Using Your Altenew Stash for PERFECT Handmade Gifts
Hi there, Altenew friends! In this video tutorial, I wanted to cover some card making basics. One of the first topics I started looking for as a new card maker was ‘how to make backgrounds.' Many times we focus on card making foreground elements like flowers or sentiments. In this video tutorial, I wanted to share my secrets to beautiful card making backgrounds with balanced focal points.
Life Is Like a Box of Rolled Roses Home Décor Handmade Gift
My local big box store frequently has deals on these economical shadow box frames–usually, I can get two for the price of one shadow box. I like to keep memorabilia around my crafting studio and around my home. Sometimes I use the extra frame as part of a handmade gift to share.
I used my stash of patterned papers from the Celebrate 12×12 Paper Pack. I cut a few dozen roses to fill my frame in a heart shape. Using the Mini Rolled Rose Die Set made assembling this unique handmade gift a breeze.
Then, I applied gesso (or other acrylic-based paint) to the backside of the glass. This way, my Mighty Alphabet die-cut letters would stand out against the roses in the background.
Take this handmade gift further with monogram letters, decals, or other words that fit your or your recipient's unique personality.
Handmade Gift Crafting Storage Cups
I often try to repurpose items around my item and bring them into my craft studio. While concealed storage is an effective way of decluttering, sometimes it is important for me to see my crafty items so that I can use them more often.
These upcycled coffee mugs make great handmade gifts for other crafty friends. You can either use your Altenew Artist Markers or Artist Marker Refills. These cups are also great cachepots for your smaller plants. If you have a CNC machine, e.g. Silhouette, Cricut, Brother; these personalized handmade gift mugs act as the perfect background to your vinyl decals. Or you can make your own decals as shown with the glitter letters in the rose frame handmade gift.
As a disclaimer, once you add alcohol inks to the cups, these are no longer food safe. Please indicate to your recipient that these are for decorative purposes only.
SURPRISE! Handmade Gift Box
This box is inconspicuous at first, but once you untie the ribbon and remove the lid, the contents spill out. As an added bonus, the box lid is adorned with glittery stars that act as a mobile. I used the Wildflower Paper Pack and Layered Stars Die Set for my box, just for basic designs on the handmade gift box.
Please see the video for more information about assembling this box. Filling the box with small trinkets makes the exploding handmade gift box effect much more exciting. You can also make the box your card by adding personalized notes to each of the sides.