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Topic: Scratch & Sniff Xmas Tree Card - Pics and pdf inside! You provide the smell.  (Read 12736 times)
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« on: December 16, 2007 04:23:21 PM »

So, I finally figured out how to use the perfume magazine inserts in a craft project.

I've been wanting to create this Christmas card for years and I couldn't figure out how to make it "smell".   I tried everything, but the design was always a little off. 

Then it dawned on me I could paper punch the scents out of the magazine ads.  Before you start, realize this is an oversized card.  It's 8 1/2 x 11 (letter size) and the blank white rectangle, well that's for your personal message!


To begin print the pdf.  I suggest printing it with a color printer and on card stock so it holds up, once you cut out the image.

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Next, rip out those ads, any perfume ad will do, but you want "unused" ads with flaps that haven't been opened!


Now, using a 1-inch circular paper punch, punch those babies out and by babies I mean circles.  See where I'm punching, you want a little "flap" to remain, this keeps the circle sealed while you work and allows the receiver to "open" and release the scent themselves.  It might take a little practice to get it just right.   



Next, use a paint pen to cover the front side of the circle.   You don't want to "open" the flap, so paint in a downward, one-way stroke.  Allow the paint to dry.  Notice the flap ;-)
By the way, acrylic paint doesn't like the magazine paper - so I suggest only using metallic paint pens.   



Next, glue stick those puppies to card and press firmly.   



Allow the glue to dry.  It's at this point it can be shipped off to friends, family or whomever. 

Yeah, it's a 8 1/2 x 11-sized card, but it's so rockin' it's worth the extra postage!

There's a message telling the receiver what to do (cut, punch, lift, smell).





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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 04:42:14 PM »

I don't think I've ever seen anybody actually find something useful to do with perfume inserts (until now, that is.)
It reminds me of a very intricate car air-freshener (in the best possible way).
Great project.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 06:02:08 PM »

 Cheesy That is awesome! I am inspired to do something good with those stoopid mag perfume inserts!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2007 08:01:15 PM »

Thats just off center enough! I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2007 04:45:34 AM »

Wow, these are just fabulous on so many levels!

I'm quite sure that I need one.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007 08:30:15 AM »

So I just mailed them out.   They cost about a $1 to mail, because I didn't want to fold them.  I justified the cost by printing my holiday letter on the backside, so it's kind of a two-for-one.   
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007 07:06:42 PM »

Hey everybody, I added a new pdf (it says "Have a Gorgeous Holiday).  Someone asked me to make something for people who don't necessarily celebrate the 25th.  Enjoy.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008 09:05:06 PM »

I posted this SOOOO very late last year, I thought I would bump 'er up so more people can take advantage of the idea!
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2008 07:36:40 AM »

This is a cool idea, but just be careful who you send them to.  As someone chemically sensitive, I can't even buy magazines with perfume inserts, so I couldn't enjoy these like other people can.  Just something to consider, I know no one intends to give someone a migraine for Christmas.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008 09:28:24 AM »

Your post inspired me to make a take on the Advent Calendar, instead of candy including pills and aspirin for people who party too much during the holidays.  I know you're not partying, but it made me think about people who over indulge during the holidays.


This is a cool idea, but just be careful who you send them to.  As someone chemically sensitive, I can't even buy magazines with perfume inserts, so I couldn't enjoy these like other people can.  Just something to consider, I know no one intends to give someone a migraine for Christmas.  Smiley
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