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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17: Hand Decorated Greeting Card


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17:  Hand Decorated Greeting Card

Holiday Card

Lunch Box Note

Decorative Name Tag

Thinking Of You Card

Need a quick greeting card?  All you need is a blank card (or some cardstock), a couple of cookie cutters, and craft supplies that you probably have lying around the house!

Make one unique card to send to a special person or make a set of matching cards as a gift.

This is a great idea for any holiday: Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day cards especially, lunch box notes or just any time you want to add a little something extra special to a note.

Easy for kids to make too!  Making a set of unique greeting cards for grandma or a special aunt or creating a set of can’t be purchased Christmas cards would be a great way to pass a rainy day.

Materials

  • Blank card/s or cardstock
  • Small piece decorative material:  glitter, dried floral, decorative sand, tiny shells, tiny confetti, etc.
  • Scrapbook paper, fabric, felt, etc.
  • Embellishments: beads, buttons, rhinestones, etc.
  • Ribbon and trim

Also Needed

  • White glue
  • Cookie cutters or cookie cutter die cuts
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers, glitter glue, etc.

Costs

  • Cards: $1 a package of eight at Dollar Tree or cardstock at about 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Decorative material: on-hand or $1 and up.
  • Scrapbook paper: on-hand or 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Embellishments and trims: on-hand or $1 and up.

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble materials. If you do not have any small piece dried floral material on-hand crumple or cut larger pieces of dried floral into small pieces with scissors.

Photo 2 Place a large, simply shaped outline cookie cutter flat in the center of the front of the card. While pressing down firmly on the cutter apply a thin layer of glue inside the cutter using a cotton swab.

Photo 3 Then sprinkle the small piece decorative material evenly inside the cookie cutter. Tamp materials down with the wrong end of a large paintbrush.

Photo 4 Remove the cutter and wipe it with a paper towel to remove decorative material. Wash thoroughly in soap and water. Allow the glue to dry.

Photo 5: Then embellish the card with buttons, bows, etc.

Photo 6 Glue on a cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with bronze glitter glue stiches.

Photo 7 Use the cookie cutter as stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front. Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.

Photo 8 Use the cookie cutter as stencil. Press firmly down on cutter and apply a thin line of glitter glue just inside the cutter.

Photo 9 Allow the glitter glue to dry thoroughly.

Photo 10 Glue on a snowman cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with scrapbook paper, craft foam, buttons, etc.

Alternatives

  • Die Cut Embellished:  Glue cookie cutter die-cuts (cut from scrapbook paper, felt, fabric, tissue paper, used Christmas cards, etc.) to the front of the card.  Then embellish with an outline of dots or dashes around the die cut with glitter glue or markers.  Add ribbon, trim, etc. as desired.
  • Stenciled: Or simply use the cutter as a stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front.  Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.
  • Post Card:  You can also use an un-ruled index card to create a decorative name tag.
  • Attach a Small Gift:  Instead of using buttons & bows to decorate the front of the card, use a small gift: decorative erasers, necklace, earrings, etc. as the embellishment.  Cut out a cookie cutter die cut in a shape coordinating with the small gift to be attached (ex: heart shaped locket – use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a die cut).
  • Stamped:  Another method of using cutters to decorate cards is to make a potato stamp.  You can also make a stamp from Styrofoam or a sponge.  Find the instructions at the link listed below:
  • Stationary:  Glue mini die cuts around the edges or in the corners of a sheet of blank paper to create a border for your own unique stationary.
  • Window:  Trace a shape on the front of the card and then cut it out with a craft knife to make a window.  Place a photo or a 3D sticker on the inside of the card where it shows through the window.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts

This is maybe my favorite way to use my cutters (besides baking that is).  There are so many ways to use die cuts in your everyday life!

I don’t have a personal die cut machine (yet!) so when I need a die cut shape I turn to my extensive collection of cookie cutters.  I have been collecting for over 20 years and have a wide variety of cutters both seasonal and “everyday”.

This is the perfect way to put that collection of cookie cutters to use outside the kitchen!

There are lots of different ways to use die cuts.  They are perfect for many arts & crafts projects and for use in the classroom.  Great for any season or holiday!

I’ve already covered some uses for die cuts in craft projects in previous “Not Just For Cookies” posts – gift tags and holiday decorations.  But there are lots of other ways to use die cuts.  Your imagination is the only limit to the number of uses.  The more you use your cookie cutter die cuts the more uses you will find for them.

  • Use cookie cutters to make heart shaped Valentine’s cards, shamrock shaped decorations for the windows for St. Pat’s Day, red & white & blue stars to hang in the windows for the Fourth of July, turkey shaped place cards for Thanksgiving, or gift tags at Christmas.
  • Think of how impressed your scrapbook friends will be at your Christmas Crop when you show off a double page spread with photos of you and your kids making cut-out cookies with a scrapbook border of the same shapes (in mini form) that you are cutting out in your photos!
  • Use jumbo shapes to make a die cut photo “frame” and then cut out a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the “frame”.  How cute would an elephant be with a photo of your child riding a elephant at the circus?
  • This is a great rainy day activity for kids.  Let them use cutters and paper to cover an entire wall with a storybook scene.  Or make stars for their bedroom ceiling out of heavy cardboard.  Paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint for maximum effect at night!

Bulletin boards

Cards

Gift tags

Party & holiday decorations

Photo frames or accents

Place cards

Scrapbooking

Themed name tags

And much more!

Materials

  • Acid free scrapbook paper and cardstock or construction paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Embellishments 

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • White craft glue
  • Cookie cutters

Die Cut Instructions

1)    Assemble materials.

2)    To make your own die cuts all you need to do is make a template by tracing around the cookie cutter on poster board or other thin cardboard and cut the shape out.

a)    The side of the cutter (cutting or blunt) you trace will determine whether you template is a fat simple shape or a more narrow detailed shape.  Experiment with both sides of the cutter to achieve the effect you desire.

b)    You can also trace the inside of an outline cutter to make a slightly smaller die cut in the same shape.  For example:  Trace the outside of the cutter on cardstock to make a photo “frame” and then trace the inside of the cutter on a photo to make a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the larger die cut.

c)    Cut as closely along the trace line as possible.

d)    If the cutter has intricate details use a small pair of scissors.

3)    Store die cut templates in a coupon organizer. One template is a lot easier to store and tote to that scrapbook crop than a lot of cookie cutters!

4)    When a die cut is needed, pull out the template and trace on acid free cardstock or scrapbook paper, then cut out and you have your very own handmade die cut.

a)    To avoid leaving trace lines on the front of your die cut, trace the template on the back of the paper.  Make sure you turn your template backwards to the way you want it to face so that the finished die cut faces the way you want it to.

5)   Embellish the die cut with acid-free pens & markers, stamps, glitter, buttons, stickers, trims, etc. to add detail to your die cut.

6)   Create special effects to your die cut: cover with vellum or tissue paper, layer with a smaller same shape die cut (this is where those nesting cookie cutter shapes come in handy!), etc.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Depending on the side (cutting or blunt) of the cutter you use determines if you have a “fat” shape or a thinner more intricate shape.

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