Marble Magnets on a Stamped Notecard

This project involves a bit more than stamping, but I had to share this fun and easy project!

 

Making the Marble Magnets:

I wanted to make a little gift for my co-workers to leave on their desks, so I decided to make some marble magnets.  Some great directions are at not martha

To get started I first shrunk and printed some pictures I found online to fit behind the marbles (this took some trial and error to find the right size since the marble magnifies each image a bit).  I also used scrapbooking paper for cute patterns.

Supplies: 

  • Clear flat marbles (you can usually find some in a floral section)
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (to attach the picture to the marble)
  • E6000 glue (to attach the magnet to the paper-backed marble )
  • Scissors
  • ½” magnets (I found some strong ones at Home Depot)

Displaying the Magnets:

The magnets do look cute in tins, but since I couldn’t find some in a timely fashion, I decided to display them in a different way . . .

For the main background card, I used a plain white 5” x 3” notecard (you could also use cardstock or posterboard) and trimmed a patterned piece of paper to be slightly smaller than the notecard.  Using a corner punch, I rounded the corners.  I stuck the paper to the notecard with either a glue stick or some double-sided sticky squares.

For the area where the magnets would go, I then cut a piece of notecard ~ 1½” by ~ 2½” and rounded the corners with my corner punch.  Then I taped 3 paperclips to the back.

I glued this strip (with the paperclip-side pointing down) to my notecard base (with tacky glue) and also added the mittens and Merry Christmas cutouts that I had previously stamped.  The mini jingles bells added a special touch too:)   I just let the cards dry overnight before adding the magnets.  (Once the cards are dry and have the magnets in place, you could also bag the cards if you wanted)

Update: 

My co-workers got a big kick out of the magnets, so that was fun!

Also, I wanted to share another packaging idea.  I recently saw that Shannon at Madigan Made and Sabrina at Sabby in Suburbia used little washers in their marble magnets packages.  So if you are going out shopping you may want to pick up some little washers since those are flatter than paper clips.

Also don’t be afraid to be creative with shapes for your background! Take a look at this Christmas tree I made out of card stock and posterboard:

And if you want more stamping ideas, check out the rest of my blog:)

December 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Project. 1 comment.

Easy Stamped Gift Tag

 

 

December 22, 2009. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

Christmas Lights Magnets

While looking through my supplies one day, I found some lightweight magnets and decided I would use them to make something.  First, I picked a new stamp I wanted to try out – the Christmas light bulb –  on a white notecard.  Then, I colored in the images with markers (and for extra pizzazz I used a Silver Sharpie on the light’s screw base).  Next, I cut out all the images and for a laminating effect, I sandwiched them between clear packing tape.  I cut them out again (leaving a bit of a tape border so it would remain stuck together) and glued a magnet to it (using tacky glue).  Ta-da!

On another day, I came up with an easy way to display them as a gift.  I taped paper clips to a piece of notecard and glued this piece to decorative paper attached to another notecard.

Here’s the final result:

December 22, 2009. Tags: , , , . Project. Leave a comment.

Thanksgiving Cards from a few weeks ago

Fall is in the air - tossed leaves

Card for Thanksgiving

Fall is in the air - Checkboard

Another card for Thanksgiving

I made both of these cards using clear stamps by Studio G (bought from Michaels for about $1).  Initially I wanted to use the stamps because I thought they were super-appropriate for Thanksgiving, but I didn’t have an immediate idea for a card.  So I first stamped them on different fall colored paper, cut out the designs, and played around with different card layouts.  I enjoyed how the leaves in the top card look tossed by the wind, and how the checkerboard design turned out in the 2nd card.

December 12, 2009. Tags: , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Save some Moolah – Tip #1

I’m always in search of a good deal and lately I’ve found some great prices on supplies at Target and Ross.  The selection may not be as great as a craft store, but there are some treasures to be found! 

At Target, check out the clearance section near the party/stationery/crafts supplies.  In the past, I have found clear stamp sheets marked down from $7.99 to $1.98.  Also check out their dollar bins in the front of the store for cute paper and cards. 

At Ross, sometimes there is cute scrapbooking paper near where their photo albums are displayed.

December 11, 2009. Tags: , , . Tip. Leave a comment.

Hi everyone!

Well here I go!  I wanted to start a blog to share stamping tips and ideas – especially for people just beginning to stamp. Some people seem to be intimidated by making cards, but I wanted to share how easy it can be.  If you’ve never done stamping before, I encourage you to try!  Get those creative juices running and enjoy sharing your cards and projects with your friends and family!  Stamping is a great hobby for busy and budget-minded people and I hope to share some tips about keeping stamping simple and cheap.

December 10, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.