Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)

 

Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

Christmas Ornament Using AquaTint Inks

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The Christmas is almost upon us and there is nothing more special than receiving a present that shows attitude and personal touch.
That’s why I offer you to make a traditional Christmas tree ornament by using your Specrum Noir AquaTint Inks. The theme is snowy winter night because of how much I like the color combination blue, white and gold.
It takes less than half an hour and will be fun.

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Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make you Christmas ornament:

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Step 1
I decided to recreate a snowy Christmas night into my ornament and I have chosen dark blues Spectrum Noir AquaTints Inks and a stamp with trees used as a foreground on my winter sky.  You have to create the background with your Spectrum Noir AquaTints Inks – I  did choose wet on wet watercolor technique.

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Step 2
After making the background you need to outline the template that was into the ball.  If there’s no template, outline the half of the ornament but in this case cut inside the shape to be sure the contour will fit into the plastic ornament.

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Step 3
Once you outline the shape continue and stamp the background. Make some snowy winter sky and trees. I wanted my winter night to be more realistic, so I stuck the warm yellow cardstock on the back of the wooden house. This way it looks like there’s light through the windows.

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Step 4: Decorate the second background with AquaTints Inks and stamp. Use it for the back side of your ornament because it has to be perfect on both sides. You can use some sentiment like me or even put a picture of your sweetheart or a baby etc.

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Step 5: In the end assemble the Christmas ornament. You could insert some artificial snow or ice.

Add some embellishments – for example I put paper poinsettia and a few tiny cones.

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02,07, 08 – Landscape & Primary sets

I hope you enjoy this and give it a try !
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Tutorial credit: Mila Popova

Decoupage on Textile

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I decided to use my favorite  Spectrum Noir Markers for making something out of the ordinary.

I’m going to show you a really cute and easy to made personalized gift. A few weeks ago, I made a common white bodysuit for my baby girl looks so special transferring an image on it.

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Here’s the list of what you’ll need:

  • a white or light color cloth / I use white short sleeve bodysuit – it’s  depends on the size of your stamp and colors you choose
  • a rubber / clear stamp by choice  (I choose this one because it’s a fairy tale one )
  • your favorite Spectrum Noir markers
  • ink pad– I use StazOn
  • a sheet A4 printable paper or white cardstock
  • white tissue paper
  • decoupage vanish & glue or textile glue
  • brush for the glue
  • some decorations as desired

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Step 1. Stamp the chosen image onto the smooth side of  the white tissue paper. I use StazOn ink.

It sounds strange to use solvent ink with alcohol markers but that way you will have really detailed and clear lines of the stamp. Otherwise if you choose water-based ink like Memento the lines will look shaggy and thick. I did this before and I like the final result.

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Step 2. Put a sheet white cardstock under your tissue paper because it’s so thin . Color the image with your Spectrum Noir markers on its back side.

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Like you see the cardstock absorbs the ink of the markers.

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Step 3. Cut off  the shape closely around the image you like to transfer and choose its right place on the cloth.

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Step 4. Put the decoupage varnish & glue on the back of the stamped image. Apply the image on the cloth and spread gently a little glue also over with the brush.

Press the fabric on the reverse to attach picture. Let it dry and you could iron on the back side of the cloth.

After ironing it can becomes washable but it depends on the instruction of your glue.

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Here is the completed card and Spectrum Noir markers color list:

Skin: TN3, TN5, FS4, FS6, FS9, BG2, BG6, CR3, CR5
Hair: EB1, EB2, EB7, BG2, BG6, True Black, DG4, CG3, CG4, GB3, GB7, GB9,CT3, Blender
Dress: BT2, BT3, BT4, BT6, BT9, TB9, BG2, BG6, GB3, GB7, GB9,CT3, Blender, True Black

At the end you could add something cute ribbons or gems.

I hope you enjoy this and give it a try!

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Tutorial credit: Mila Popova

Gift Card Wallet with Spectrum Aqua

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Gift card wallets are a great way to use your Spectrum Noir products to make personalized gift card or store card wallets for the hard-to-buy for friends and family!

This tutorial will focus on completing the gift card wallet started in this video below, and seen in this blog post. Please do refer to it for more information and tips on creating this project!

Directions:

To make the gift card wallet for your A6 Spectrum Aqua scenes here is the guide:

1. Base: black card measuring 6 ¼” x 9 5/8”.

2. Score (long side to top) at 4 5/8” and 5”, fold, and burnish.

3. Cut three black cardstock mats measuring 6” x 4 3/8”.

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4. Adhere your front cover A6 Spectrum Aqua landscape scene (see previous video link above) to one black mat and one x A6 blank white piece of card (her, I’ve used Sheena Stamping Card) to the second using a wet glue (here, I’ve used Collall All Purpose Glue).

