Today I have a quick little crafty project for you. Using a couple stampers and 3 colours of
paint, you can make a million adorable printed gift bags. I used fabric paint and mini canvas
tote bags for mine, but you could use regular arcylic paint and paper bags too. It would be
great for treat bags for a birthday party or for tucking a little gift into.
First up, the supplies. You'll need 3 colours of paint (red, yellow and blue) some stampers
and some kind of bag. If you don't want to buy stampers, you can use things you already have
around the house. The cap of a glue stick, the end of a thick marker or an old kids toy can
make a great stamper too. For my triangles, I used a little square of Speedball Speedy Cut
sliced into little triangles.
The reason I told to get only the primary colours is because you can mix any colour you want
from those and only spend money on 3 tubes of paint. The first design I tried was using a round
sponge stamper and the yellow and blue paints. I start with yellow for the first row, yellow with
a bit of blue for the second row, blue with a bit of yellow for the third row and pure blue
for the last row. Easy!
For the triangle design I used a bunch of Speedy Cut triangles, and the red and yellow paint.
I just mixed up those 2 paints in a couple ratios to get a few shades of orange, pink and yellow.
No need for rulers and measuring here, just go nuts with your triangle stamps until you like
what you see.
It feels like it's been forEVER since I've done a little crafty DIY post, and I guess it
has. I had a lot of fun making this confetti card. It's great to have cards like this laying
around that you can use for just about anything. Leave the centre blank until you need it
then just write (or stamp) in your own little message.
- blank greeting card
- thick cardstock for stencil
- acrylic paints (any colours you want)
- new pencils with erasers for stamping
1// Cut out a circle from your cardstock. I traced a roll of tape to get it perfect.
2// Tape the circle to the centre of a blank card using painters tape. Also, tape off
the edge of the card so you don't get any paint on the back.
3// Start stamping with the eraser ends of the pencils. I used a different pencil for each
colour so they didn't get muddy.
4// Concentrate more of the dots towards the circle and less near the edges of the card.
Now just wait for everything to dry, which won't take long, and peel off the stencil and
the tape. The card is ready for your message in the centre, so say anything you want!
Hey guys, I've been so busy working on CourseCraft that I almost forgot about my first love
Mr. Handsomeface. Here's a quick little CourseCraft update for those of you following along.
Speaking of following...you should totally be following
CourseCraft on Twitter! Then you'll be up on all the
The first little bit of news is that we started buying ads on some blogs to get our name out
there. We're starting slow at first, but if you have a blog and you think your followers
would be interested in us please let me know, we're always looking for new blogs to sponsor.
Also, it would really help if you were using
Passionfruit for your ad management. I mean,
they're totally awesome people and they make selling ads on your blog stupid easy. Nice people,
easy ads. What more can I say?
In other advertising news, we put together like 4 million (more like 100) of these cute little
paint brushes with a Moo card attached. Who knows where they might pop
up! Keep an eye out for the glittery ribbon. ;)
Ok, last little tidbit is that I've put together an example course. Not only will you be able
to see what a finished course looks like, you can learn all you need to know about creating
your own course. We had tons of people asking for this, so I really hope you find it useful.
The course is free and open to anyone so you don't even need a CourseCraft account to check it
out. That's all for now, have a great Monday everyone.
Canadian Thanksgiving was a while ago, but I completely forgot to do anything
crafty for it. Luckily American Thanksgiving has given me a second chance to
put together a little printable I've been planning.
Download the Printable Placecard
I painted these placecards with watercolours first then scanned it it, so it's
basically the real deal! If you have paints of your own, you could also
paint this design yourself since it's pretty simple.
The download is a printable PDF with 2 placecards per page, so just print
as many you need, cut along the faint grey lines and fold them in half. If
your printer can't handle thick paper (like mine, frown) then just print on
regular paper and glue it to some cardstock.
I hope these placecards will add a little artsy style to your Thanksgiving
table this year!!