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Fun with Stencils Fun with Stencils

During the 1970s, my Mom was really into Pennsylvania Dutch style stencils for home decor - I still have some of her old stencil brushes! I myself used stencils for some of my printmaking projects in the 1990s. Recently I've been experimenting with different ways of applying inks and paints on fabric, which is an application stencils are very well suited for, along with mark making on walls, furniture, paper and other surfaces. You can cut your own stencils or use pre-made commercial stencils. In this project I'll explain how to cut your own and show some samples of how they can be used.

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Analog to Digital: Waste Paper From Stamping Projects Can Enhance Photoshop Art Analog to Digital: Waste Paper From Stamping Projects Can Enhance Photoshop Art

Sometimes the pieces of scrap paper I put under my rubber stamping projects to protect the work surface from ink end up with really interesting markings on them. Don't throw these pieces out - when they're dry, scan them and import them into Photoshop to make interesting textures that would be difficult if not impossible to duplicate with only digital tools.

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Decorate a Celtic Gift Bag Decorate a Celtic Gift Bag

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, here is an idea for decorating a drawstring muslin bag with Celtic designs. Fill with St. Patrick's Day treats or a gift for someone who would enjoy Celtic designs at any time of year.

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Collaged Valentine Candy Holder Collaged Valentine Candy Holder

I decorated this hanging candy holder for Valentine's Day, but the design is versatile and can be used for a number of occasions - just change the collage piece inserted in the front of the holder!

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Pearl Ex Rondelle Beads Pearl Ex Rondelle Beads

Normally when I'm planning a new craft project, I try not to be too influenced by trends. The new Pearl Ex Chromatic colors however seem to be in harmony with some things going on in the world of fashion, so I decided that bead-making would be a great application for these bold new colors. Bright jewel and metallic tones are perfect for jewelry!

Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are a versatile pearlized powder that can be added to nearly any artist medium. They need to be mixed with or coated with some kind of binder for permanence. In this project we'll be rolling the beads in the powder to apply it to the surface of the beads, and then sealing the surface with Pearl Ex Varnish.

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Seed Packet with Collage Insert Seed Packet with Collage Insert

Seeds are a great spring gift for those in your life who like to garden - think Mother's Day, Father's Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, Easter and spring birthdays! Whether you have seeds to give that you have harvested yourself or you buy some and want to package them in a more festive way, you'll find a use for this project.

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Button Headband and Bracelet Button Headband and Bracelet

Do you like to collect old buttons? Get some of them out of the jar and wear them! The rustic look of this headband is suitable for displaying an assortment of earth-toned buttons (and does not tax my rudimentary sewing skills). I wear headbands constantly and it gets frustrating to have to buy new ones when the elastic goes out. With this headband design, the main part of the headband does not stretch and the elastic in back can be easily replaced when it wears out.

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Mosaic Table Top With Textured Clay Tiles Mosaic Table Top With Textured Clay Tiles

I love to make things out of reclaimed or repurposed items. While I was digging my garden, I found lots of construction debris in the soil including a number of ceramic tiles, broken and whole. I decided to incorporate them into a mosaic table top on a table that was built for me by my Dad out of scrap wood.

The middle part of the table top is made of random pieces salvaged from the garden soil and other sources, such as broken ceramics and tiles that I made. If you're sad about having broken a ceramic piece that you like, it's very satisfying to incorporate the pieces into something good. I wanted a more regular edge for contrast so I made some square and rectangular tiles to order, some of which are textured with rubber stamps. I also took some scrap composite tile samples made from some kind of plasticy material that I got from Leftovers, Etc. and cut them into squares and rectangles to augment my ceramic tiles.

In this tutorial I'll show you to make some tiles and then incorporate them into a mosaic table top surface.

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Vintage Collage Necklace Vintage Collage Necklace

Combine tiny rubber stamps and paper scraps with clear acrylic shapes and a favorite charm to make a unique necklace.

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Shadow Boxes Shadow Boxes

Display a variety of memorabilia on your wall in found boxes or boxes manufactured specifically for decorating. You can even use an old drawer.

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Tiny Notecard Design Challenge

Tiny Notecard Design Challenge Do you have a lot of patterned papers that you have difficulty finding the right project for? If so, this project will help you stretch creatively by getting you out of your comfort zone. You'll also end up well-stocked with a variety of notecards for future occasions! The envelopes are sized to hold a gift card and with a hanging loop at the top for hanging on a tree, on a doorknob, or anywhere you would like to surprise someone. They also make festive gift tags. I'm including instructions and a template for a box specially sized to hold twelve notecards - a set would make a great gift.

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Vintage Look Box Vintage Look Box

I used a repurposed tea box with a sliding lid for my example of this decorated box. If you can't find a box exactly like this, any box with a flat lid would work.

