Making a Charm

September 8th, 2017 § 1 comment § permalink

Hello, fellow crafters! I am back…Jeanie from Scrapbookingmamaw…with another Step-by-Step Instructional Tutorial on making homemade charms using a tag. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Color supplies

Distress Inks (I used 3 colors of Distress Inks)

3 sponges to color, and 1 tag (small)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Trimmer

Get your paper trimmer and trim your tag to 4” by cutting the top of the tag off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Color your Tag

Take your inks and start sponging randomly all over your tag. I started out by using my lightest color to my darkest color. Keep in mind the color will change as we go further along. I wanted to lighten mine up some, so I got me a Prima Frost Color Spray Mist and sprayed on the tag, then dabbed it with a sea sponge (optional). You’ll see the difference in the next step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Cover the back

Cut yourself a piece of cardstock (solid or printed), the same size of your tag, then attach it with liquid glue to the back of the tag front. Tip: Don’t use hot glue, as it dries too quickly. Let it dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Trim the tag

Take your tag and, cutting from the top end, trim 1” strips. You’ll end up with 8, but for this tutorial we will concentrate on only using a couple of the pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Decorate

Here’s where your creativity comes in. You can now decorate the individual pieces of “inchies”. For me, I stamped different pictures on each piece (I went ahead and decorated all 8, even though I’m only using 2 of them for the project). The leftovers you have will come in handy for even more charms or mixed media projects! I then took paste and ran it over the edge of some, and all over on others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Add some bling!

At this point, I put some Glossy Accents onto each piece, then sprinkled Diamond Glass Glitter on top of the pieces before they dried. You could add sequins, or seed beads, or whatever element you want. I also used Glossy Accents on the back with no bling, but I let the front dry completely first. Be careful with the glass glitter, it is sharp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8: To connect to a chain

Once dried, use your hole punch (a strong one) to punch a hole in the top. When you open up your jump rings, be sure to open front to back, not side to side as the ring will distort. Here is an example of 2 rings together.

 

Use round nose pliers to open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slip ring into the hole of the charm, then on the chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9:  Adding another charm piece

I wanted another charm to the chain, so I attached 3 rings together, took 1 end of them and slipped it through the hole in the other charm, then took the ring on the other end and hooked it onto the chain with the 1st charm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your charm tags are finished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I put holes into the bottoms of each charm piece because I wanted to make it more stable. It’s totally up to you which way you want to make it. 😊

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeanie Ellis, Scrapbookingmamaw

 

New Design Team Members!

September 1st, 2017 § 3 comments § permalink

 

 

Introducing the New Whisker Graphics Design Team

We sent out a Design Team Call and had a wonderful response! Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

We are thrilled to be adding these new designers to our team:

Bev Code: BeeCee Creativity
Nancy Nickel: The Nickel Nook

Please check out their blogs and join us in welcoming them to the team. Can’t wait to share their wonderful projects with you!

Love,
The Whisker Graphics Team

Divine Twine Wish Bracelets

August 30th, 2017 § 3 comments § permalink

 

Colleen from Scrappin Granny sharing with you a fun project you could make for yourself or make them with your children or grandchildren.

These are called Wish Bracelets and the saying goes  you make a wish while making them and then you wear them and when they wear out, one of the beads will fall off and your wish will come true.

These custom twine bracelets are so easy and fast to make, you will end up making a bunch of them!

Step 1:

You start with Divine Twine and in any color you want.  Then make sure you pick out your beads with a big enough hole the twine will go through the hole.

Next you measure out your twine, I cut my three pieces at 15 inches each.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

Put your three strands together and tie a knot at one end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

For the next step for me it was the easiest to tape down the end onto a firm surface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4:

Now it is time to start adding the beads.  Start with the twine at the far right and add your first bead. Once you have the bead on cross it over the same way and continue braiding.  This is your choice to do one bead right after the other or leave a little space in between the beads.  I did it both ways.  Make sure you ALWAYS add your bead on the right and cross it over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5:

This one was made with a space in between the beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6:

Once you have the number of beads on that you want you will be ready to finish braiding.  Braid about another 1.5 inches and then tie a knot at that end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7:

Now you just tie the two knotted ends together.  Test fit it around your hand and wrist to make sure it will fit.  If you are making them with children or grandchildren you may have to adjust to make them smaller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you will give these fun arts and crafts bracelets a try, and have more fun making them with your children or grandchildren. Don’t forget to check out all the beautiful colors of Divine Twine at Whisker Graphics store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks!

