Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Halloween Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Halloween cards are so much fun to make. Maybe you’re not used to giving out cards for Halloween, but you will be after this easy tutorial!

This project is one of a series of 5-step greeting cards that I have posted about. I have two tutorials for greeting cards here and here, as well as a tutorial for a birthday card here.

Follow along as I show you how to make a simple Halloween card in 5 easy steps!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Materials:

  • blank greeting card with envelope (links to white cards but I used an orange one – you could always glue a piece of orange paper to the front to achieve the same look)
  • glue  (as usual, I used Elmer’s)
  • washi tape or scrapbook paper in a Halloween pattern/color scheme
  • stamp of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object
  • black inkpad
  • scrap of white paper (I used an envelope!)

The best thing about this project is that it will not cost you a lot of money. Blank cards are cheap when bought in a pack and so is scrapbook paper. The stamp and inkpad will probably be more expensive, but they can be reused many, many times.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Stamp the image of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object onto a piece of white paper 3 times.

2. Trim the paper with the stamped images so that there is a small border. It should look something like this:

3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the paper above OR do what I did and cover a piece of paper with washi tape. It didn’t quite line up right, but it didn’t matter.

4. Glue the paper with the stamped images onto the piece of scrapbook paper/washi tape-covered paper, like so:

5. Glue the piece you made in step 4 onto the front of the card, and you’re done! As an optional last step, you could write something like “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat,” but I felt like this was an obvious enough Halloween card as it is!

Final Thoughts:

I hope you liked this easy Halloween card! I want to make loads more of them and give them out to all my friends because it will only take me 10 minutes (or less) to recreate. Not bad!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media.

See you next Friday (I know this was a day late) for yet another Halloween post!

DIY

Holiday How-To: Make a Dangly Ghost!

It’s never too early to make Halloween decorations, right? I know you’ve all seen those posts on Facebook about people who break out the spooky stuff as soon as the summer ends.

Today I’ll be showing you how to make a super easy, dangly ghost! It takes less than five minutes!

I’m trying out a different post format today, bear with me. (I admit, I had to look up whether it was “bear with me” or “bare with me”!)

Materials:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But Angela,” you may be asking, “How much will this cost me?”

The answer, my friend, is: not much! The first three materials most people will have on hand or can ask a friend for. Alternatively, you can use a tiny piece of black paper instead.

The tassel may be harder to obtain, but you can always make one yourself. It doesn’t cost more than the price of some thread/yarn!

Instructions:

  1. Draw two circles (eyes) and an oval (the mouth) onto the white paper using your Sharpie/marker OR cut two circles and an oval out of a piece of black paper.  You should end up with something like this:

2. Glue them onto the tassel. You’re done, all in less than five minutes!

 

Final Thoughts:

These are so quick and simple, you could make a whole bunch of them and hang them around your house. Ghost army, muahaha!

As always, remember to connect and share on social media. The Halloween fun continues next week. See you then!

 

 

 

Update

Update: Postage Stamp Gift Tags!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Yesterday I posted a list of 12 easy postage stamp projects. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, there are some wonderful ideas there.

Today I decided to make my own version of #12 on the list, the gift tags from Pillar Box Blue. I sort of did my own thing, but I loved how they turned out! What a great way to “dress up” some plain, store-bought tags:

These are so quick and easy to make, and you could use so many different embellishments. I just used washi tape, but if I had some coordinating stickers and things, I probably would have used those too!

I’m especially fond of the Batman tag, and I have specific plans for that one. 🙂 I do wish I had switched the two strips of washi tape, but it still looks nice.

For the sweet corn tag, I opted for a smaller tag because the stamp itself was a lot smaller, and the rectangle tag would have been too big. If you can’t tell, the stamp has some red on it, which is why I went with the red polka-dot washi tape.

Hopefully this further inspires you to try out some stamp projects for yourself!

Connect and share on social media if you enjoyed. See you on Monday!

Roundup

12 Easy Postage Stamp Projects!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

My latest obsession is postage stamps. I actually wish I got more mail so I could save ALL the stamps! Be right back, I’m going to beg people to send me more mail. 😛

My current collection is pretty sad (you can see some – I mean, most – of it in the above graphic), but I hope to grow it more in the future so I can make some of these awesome projects! Most are very simple and won’t cost a fortune to make. Just how I like it.

Kick back and go postal (hmm, I’ll work on that…) with me! Also, if you’re interested in seeing my take on #12, check out the update to this post.

Note: I like to use blogger’s names when I can find them, but I am not personally affiliated with any of them.

