Tissue Paper Cards

I’ve been so busy going to school for the last two years that my crafting adventures have been put on hold. Well, I just finished my internship this week and that means I’m completely done! I’m not ready to jump back into crafting just yet, but I made some cute cards this morning and thought I’d share them with you.

Every time I go to Cost Plus World Market I find the cutest gift wrap. I don’t really need it so I tend to only buy some at Christmas time, even though I’d love to use some as wallpaper someday! Yesterday I just couldn’t resist and bought a pack of tissue paper sheets with a retro travel theme. They had paper, bags, tags, tissue, felt totes, and note cards all in this adorable theme. The note cards were cute but they were all the same image and I just felt like the wrapping paper and tissue had so much fun stuff going on that they would make great cards.

The finished cards!
The finished cards!

It was really easy to make these cards, I bought the tissue paper and everything else I needed was already on hand. I used a cutting mat, x-acto knife, glue stick, blank note cards, glue pen, a metal ruler and a brayer.

Supplies you will need.
Supplies you will need.

First, cut out a piece of the tissue paper so that it has the design you want and is a little bigger than the front of the card. I used a glue stick to apply glue all over the front of the card, then carefully stick down the sheet of tissue paper, let the edges hang over. I smoothed it out with my hand first, then covered the card with the mat or a piece of paper and rolled over it with the brayer. It’s an extra step but it really helps get the tissue nice and flat.

Smooth out the paper with your brayer.
Smooth out the paper with your brayer.

The next step is trimming off the excess edges. Using your metal ruler, line it up with the edge just on top of the edge of the card and slice away the overlapping tissue. Repeat on all four sides! Once you have that done you can use the glue pen to touch up any loose corners that didn’t stick the first time.

Trim the edges to perfectly fit the card.
Trim the edges to perfectly fit the card.

This is a pretty easy craft that I could spend all day doing, there is enough tissue paper to make dozens of super cute cards! You can leave them blank and then rubber stamp the insides for whatever occasion comes up! I think I’ll be doing this again in a few months when it’s time to send out Holiday cards!

I can't get enough of these fun little scenes!
I can’t get enough of these fun little scenes!

 

Advertisements

Easy Gift Tags

It’s time to wrap the presents! Don’t spend money on gift tags, make your own using wrapping paper and a few craft supplies!

Make tags to match any wrapping paper
Make tags to match any wrapping paper

You will need some wrapping paper, plain colored paper, scissors, a hole punch, and a glue stick. If you have access to craft punches, these tags will be even quicker to make.

Supplies
Supplies
Step One, glue down your paper
Step One, glue down your paper

The first thing you will do is cut out a square of your wrapping paper and use the glue stick to glue it onto the colored paper. This creates the front and back of your tag. Wrapping paper by itself it thin and tends to tear or curl up.  Now you can either use a craft punch, or cut out a shape with scissors.

Step Two - cut out the tags
Step Two – cut out the tags

I’ve used a large circle punch, a smaller circle punch, and a corner punch. Some tags I cut by hand, simply follow the design on your wrapping paper. When you have them all cut out, use a standard size hold punch to make a hole at the top of each tag. I used a black pen to write To: and From: on the back of each tag.

Step Three - Wrap your gifts
Step Three – Wrap your gifts

I like to make a bunch of these all at once and keep them with my wrapping supplies. I generally wrap my presents whenever they come in the mail, or when I get home from the store. Having a matching tag makes your present look great! To use, simply thread your ribbon through the tag before you tie it around your package.

Custom and cute gift tags
Custom and cute gift tags

Don’t forget to use plenty of curling ribbon, it’s cheaper than buying bows and so much fun to curl! Happy Holidays!