Welcome back to the May Arts blog! Summer is going quickly and that means it will be the holiday season before we know it. It’s not too early to start thinking about thrifty gift and card ideas.
I want to show you how you can turn these humble supplies:
Into this gift that you’ll be proud to give to anyone on your gift list:
This would make a great gift for a man or woman who loves to travel, a recent graduate, or a special teacher.
I like to keep a supply of shipping tags and small composition notebooks and Pentel pens in my stash for thrifty gifting. I want to show you how May Arts Ribbon transformed this set from good to great.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- 4” x 6” composition notebook; large shipping tag; Pentel Pen
- Stamps: Tim Holtz “The Journey”
- Ink: SU black, Chocolate Chip, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise
- Other: Black and Clear embossing powders, heat gun, metal key, wrap closure, strong double sided tape/adhesive, foam squares, 2 regular tea bags, hot water, Crystal Effects or strong glue, SU black, Chocolate Chip ink, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise,
1. Heat a cup of water to boiling. Steep tea bags about 5 minutes. Place shipping tags in tea just until they retain some color. Place on paper towels to dry. After drying, weigh them down with a heavy book to flatten. We’ll get back to these after they dry.
2. In the meantime, follow the basic instructions found here in my Altered Notebook/Pen tutorial for covering the composition notebook. Embellish with stamps. Here’s how the notebook looked before I added the May Arts Woven Velvet Ribbon.
Nice but not too exciting.
3. Cut two lengths of May Arts Woven Velvet Ribbon 6.25” long. Apply double sided tape to ribbon. Carefully align the ribbon along the paper seam on the front and back of the notebook. Trim evenly with the notebook. I did some black embossing around the edges of the book as well. The embossing gave it a nice finished look and added to the vintage look as well.
4. Notice that the wrap closure looks a bit wimpy, too. Gently pull it out. Cut 9” of May Arts Black Satin Cord.
Place a dot of Crystal Effects or strong glue on the foam dot. Use a straight pin to attach one end of the cord to the closure foam dot on the back side of the notebook. Set aside until dry. When the glue is dry, tie a small knot in the free end of the cord and wrap around the notebook.
Wimpy to elegant!
5. Since this gift may go to a male, I didn’t want to bead the pen. I just cut a scrap piece of paper approximately 3.35” x ½”. Unscrew the top of the pen, remove the ink. Beginning on a long end, tightly roll the paper into a cylinder. Insert into the barrel of the pen. Replace the ink and cap. A matching decorator pen in seconds!
6. It’s time for the tag. To achieve this aged look, stamp some of the clock images from “The Journey” stamp set in Versamark ink. Sprinkle with Clear embossing powder, heat until dry. Using your finger, do some “finger inking of the embossed images. Have a baby wipe close by for cleaning your finger! Just dab your index finger in the brown ink first, tap off on a piece of scrap paper then tap onto your images. Repeat with the Summer Sunrise ink. Sponge the edges of the tag lightly with black ink. Add May Arts Woven Velvet Ribbon.
Here’s another way to “Tag It” with May Arts Ribbon. Use your ribbon & tags as a focal point on a card.
Paper: Stampin Up, The Girls Paperie; Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps; Other: Martha Stewart Punch, foam dots
Gifts and cards that look like they came from a boutique and only you (and May Arts Ribbon!) know you’re “Thrifty Gifting”.
Blog post by: Charlene Driggs