Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Easy Gift Ideas Using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue

Hiyaz and Welcome on this Fabulous Wednesday!!  Today I have quite a few goodies to share with you, including a couple tutorials on creating quick and easy gifts for any occasion. 
With Valentines Day just around the corner, and another year full of bithdays headed our way,  it is never to early to arm yourself with handmade gift ideas!! 
And who doesn't love giving or recieving something handmade with love?!?

Also as promisd, a full reveal of just one of 6 of  my CHA projects...So onto the tutorials!!!

Business Card Case Tutorial

Blank business card holders and pill cases can be found at your local craft store, sometimes even Walgreens. Can also be found on etsy, shipped directly to your house!

Step 1: To create the business card holder you want a strong adhesive that will hold on the smooth metal surface.
I have found that Scor Tape works the best for this. To get started cover entire area you wish to decorate with strips of Scor Tape.
Step 2: Find and cut out desired image to the size needed. These images from Tropical Travelogue are almost the perfect size with minimal trimming!

Step 3: Once image has been cut to size, remove the backing from strips of Scor Tape and adhere.
Step 4: To keep your image protected, waterproof and long lasting paint a few light coats of Mod Podge overtop using a paint brush. Make sure to allow plenty of time for drying between layers

To Create the Bracelet or Pill Case
Bracelet Blanks can be found at Michaels or many other Craft Supply stores. Metal frames used also available at craft stores, or from etsy delivered right to your door!
Step 1: Find the desired Graphic 45 image you wish to use and cut to the size needed for metal frame.
Step 2: Adhere using Scor Tape as instructed for creating Business Card Case
(See Instructions Above)
Step 3: This time for protection you want a hard clear glaze that will keep your image sealed and safe forever inside the recessed area.
The perfect thing for this is Diamond Glaze. With a great tip for application, just directly apply over surface to create a glass like effect.
*Allow at least 12 hours to dry before touching or moving after application.
Once Glossy Accents has dried you will have a smooth glassy surface that looks truly professionally made!
Step 4: Last of all adhere your completed metal frame to bracelet blank using E6000 Industrial strength adhesive, and allow plenty of time to dry

* To create the decorated pill case, follow the steps 1-3 for creating the bracelet

Business Card Case Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Tropical Travelogue: Seaside Holiday
Sookwang: Scor Tape
Plaid: Mod Podge
Other: Paint Brush, Blank Business Card Case

Bracelet Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Steampunk Debutante: Steampunk Debutante
Sookwang: Scor Tape
JudiKins: Diamond Glaze
Other: Metal Frame, Metal Bracelet Blank
Pill Case Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers
Tropical Travelogue: Botanica
Sookwang: Scor Tape
JudiKins: Diamond Glaze
Other: Blank Metal Pill Case
Now onto my Little Darlings Sneak Peak!

This Brand New Baby Line from Graphic 45 is absolutely gorgeous!!!  Perfect for displaying pictures of that special little one in your life!  Classic Graphic 45 at is best, they have indeed done it again!!! 
And this is only one of three releases from them at CHA!!! 
I haven't even gotten to play with the New Kraft Reflections, oh the anticipation!

Also if you haven't gotten a chance to see the stunning booth G45 set up this year at CHA, make sure to watch this video for some amazing inspiration and just pure eye candy!! 
Might even see a few more sneaky peaky's of my projects in there too!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Lots to do this week, getting ready for a Big Art show this weekend. 
 Then time to work on a few new Top Secret Designs for Graphic 45's Design Team Call!!!  WooHOO!!
Have a Elerific Day!
Nicki Chicky


Danielle said...

awesome projects!

Nancy Wethington said...

Beautiful projects and so very clever!

graphic design degree said...

I love this idea, I'll be sure to try them out for sure. Thanks.