~Colleen

 

Mini Travel Themed Album

August 29th, 2017 § 2 comments § permalink

 

 

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman from Live. Laugh. Scrap.  here today using assorted Whisker Graphics products to create a mini travel themed album.<br />

Supplies:
Bags – Middy Bitty Bags
Divine Twine Collection – Navy Solid, Red Solid
Divine Twine Bamboo– Green and White
Divine Twine Metallics – Black Diamond
Divine Twine kNots – Blueberry
Divine Twine Diva – The Wheat Diva
Cardstock
Pattern paper
Zutter Bind it All
To create each page of the album, begin by adhering 2 bags together. This will give substance and support to the album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, use the Zutter Bind it All to punch holes in each bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the binding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tie assorted twine to the binding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorate each page with cardstock and pattern paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create tags to fit each opening by cutting cardstock and pattern paper to fit. Punch holes in each tag and add twine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tags add additional space in the mini album for photos and journaling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created a travel themed album, but think of the variety you can create – birthday, graduation, wedding and so much more.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Steph

Using Bitty Bags

August 23rd, 2017 § 3 comments § permalink

 

Recycling Bitty Bags

Hi everyone!!

It´s Noe here to share with you another fun projects using Whiskers Graphics producs!

Do you have some Bitty Bags? Then you have beautiful papers to use as backgrounds in your cards!!

TIP:  glue your Bitty Bag on a cardboard to get more consistency! It´s simple, just paste my remains of Bitty bags on a piece of white cardboard that I have then punched to create the pieces of my card!

 

 

~Noe

Find my @ El Scrap de Cris & Noe

See you September for my next post!

Wrapping with Whisker Graphics, Bags, Tags, & Twine

August 22nd, 2017 § 3 comments § permalink

DISCLAIMER: I am a hyper-prepared gift and gift-wrapping fool.

I am super organized about gifts and have Christmas and birthday and Mother’s Day and Easter (and every other occasion) gifts bought, made, or otherwise planned months and months – sometimes years – in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always like to do some crafty wrapping with my gifts too.  Don’t get me wrong – I do “regular” gift wrap too, but sometimes regular wrapping paper and store-bought bows get tired.  And too – sometimes there are those odd-shaped gifts that are hard to wrap.  Like lotion.

I found these Martha Stewart lotions online at Macy’s for super cheap and snatched them up for my husband’s aunts and my mother-in-law.  But they would be a little difficult to wrap with regular gift wrap.  Bags are perfect for odd-shaped things.  So I reached for these gorgeous gray Casablanca Middy Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics and coordinating large gray tags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ran my gift tags through my Big Shot with an impression plate just to get a raised pattern on them for some extra interest and texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then it was as simple as coordinating with a fun ephemera collection (I’ve used pieces from Fancy Pants Designs here) and layering it all up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also stamped a little on the bag in lieu of a to/from tag.  My finishing is done with Silver Metallic Divine Twine (also from Whisker Graphics).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you don’t have time for that, or you feel like you’re not crafty enough, just buy a pre-made tag and smack that on your Whisker Graphics bag.  Your gift will still stand out from the crowd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my Holiday gift wrapping tutorial using Whisker Graphics products!

xo

Michelle @ Michelle Crafting & Couponing

Bitty Bag Fall Wreath

August 16th, 2017 § 2 comments § permalink

 

Bitty Bag Fall Wreath

 

While everyone else is enjoying a hot summer, I’m patiently awaiting cooler days, warm drinks and cozy sweaters. The variety of sizes, colors and patterns of Bitty Bags inspired this homemade fall wreath project. It’s never too early to get seasonal projects started!

 

Supplies Used on this Bitty Bag Fall Wreath:

  • Metal wire wreath frame, 12 inches
  • Various colors and patterns of Itty Bitty and Middy Bitty Bags
  • Dark Brown ink pad
  • Mini sponge tipped dauber
  • Leave die cuts
  • One piece of white scrap paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Adhesive foam tape

Itty Bitty Bags used:

  • Gold Metallic Chevron, Polka Dots and Diagonal
  • Silver Metallic Polka Dots and Diagonal
  • Brown Kraft
  • Red Diagonal on Brown Kraft

Middy Bitty bags used:

  • Brown Kraft
  • Blue Polka Dots on Brown Kraft
  • Yellow and Pink Chevron
  • Red Horizontal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step by Step:

 

Cut 1.5 x 5 inch strips from Middy Bitty Bags. You’ll need 5-6 of each pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap cut strips around wreath and secure with Scotch tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die cut leaves from various sizes, patterns, and colors of Bitty Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use brown ink, scrap paper and dauber to darken edges of Kraft Brown leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use foam tape to adhere die cut leaves to the strip base on the wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display Bitty Bag fall wreath on front door to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my project!