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Mosaic Box Mosaic Box

If you have a gift-giving occasion coming up, this one might be a winner for you. When my Dad saw this in my house he said "Is this for giving? Can I have this?" That's the reaction I want when I make something! For this project you can either purchase an undecorated wooden box from a craft store, or look through thrift stores to find one to repurpose.

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Scrapbooking My Way - On the Highway Scrapbooking My Way - On the Highway

Read about my rather unorthodox scrapbooking methods.

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Valentine Pocket Card Valentine Pocket Card

Make a vintage look valentine card with a pocket in the front for a mini envelope for secret messages. Free template available for download.

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Rubber Stamped Decoupage Beads Decoupage Wooden Beads

You can make beautiful beads that will draw many compliments with just a few rubber stamps and some very humble materials.

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Rubber Stamped Spring Faux Postage Rubber Stamped Floral Faux Postage

Floral faux postage that you can use to decorate cards, envelopes, gift packages, and all kinds of things.

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Rubber Stamped Pillow Box Rubber Stamped Pillow Box

Make a gift presentation really special with a hand-stamped pillow box.

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Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped Petroglyph Card

Learn how to make a stand-up card with a mini-booklet inside for writing messages. Free template available for download.

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Floral Mosaic Card Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped Floral Mosaic Card

This card design can be used for a variety of different sentiments, for example Happy Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You, and more. It is shown with a blank space toward the bottom where you can stamp or write a sentiment of your choice. Make several at one time if you like so you have extras for when you need a quick card. Free template available for download.

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Muslin Bag Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped Muslin Bag

Here is a quick easy project with bold colorful graphics that would make a good bag for a small gift. No templates to download this time! It's stamped with ColorBox Crafter's ink, which is waterproof after heat setting.

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Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings

By dressing up a couple of wooden beads from a recycled car seat cover, you can make earrrings that are not only pretty, but inexpensive and lightweight.

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Wood and Spice Fragrance Pastilles and Car Air Freshener Trees Wood and Spice Fragrance Pastilles and Car Air Freshener Trees

I was first introduced to salt dough in preschool, where we made ornaments for Christmas. It became a favorite craft material of mine throughout childhood. In recent years, I've experimented with using salt dough for making fragrant ornaments and pastilles to add to potpourri mixes. In my opinion this is my most successful batch so far.

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Pattern Library Pattern Library

The foundation for many a great rubber stamping project is stamping out a good pattern. Here are some sample patterns made from stamps from Carolyn's Stamp Store, with basic directions on how to duplicate them.

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Retro Interlocking Card Retro Interlocking Card

Make a retro greeting card for the hipster in your life - it's suitable for a multitude of special occasions. Free template available for download.

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Thank You Card Thank You Card

Here is an easy Thank You card to make. The designs are abstract, so it's appropriate for any occasion.

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Convertible Necklaces Convertible Necklaces

If you can't afford a lot of new things, accessories can really help jazz up your old outfits and make them more interesting. By making convertible necklaces, you can bring new life to an old necklace or make interchangeable parts for lots of combinations.

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Small Journal with Pockets Small Journal with Pockets

Here is a small journal designed to make and bring with you on a special trip. Take notes and make sketches to remember your journey, or use it for a Letterboxing logbook. By folding the cover piece inward at the bottom, you can make pockets inside for tucking in loose pieces of paper, ticket stubs, photos and other memorabilia.

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Birthday Card with Ribbon Birthday Card with Ribbon

It's not really the time of year for pink things, but what the heck, I had a couple of cards to make for people who like pink, so here you go. You could give this card lots of different looks by changing the color scheme.

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Card With Squares Card With Squares

This project was inspired by the project "Tulipia" in the book Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping by and the Sketch Challenge sk091810 on Paper Craft Planet. Acetate layered over cardstock shapes will add depth and interest to this multi-occasion card.

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Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland

On one occasion I was looking online for rubber stamping project ideas to see if there were any ideas for using inchies. I saw an inchies garland that someone made that I really liked, and decided to make my own version with spiral ornament hangars attached to use as clips for displaying holiday cards. It looks great hanging over a doorway.

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Making Printable Backgrounds for Stamping, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Making Printable Backgrounds for Stamping, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking

Combine collage with monoprinting and Adobe Photoshop to make exiting printable background and accent papers. You will need at least some basic knowledge of Photoshop to complete the project.

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Faux Postage Extravaganza Faux Postage Extravaganza

In this tutorial, you will learn to make Faux Postage using Faux Postage frames from the Carolyn's Stamp Store catalog. The finished simulated postage stamps can be used alone to decorate your mail or in a variety of projects including cards, shadow boxes and more.

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