Moo Card Boxes

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Japanese Masking Tape Colors

One of my Christmas gifts this year was Japanese washi tapes in a delicious range of colors.  This tape is addictive!  It’s like a masking tape, but is transparent enough that you can use it to highlight words or layer with other colors of tape to create different hues.  It tears or cuts easily and will even peel up and remain adhesive enough to stick back down several times, which is very handy for crafting.  I’ve seen it used quite a bit in scrapbooking, but I decided to use it to dress up a Moo card box.

Adding Tape to My Moo Card Case

Peeling back the tape I’d already applied let me weave the pieces together somewhat.

I love subtle sheen of the tape and the way the colors look together on the finished box.

My Moo Card Box

Next week I’ll be in New York for a conference where I’ll meet lots of new people.  Usually I transfer my business cards to a smaller holder, but for times like this I like to bring the whole box along with me.  I decorated a few other Moo card box tops (I have lots!) and think I’ll take this one with me:

Origami Paper Moo Card Box

This one was made with origami paper cut just smaller than each side of the box, applied with a little Mod Podge.

The Moo cards in the box have a different picture from New York on each card.  My hope is that when meeting new people, I can let them choose a card with sights they like, which gives us something to talk about.  Shy people plan ahead like that.  :)

Crafting Tiny Christmas Art

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Santa Pictures

I recently found a box of cross stitch crafts I’d made years ago when I was a stay at home Mom.  There were a few tiny Santas stitched on perforated paper, a little larger than postage stamps, that I think I’d intended to use on little photo albums.  But in our digital age I don’t print many photos – this didn’t seem like a good use anymore.  I decided they could just be “decorative Christmas art”.  This craft would work just as well with a little Christmas embellishment in place of the Santa.

Supplies

You’ll need Mod Podge, a variety of scrapbook papers, little canvases, some spare cardboard, glue, some ribbon and your embellishment.  First, cut a piece of paper large enough to wrap around the front, sides and just over the back edge of your canvas, then brush a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the paper and the canvas itself.  Wrap it just like a gift, using extra Mod Podge to hold the paper in place.  I used glossy Mod Podge, so I also brushed a layer on the outside of the paper for added sheen.

Wrapped Canvases

Cut a piece of cardboard smaller than your canvas and cover in the same way.  As your cardboard section dries, you can add a little ribbon to your canvas piece if you’d like.  Cut a length of ribbon and glue both ends to the back of the canvas.

Ribbon for Shimmer

The set of Christmas papers I purchased also had coordinating Christmas stickers, so I added these to the cardboard pieces.  Once all your pieces are dry, it’s time to glue them together.  Embellishment to cardboard piece, cardboard on canvas.

Attach Santas

After allowing more drying time, you can make the back look a little neater by gluing on another piece of paper to cover.  I’ll be including little easels when I give these as gifts.

Santa Pictures

Santa Pictures

I feel a little more prepared for Christmas already!

sarahsigres