Monday, February 15, 2016

Coffee Mug Tutorial

This is a tutorial for Winter Camp 2016.

It is a wonderful mini gift that you can use for a get well gift, Valentine's Day gift, for gift cards, Mother's Day gift ( fill it with paper flowers as a bouquet base ), holds a candle votive, Halloween, etc.

I got this idea from Linda Parker. She has a wonderful YouTube channel where she has posted many many tutorials. She gets all of the credit for this tutorial.

Here is the link to her tutorial using an envelope punch to make a teacup.

Note: I had to refer to the tutorial several times while I made the coffee mug. Please refer to the video.


Supplies needed:


  • Cardstock ( if you use patterned paper, make sure it is a heavy weight )
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler ( or Scor-Pal board )
  • Burnisher Tool ( and/or Scor-Pal to score the cardstock ) 
  • Pencil
  • Circle Punchers ( 1 1/4 inches, 1 1/2 inches, and 2 inches ) *
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Adhesive ( tape runner/ATG, and liquid glue )


* I used my Spellbinders Circle Dies



Cut your cardstock/pp to 8 inches x 5 1/2 inches in size.



Mark your cardstock/pp at:

Long-wise ( 8 inches length wise )

1 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 3 3/4 inches, 5 inches, 6 1/4 inches and 7 1/2 inches

Short-wise ( 5 1/2 inches cross wise )

1 1/8 inches and 3 5/8 inches


Score all of the increments into the cardstock/pp.



Using the bone folder, burnish the the score lines.


Fold over the shorter side of the cardstock and punch out the corners using the envelope punch board.




Trim of the two of sections. Also, trim a wedge off. This trimmed edge cardstock will be folded and adhered down,

Trimmed off corners.
 If you choose to embellish with stamping. Do this now before proceeding with the following steps.


Trimmed corner off photo. Fold over trimmed piece with adhesive.

Apply adhesive on the top and just under the bottom scored lines. See photo. NOTE: on the left hand side, DO NOT APPLY adhesive 1/2 inch from the edge on both places. You will need this open so you can slide the opposite side into to make the "mug" shape,


Make the coffee mug.

Fold over the edges to make the bottom. Adhere edges,

Finished bottom.

Use the 1 1/2 inch circle punch to cover the bottom.


Punch the 2 inches puncher to make a circle. Then use the 1 1/4 inch puncher to punch the inside out of the 2 inch punchie.

Score THAT punchie off center at the top and bottom. Score again ( maybe a 1/4 inch increment ). Fold at these scored marks. This is the coffee mug handle. 

Adhere ( use liquid glue) to the mug. Pinch the circle punchie and adhere ( liquid glue ). This will finish the handle.

See how the handle is scored to make it easier to adhere to the mug. Notice how the circle punchie is pinched to finish the handle.

Finished coffee mug

Inside the mug

Actual size of the coffee mug



Repurpose Techniques

This is the last technique for Frugal Stamping 101 for Winter Camp 2016.

For those of us that recycle plastic products, plastic inserts from packaging, and milk jugs, there are some things that we can use with our scrapbooking/stamping tools.

You can sandwich plastic inserts from packaging to make shaker boxes, too.

You can make stencils with the plastics/milk jugs using our punches, Sizzix dies, and electronic cutters.

You can use the plastic cut-outs for embellishments.

The ideas are endless.

Of course, the leftover plastics can STILL be recycled.

An empty orange juice container.

The opening of the container and the bottom of the container can be used for "stamping".

The sides of the container can be used for making stencils, punchies, etc.

I am going to use my old orange juice container for stamping stencils.

Get creative with your re-purposing and upcycling.




Brush Spritz Technique

Now, I {know} everyone has one of these in their homes. Toothbrushes.

What to do with those old toothbrushes? I never throw out the worn out toothbrushes. For me, I use them for extra detail scrubbing for the stove top, around the bathroom fixtures, and even for baked on food on dishes. My husband uses them all of the time out in his workshop. 

That got me thinking about using the toothbrush for a background technique. It came to me while I was showering. Duh? Spritzing ink!

The supplies you will need:

  • old toothbrush
  • inkers or paint
  • small container or paper plate
  • craft mat or old newspaper
  • disposal gloves







Place the cardstock you want to spritz on top of a craft mat or old newspaper. Please note that the ink/paint you spritz with the toothbrush bristles will go all over the place. Believe me, I am speaking from experience. Be prepared for it going everywhere.

Oh yeah, Wear gloves. Otherwise your fingers will look like mine. 






The results with the ink/pain varies depending if you spritz far away vs close up to the cardstock.



I even spritzed a doliy.
 Have some fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Foil Tape Technique


No kitchen is complete unless you have a roll of aluminum foil.

Have you ever tried using it in an embossing folder? No? You haven't. The world awaits your creativity.

The embossed foil is great for masculine themed cards, embellishments, die-cuts, etc. It is also good for stars, party scrapbook layouts, and New Year's Eve/Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.

If you choose to use aluminum foil, you will need to mount it to cardstock prior to using it in any embossing folder.

What my husband introduced me to this morning is self-stick foil tape. It has the shininess of the aluminum foil, but is is thicker and more durable. You can purchase this foil tape at any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe's.

So let's experiment!

From trial and error, the foil tape must be cleaned first. There seems to be an oily film on it. The alcohol inks would not adhere to the tape.

Using a cotton ball or paper towel soaked with isopropyl alcohol, wipe the entire surface until it is clean.

Now you are ready to dry emboss.


This is what happened when we didn't clean the foil first. The alcohol inks did not dry or adhere.
When I dabbed the inks with a cotton ball to absorb the extra ink, they wiped off.








It is that dirty! 

Depending on your embossing folder's size, you will need to tape two pieces of the foil tape together.

Line it up closely so there are no gaps.

Now you ready for embossing!
See! The alcohol inks dried on the aluminum foil.

The cleaned self-stick foil tape: the alcohol inks dried much better.

An example what you can do with the inked foil: I cut the hearts out free handed. 




Wall Mesh Technique

Fiberglass wall board repair mesh is in your house if you have done wallpapering or re-painted any walls....usually. It is fairly inexpensive product found at the local hardware store.

It is self-adhesive and sticks to almost anything. It is repositionable too. 

There was a scrapbooking company that was called Magic Mesh. They sold this mesh in loads of colors. Great for borders, titles, etc.

Let's use this mesh for making new backgrounds. You will need a brayer for this technique.

Disassemble your brayer so you can wrap the mesh around the roller. I did this technique in two different ways. 

1) I only covered the center of the roller, Inked and rolled it on the paper.
2) I covered the entire roller, Inked and rolled it on the paper.

I got two totally different backgrounds.





Wrap only the center of the roller.

You get the mesh look and a grungy look on both sides.

Wrapped the entire roller with the mesh,

You get a speckled look. Click on the photo to enlarge to see better detail.

Sponge Technique

The common kitchen sponge or bath sponge can be used to stamp, too, besides for washing dishes. You mean that is what a sponge is for? Housework? Not in a crafter's house.

You can use the sponge to ink edges of cardstock, sponge stencils ( from the negative image of die-cuts ), ink items that need a hint of color, etc. Sponges have lots of nooks and crannies that help give the stamped images the rustic look.

Check out the Dollar Store next time for those shower sponges.

I cut up a large shower sponge. I got over 40 pieces. Notice the texture of the sponge.