This month I have been using the hot, dog days of July (especially here in Florida) to work on some Christmas cards. Here are some prototypes I have made for this season. I am planning to make several of each by time Christmas rolls around.
The first uses dies from Penny Black and an embossed brick background from Darice. This was super easy and I think it will be even easier if I use double sided tape for the dies before cutting.
The second is a string of lights by Lawn Fawn. These were very tricky to get on the string and the embossing folder I have is only 4 1/2 inches wide so I had to fudge the background. Added to that is the fact that the glitter paper I have is super hard to die cut. Still I love the effect.
My third card combined several different stamp and die sets. The Jar of Love is a great set from Stampin’Up. The tree inside is from a Papertrey Ink set called Joyful Christmas. I added Wink of Stella to the tree but it doesn’t show in the photo. The bow is from Penny Black and the embossed background is from Darice. This background is bricks but I also made a card using a snowflake background
Next up is a card I made that was inspired by Tricia Barber for Reverse Confetti. They make two great dies that say hello and thanks. But since I wanted to do a Christmas card I used three separate dies (1×3, 3×3, and Joy from Stampin’Up). I used the same technique as Tricia Barber in that I first glued 1/2″ strips of card stock to copy paper. I then cut the three dies out of the striped cardstock as well as out of white cardstock. I then “puzzled” the two die cut pieces together to form two cards. Lots of fun but labor intensive. I probably won’t be making many of these but I enjoyed trying the technique.
The next card uses an ornament die cut from Stampin’Up. I layered two pieces of cardstock with one layer of red foil. I used double sided tape on the cardstock before die cutting which helped with the layering. I actually used some foil vent tape on card stock for the tops of the ornament because it cut LOTS easier than glitter paper or silver foil paper. I added some silver string and glued it to the embossed ornament background.
The next card was super easy. It is simply a piece of DSP cut in a 2×2″ square. Two pieces of 1/4 x 2″ red cardstock for the ribbon and the bow die by Penny Black. Easy Peasy. And really just made with scraps.
Lastly (so far) is really Christmas in color only but I soooo wanted to try this new orchild set by Stampin’Up. I heat embossed the different orchid layers with white heat embossing on red card stock then die cut. I didn’t have a branch so I die cut that with my Silhouette Cameo. I then layered everything on an embossed brick background and added red sequins.
As you can probably tell I make most of these to either try out new stamp sets (and old favorites), to use dies I love or to try out new techniques. It is a fun way to try new things on cards that will actually be needed and it is a good project for hot Florida days. Let me know if you have any favorites!
This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.
First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set. This set is fantastic! I am so glad I splurged on it. I can see using it in many different variations. Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle. I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools. I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint: I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing. The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.
Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest. The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base. I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame. I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.
The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die. I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape. I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte. I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock. I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up. I really liked how this card turned out!
The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire. The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique. Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow. I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier. I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline. I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline. The flower appears to be floating. Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front. The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die. If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.
The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique. This was super simple. I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You. I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment. I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment. I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done. Big impact for very little effort. This technique definitely bears repeating. Thank you Jennifer McGuire.
Lastly are two cards I made just for fun. The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents. The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s. Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).
The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.
I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!