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Masculine: Pencil Cup Holder

While this is nothing new it is a simple and fast project to do for Father’s day or teacher gifts. Switch it up for a female. I purchased wooden pencil cup from Michael’s, but empty vegetable  cans can also be used. I used a tape measure and measured around the cup holder and added a 1/4″ for an overlay. The height I added nothing. I simply measured it.

Happiness is a Journey Pencil Cup



Stamp Set:          Happiness is a Journey

Ink:                      VersaMark

Paper:                  Any DSP of choice cut  to the measurements of the holder

                               Coordinating Card Stock (I used Winter Green DSP & Chocolate Chip CS)

Accessories:       White  Embossing Powder, Brads, Ribbon and any other embellishments you want




1. Measure the height and the circumference of holder. Add 1/4″ to the circumference measurement for an overlay.


2. Cut DSP and using sticky strip  tape cover holder.


3. On a piece of  coordinating card stock  stamp image in versa mark.


4. Cover image with white embossing powder.


5. Use  a heat tool and hold it 4-5 inches away, heat the image until the powder turns shiny and rises.


6. Carefully tear around image for a really nice irregular look.


7. Add brads to each corner and adhere to cup with sticky strip  tape.


8. Embellish top and bottom of holder with ribbon.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Father’s Day Pad and Pen Tin…

This is a CD Holder Tin which happens to hold a pad and pen inside. Below is the inside of the tin. On the inside cover I added a few pockets for business cards.

Soot Technique 5-27-09
The “Soot” technique was used on the front image. I explain that technique HERE.

Stamp Set:   Happiness is a Journey 
                       Alphabet Set ( Mine is not SU)
Ink:               Versa Mark Pad
Paper:           Glossy White large enough for your image
                       Delicate Dots DSP (5″ x 4-1/2″) and (5″ x 3-1/2″) for inside pocket
                       Black Textured Card Stock (5″ x 2-1/2″) 
                       Bravo Burgundy (1″ punched circle) and (5″ x 2-1/2″) for inside pocket
                       DSP Strip for top of pad (1/2″ x 5″)
Accessories: Candle, white embossing powder, hodgepodge silver hardware, basic black and bravo burgundy ribbon, photo corner and 1″ circle punches, brads, sticky tape.

1. Choose an image and use the “Soot” technique.  Trim around the image. 


2. Tape together the Delicate Dots DSP ( 5″ x 4-1/2″) and the Black Textured card stock (5″ x 2-1/2″) papers and round the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.
Father's Day Pad & Pen 5-09


3.  Using VersaMark stamp an initial onto a piece of Bravo Burgundy, heat emboss and punch out a 1″ Circle. Place initial into the hardware and secure onto the Black Textured card stock with two brads.


4. Cut both ribbons, layer and wrap around seam where both papers meet.


5. Adhere the two paper, ribbon and hardware piece to the tin using Sticky Strip.


6. Adhere the glossy piece with the soot image to the tin and using the Photo Corner Punch, punch four corners and adhere to image corners.


7. Layer in pockets on the inside cover and adhere strip of burgundy to the top of the pad.

I hope whoever you make this for they totally enjoy and appreciate it.



“Soot” Technique

Soot Technique 5-27-09



For the image on this pad and pen tin the “Soot” technique was used. 


Here’s what you need:

Glossy Card Stock

Candle (A tapered candles works faster then a pillar candle)

Rubber Stamp

Matte Spray Sealer


Please do this technique using caution. Over a sink is a good place in case paper catches on fire, although I have never had it happen.






Here’s What to Do:

1.  Light the candle.

2.  Using tweezers hold the card stock’s edge and touch the flame with the card stock, glossy side to the flame, and keep moving card stock through the flame until soot accumulates on card stock. Experiment how dark you want the card stock to become.

3.   Hold the card stock  by the edge and place with the glossy side up on the counter taking care not to touch the soot.

4.  Use an un-inked rubber stamp and stamp image onto the soot covered card stock. The stamp will pull off the soot and the image will appear. If you’re not happy with the image repeat the process.

5.  Spray lightly with a matte sealer.




Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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