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Ink-Block Print Thank-You Cards

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Card making, Ink, Stamping
Make an impression with ink-block printing, an art form dating back to ninth-century China. A block print is an ink impression of a design carved into wood, linoleum, or other engravable material. Once you've cut out a design, you can use the block to make an unlimited number of identical prints.
Materials
  • Plain store-bought cards, or assorted paper
  • Image of your choice, photocopied to fit card
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Ink block
  • Linoleum-cutting tool
  • Block-printing ink, available at art-supply stores
  • Paper plate
  • Brayer tool, available at art-supply stores
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Leather Cuff Bracelets

Steps:4
This sophisticated leather cuff from Gillian Stevens of Dewdrops Designs can be made for less than $15. Give to fashion-forward friends for a stylish Handmade Holiday Gift.
Materials
  • Surface (decorative) leather
  • Tooling leather
  • Grid ruler
  • 45-mm rotary blade
  • Leather glue
  • Edging solution
  • 1/2-inch cuff bracelet clasp
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Santa and Snowmen Bars

Steps:2
Put your littlest elves to work making the fingerprint-stamped faces.
Materials
  • Chocolate bars
  • Ivory, white, and orange text-weight paper
  • Red vellum
  • White pom-poms
  • Glue stick
  • Black, pink, and red ink pads
  • Scalloped paper coasters
  • Yarn
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Photo Gift Tags

Steps:3
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Foil Flower Wreaths

Steps:3
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Pinecone Village

Steps:24
Materials
  • Template A
  • Template B 
  • 5 pieces 3/32-inch-thick basswood, cut to 6-by-24-inch rectangles
  • Carbon tracing paper
  • Utility and mat knife (with extra blades)
  • Self-healing cutting board
  • Hot-glue gun (with extra glue sticks)
  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper (#220)
  • Oil-based wood stain (walnut or mahogany)
  • White latex paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Plate or palette for mixing paint
  • 24 pinecones (white pine, white spruce, ponderosa)
  • Thin birch twigs
  • Parchment paper
  • Battery-operated Christmas lights
  • Heavy-duty plastic bag or drop cloth
  • Moss or pine needles
  • Evergreen tips
  • Dark plastic covering for tabletop
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Winter Mirror "Wreath" Craft

Steps:14
 Embellish square or round mirrors with wintry natural adornments for a festive, seasonal touch. The how-to comes from artist Naomi Martin. 
Materials
  • Square or round mirror
  • Scissors
  • Foam core
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Styrofoam
  • Frost spray
  • Greening pins
  • Noble fir, incense cedar boughs, Western cedar, and/or lemon leaves
  • Pine cones, red dogwood twigs, and/or acorns
  • Skewers
  • Snow flocking spray
  • Straight pins
  • Drill with small bit
  • Wire
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Spun-Cotton Mushroom Ornaments

Steps:5
Materials
  • Chipboard
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Loose cotton stuffing
  • Low-loft cotton batting
  • White and red acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Styrofoam block
  • Coarse and fine crystal glitter
  • "Carrara marble" opaque white glitter
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Candle clips
  • Glitter, tinsel, batting, or reindeer moss for embellishment (optional)
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Hanging Clay Santa

Steps:8
Materials
  • Clay Santa clip art
  • 1/2-inch Styrofoam sheets
  • White glue
  • Three 4.8-ounce packages white ClayCraft soft clay
  • One 1.9-ounce package red ClayCraft soft clay
  • One 1.9-ounce package yellow ClayCraft soft clay
  • Roller bar
  • Clay cutter
  • Clay-detailing sticks
  • Clay-texturizing brush
  • Acrylic paint in black and pink
  • Paintbrush
  • Red glitter
  • Hanging hook
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Custom Holiday Cards

Steps:4
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