Friday, November 29, 2019

3 Easy Christmas Cards that WOW! Using Patterned Papers & Shaped Dies!

Hey Procraftinators! 
Today, I have my fourth video/blog in my Christmas series! 



"Christmas Rap" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
 
I designed 3 different, but somewhat similar Christmas cards for you. I was inspired by my friend Renee, at Delaney Jane cards and some of my friends at the Collective Creators who use a bunch of fun patterned papers on their cards. I don't know why, but for some reason, I don't use a ton of patterned paper on my cards, unless they are box cards or something fancy like that that I am cutting on my Cricut. I have a TON of patterned paper. Don't we all?! I tend to hoard it. So bad that my husband makes fun of me for it! Ok, so, he may have a right since he is the one that helps me figure out storage, often being the one building me storage in my craft room. And he even once had to figure out how to tie 2 of those large wire 12 x 12 paper racks onto the top of our car when we were coming back from a trip....oh and I forgot to mention that we had a total of 7 people in our car, my grandma's motorized scooter tied to the roof rack as well and everyone's luggage to contend with! Yeah, my husband deserves an award for putting up with me and my antics sometimes! 


Anyways, back to these cards for today. I am made 3 different designs and 3 of each design. So, for once, I actually planned this in an organized manner. Often times, I fly by the seat of my pants when making cards. That's probably obvious by how many times I have gotten close to the end and realized that I have too much dimension on my card to put it in my stamp positioner to stamp my sentiment. Haha! I started by stamping "Merry Christmas" from the Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings Set in VersaMark on one of the Slanted Sentiment Strips from My Favorite Things. I covered it in black detail embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. Also, I cut out some Snowman patterned paper from The Paper Studio Winterland Paper Pack at 4.25" x 5.5". I cut a circle in some snowflake patterned paper from the same pack using a circle die from the Neat & Tangled Card Front Design Die Set. I cut a light blue cardstock strip just slightly smaller than half the width of the card front and die cut it with the Concord & 9th Wintry Edge Dies Lastly, I cut, ink blended and assembled the snowman from the Spellbinders Snowman Die Set.

I laid them all out on my work surface in roughly the layout that I wished to place them in and got ready to assemble them with my Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. I adhered these in assembly line fashion.. I glued the snowman to the middle of the snowflake patterned circle die cut. Then, I decided the exact placement that I wanted for my Merry Christmas sentiment and adhered it flat down to the snowman patterned card front. Next, I glued down the light blue cardstock with the snowflake bordered edge, making sure that I lined the straight edge of that piece with the straight edge of my card front. Before adhering my snowman that is attached to the snowflake circle, I wanted to add a smaller secondary sentiment. So, I popped the card front into my stamp positioner, added anti-static powder to the area in which I was going to stamp, applied VersaMark to my stamp and stamped the "Warm Wishes" stamp from Simon Says Stamp's Tiny Words Christmas stamp set. I covered that in Black Detail embossing powder as well and heat set that. Once done with that, I applied Xfasten foam tape to the back of my snowman piece and attached him to my card front in such a way that he covered up the little part of the banner that was showing behind the snowflake cut outs in the blue piece.

After I finished the card front, I stamped the inside of the cards with the sentiment "Joyful Wishes and Warm Holiday Hugs" from Simon Says Stamp's Inside Christmas Greetings Stamp Set in Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue ink. Then, I simply attached my card front to my card base, made out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. To finish off the card, I coated the snowman in Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Glitter Gloss, which didn't show up in my pictures.



Moving on to the Santa card, I started by stamping a "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings Stamp Set on these fairly thin strips of striped patterned paper from the Craft Perfect Merry & Bright 6x6 Paper Pad. I cut the strips into 1in strips and then cut them in half using the strip dies in the Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Rectangles set so that they had a stitched detail on them and were now, only a half inch or so.

Next, I cut my card fronts out of some Santa patterned paper from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack at 4.25"x5.5" I cut a teal piece of cardstock using the Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Rectangles Dies in which I stamped & heat embossed "Ho Ho Ho" from Simon Says Stamps Tiny Word Christmas Stamp Set. Lastly, I cut, ink blended and assembled Santa from the Spellbinders Santa Die Set.