Note: Do not glue the second watercolor sheet yet to a mat.

Adhere to front and inside left of wallet

5. Take the third black mat and adhere to the right hand side of inside wallet.

6. Cut the final landscape A6 watercolor card and trim 1 7/8” up from bottom.

7. Adhere the large piece to the right hand inside mat.

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8. Cut a scrap piece of black card 4 3/8” x 2” and adhere the final small section of watercolor card.

9. Optional step: use a circle punch to make a notch in the centre or corner punch if desired.

10. Turn over and add red liner tape to bottom edge and both sides, remove tape backing and adhere (with un-taped edge to top) to inside right mat (your watercolor insert is now whole again).

11. Create a mat if desired to go in pocket to hold a photo or note along with the gift/store card.

12. Using a thin 2” strip of black card (with a matching small strip of watercolor card on top if desired) and crease at approx. 1” and 1 ¼”.

13. Using red liner tape, secure the one end to the centre back of wallet and cover with a 1” circle of black card (or square if desired).

14. On front add red liner tape to very top and bottom of a 1” circle of black card and adhere so tape is horizontal on the middle right hand side of front.

The thin black piece of card will now fold in and tuck under the front circle forming the closure.

15. Die cut chosen die (here, I’ve used Die’sire Christmas Classiques die), and add die cuts where desired to front (also covering the black circle closure) and both inside panels.

16. Alternative closure: an alternate closure can be created by adding ribbon under the front matted design and on the back cover so the wallet can be drawn together by a ribbon bow.

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Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Complete Materials:
Spectrum Aqua Primary set: Aquamarine and Navy
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black Card
Sheena’s Stamping card
Big Score and scoring tool
Crafter’s Companion Red Liner Tape
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Die’sire Christmas Classique die set (as desired)
Collal All Purpose and Tacky Glue
Paper trimmer
Flat end watercolor paint brush
Scissors
Circle punch
Hill mask (acetate or doeflex)

Underwater with Spectrum Noir AquaTint Paints

Aqua Tint examples

The Spectrum Noir AquaTint collection of paints are available in sets of six colors, with each set having complimentary color tones. Colors are intense and rich which brings an extremely vibrant tone to watercolor painting.

This video tutorial using AquaTint paints focuses on a ‘wash technique’ to create an underwater scene. It then takes the scene further, showing how to create depth and the sea bed using flicking and detailed wash techniques.

Spend thirty minutes with Sandie and try the technique using different color blends, or use the same technique to create a landscape background!

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  • When matting and layering your final scene it’s time to mount on a card.
  • Cut Sheena Stamping Card in half along the short side, then fold card in half to form a tent fold A6 card base.
  • Cut Crafter’s Companion Matt Black card to 14cm x 10.3cm.
  • Use Collal All Purpose glue to adhere the black card to the base. Leave an equal gap all around.

  • The border top and bottom is larger than the side borders, this is an easy effect to focus the eye into the topper.
  • Trim the underwater scene to 13.5cms x 9.8cms and adhere on top of black card leaving an equal border all around.

Tip: before trimming the scene, look around it to see what edge should be discarded when cut, it’s a final edit to the scene.

  • Create an insert by using a wash of Teal 06 and Yellow 30 Aqua Tints from the Bright and Beautiful set. Mat and layer in the same way and to the same measurements are the topper above.

Details:

‘Under the Sea Mermaid’
Aqua Tints, Bright and Beautiful set:Yellow 30, Green 21, Teal 06, Purple 56
Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin; TN1, 2, FS1, 2, 4, 8, 9
Hair: GB1, 4, 6, 10
Top & Tail; IB1, 2, 3, HB1, 2, 3
Sea Horse LV1, LG1, PP1, LG3
Image is from Make It Crafty

‘Large Fish Scene’
Aqua Tints, Bright and Beautiful set: Yellow 30, Green 21, Teal 06, Purple 56
Spectrum Noir markers:
GB4, 6, 10, LY2, 3
Image from Designs By Ryn

‘Fishy Christmas’
Aqua Tints, Bright and Beautiful set: Yellow 30, Green 21, Teal 06, Purple 56
Spectrum Noir markers:
GB4, 6, 10, LY2, 3
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Materials:
Spectrum Aqua Tints Bright and Beautiful set (*only available in the UK/Europe)
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black card
Crafter’s Companion Watercolor card
Sheena’s Stamping Card (available in the UK/Europe only)
Collal All Purpose glue
Large Flat end brush, fine detail brush and round end paint brush
Fine Fan brush
Water pot and water
Paper Trimmer

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Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She has over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demoing, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Video: Easy Christmas Landscapes with Spectrum Aqua

Christmas Landscapes made easy

In this tutorial the Spectrum Aqua markers are used to make light weight of those ‘must do’ Christmas makes.

