adhesion on the other side completely covering your paper.

Carefully remove half of the clear shelf liner backing from the liner.

Try to do it so that you don’t make harsh creases in the liner as they may show up on your project and they can be hard to remove.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, you want to be sure that you place the clear shelf liner in the middle of your project as shown.

Make sure you rub out any air bubbles or lines from your shelf liner as you place it on the front cover.

This will also ensure adhesion of the clear shelf liner to your cover.

The inside cover looks like this one you have applied the clear shelf liner to the front of the cover.

Cut all four of the corners of the clear shelf liner as shown.

You will end up with the cover looking like the above. You will want to throw out the 4 triangles you cut from the corners.

Here, I used the hard surface to bend the edges of the clear shelf liner toward the inside of the cover.

Fold in the shelf liner toward the inside of the cover as shown and repeat for the other three sides.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Dana M.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1 is what we have for you today. I love to create items for loved ones and this is a great way to give a gift from the heart! Once you create one.. You will be obsessed.. I apologize now! LOL Let’s get started!

The first lesson I have learned from creating these is DO NOT USE WIRED RIBBON for your closure. It falls apart as you can see.

 

This is the front of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the side view of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook. I will be showing you step by step how the Explosion Mini Scrapbook opens up and OH MY the possibilities!

As you can see it starts to unfold and you can see the added decor inside the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the inside of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. I love the colors and decor and how it coordinates with the whole project.

Here is the left side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the middle of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the right side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the back of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. You have so many places to put journaling and pictures!

Today, we are showing you how to create the front and back covers for your Explosion Mini Scrapbook. This is the front side of your covers.

This is the inside of the cover.

I started with a 5.5″ square piece of mat board. I purchased this at Aaron Brothers which now has been bought out by Michael’s in my area. You can use chip board but I would suggest you use a thicker piece to ensure durability.

Measure your decorative paper one inch larger than your mat board. This paper is 6.5″ square.

Apply adhesive to your at board.

Place your mat board onto the paper centered.

Using your sturdy work surface, fold your paper on the corners of the mat board.

This is what it will look like when you do one side. Repeat for all four sides.

Once you have folded in all four sides, cut a triangle off the corners. This will give you a cleaner edge for the corners.

Apply adhesive to the paper and to your mat board to ensure adhesion.

Fold your paper and press the adhesive to the mat board. Repeat for the opposite side.

Cut all four corners of the paper on the non adhered paper.

You need to cut them like this.

Trim off the triangle as shown.

Fold in your paper as shown above.

Apply adhesive to the paper and mat board. Press the paper firmly onto the mat board. This is what it looks like once it is done.

Here I have done the edges two ways. Beveled edge or the square edge. I really don’t have a preference besides they are going to be covered by the inside paper anyway so it really is your preference.

This is a close up of the beveled edge.

If you want to have the beveled edge, you can do this by trimming off a triangle from the paper as shown above.

Here is a close up of both corners. Which do you like best?

Here is the completed front and back covers! Are you excited for the next video? Be sure to stay tuned where I show you how to cover these covers with clear shelf liner… YES I FINALLY REMEMBERED WHAT IT IS CALLED!! LOL

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving out Words of God stamp set!

The winner is Jensie.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

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3-D Sympathy Card

For today’s tutorial we are going to create a 3-D Sympathy Card. I would love it if I never had to create a sympathy card ever again. This one really hurts. Unfortunately, a family that we have known for some time has lost their son/nephew/Grandson recently. Please be sure to say some prayers for them during this very difficult time. With that, we are going to create a 3-D sympathy card to send to them. Let’s get started.

This is the 3-D Sympathy Card Project we are creating.

Here you can see where the 3-D Sympathy Card Project get’s it’s 3-d!

Supplies Needed for the 3-D Sympathy Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Words of God Stamp Set

Acrylic Block

Black Ink

Adhesive

Card Base

Decorative paper

Paper to stamp on

Cross Die

3-d adhesive

Take out your Words of God Stamp Set.

 

Place your sentiment from the Words of God stamp set on your acrylic block.

 

Ink our sentiment and stamp your sentiment on your paper.

Take out your cross die for the 3-D Sympathy Card Project.

Place your cross die above your sentiment on your paper as shown above.

Run your die through your manual die cut machine.

For the 3-D Sympathy Card Project, you could use either the negative space as shown above

or of the positive space of the cross.

Either would make the project look great but I chose to use both giving you the 3-D Sympathy Card Project.

Take out your decorative paper, apply adhesive and adhere to your card base.

Apply adhesive to your sentiment die cut paper and adhere to your decorative paper.

Take out your cross die cut. Apply the 3-d adhesive to the back of the cross.

Adhere the cross in the negative area of your sentiment die cut paper as shown above.

You have completed the 3-D Sympathy Card Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Words of God stamp set.

For last weeks giveaway,  A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set! Definitely one of the stamp sets in my tool box.

The winner is Kathy S.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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Sign Language Birthday Cards

Sign Language Birthday Cards are what we have for you today. I love to create and I love our Sign Language stamp sets. You can never have enough birthday cards and what better way to build up your stash by using A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set? As you know, I like clean, simple and FAST… Here we go!

Supplies Needed for the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base

Punch

Paper to stamp on

Twine

Paper Trimmer

Black Ink

Decorative Paper

Scissors

3-D Foam adhesive

Rhinestones

Place your sentiment on your acrylic block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your paper.

Using the punch facing you, insert your sentiment ensuring your sentiment is lined up in the punch as shown.

Want to use your scraps but they aren’t long enough for your punch? Use a post it note. It extends your ability to put it in your punch and you can use smaller pieces of paper!

I used two pieces of paper that were in a 6 x 8″ pad that I knew I wouldn’t use. The paper is double sided and one side was perfect for cards so here we are! I trimmed the paper to be a little smaller than my card bases and trimmed them 1/2 inch smaller. Depending on what size your card, it will depend on what size you want your decorative paper.

For my I used 4 x 5.5″ card bases. My paper was trimmed 3.5″ x 5″. This left me with a few pieces that I can use in a different way on my cards. Simple, elegant and cute! Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper and adhere to the card base as you wish.

Add your 3-D foam adhesive to the back of your sentiment. Be sure to remove the protective backing.

Apply your sentiments to your card bases for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project.

For the basic version of the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, you are finished! Nothing fancy, no frills or embellishments. I wanted to give you a few other easy options. These aren’t super fancy but add a little pop to your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project. Ready?

Using your scissors, cut out a small triangle notch out of the top of your card like shown above.

Using some of your coordinating twine for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, push it through the inside of your card 3 times.

Once you have wrapped it three times, tie a bow or a knot and trim off the excess twine.

For this card, I simply wrapped twine around the left side of it to add a little pop and made a bow. YES! I did do it 3 times.

For the last Sign Language Birthday Cards Project card, I also wrapped twine around it but instead of tying a bow, I tied a knot.

Still not enough pop for you? Put on a few rhinestones to give a little sparkle to your card.

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set! Definitely one of the stamp sets in my tool box.

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Michele H.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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