~Kerry

 

Fall / Winter 2017 Design Team – call for applicants!

August 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Hi everyone,

We’re looking for new Members for the Whisker Graphics Design Team!      

Design Team members put their creative talents to work once per month to showcase Whisker Graphics products.

Project supplies are always free for Design Team members – plus they receive 25% off
of EVERY Whisker Graphics purchase they make. Each term lasts two seasons, so
we’re on the hunt for our Fall / Winter 2017 Design Team now.

Want to learn more? Email hello @ whiskergraphics.com for more information or to apply – just include a link to your blog so we can see your work.

Thanks as always for your interest in Whisker Graphics, friends!

Love,

The Whisker Graphics Team

Little Bitty ‘Sleeping’ Bag – Invitations

August 10th, 2017 § 2 comments § permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies for Slumber Party Invites:

  • Scissors
  • A Silhouette or other SVG cutter if you choose
  • Bitty bags in various colors and designs
  • Divine Twine in colors you choose
  • A variety of skin tone papers and hair color papers
  • Mono glue by Tombow
  • Tape or other adhesive

 

When my daughter wanted to plan a slumber party for her birthday I imagined invitations of paper dolls in little sleeping bags. This came to life with the bitty bags in diagonal stripe. They were the perfect size and colors to make mini sleeping bags.

I started by drawing out the faces and hair options for each girl. I scanned them into the computer and turned them into SVG files in Silhouette Studio. If however you don’t have a Silhouette or that seems too complicated I did hand trace and cut a few out and they turned out perfect.

When we were cutting out the pieces my daughter and I tried to match the features in out paper dolls to her friends so it would feel even more personalized. We used a variety of skin tones and hair colors and putting them together was one of the best parts and so easy to do with a child. To finish them up I drew little smiles and closed eyes on each of their faces with a felt tip pen.

Once the dolls had been assembled I finished up the writing on each invitation and attached a neck piece in coordinating skin tone ( about a 1/2″ strip) to the back of each invitation so I could attach the head. I also glued the little hands on the front of the bitty bags, they had to stay separate from the rest of the invitation to look more realistic. I used remnants of divine twine I had to create the perfect mini hair bows for their hair and glued them on using a dot of Mono glue by Tombow.

I really loved the way these Little Bitty ‘Sleeping’ Bag invitations came together and my daughter is so excited to hand them out to her friends.

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Your slumber party invites are ready to send!!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for dropping by!  ~Janae

Embossing Itty Bitty Bags

August 2nd, 2017 § 1 comment § permalink

 

Make Your Own Design Itty Bitty Bag

Hello, fellow crafters! I can believe 6 months have already come and gone! It’s been a pleasure and a great ride! Today I want to share with you a couple of techniques in this embossing tutorial. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Versamark, Itty Bitty Bag, Embossing Powder, Ink Pad, Stamp, Tool for Inking, and Coffee Filter (to pour your excess powder back in), and Heat Gun (not shown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Place your ink pad into the Versamark, pressing enough to insure getting enough of the “sticky ink” onto your stamp. Any design will work. (Yes, my Versamark is messy…I definitely use it!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Now start stamping your bag. You’ll need to re-ink your stamp several times, or however many times you want to repeat your pattern. You also can use various stamps on the bag, if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Sprinkle embossing powder, making sure you cover all the inked parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Now take your Heat Gun and heat up the embossing powder to melt it. Tip: Be sure to keep the heat gun moving so you won’t burn your paper and powder. I usually do a circular motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Grab your ink pad and ink tool (a dauber or a sponge will also work), and start spreading ink onto your bag. Your stamped image has now become a “recessed” image. Pretty cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: End result of bag….now let’s fill it with a tag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is filled with a tag. (No tutorial since I’ve already done a tag tutorial once. 😊 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Jeannie

 

Check out my other work @ Scrapbookingmamaw

 

 

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