1. Decoupage Box – Craftideas.info

This box is so cute, and so easy to make! You’ll have to click through to the tutorial, but make sure you read the materials listed at the link above, first. 🙂 You can also decoupage stamps onto other things such as bowls and coasters. There are a few more ideas on this list too!

2. Stamp Pendant – Crafting My Way

I honestly thought this might be a bit of a difficult and expensive project, but Jennifer makes it look so simple! You could make magnets using this same technique, too.

3. Postage Stamp Brooches/Jewelry – Miss Vicky Viola

This is another jewelry project, but it’s done very differently than the stamp pendant, so check this out and see if it’s more your style. I think it’s even easier, actually!

4. Wall Art – cabin + cub

There isn’t a tutorial given here but Valerie does mention mounting the stamps onto white archival paper in another post. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, and it looks oh so cool organized by color! I’ve also seen a similar idea where the stamps overlap, leaving no white space between them. You can also arrange them into a monogram or other shape. The possibilities are endless!

5. Postage Stamp Wreath – Sweet Paul

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years of poking around for craft ideas, it’s that people are suckers for wreaths. This one is super easy and not very expensive at all!

6. Decoupage Vases – Art Education Daily

What I love about this project is that it is also a great way to upcycle a glass bottle that might otherwise get recycled. I think it would make a great display piece.

7. Map Art – Papery & Cakery

Niki used solely “love stamps” (stamps relating to love) for her US map art, but you could use a variety or pick a different theme! I love how this looks – it is so colorful and unique!

8. Postage Stamp Buttons – Izzwizz Creations

I would never have thought to cover a button with paper, let alone a stamp, but it looks so neat! You’ll have to scroll a little to find where Maddy describes using a postage stamp to cover a button, but the first part is also important so that you know what to use and how to poke the holes after you’ve glued the paper to the button!

These would be great as embellishments for a card or scrapbook.

9. Postage Stamp Notebook – My Poppet

Here’s a great way to upgrade a plain notebook! How cute would this be as a travel journal?

10. Postage Stamp Tabletop – Gardening Nirvana

I saw this idea floating around a couple of places, but it was hard to track down a tutorial. Once I found this one, though, I knew I couldn’t have asked for a better one! Very personable and fun to read. It makes me want to go out and make one right now!

11. Magazine Files – notes on paper

Now even your storage can have stamps on it! No real tutorial to speak of here, but as Julie puts it, “you glue stamps on to a box.” If you don’t want to buy magazine files, you can make your own out of old cereal boxes!

12. Gift Tags – Pillar Box Blue

Create personalized gift tags with the help of stamp or two and some embellishments! It’s that easy.

You can check out my version of these tags in this post update.

Final Thoughts:

There are so many more postage stamp ideas I wanted to include but couldn’t find tutorials for. If you’re curious, you can do your own search to find more ideas, so long as you don’t mind possibly not having instructions to follow.

Connect and share on social media, and come back Monday for another pretty little post!

 

 

 

DIY

Make a Cute Bib Necklace in Minutes

Hello, my pretty little readers!

I’ve wanted a bib necklace for a long time, but I’ve never found one I liked both the look and the price of, so I decided to make my own! This is my first attempt at one, and I love how it turned out:

Read on to find out how I did it!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

30 minutes (could be split up if you don’t have a lot of time all at once)

Materials:

  • small piece of fabric
  • small piece of thin cardboard/cardstock
  • glue (Elmer’s is fine) or Mod Podge
  • small hole punch (Here’s the one I use)
  • jewelry pliers
  • 4 jump rings (I don’t recommend using weird oval ones like I did)
  • necklace clasp
  • unfinished jewelry chain (you can do a search on Amazon for those exact words)

Cost:

I made this for less than five dollars!

  • used a piece of an old pillowcase for the fabric!
  • cardstock was from some other craft supplies that I bought
  • already had Elmer’s glue and Mod Podge on hand
  • bought the hole punch from a Tuesday Morning a while back and was glad to have another chance to use it!
  • bought jewelry pliers a while back as well
  • had some jump rings leftover from a previous jewelry-making project
  • necklace clasp was also leftover from another project
  • unfinished jewelry chain – I got mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon for $2.40 – cheap, but perfect for what I wanted

 Basically, the chain was all I needed to buy for this project, and if you use materials that are available to you, yours shouldn’t cost too much either!

Instructions:

1. Cut the fabric into whatever shape you want. If you want symmetry, you can fold the fabric in half, pin it, and cut it out that way. I don’t have a picture for this step, whoops.