I laid them all out on my work surface in roughly the layout that I wished to place them in and got ready to assemble them with my Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. Again, I adhered these in assembly line fashion. I started by adhering Santa to the stitched rectangle die cut, just slightly above the "Ho Ho Ho" embossed sentiment.  Next, I played around with the layout for a second to decided exactly where I wanted my placement. Once I made a final decision, I glued down the horizontal striped strip, then the vertical striped strip with the Merry Christmas sentiment. The vertical strip was cut slightly longer than my card front, so I will cut those edges off later. I applied Xfasten Foam Tape to the back of my Santa piece and adhered him to the card front.

Moving on to the inside of the card, I used Stampin' Up's Rose Red ink to stamp the sentiment "Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas" from Simon Says Stamp's Inside Christmas Greetings Stamp set.  Lastly, I applied my card front to the Neenah Solar White 110lb Card base.



Lastly we have the reindeer card. I started by stamping Merry Christmas from Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings Stamp Set in VersaMark ink on a striped patterned paper from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack that was cut with the Spellbinders Card Creator Scalloped Border Dies 2 die set. I covered the stamped sentiment in Detail Brass embossing powder and then heat set it. I probably should've done this in a different color, as it does blend in a little bit. It shows up better in person, than it does on camera, but it is what it is. 

Next, I cut my card fronts out of some Christmas character patterned paper from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack at 4.25"x5.5". I cut a green cardstock piece with the Spellbinders Fluer De Lis Square Die Set. Lastly, I cut, inked and assembled the reindeer from the Spellbinders Reindeer die set. 

I laid them all out on my work surface in roughly the layout that I wished to place them in and got ready to assemble them with my Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. Again, I adhered these in assembly line fashion. I started by adhering the reindeer to the center of the Fluer De Lis Square die cut. I, then, adhered the Card Creator Scalloped Border die cut to the card front, making sure that I aligned the straight edge of the die cut to the straight edge of my card front panel. Next, I popped the reindeer piece up on some XFasten foam tape and adhered it to my card front.

Moving on to the inside of my card, I stamped the sentiment "May You Enjoy the Magic of the Season, the Love of Family & the New Year Ahead of You" from Simon Says Stamp's Inside Christmas Greetings stamp set in Always Artichoke from Stampin' Up. Finishing off the card, I adhered my card front to my Neenah Solar White 110lb card base with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.


I had so much fun mixing and matching patterned papers and fun shaped dies. I hope that you enjoyed these 3 cards in my Christmas series and can take away some inspiration for your Christmas cards. How far are you on your Christmas cards? Are you done? Have you just started? Let me know in the comments below! As always, a hope you have a great day!


SUPPLIES
 
Snowman Card
Light Blue Paper from my stash - Most likely Recollections, but I don't know for sure
Circle Die from Neat & Tangled Card Front Design Die Set (RETIRED)
Concord & 9th - Wintry Edge Dies
Patterned Paper from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack (5169958)
My Favorite Things - Slanted Sentiment Strip Dies
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen - Glitter Gloss
Personal Stamp Exchange Detail Black Embossing Powder
Stampin Up Ink - Bashful Blue


Santa Card
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Skin Tone Alcohol Markers
Teal paper from my stash - Most likely Recollections brand, but I don't know for sure
Tim Holtz Alterations - Stitched Rectangles Die Set - I used the middle rectangle and one of the long strip dies
The background patterned paper is from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack (5169958
The strips of patterned paper is from Craft Perfect - Merry & Bright 6x6 Paper Pad
Stampin Up Ink - Rose Red
Personal Stamp Exchange Detail Black Embossing Powder

Reindeer Card
Green Cardstock from Stash - Most likely Recollections brand, but I don't know for sure
Both Patterned Papers are from The Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pack (5169958)
Spellbinders Card Creator Dies - Scalloped Borders 2 (RETIRED)
Spellbinders Fluer De Lis Squares Dies - I used the 2nd to the largest (RETIRED)
Personal Stamp Exchange Detail Brass Embossing Powder
Stampin Up Ink - Always Artichoke


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