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Tutorial: ID-ing Your Ink Pads

Hello Everyone!  I have a quickie tutorial for you.  On my last post I showed you a super quick way to make faux washi tape using office labels!  As I was doing that , I thought, hey I can also  ID my ink pads using the same process.  Here's what I did:
First, with a paper trimmer I cut a sheet of labels, lengthwise, into about 1/4 inch strips:

I then applied the color of my Distress Ink Pad on the labels....basically you're going to swipe the ink pad over the label until the label is completely saturated.  If you begin swiping the color at the top of the label and then move in downward motion, you'll get full and quick coverage.

I let them dry a little before removing the paper backing on the labels and adhering them to the ink pads.

Tadaaaa!  Here's what they look like....nice and orderly....it makes it so easy to choose the color I want now because I can SEE the vibrancy of the colors at a glance.

Well, hope this tutorial was helpful.  Have an awesome weekend!



Tutorial: Faux Washi Tape

I gave a presentation on Faux Washi Tape at our Ohio Gathering and I wanted to share this tutorial with a few pictures.  As you know Washi Tape is pretty popular right now...basically, it is decorative tape on a roll that can be used on all papercrafting projects...on cards, on scrapbook layouts, on altered projects, etc.   It can get expensive so I thought that we should be able to make our own FAUX washi tape, right?  My version is so quick and easy....stamp your own designs on office labels  then peel them off and place wherever you want to decorate! Quick, right?

First, I took an ink pad and "swiped" the color on the office labels and then I stamped a design over that.  I also took a blending tool to apply the color on....it's a softer look...then I stamped the designs. 

This was my original inspiration for my first washi tape design...yep, a kleenex box design!

Here are some finished washi tape labels:

I took those labels and cut them into strips, wound them around vintage thread spools,  then tied twine around them.  Another way would be to wind them up in rolls and use a teenie clothespin to hold in place.  These faux washi tape sets would be great to include as a gift for any of your paper crafting friends!  Note that I cut the edge of label with a scallop punch (or scissors) to give added dimension as shown on the yellow label below:

Here, I decorated a gift tag by placing the label at the bottom of tag; then I cut a square shape and adhered it to top of tag and punched the tag hole before threading the gold twine.  I took the scraps from this and adhered them to a flower die, trimmed it and then rolled the flower, added twine and adhered it to bottom of tag.

Need a way to make party favor bags fast?  Take a white mini bag and adhere a faux washi tape label to the center.  Stamp a birthday sentiment.  Add candies.  Add ribbon.  Tada...quick fun party favor bags!  

Same thing below only I used red licorice twizzlers for my choice of candy:
In this card I took two decorated labels and cut them into 3 sizes, rounded the corners and then placed them on my a-2 card front:
So as you can see, making Faux Washi Tape is simple and fun!  Would love to see your work when you try this out!  Thanks again for visiting.


July Specials for You at CTMH

PERFECT PAIRS - Free Paper Packets with Online Orders

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! That’s a retail value of up to $17.90! 

Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout 
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Offer valid July 1–31, 2012. While supplies last. Additional  
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Happy 4th of July!

Hello and God bless you in the powerful name of Jesus Christ  and Happy 4th of July to you all!

I quickly wanted to share some of my patriotic artwork from classes and some I just made for myself...you all know how much I love Americana projects!

Thanks for visiting me and may God continue to bless America just as Psalms 33:12 promises, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."  Enjoy your day celebrating AMERICA!


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