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Project

Earring Holiday Gift Card

A handmade card -- adorned with handmade earrings -- makes a thoughtful gift for any fashion-conscious friend.

Introduction

Resources: Scandinavian wooden stamp set, heat embossing kit, embossing powder, and heat tool available from Martha Stewart Crafts. Earring studs and nuts available from Fire Mountain Gems. Crystal Flat Backs available from Swarovski Elements.

Materials

  • Card stock
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Stamp kit
  • Embossing stamp pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Heat gun
  • Screw punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • Flat-backed rhinestones
  • Earring posts
  • Earring backs
  • Quick-set epoxy
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Gift box

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a craft knife and ruler, cut a 3 1/4-inch by 10-inch piece of card stock and fold in half to create a basic card.

  2. Step 2

    Press desired stamp (we used a Christmas tree) into embossing stamp pad and stamp front of card. Sprinkle embossing powder on stamped design until thoroughly coated.

  3. Step 3

    Gently tap excess powder off of card and remove any remaining, unwanted powder with a soft bristle brush.

  4. Step 4

    With a heat gun, heat embossing powder until it melts and sets to card. Let cool.

  5. Step 5

    Once cooled, use screw punch to make holes in front of card as desired.

  6. Step 6

    To make earrings, begin by placing a strip of double-sided tape on your work surface.

  7. Step 7

    Place desired pairs of rhinestones face down on tape to hold them in place as you work.Tip: For easy handling of rhinestones and jewelry findings, use a grabber made from a ball of beeswax attached to the end of a skewer.

  8. Step 8

    Mix epoxy (following package directions), and apply a small dot to the back of each rhinestone with a bamboo skewer.

  9. Step 9

    Affix an earring post to the back of each rhinestone and allow epoxy to set completely.

  10. Step 10

    Once dry, insert earrings into screw-punched holes and secure to card with earring backs.

  11. Step 11

    Place card in desired gift box.Tip: For added detail, use the same process to emboss the outside of the box.