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!
This month I purchased two Stampin’ Up die sets from the Occasions Catalog (2017). One is called Dragonfly Dreams. It coordinated perfectly with an old Stampin’ Up set that I had called Wonderful Wings. I heat embossed two dragonflies with gold embossing powder and cut out the third with the Dragonfly Dreams dies (in solid brown and detailed foreground in white). On the second card I cut out the line of butterflies with the dies and then inlaid it back into the white cardstock with a blue background showing through. I embellished both cards with rhinestones and sequins and stamped envelopes to match.
Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams
Wonderful Wings (inside of card)
I also purchased the Timeless Tags die set. I used two of the dies to make Easter eggs (background and foreground). I debossed the background with a hexagon pattern to give the illusion of chicken wire. Since I purchased $50 in products I qualified for a free stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I have been in love with the chickens in the Hey, Chick stamp set from the moment I saw them. They just bring a smile to my face. I used them for the inside of my Easter cards. For the coordinating envelopes I stamped the egg from the Hey, Chick set and made myself the sentiment using my Sihouette Mint.
Silhouette Mint Stamp
Finally I CASEd a card from Jeanie Stark to make the flower card. (BTW, her instructions are fantastic!) Hers is far better but I am still happy with my results. I embossed the background of this card with polka dots.
I have been experimenting with lots of different stamps, embossing folders, dies, and specialty papers as well as Silhouette Cameo shapes to create several different Valentine’s Day cards. Some I liked better than others but here is the lineup for this year.
Here are my 2016 Christmas cards. I used a variety of products and techniques this year.
Starting in the upper left corner I used the double layering technique with a stamp set called Peaceful Pinecones. It was super easy and one of my favorites. Below that I played with my Misti to position pine trees from the Joyful Christmas stamp set in a variety of colors. Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink (https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/peaceful-pinecones-stamp-set/).
In the top right is a patchwork Christmas tree I made using a variety of patterned glitter papers that I punched out using the top of the Stampin Up Christmas tree punch. I adhered them to white card stock and then embossed the front. Of all my cards this was the easiest and most effective. The red star and the Joy were die cut from red foil paper (all from Stampin’ Up).
On the bottom are two cards I printed with my computer onto with cardstock. Once in red and again in green. I cut the card stock in half horizontally and repositioned on my card front. I then embossed the card front with snowflakes and added sequins.
The cards above were all done with a combination of my Silhouette Cameo and Stampin’ Up Die Cuts (for the ornaments, Joy and the bow). With embossing on the white card stock and sentiments from Stampin’ Up Word Play (tidings of comfort & Joy) and Wondrous Wreath (Happy Wonderful Christmas).
Above are three cards I made using the Stampin’ Up bird punch and some die cuts from my Silhouette cameo for the trees and the window. I’m still in love with this punch.
For these last three cards I used some techniques from Jennifer McQuire. I’m sorry to say that my results were nowhere near as beautiful as hers but I wanted to try her techniques for heat embossing. For the Merry cards I embossed Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered with white embossing powder on red card stock and with red embossing powder on white card stock. I cut the card stock horizontally and the repositioned on the front of my cards. For the Noel Wreathe I tried layered gold embossing powder and was very disappointed in my results. But hey. At least I tried.
So here is the whole gallery of cards for this year. It was fun to try new techniques and some I will definitely be using again for cards throughout the new year.
I printed the inside sentiment on my computer and the fish stamp on the envelope.
I also made a few Halloween cards on my Silhouette Cameo with die cuts from Silhouette Studio.
Here are a couple more Halloween Cards. The first was made with Stampin’ Up Jar of Love, patterned paper and Washi tape. I also used the double pierced rectangular die from Avery Elle. I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the candy corn for the shaker portion. The second card was made entirely on the Silhouette Cameo – well, okay I used a circle die for the moon – but everything else was Silhouette.
Celebrating the 4th with a few cards using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stripes (used both negative and positive space), Darice fireworks embossing folder, Stampin’ Up nested star die cut and Lifestyle Crafts polka dot embossing folder.
I purchased and made Stampin’ Up Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit as a gift. I was thrilled with the way each of the panels turned out and kept two for myself. In fact I was so inspired I have started making my own to hang as clipboard wall art. It is a nice alternative to card making or scrapbooking and adds a little inspiration to my office. And I can swap them out or make more as my mood changes.
And here is the storage solution I came up with: Using Stampin Up Clear Mount Stamp Cases (http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=119105) to store my mint stamps. Since my craft area is basically a closet, storage is at a premium so using these cases for all of my stamps has been a real space saver while allowing me to see what stamps are stored in each case.
I also made myself a cheat sheet for the mint stamp sizes to help with reordering the stamp refills.