Downloadable awesomeness – how to make your own scratch card

There is a wall at work on which someone has put up a bunch of cards, probably from past birthdays and occasions. So I was staring at it and there was this japanese card with a scratch-able area. Personally, I am a big fan of scratch cards so I thought, wouldn’t just be so awesome if I could make my own scratch card?

DIY mystical scratch card - Irene loves crafts

Lucky for me, after a bit of research, I found out they’re actually incredibly easy to make!

DIY scratch card - materials

This is what you’ll need:

  • A card. I made my own and left it blank so it can be customisable. It’s a bit silly, Mystical Cards lovers edition, good if you are planning on giving it to your other half. You can download it here.
  • Normal tape and masking tape
  • Acrylic paint and a brush
  • Washing up liquid

DIY scratch card - scratchable area

Make or print your card. Put normal tape on the area you want it to be scratch-able. If you are using my design, write down the message in the shaded squares and proceed to tape the squares with normal tape as that will be the scratch-able area.

DIY scratch card - taped area

Now take the masking tape and tape around the scratch-able area so no paint goes over the rest of your card. Make sure you press down on the tape so there are no gaps where the paint can sneak down under the tape. I didn’t do that enough so my squares were not so square afterwards.

DIY scratch card - applying paint

Once you have achieved the colour you want by mixing the acrylics, mix two parts of acrylic paint with one part of washing up liquid. The washing up liquid is important as it’s what it will make it scratch-able. Paint what will be the scratch-able area.

DIY scratch card - painted squares DIY scratch card - Irene loves crafts

Let it dry and carefully remove the masking tape. It is ready to be scratched!


Temporary tattoos are back and they are ridiculously easy to make

A few days ago I was admiring some of Tattly‘s new tattoos. And then, randomly, I thought – wouldn’t it be so cool if I could just make my own temporary tattoo. So I did.

DIY temporary tattoo arm - Irene loves craftsI proceeded to design this cute crafty tattoo. You can download Home is where the craftstation is and make your own at home! Temporary tattoos are super easy to make. All you need is a design or drawing that you like and some temporary tattoo paper (for either inkjet or laser printers, they’re different!). If you do a quick search online you’ll be able find a provider in your country.

DIY temporary tattoo chest - Irene loves crafts

This is how you make it:

  • Choose your design and flip it sideways so once it’s transferred is readable and the right way round – if you download my tattoo you’ll see I’ve already done that for you
  • Print it on the temporary tattoo paper following the brand’s instructions
  • Cut out the tattoo as close to the design as possible. This will stop areas of skin where there’s no design appearing shiny
  • Apply as per instructions and show off!

Awesome free calendars for 2013

Fully stuffed, several sugar commas and chilled sofa time could easily sum up my Christmas holidays. On my last attempts to do something productive before the end of 2012, I have made a round up of several awesome free calendars for the fast approaching 2013. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and that you are preparing for some great new year’s eve celebrations!

2013 Calendar freebie - Mibo 2013 Calendar freebie -  Ellinee 2013 Calendar freebie - Impulso creativo 2013 Calendar freebie - My Owl barn 2013 Calendar freebie - Eat drink chic 2013 Calendar freebie - Lau's notebook

2013 Calendar freebie - Design love fest

  1. Minimal animal calendar by Mibo
  2. Typography calendar by Ellinee
  3. Whimsical pattern calendar by Impulso Creativo
  4. Customizable or pre-made calendar from My Owl Barn
  5. Bold and funky “Sweet New Year” calendar by Eat Drink Chic
  6. One page calendar by Lau’s Notebook
  7. Mood-board calendar by Design Love Fest

All image credits belong to the links above

Meet Mr Nutcracker – a downloadable paper DIY


The holiday season is fast approaching and, as every year, the spotlight is on snowmen, Santa Claus and reindeers. But what about the other dudes? The three kings, the drummer boy, the nutcracker? I personally think the nutcracker is pretty ace, so on that note I decided to create a DIY nutcracker paper doll.

Well, hello there. Meet Mr. Nutcracker, he is a DIY paper doll and he loves hanging out outdoors or, alternatively, indoors, on Christmas trees  ideally, next to miniature candy canes. He is also pretty relaxed about just chilling anywhere around the house during other times of the year.

Yesterday, we spent the morning outside taking advantage of the sunny weather. This is Mr. Nutcracker’s sunny winter photoshoot.

You can have a Mr. Nutcracker of your own. You can download his lovely body parts here. I recommend printing them in the thickest paper you can, I drew mine in sketch paper which proved to be too flimsy and was quite hard to get Mr N to stand up straight. For his joints I used mini brads, which if you are in the UK they are quite hard to find. I finally found them in Hobbycraft, otherwise you can find them online.

If you print him about half its size and manage to cut them out and put them together you could have pretty much the coolest Christmas tree decoration in the making, ever. Happy crafting!

Get stamping with these downloadable freebies

I am crazy about stamps. You can use them for all occasions, on birthday or thank you cards, on name tags, on little notes, as a pattern to make some cool gift wrap, pretty much you can use them everywhere. I am so crazy about stamps that I thought it would be the best idea to create a signature stamp for my other half and I. It would be like a fun personal mark AND it would be super cool. Let me tell you we have never looked back, I have never looked back.

My advice is: get cracking! If you don’t have the necessary software on you computer to create something digitally then grab a permanent marker and sketch away. The best thing is that it can be anything. I’ve used a curly hair face to sign my name forever so I thought it would be appropriate to use it in ours but you can just use your name, ask a friend that has some nice hand writing or make a cute drawing like me! After that, scan it and send it to a stamp maker. They are loads and it’s really easy to find one that suits you on Google. I used The English stamp company because it’s one of the few in England that still does stamps with a wooden handle for a fair price.

It has been a few months since we got out stamp made and it has had its fair amount of uses so I thought it was time to get some new ones in. I created some new designs and so far I have behaved and only got made two of them. I guess the rest will follow when I can no longer contain myself!

I thought I could put them up here as well for you guys to download and get your own stamps made! You can also print them out on brown or color paper and use them as little tags. Download here no.1 Delicious, no.2 Wow, no.3 Totally awesome and perfect for little handmade goodies no.4 Made with love

Lastly, these are some of my favorite stamp ideas out there at the moment. I am really pleasantly surprised by the cuteness you can achieve with this pencil stamp idea by stampaholic Carloe Liu. Use the rubber as a stamp to make your own pattern as it shows in the picture or cut the rubber in a triangular shape and create loads of stamp-bunting!

I also love love love the stamps in Eat Pray Create Etsy’s shop. They are mega cute and I will surely be taking them as inspiration in the future. Out there, there is literally a stamp for everything, ready to suit all needs and purposes, so bring some ink into your life and get stamping away!