The image created is the front page to a Christmas Gift Card Wallet to hold all those store gift cards for the hard to buy for members of the family. Watch the video below to see how it’s made:

There will be a follow up tutorial at a later date to show the dimensions of and how to make the Gift Card Wallet itself using your Spectrum Aqua artwork.

Materials used:
Spectrum Noir, Spectrum Aqua markers in Navy & Aquamarine (from the Primary set)
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Crafter’s Companion Stick Away
Pebeo Drawing gum and old paintbrush or toothbrush (old, not to be used as a toothbrush again!)
Wide flat end paint brush
Hill mask made from acetate, doeflex or acetate packaging (just cut a wavy line across acetate or an alternative to give you a mask for the snowy hills)
Paper towels (so you can keep the paintbrush clean and take any excess color removed with the brush)

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Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demoing, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Mixed Media Canvas

Ready for some messy crafting? I am really excited to show you my mixed media creation in this tutorial.  It features airbrushing, stenciling, stamping, coloring, embossing folder stamping, and water coloring.

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This fun canvas is sure to brighten up your day or perfect for gift giving.

We will start with some basic mixed media techniques, including acrylic painting over layers of script from an encyclopedia. I will hop into stamping using Spectrum Aqua markers as our stamping ink.

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I will also explore eBrushing embellishments so that they are custom matched to the image, which in this tutorial is the Sheena Douglass’ Poppies (also available in the UK).  It is heat embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with Spectrum Aqua markers.

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Scroll down to the YouTube video and follow along.  You can use any combination of stamps, inks, paints, and embellishments.  All products used with be listed in the description of the video.

This way you can gather everything you need to create a canvas right along with me.  If you have questions, please post them in the comments and I will answer them quickly.

Give us a thumbs up if you like this tutorial!  I am traditionally a card maker, so it is fun to think “outside the card” and get messy with a canvas every now and then!

Video and project credit:  Jenn Cochran

Santa Christmas Ornament

This fun ornament was made by coloring Spectrum Noir markers on clear acetate.

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The idea for making this project came from a tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.com. You can check that out HERE  to get an idea of the process. I’m sharing a slightly different version.

The supplies I used:

  • Spectrum Noir markers FS3, CR8, DR7, CG2, DG3, DG4, BG5, BG7, TN2, TN5, TN7, Blender
  • Heat resistant clear acetate
  • Crafter’s Companion Mulberry Wood Dreaming of Santa stamp set
  • Black StazOn Ink
  • White Pigment Ink Refill
  • Dove Blender Pen (It will only be used with white pigment ink from now on.)
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Clear Plastic Ornament Ball
  • Circle Die (one that’s smaller than the size of the ornament)
  • Small hole punch
  • Silver Elastic Cording
  • Fake Snow

 

Instructions

1. Die-cut circle from acetate. Punch small hole near the top edge.

2. Stamp image with StazOn ink. Let dry! TIP: If it smears or smudges – simply wipe off the ink with a cotton ball or old soft rag and a little Isopropyl Alcohol (Surgical Spirits) alcohol – then try again.

I decided to do this next step BEFORE coloring the image. It made it easier to see when coloring. (The original tutorial shows coloring first.)

3. Squeeze a little white pigment ink onto a craft mat/clear block/etc. Dip the Dove Blender Pen into the white pigment ink and color the entire image.

Make sure not to go outside the black stamped line of the image.  Also, try not to color back and forth over the stamped lines – because it could start to smear the black ink.

TIP: You may want to label the Dove Blender pen “white pigment ink only”. That way you won’t accidentally use it on something else.

4. Sprinkle on white embossing powder. Tap off excess and brush away any stray bits.

5. Using a heat embossing tool, melt the embossing powder. Be careful not to over heat. Let cool!

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6. Flip over the acetate piece and color the image with Spectrum Noir Markers. Keep it simple when coloring. Use the Spectrum Noir Blender pen to clean up any “outside the lines” coloring.

Face – FS3
Reds – CR8, DR7
Tree – CG2, DG3, DG4
Gloves – BG5, BG7
Chimney – TN3, TN5, TN7
Shadow under chimney and toy bag – TN3, TN5

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7. Remove the metal cap from the ornament. Set aside. Add some fake snow into the ornament.

