Papercrafting in Twenty: A Valentine’s Treat & Giveaway!
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Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor Projects
- Gift Ideas
- Mixed Media
- Art Journaling
- Paper Folding
- Paper Cutting
- Paper Sculpture
- Paper Making
- Book Binding
Grab your timer and join us!
Here’s our newest Papercrafting in Twenty project, a Valentine’s treat designed and created in just under 20 minutes!
I created another version of this project with just a few supplies:
- Plain chipboard (you can buy this in large sheets or use the back of a legal pad)
- White cardstock (large scraps work well for this!)
- Buttons & twine from my stash
- A Stamps of Life stamp set (tictactoe2play)
- Staz-on ink in Blazing Red
- Tuxedo Black Memento ink
- Valentine’s treat baggies
- A WRMK Corner Chomper
- A Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give this quick and easy project a try?
You don’t have to create exactly as shown here – you could use different supplies and/or other colors, and/or adapt this same project to use for Easter basket treats or birthday party favors, or even as an addition to your car travel stash simply by adding a magnetic sheet behind the white cardstock and magnets to the backs of the buttons.
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own version!
And then, of course, we want you to share yours with us!
Let’s look at how this project was created…
Step One: Cut the chipboard and white cardstock to the desired size (I chose 5″ x 5″ as my game board size to accommodate the grid stamp and words and so the game board would easily slide in and out of the baggie).
Cut the topper to the desired size (I chose 5″ x 7″ so the topper would be long enough [7″] to cover the top of the baggie with a bit of overhang on the sides and wide enough [5″] to accommodate the letters and words once it was folded in half, to 2.5″).
Step Two: Apply strong adhesive to the back of the chipboard piece and apply the white cardstock to the chipboard, pressing firmly on all areas to ensure the cardstock is well adhered (especially on the edges and corners).
Note: I added two more strips of adhesive down the center of the chipboard to ensure the cardstock would stay well adhered and not bubble in the center.
Step Three: Stamp the tic tac toe grid in black ink onto the center of the game board.
Step Four: Stamp the “Game On!” words in black ink on opposite sides of the game board, centering the words evenly across the grid ends and between the grid and the edge of the game board.
Step Five: Stamp the “Fun Times!” words in black ink on opposite sides of the game board, centering the words evenly across the grid ends and between the grid and the edge of the game board.
Step Six: Round the corners of the game board (use a Corner Chomper or equally strong corner rounder as the materials [chipboard, adhesive and cardstock] will be thick and hard to punch through).
I then inked the edges of my game board in black to finish off the raw edge. Narrow washi tape would work too!
Step Seven: Stamp the heart in red ink on the corners of the board and in the center of the grid, as shown.
Step Eight: Find the mid point on the short ends of the baggie topper – mark it lightly with a pencil at each end.
Step Nine: Using the pencil marks as your guide, score the baggie topper down the center, lengthwise using a bone folder or scoring tool. Then, fold it in half along the score line.
Step Ten: Round the corners of the topper piece using the Corner Chomper or other corner rounder.
Step Eleven: Stamp the words “Tic Tac Toe” in the center of the baggie topper, centering it evenly between the ends and the sides. Repeat on the other side of the topper.
Step Twelve: Stamp the letters “X” and “O” side by side on either side of the “Tic Tac Toe” words, centering them evenly between the ends of the topper and the words “Tic Tac Toe.” Repeat on the other side of the topper.
Step Thirteen: Thread a needle with a long piece of black & white twine. Thread the needle through one of the button’s four holes, going from top to bottom (leave a short tail sticking up and hold it in place as you continue), then back up through the opposite hole from bottom to top, then back down through the third hole and up through the fourth. Cut the thread, leaving a small tail as you did when you started the button threading, and tie the two “tails” in a knot. Trim as needed.
Note: This step can take a while if you find it tough to thread a needle or the buttons. If you want/need to complete this project quickly, you can skip this step, or if covering the empty button holes is important to you, punch patterned papers (preferably scraps!) that are slightly smaller than the button face and adhere them to the button faces to cover the empty holes.
Voila! The finished Tic Tac Toe game!
Step Fourteen: To finish off this fun treat, slip the game board and game pieces into a treat baggie and top it off with a baggie topper. Simply center the top of the filled and zipped baggie inside the baggie topper, press the topper sides together and staple it in place (make sure the baggie top is caught in the topper and staples).
Twenty Minutes, Really?
Now, you may be thinking this would take you more than 20 minutes to complete.
Well, the first one did take me longer because I was figuring everything out for the first time.
But, once I had my design and process down, I made three more of these in less than 20 minutes each!
Follow these steps:
- Measure and cut all pieces (chipboard bases, white cardstock base covers, toppers)
- Attach the white cardstock pieces to the chipboard bases and score the toppers
- Then round the corners of all pieces
- Then stamp each piece
- Then thread or cover the buttons (if using buttons rather than candy as the game pieces)
- Then assemble the treat bags
That’s it – quick and easy!
We hope you’ll give this type of quick and easy papercrafting project a try and share your creation with us by linking to it in the comments.
And we’d love to see what YOU created for Valentine’s Day,
whether it took 20 minutes or 20 hours!
Share your Valentine’s creations for a chance to
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Please share our newest offering, Papercrafting in Twenty, with your papercrafting buddies.
And finally, we’d love to hear from you – what do you want to learn about?
We can’t guarantee we’ll include everything suggested, but if it’s papercrafting-related, it’s likely we’ll be game!
Oh, and if you know of papercrafters (talented amateurs, or artists and designers) who might want to contribute to Papercrafting in Twenty, send them our way – we’d love to hear from them!
And, we’d love to interview them, to find out how THEY find time to create.
We’d sure love to hear their tips and tricks – you too?
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