2. Glue the fabric onto the thin piece of cardboard/cardstock. My “cardstock” was from some packaging and had some pictures on the back, so I painted over that using some white paint, even though it probably won’t show.

Here’s the fabric glued to the cardboard. I originally was going to make two, in case one didn’t turn out, but the first turned out so well I didn’t bother with the second!

3. Once dry, cut the fabric shapes out of the cardboard.

4. Punch holes into the corners, and attach the jump rings using pliers.

5. Figure out how long you want each side of the necklace to be. Cut the chain into two pieces, and attach one to each jump ring.

6. Attach jump rings to the ends of each chain, then attach your clasp. One half of the clasp goes on one chain the other half goes on the other. You’re done!

Final Thoughts:

I haven’t worn this yet, but I’m dying to! I’ll have to post a picture when I finally do.

What do you think? Leave a comment, or connect and share on social media.

The picture frame seen in the last two pictures is a hint toward next Monday’s post!

DIY

How to Make Rock Stamps!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

What is a rock stamp, you might ask? A rock stamp is a little invention of mine that came about because I wanted more stamps. Problem is, stamps can be expensive. Rock stamps are cheap!

They are super quick and easy to make, too, so what are you waiting for?

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

5 minutes

Materials:

  • glue gun
  • foam stickers/shapes (I like to use three of the same shape but you could probably get away with two or even just one)
  • flat rock – a rock that has a flat side to it (pro-tip: don’t use a painted one like I did in this post :P)

Cost:

I’m going to assume you either have a glue gun already (it’s pretty much a necessity if you’re a serious crafter) or can borrow one from someone.

  • foam stickers can be bought at the Dollar Store for $1.00
  • flat rocks CAN be found outside, for free!

Grand total = one dollar! You could easily spend way more than that on a single rubber stamp.

Instructions:

1. Peel the paper off the bottom of the stickers and stack them on top of each other. If you are using foam shapes, then glue them together instead. I wouldn’t use hot glue, though, or it will make them bumpy.

Side view:

2. Glue the stack of stickers to the flat side of the rock using hot glue. That’s it!

Here’s another rock stamp I made many years ago, which was the inspiration for this post:

Want to see these stamps in action?

Final Thoughts:

I clean these thoroughly between each use with some water and a paper towel. Dunk the stamp into some water, then use the paper towel to blot and dry, until the ink is pretty much gone. You can also always peel off one of the stickers and replace it with another one if you don’t want to be bothered!

Need some wrapping paper ASAP? Use one of your new stamps on some plain paper/brown kraft paper!

Be sure to connect and share on social media, and come back Thursday for another pretty little post!

Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Greeting Card in 5 Easy Steps! Pt. 2

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Today I’m going to show you how to make yet another greeting card in only 5 steps. (The first in this series can be found here.)

The finished product will look something like this:

I love how bright and colorful it is, and it was so easy to make. Read on to learn how I did it!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

5-10 minutes

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (I always just use Elmer’s and it works fine!)
  • Flat paper bow (there are several tutorials online such as this one from Craftsy)
  • Enamel stickers or rhinestone stickers in a coordinating color
  • Washi tape in coordinating colors OR scrapbook paper
  • A blank card (I have some from Michael’s that I use but you can buy simple white cards and envelopes online here)
Washi tape, paper bow, and enamel stickers

Cost:

  • One of the sheets of enamel stickers that I found on Amazon worked out to 11 cents per sticker.
  • The blank cards linked above work out to around 38 cents a piece.
  • Scrapbook paper is around 25 cents per sheet x 3 (for the bow and stripes)

Grand total = $1.24 per card! Not too shabby, really.

This will be more expensive if you use washi tape instead of scrapbook paper.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Add a piece of the wider washi tape along the card, somewhere near the bottom. Alternatively, you can cut a strip of paper and glue it down.

2. Add a piece of the thinner washi tape on top of that, or cut a thinner strip of paper in a different color to glue on top. I ended up moving the orange piece up a little, as you can probably see.

3. Glue down the paper bow. Make sure to center it on the washi tape or paper. It should look something like this:

4. Space out the enamel stickers along the thinner (in this case, blue) washi tape or paper.

5. This step is really optional. I didn’t like how the pattern in the middle of the bow was perpendicular to the pattern on the rest of the bow, so I added a small bit of paper to cover that up, and got the final product!

Final Thoughts:

That wasn’t too hard, was it? 🙂 I can’t wait to post more 5-step design ideas!

If you missed my other two posts, I showed you how to make a different 5 step greeting card here and how to make a 5 step birthday card here.

As always, remember to connect and share on social media, and I’ll see you again Monday!