8. Thread a piece of elastic cording through the hole in the acetate piece. Tie the ends together. Note: Make sure the cording is long enough to hang out the top of the ornament a few inches. You can trim later if needed.

9. Carefully roll the acetate circle into a tube – having the embossed side on the outside. It will look like a small straw. You need to roll it small enough to slide into the ornament. The trick here is to avoid cracking the embossing. Once inserted into ball, it will unroll and be flat again.

10. Thread the elastic cording up through the hole in the ornament cap and push the cap back on. Tie the cording around the metal hanger. Embellish with tag and ribbons.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of coloring and/or embossing. One of the main things to remember is you don’t color the stamped image on the side that you stamp on. StazOn ink will always smear when coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers.

You can see a second tutorial on how to make the gift box I’ve packaged this in over on the Crafter’s Companion US blog.

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These make great gifts for someone special. Have fun creating!

Christmas Candle Tutorial

I’m going to show you how to stamp on a candle so you can make a very special Christmas gift this year.

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Here’s the list of what you’ll need:

  • a white pillar candle – it’s height depends on the size of your stamp
  • a rubber or clear stamp by choice  (I chose this one because it’s really cute)
  • your favorite Spectrum Noir markers
  • ink – I use StazOn
  • a sheet A4 printable paper ( here I used 80g)
  • white tissue paper
  • non-stick baking paper /wax paper
  • embossing heating tool / heat gun
  • some decorations or/and embellishments, ribbon, glitter as desired

 

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Step 1. Stamp the chosen image onto the smooth side of  the white tissue paper. I use StazOn ink.

It sounds strange to use solvent ink with alcohol markers but that way you will have really detailed and clear lines of the stamp. Otherwise if you choose water-based ink like Memento the lines will look shaggy and thick.

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Step 2. Put a sheet A4 printable paper under your tissue paper because it is so thin that you will need something underneath to absorb the ink of the markers.

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Color the image with your Spectrum Noir markers on its back side.

The colors will look lighten on the tissue paper then on the cardstock.

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Step 3. Cut off  the shape closely around the image.

Step 4. Place the tissue paper onto a candle where you want the image to be and place a big slice baking paper/wax paper over it.

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The paper will distribute the heat and you will hold the candle with it. Make sure there are no wrinkles on the image.

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Step5. Warm up the heating tool and go over the image. You will see the image get darker when it is melting into the candle.

Continue to heat until you can’t see the tissue paper anymore. This is the right sign you are done.

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At the end you can decorate the candle as desired.

The colors used on this stamp are:

Skin: CR1,CR3, FS2, FS4, FS6, FS9, BG2

Hair: TN3, TN5, EB4

Cloths: DR7, CR8, CR11,GB2, CT3, CT4,  BG1, BG2, BG4, BT5, BT6, BT9, Blender

Basket & Cookies: EB3, EB5, TN3, CR5, CR7, OR3, BG1, BG2, BG4, Blender

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try on your own!  Have a Very Merry Christmas !

Mila

 

Flower seeds gift

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In this tutorial I’m going to show you an interesting idea for a small gift.  You can use it for flower seeds or other tiny objects (candy etc.) that can fit in a little plastic bag.

The materials needed tom complete this project are:
a zip lock bag for the seeds
colored cardstock
patterned paper
ribbon
paper flowers or other embellishments
a colored image

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We start with measuring the zip lock bag.

Mine is 12/8 cm and for the total size of the face of the package we should add 1 cm in every direction.

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This it the overall scheme for our design. You may have and use different bags so I’m just showing you a variant in which you can change the dimensions as you like.

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Afterwards we measure and cut the paper and then score and fold in the indicated directions in order to make a tent-like shape.

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 It’s time to punch out a decorative border on the outside rims.

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And then we make two matching holes on each side where we will tie the present with a ribbon later.

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Next step is to make the front panel  (you can make a back one as well but it’s optional) from different patterned papers.

When the face panel is ready and glued on it’s time to think about the embellishments.

The center of my project is the beautiful image “Pansies” that can be found on the Spectrum Noir Coloring Guide DVD and I colored it with these markers:

Pansies: LY1, LY2, HB1, HB2, PL2,  OR1, CT3, LV2
Leafs: CG1, CG2, CG4
Background: BT1, BT3

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Then I added an ornate frame, doily, lace and some paper flowers but you can add whatever you like or fits your style.

When all the rest is in place we use some double sided tape to attach the zip bag on the inner back side of the present.

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 The only thing left is to tie a ribbon in a beautiful bow and we have an original way to give a gift to a special friend.

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